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Travel to Barbados during Covid-19 (Coronavirus)

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TRAFFIC LIGHT STATUS: Green Watchlist

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Proof of vaccination:

YES

Test pre-travel:

YES

Form pre-travel:

YES

Test on arrival:

YES

Screening on arrival:

YES

Quarantine on arrival:

YES

Test during stay:

YES

RETURN REQUIREMENTS

Test pre-return travel:

YES

Test on return:

YES

Quarantine on return:

NO

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Proof of vaccination:

If you have been fully vaccinated then you may be able to follow different entry requirements to enter this country.  Please read the 'Test time' and 'On Arrival' sections under Entry Requirements for the full details.

Test pre-travel: PCR Test
PCR Test locations: https://covidtraveladvice.kuoni.co.uk/pcr-test-locations
Test time:

All travellers to Barbados, whether you have been fully vaccinated, or are un-vaccinated, must take a COVD-19 PCR test no more than 3 days (72 hours) prior to travel and the result must be negative.  

The test must be done by an accredited facility and cannot be a home test.

Children under the age of 5 do not need to take a test to enter.

On arrival:

Fully vaccinated travellers

Should you be fully vaccinated and travelling to Barbados, you will need to do the following along with your negative PCR test result: 

- Provide a vaccination certificate confirming full vaccination more than 2 weeks (14 days) prior to travel to Barbados.

- Take a standard, or rapid COVID-19 PCR test on arrival to Barbados, either at the airport or at an approved hotel.

- Stay at your approved hotel where for a period of 24-48 hours until you receive your test result.  You will be free to move around the property in line with their regulations and once you have received your negative result, you will be free to move around the island unrestricted.

Travellers who are not fully vaccinated

Should you not be fully vaccinated and travelling to Barbados, you will need to do the following along with your negative PCR test result: 

- Stay at your approved hotel for a period of 5 days where you will then take a further COVID-19 PCR test.  During this time you will be required to remain in your hotel room and will be unable to use any facilities of the hotel such as pools and bars.  Room service will be available for meals and drinks.

Your test result will take around 24-48 hours to come back.  Once you have a negative result, you will be free to use the hotel facilities and move around the island unrestricted.

if your group comprises of a mix of vaccinated and non-vaccinated travellers over the age of 18 and you choose not to be separated, then the vaccinated travellers will need to follow the guidance for non-vaccinated travellers for the first 5 days.

If you are travelling with children under 18 and you are fully vaccinated, then the children will be exempt from quarantine, but will still need to follow the testing advice above.

Form pre-travel: Traveller Health Declaration must be completed 24 hours prior to arrival.
Traveller Health Declaration: https://www.travelform.gov.bb/home
RETURN REQUIREMENTS
Test pre-return travel:

On your return a negative test must be taken in the 3 days (72 hours) before you depart to the UK. You will be required to show your test results before you board the return flight home.

The test must meet the performance standards of above 97% specificity and above 80% sensitivity at viral loads above 100,000 copies\ml. The test can be a PCR test, a LAMP test or an antigen test, such as a test from a lateral flow device as long as they meet the performance standards

Your test result can be provided as:

  • a printed document
  • an email or text message you can show on your phone - make sure your device is charged

Many hotels around the world will be able to assist in arranging the test for you, either by having a doctor to visit the hotel, or directing you to the nearest clinic and booking an appointment for you.

It is advisable to speak with the hotel once you arrive on the options available to ensure you are able to book an appointment for an appropriate time.  There are also companies who will provide you with a test from the UK and arrange a video call in your destination to verify the test and the result.

Children under the age of 11 are exempt from this testing prior to returning back to England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

If you are returning back to England on or after the 4th October 2021 and are fully vaccinated, then you will no longer need to do this test.  Anyone who is returning from a red list country, or is not fully vaccinated must continue to follow the guidance above.  Children aged 17 and under are also exempt regardless of their vaccination status.  If you are returning back to Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales, you must continue to follow the testing advice above at this time.

Test on return:

You will be required to take a test on your return back to the United Kingdom.  The details of which will vary as below, depending on the classification of the country you are arriving from. 

Children, under the age of 4 will be exempt from any testing on return to England, Wales and Northern Ireland.  Children under the age of 5 will be exempt from testing on return to Scotland.

Green list countries

If you are arriving into the United Kingdom from a country that is on the green list then you will be required to undergo a further COVID-19 PCR test at your own expense on or before day 2 of your return into the country.  You must ensure that this test is booked before returning to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.  You may need to place the confirmation reference number on your Passenger Locator Form.  This need to be completed and submitted before your departure home.

Should you be arriving into Northern Ireland from either Portugal, Israel or Singapore you will also be asked to take an additional free PCR test on Day 8.

