Barbados Travel Alerts and Warnings

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) travel restrictions in Barbados – updated 24 September, 2020

Grantley Adams International Airport has reopened to foreign travelers from 12 July.

Requirements for travel to Barbados

First, check to see if you are traveling from a country that has been identified as high, medium, low risk, or very low risk. Barbados is determining the risk levels based on the World Health Organization's seven-day data totals. Read the protocols for entry clearly.

  • From 19 September, it is mandatory for all travelers from high and medium-risk countries to get a COVID-19 PCR antigen test from an accredited or certified facility/laboratory within 72 hours prior to arrival
    • Travelers from low-risk countries are are strongly advised to take a test, and show negative results taken up to 5 days prior to arrival
    • Travelers from countries within the very low-risk category, who have not traveled to or transited through any country designated as high, medium or low-risk within 21 days prior, are not required to take a COVID-19 PCR test prior to or on arrival
  • Fill out an online Immigration and Customs Form (which will become available 72 hours prior to your arrival), and upload test results.

Quarantine

  • Arrivals from high risk countries will be quarantined for 14 days, with the option to take a second COVID-19 PCR test 5-7 days after their first test. People will typically be released after the second negative result is confirmed
  • Arrivals from medium risk countries will be monitored for symptoms for 7 days after arrival, and must take a second COVID-19 test. Anyone who refuses to take the second COVID-19 test will be quarantined for 7 days
  • Arrivals from low risk countries who do not have a negative test result will be tested on arrival. Those with a negative test result will be permitted to leave the airport after clearance from immigration.

Requirements may change at short notice. For the latest information on tourism, check The Official Barbados Tourism website.

Social distancing guidelines and limits for large events remain in effect.

Barbados is enticing remote workers with a new 12-month Welcome Stamp Visa

Barbados has launched applications for a new 12-month visa to give remote workers the opportunity to live and work remotely for up to one year in Barbados.

Anyone over the age of 18 who can confirm they will earn more than US $50,000 over the next 12 months and/or have the means to support themselves and their dependants can apply at Barbados Welcome Stamp. On the website you will find information on fees and all the supporting documents required for a successful application.

Tourism makes up 40% of Barbados' economy. When short-term travel came to a halt in March, the scheme was created to provide a boost to the island’s tourist-dependent economy, focusing on travel opportunities for people who want to stay longer.

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Hurricane Isaac - September 2018

Hurricane Isaac is currently tracking westwards towards the Caribbean heading for the Lesser Antilles archipelago (which includes Barbados). Reports indicate that the hurricane is maintaining strength which may increase as it moves closer to the islands, bringing heavy rain and damaging winds. The National Hurricane Center indicates that Hurricane Isaac will cross the islands Wednesday night - Thursday and then enter the East Caribbean Sea.

Please check with authorities, follow any official warnings and listen to local news reports to monitor the situation. Failure to comply with directives from government authorities means you won't be covered by travel insurance.

Before you buy a travel insurance policy, check your government travel warnings and health advice – there may be no travel insurance cover for locations with a government travel ban or health advice against travel.

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11 Comments

  • Joe Vialli said

    You have to present a test for Covid done within the previous 72 hours on arrival in Barbados. I have found this almost impossible to plan for. Firstly, you cannot just get a test done on the NHS you have to pay about 150 to 200 pounds or more for one at a private clinic but these are difficult to find. And they tell you the results will be with you in 24-48 hours. But this excludes weekends. And all the Virgin flights scheduled are for weekends (they have cut down to one a week). So that means you will probably not get your test result in time!

    So you end up adding 200 pounds to your 500 flight...and still probably do not get your test result. Also, you can have the test in Barbados but it is bureaucratic and time consuming...and what if you test positive - bang, you have just infected the whole place and presumably invalidated all those Covid-negative certificates of others: just because you had a negative test on Wednesday, doesn't mean that you can't get it if you are sat next to someone who has it on Friday!

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    • Amelia Brady said

      Hi Joe,

      You raise some really valid points here. I think it's important that in this current period of uncertainty, anyone that does plan to get a PCR test done prior to their flight, is aware that their flight may be delayed or cancelled.

