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Travel to Barbados - COVID-19 Entry Requirements

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The government of Barbados has officially reopened its borders to international travel on July 12th, 2020.

All incoming persons must undergo a health assessment which may include a temperature check and a brief interview by Port Health personnel. Masks must also be worn at the airport.

Travellers are required to complete the online Immigration and Customs Form which will be available 72 hours prior to your arrival in Barbados. Fill out form here

All members of the travel party (groups of persons travelling together) will have to complete the form. You need to complete a separate Immigration form for spouse and children under the age of 18 years. Complete one (1) joint Customs form for spouse and children under the age of 18 years.

After completing the form, two (2) receipts will be emailed to you - One (1) for Immigration and One (1) for Customs. You need to save them on your mobile device or print the two receipts. You will need to present to Barbados Immigration and Customs Officers.

Upon arrival in Barbados, you will receive specific instructions on how to transit through the airport in-keeping with Barbados COVID-19 Travel Protocols.

Do I need to travel with a COVID-19 PCR Test result?

All travelers are strongly encouraged to take a PCR COVID -19 test within 72 hours of travel and bring the negative PCR COVID-19 test result with them from an accredited or certified facility/laboratory. EFFECTIVE JULY 15, Test results must be submitted electronically via the Online ED Form and travellers are required to bring a copy of the results with them. These tests must be validated by the Ministry of Health and Wellness in Barbados and should bear the name of the traveller.

Additional passenger screening will be done at the discretion of the Immigration or Customs Officers.

Only the COVID-19 PCR test, taken at an accredited or certified facility/laboratory will be accepted. Relevant accrediting bodies and standards include: ISO:15189, CAP, UKAS or the equivalent.

Persons travelling to Barbados from High and Medium-Risk countries are strongly advised to take a COVID-19 PCR test from an accredited or certified facility/laboratory within 72 hours prior to arrival.

Persons travelling from Low-Risk countries will be allowed to present results of tests taken up to 5 days prior to arrival.

Persons travelling from countries within the Very Low-Risk category, who have not travelled to or transited through any country designated as High, Medium or Low-Risk within 21 days prior to travel to Barbados, are not required to take a COVID-19 PCR test prior to or on arrival.

Risk Categories of Selected Countries as of Sep 1, 2020

A traveller’s risk category will be determined by the highest risk level associated with any country that they have travelled to or transited through within 21 days prior to travel to Barbados. Additionally, the assessment takes into consideration other factors that may influence the accuracy of the risk classification such as the adequacy of testing in the source country.

High-Risk:

Argentina, Bahamas, Belize, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Columbia, Dominican Republic, France, Guyana, Haiti, India, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Mexico, Netherlands, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, South Africa, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States, US Virgin Islands, Venezuela

Medium-Risk

Bermuda, Canada, Estonia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Iceland, Japan, Martinique, Norway, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates

Low-Risk:

Australia, Cuba, Egypt, Sri Lanka

Very Low-Risk:

Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Cayman Islands, China, Dominica, Finland, Greenland, Grenada, Montserrat, New Zealand, Saint Lucia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, St Vincent and the Grenadines

What happens if you don’t have a COVID-19 PCR Test result?

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.

Test results would generally be available within 24 hours.

If your test is positive, you will be transported to an alternate accommodation for isolation and treatment, where you’ll stay until you’ve recovered. Upon recovery, you can resume your vacation or return home. There is no charge to stay in government quarantine and isolation facilities.

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.

COVID-19 PCR test Not Required

Persons travelling from Very Low-Risk Countries, who have not travelled to or transited through any country designated as High, Medium or Low-Risk within 21 days prior to travel to Barbados, are not required to take a COVID-19 PCR test prior to or on arrival. These travellers will be permitted to leave the airport after clearance by Immigration, Customs and Port Health Officials.

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Where can I stay in Barbados?

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Do I Need Visa for Barbados?

All visitors to Barbados must have a passport and valid return ticket to be allowed entry. The passport must be valid for the duration of your stay in Barbados.

Most countries do not require a visa to visit Barbados, so please check here or here to see if you need a visa.

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