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Barbados Travel Restrictions Guide

Travel in the era of COVID can be tricky — especially when it comes to knowing what’s needed for international trips. As of May 8, 2021 Barbados has updated its travel restrictions to welcome more people back to the island. Read on for everything you need to know about the latest Barbados travel restrictions.

Barbados Travel Restrictions - Bathsheba, Barbados
Bathsheba at Sunset – the rugged East Coast of Barbados

Before You Travel:

Regardless of your vaccination status or which country you’re coming from, you’ll need a PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival in Barbados. This means if you’re arriving in Barbados on Saturday at noon, you need to (1) Take a PCR test after noon on Wednesday AND (2) Receive the negative test result back before you get on your flight.

As anyone who has taken a COVID test before knows, results are not often guaranteed to come back overnight. I highly suggest getting your test ASAP within the 72 hour window (in my example, noon on the Wednesday. NOTE: it will probably be fine if you got your test at, say, 8am on Wednesday, but better safe than sorry.)

Once you receive your negative test result, you will need to either download the BIMSafe App or go to travelform.gov.bb and upload your test results as well as complete a very simple form that includes your flight information, passport number, etc.. Make sure you have a printed copy of your test results including date of test. You will also want to bring your vaccine certification with you if applicable. Some airlines may ask to see test results at check in, and you’ll need it when you arrive in Barbados.

When You Arrive in Barbados:

Welcome to the island! Turquoise waters, swaying palm trees, plumerias, and a warm sea breeze will greet you once you step off the plane. Next, the airport crew will direct you (possibly via a <2 min shuttle ride depending where you taxied into) to get in a line, where staff will check your PCR test proof (and vaccination card). Remember how I said you needed to have it printed?!

Now, here’s where the travel restrictions in Barbados start to vary depending on your country of origin and vaccination status.

FULLY VACCINATED TRAVELERS:

NOTE: Fully vaccinated means it has been 2+ weeks since your second shot. Now, you’ll take a second PCR test at the airport. You’ll need to wait for your negative result before you’re able to freely explore the island. The test result is very likely to come that same day!

In the meantime, the airport will give you a wristband and you will fill out your contact and hotel/villa information, which must be an approved accommodation (most of the popular hotels and villas are approved), and head to that location in an approved taxi. The test result will come either via phone call or email, likely that same day, and at that point you will be able to remove your wristband and enjoy all that Barbados has to offer. Worst case scenario if testing centers are backed up, you may have to remain quarantined at your accommodation and adhere to their rules (which vary from place to place around if you’re confined to your room or have access to certain areas of the hotel) for 1-2 days until your test result comes back.

UNVACCINATED TRAVELERS:

Next, you’ll go through customs, fill out your contact and hotel information, and have your temperature checked. An approved taxi will take you to your approved quarantine accommodation, where you will remain for 5 days (note that quarantine rules regarding staying in your room vs. having access to parts of a hotel such as the pool vary from place to place). Within the first few days of your quarantine, you will schedule a second PCR test to take on the 5th day after arrival. On the 5th day, an approved taxi will take you to a testing center for your second test. When the results come back, typically about 24 hours later, you will be free to go!

NOTE: If you’re coming from or have been in Brazil, India, or South Africa in the 21 days prior to your arrival in Barbados, vaccinated or not, there are additional restrictions. In addition to the unvaccinated protocols, there are the additions of 1. having a PCR test at the airport upon arrival and 2. Seven (7) days instead of (5) days of mandatory quarantine.

BARBADOS TRAVEL PROTOCOL RESOURCES

CLICK HERE for the official Barbados travel restrictions page (https://www.visitbarbados.org/covid-19-travel-guidelines-2020) which is constantly being updated and expanded upon.

CLICK HERE for the government’s quick guide for vaccinated travelers

CLICK HERE for the government’s quick guide on travel restrictions in Barbados as of May 8th

CLICK HERE for the travel entry form (or use the BIMSafe App) you will need to fill out before arrival.

CLICK HERE for a list of approved accommodations

Thanks for reading!

I know travel is a hot topic, and the main priority is safety and health. If you do choose to travel, I hope you’ll choose to visit the incredible island of Barbados. [Where I’ve been lucky enough to live for the past 8 months (and counting!)].

If you have any questions about travel restrictions or Barbados in general, leave a comment or DM/email me!

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Disclaimer: All information in this post is an interpretation and regurgitation of the official information listed online at https://www.visitbarbados.org/covid-19-travel-guidelines-2020 , which is constantly being updated. The information in this post is accurate as of May 8th, 2021 and I will try to keep the information current, but please refer to the government website listed above for the latest updates and official information.

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