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Barbados

Travel to Barbados during Covid-19 (Coronavirus)

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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Proof of vaccination:

YES

Test pre-travel/recovery certificate:

NO

Form pre-travel:

YES

Test on arrival:

NO

Screening on arrival:

YES

Quarantine on arrival:

NO

Test during stay:

NO

RETURN REQUIREMENTS

Test pre-return travel:

NO

Test on return:

NO

Quarantine on return:

NO

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Proof of vaccination:

NO

Test pre-travel/recovery certificate:

YES

Form pre-travel:

YES

Test on arrival:

NO

Screening on arrival:

YES

Quarantine on arrival:

YES

Test during stay:

YES

RETURN REQUIREMENTS

Test pre-return travel:

NO

Test on return:

NO

Quarantine on return:

NO

Vaccinated Requirements
Entry Requirements for Vaccinated Visitors
Proof of vaccination:

You will be required to show your COVID-19 vaccinations to enter into the country as fully vaccinated.  You will be able to do this using the NHS COVID app.

Test pre-travel/recovery certificate: Not required
On arrival:

You will need to provide your vaccination certificate to show that you are fully vaccinated, with your second dose being more than 2 weeks (14 days) prior to travel to Barbados 

You may be selected a random to take a further antigen test at the airport which will be free of charge.  

You should download the BIMSafe App onto your mobile phone.

Children who are under 18 and are travelling with a fully vaccinated adult, can follow the rules for fully vaccinated travellers entering into Barbados.

Form pre-travel:

A Traveller Health Declaration form will need to be completed before travel.  Please check on the link below to see when you are able to complete the form needed for your destination.  You may need to either complete this form electronically, or print out and take with you to show at the airport of departure and arrival. It is important that you check the form as early as you can for time frames as this may need to be completed up to 7 days before travel, or as little as 24 hours before travel.

Traveller Health Declaration: https://www.travelform.gov.bb/home
RETURN REQUIREMENTS FOR VACCINATED VISITORS
At present, this destination has no specific return requirements related to Covid-19 (Coronavirus). Please check the latest Foreign Office Advice (see link below) for other visa or return requirements.
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.

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.  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.  

The beaches on the island are open daily.  You are unable to use for picnics or parties.  You should wear your mask to enter, leave and walk on the beach if distancing cannot be maintained, 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.

If you test positive while in resort

If you test positive for COVID-19, you will be assessed by a member of staff from the government’s quarantine facilities for 24 hours. You may be transferred to the Government’s quarantine facility, Harrison’s Point, for further assessment and treatment. You can stay there for no cost until you have recovered. Conditions at the government quarantine facilities are generally basic and not necessarily equivalent to a tourist hotel with the associated services. Visitors will have to remain on the island until they have fully recovered and returned a negative COVID-19 test. Visitors should ensure they have sufficient travel and medical insurance to cover additional costs in this eventuality.

Alternatively, you may be eligible for the Government’s home isolation programme and you have the option of requesting to self-isolate at your own expense at a government-approved isolation hotel, villa or property until you have recovered. Strict rules are in place for this self-isolation. The option to self-isolate in an approved hotel, villa or property is not a right – the decision will be made by healthcare professionals. Visitors will have to remain on the island until they have fully recovered and returned a negative COVID-19 test. Visitors should ensure they have sufficient travel and medical insurance to cover additional costs in this eventuality.

Plan ahead and make sure you:

  • can access money
  • understand what your insurance will cover
  • can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned
Unvaccinated Requirements
Entry Requirements for Unvaccinated Visitors
Proof of vaccination: Not required
Test pre-travel/recovery certificate: PCR or Antigen
PCR Test locations: https://covidtraveladvice.kuoni.co.uk/pcr-test-locations
Test time:

All travellers to Barbados must take a COVID-19 PCR test no more than 3 days (72 hours) prior to travel and the result must be negative.  

You can also take a same day or fast track PCR test where the results are turned around the same day no more than 1 day (24 hours) before travel.

The test must be done by an accredited facility and cannot be a home test, Lateral flow, antigen or saliva sample based test.

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

If you are transiting through Barbados to another country or the United Kingdom, you will still need to follow this advice, along with the entry requirements of the country of destination.

If you have recently recovered from COVID19

If you have recently recovered from COVID19 and your pre flight test is positive, you will be able to travel to Barbados as long as you can present a letter from a medical practitioner with the lab results indicating the date of diagnosis and the date of recovery.  Once you arrive into Barbados you will be required to complete an assessment at an isolation facility for up to 48 hours before being released.  You will also need to travel with your NHS COVID Pass recovery certificate and follow all other entry guidelines.

On arrival:

You will need to show your negative PCR test result on arrival.  Following this, you will transfer to your approved hotel for a period of 5 days where you will then take a further COVID-19 PCR test. 

You are now also able to take a rapid antigen test, administered by an authorised medical facility, no more than 1 day (24 hours) before travel. Self administered tests are not allowed. You will still need to quarantine for 5 days before a second 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.

You should also download the BIMSafe App.

Form pre-travel:

A Traveller Health Declaration form will need to be completed before travel.  Please check on the link below to see when you are able to complete the form needed for your destination.  You may need to either complete this form electronically, or print out and take with you to show at the airport of departure and arrival. It is important that you check the form as early as you can for time frames as this may need to be completed up to 7 days before travel, or as little as 24 hours before travel.

Traveller Health Declaration: https://www.travelform.gov.bb/home
RETURN REQUIREMENTS FOR UNVACCINATED VISITORS
At present, this destination has no specific return requirements related to Covid-19 (Coronavirus). Please check the latest Foreign Office Advice (see link below) for other visa or return requirements.
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.

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.  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.  

The beaches on the island are open daily.  You are unable to use for picnics or parties.  You should wear your mask to enter, leave and walk on the beach if distancing cannot be maintained, 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.

If you test positive while in resort

If you test positive for COVID-19, you will be assessed by a member of staff from the government’s quarantine facilities for 24 hours. You may be transferred to the Government’s quarantine facility, Harrison’s Point, for further assessment and treatment. You can stay there for no cost until you have recovered. Conditions at the government quarantine facilities are generally basic and not necessarily equivalent to a tourist hotel with the associated services. Visitors will have to remain on the island until they have fully recovered and returned a negative COVID-19 test. Visitors should ensure they have sufficient travel and medical insurance to cover additional costs in this eventuality.

Alternatively, you may be eligible for the Government’s home isolation programme and you have the option of requesting to self-isolate at your own expense at a government-approved isolation hotel, villa or property until you have recovered. Strict rules are in place for this self-isolation. The option to self-isolate in an approved hotel, villa or property is not a right – the decision will be made by healthcare professionals. Visitors will have to remain on the island until they have fully recovered and returned a negative COVID-19 test. Visitors should ensure they have sufficient travel and medical insurance to cover additional costs in this eventuality.

Plan ahead and make sure you:

  • can access money
  • understand what your insurance will cover
  • can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned

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: 25.05.2022 at 16:33