      Around the world, new rules and restrictions have been introduced at very short notice too, so people need to be more flexible and ready for change than ever before.

      If you do choose to travel, stay safe!

      All the best,
      Amelia, World Nomads

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  • Sabrina said

    What if I'm just waiting for my connecting flight with another airline to go back to my country,Do I still need to babe a covid test done on arrival?Because I'm having the covid test done when i get to my country because I have no money to pay for test.

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  • Kevin Farrell said

    I am due to travel to Barbados on a Tuesday in October so therefore i would need to have my test done on the saturday. If the test result doesnt come back in time whats the procedure?

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    • Amelia Brady said

      Hi Kevin,

      To answer your question, I have taken the FAQ answers from the Barbados official website (https://www.visitbarbados.org/covid-19-travel-guidelines-2020) to answer this FAQ "What happens if I don’t have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result before my trip to Barbados?"

      HIGH-RISK COUNTRIES

      Persons travelling from High-Risk countries or who have visited or transited through a High-Risk country in the past 21 days will be tested at the airport free of charge. These travellers will be required to remain at the airport until the results are available.

      MODERATE-RISK COUNTRIES

      Persons travelling from Medium-Risk countries can be tested at the airport free of charge or at approved satellite sites/hotels for a fee of USD $150 plus the cost of the hotel stay. Persons tested at the airport can either await their results at the airport or at a designated holding hotel or approved villa at their own expense. All persons must remain in their approved chosen accommodation until they receive their results. Test results would generally be available within 24 hours.

      LOW-RISK COUNTRIES

      Persons travelling from Low-Risk countries will be tested at the airport free of charge or at approved satellite sites/hotels for a fee of USD $150 plus the cost of the hotel stay. Persons tested at the airport can either await their results at the airport or a designated holding hotel or approved villa at their own expense. All persons must remain in their chosen accommodation until they receive their results. Test results would generally be available within 24 hours.

      I hope this helps.

      All the best,
      Amelia, World Nomads

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  • Mimi said

    Does anyone know the assigned hotels by government visitors are allowed to stay at while quarantine in Barbados

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  • Uzma said

    Hi, we want to come to Barbados SAS our parents are very ill and need care. Upon arrival if we are tested as negative (or bring a negative certificate with us) how long are we required to then quarantine for?

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  • Debbi said

    My husband and I plan to travel to Barbados from the US (Maryland) in November for 5 days. We plan to test prior to travel. It is my understanding we will need to test at the airport once we arrive in Barbados. Once tested at the Barbados airport, how long will it take to get our results?

    Thank you for your help with question.

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  • Kyra said

    I’m Malaysian and planning to travel to Barbados for 3 months with my friend from UK. I will come with him from UK to Barbados. What is the travel requirement and do i need to be quarantine at the govt centre went I arrive Barbados? Hope to hear from you soon!

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  • Diane Fudge said

    Since the Sept 17th update for US residents (Barbados considers High Risk), although they have the NEW conditions of a negative Covid Test within 72 hours, there are still places on the official website, that say 14 day quarantine even WITH the Covid test. How can we be sure this is outdated information if it is still listed when you click on the words High Risk? Even the US Embassy in Barbados has the 14 day quarantine info still showing in addition to the 72 hour negative test. I'm planning to go to Barbados for 5 days 4 nights next month, but don't want to book until I find clarification somewhere.

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    • Amelia Brady said

      Hi Diane,

      This Protocols document from the Barbados website is very detailed: https://issuu.com/visitbarbados/docs/btmi_travel_protocols_1b?fr=sZjAzNDEyMDU0OA

      Pages 4 to 5 clearly state that arrivals from High Risk countries will be quarantined for 14 days, with the option to take a second COVID-19 test between days 5-7. People will *typically* be released after the second negative result is returned.

      I'll update the information now - I hope this helps clarify!

      Please do check with your airline to be sure.

      Cheers,
      Amelia, World Nomads

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