If you are returning back to England on or after the 4th October 2021 and are not fully vaccinated, then you will need to undergo two COVID-19 PCR test at your own expense on or before day 2 and on day 8.  You may be able to take a third test on day 5 to release from self isolation.  Children aged 5 to 17 will be able to continue to guidance above regardless of their vaccination status.  Should you be returning back to Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales, this does not apply and you should continue to follow the Green list advice.

Green watch list countries

If you are arriving into the United Kingdom from a country that is currently on the green watch list, then you will be required to undergo a further COVID-19 PCR test at your own expense on or before day 2 of your return into the country.  Please remember that countries on the green watch list are able to move to the Amber or red lists.  Therefore should the country you are travelling from move before arrival, you will need to follow the guidance below, depending on the new category.  You must ensure that the testing requirements needed are booked before returning to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.  You may need to place the confirmation reference number on your Passenger Locator Form.  This need to be completed and submitted before your departure home.

If you are returning back to England on or after the 4th October 2021 and are not fully vaccinated, then you will need to undergo two COVID-19 PCR test at your own expense on or before day 2 and on day 8.  You may be able to take a third test on day 5 to release from self isolation.  Children aged 5 to 17 will be able to continue to guidance above regardless of their vaccination status.  Should you be returning back to Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales, this does not apply and you should continue to follow the Green list advice.

Amber list countries

Travellers who are not fully vaccinated

if you are arriving into the United Kingdom from a country that is on the Amber list and you are not fully vaccinated, alongside your self-isolation period at home, you will be required to undergo 2 further COVID-19 PCR tests at your own expense on your return into the country.  These tests will need to be taken on or before day 2 and on day 8 of your 10 day isolation period.  You may also able to take advantage of the test to release scheme which will allow for a PCR test to be taken on day 5 to release you from isolation.  You must ensure that your 2 tests are booked before returning to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.  You may need to place the confirmation reference number on your Passenger Locator Form.  This needs to be completed and submitted before your departure home.

Travellers who are fully vaccinated

If you are arriving into the United Kingdom and are fully vaccinated with at least 14 days since your last dose and are able to provide proof of this through a vaccination certificate, then you will be not be required to self-isolate on your return to England, Scotland,  Wales or Northern Ireland.  You will be required to undergo a COVID-19 PCR test at your own expense on or before day 2 of your return, however the test on day 8 will not be needed.  You must ensure that your test is booked before returning as you may need to place the confirmation reference number on your Passenger Locator Form which needs to be submitted before your departure home.

Red list countries

If you are arriving into the United Kingdom from a country that is on the red list then you will need to ensure you have booked yourself into government approved hotel quarantine for a 10 day period.  You will be required to undergo 2 further COVID-19 PCR tests at your own expense on your return to the country in your quarantine hotel.  These tests will need to be taken on or before day 2 and on day 8 of your 10 day quarantine period.  You must ensure that your hotel quarantine. along with your test package is booked before returning to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.  You will need to place the confirmation reference number on your Passenger Locator Form.  this needs to be completed and submitted before your departure home.

Quarantine on return:

Not required

FURTHER INFORMATION
Foreign Office Advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/barbados
Local regulations:

Face Masks are mandatory in all public spaces including outside.

There is currently a curfew in effect from Monday to Saturday between the hours of 9pm and 5am each day.  On Sundays the hours of curfew will be from 6pm to 5am Monday.

You are required to download the BIMSafe app prior to your arrival into Barbados.  This will help monitor your quarantine once you arrive.

All essential shops such as supermarkets and pharmacies are open from 8am to 7pm Monday to Saturday.  Non-essential shops are also open in most areas, but with reduced hours.  Social distancing should be followed when in stops.

Restaurants are open and it is recommended you make a reservation.  You are able to dine both inside and outside, where this allows.  Social distancing measures will be in place.  Restaurants must adhere to the curfew times.  Bars are also open, however you should follow all protocols and physical distancing.  Due to the national curfew, restaurants and bars will generally close around 30-60 minutes before the curfew time each evening to allow staff to return home before the curfew.  This may include hotel restaurants and bars.

The beaches on the island are open from 5am to 7pm daily except Sundays where they will close at 6pm.  You are unable to use for picnics or parties.  You must wear your mask to enter, leave and walk on the beach, however if you are sitting on the beach and are 6 feet away from anyone that is not in your party, you can remove this.

You may be required to quarantine or/and undergo a further COVID-19 test at any stage of your stay in Barbados should the authorities deem that you have been in close contact with a COVID positive case.

There is currently no medical exemption for wearing a mask in Barbados and therefore everyone who is travelling to Barbados must wear a mask in all public spaces.

Remember to check countries you’re due to transit through as well as your destination.

The Information contained on this page is accurate to the best of our knowledge. It is provided as guidance only and is subject to review and change. Please check with official sources before booking and again regularly prior to travel, as information and requirements can change frequently and with little notice. Please visit the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office website at gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice or visit gov.uk/travelaware for country-specific information.

Last updated: 13.09.2021 at 16:04