Barbados Coronavirus Status: See the latest updates here

New COVID-19 Health Protocols

Mandatory PCR Test for High and Medium Risk Countries.

With effect from September 19th,  it is mandatory for all persons travelling to Barbados from High, and Medium risk countries  to take a COVID-19 PCR test from an accredited or certified facility/laboratory within 72 hours prior to arrival, in order to enter the country. Persons travelling from Low-Risk countries are strongly advised to take, and will be allowed to present results of tests taken up to 5 days prior to arrival, in order to expedite processing through the airport. Relevant accrediting bodies and standards include: ISO:15189, CAP, UKAS or the equivalent.

The government of Barbados has officially reopened its borders to international travel on July 12th 2020. As we welcome you back to our beautiful island there are a number of precautions and safeguards being implemented to protect, both locals and visitors while on island. Please see the official travel protocols below for visiting Barbados during the COVID-19 pandemic. 



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:


How do I access the online ED form?
How long in advance will I be able to complete the online ED form before travelling?
Who needs to fill out the online ED form?
Do I need to travel with a COVID-19 PCR Test result?
Do all members of the travel party have to complete a separate online ED form?
Do I need to complete a separate online ED form for my spouse or child who is a minor?
Where does the information inputted into the online ED form go?
Will a passenger be required to answer additional questions after completing the online ED form?
What will I receive after completing the online ED form?
What should I do with the two (2) receipts that are generated after I complete the online ED form?
Where do passengers who have completed the online ED form go upon 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. 

Country Risk Categorization for COVID-19

Includes; 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

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

Includes; Australia, Cuba, Egypt, Sri Lanka

Very Low-Risk: 
Includes; 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


Commercial flights to Barbados resumed July 12, 2020. Please check updates from our airline partners regarding booking details.

Requirements for Entry

How long before my trip must I complete the online Embarkation/Disembarkation (ED) card form?
What measures should a traveller expect on arrival?
Is it mandatory to have a valid PCR test to enter the island?
How do I fast track my entry through the airport upon arrival?
Can I fly to Barbados without a negative COVID-19 PCR test?


Do I have to enter Barbados with proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result?
What do I do with my negative COVID-19 PCR test result?
What happens if I don’t have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result before my trip to Barbados?
Are COVID-19 home or rapid tests considered valid?
Will tests taken more than 72 hours prior to travel be considered valid?
If I am travelling from or have transited through a High-Risk country, can I proceed on holiday after I have received/presented proof of a negative COVID-19 test result?
If I am travelling from or have transited through a Medium-Risk country, can I proceed on holiday after I have received/presented proof of a negative COVID-19 test result?
Who will be exempted from testing?
What happens if a resident or citizen refuses to take a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival to Barbados?
Is there an age restriction for testing?
What is the process for unaccompanied minors?
What is the cost of a COVID-19 PCR test in Barbados?
What are the benefits of being tested at a satellite hotel instead of at the airport?
Where do I await my test results in Barbados?
Can I leave my accommodation before receiving my test results?
How long does it take to receive test results?
Can I await my test results at my private villa or residence?
What is considered an approved villa?
What happens if my test result is positive?
Who covers the cost of the isolation and treatment period for passengers who test positive?
If a passenger tests positive for COVID-19 upon arrival in Barbados, can they simply return to their country of origin rather than go into isolation in Barbados?
If I have a unique/non-standard circumstance who do I contact?
What types of travellers are eligible for special arrangements?
How do I book a test at a Govt Facility?
Is the 2nd COVID-19 Test free?


What are the designated holding and quarantine hotels?
What are the satellite testing hotels?
Who is eligible for self-isolation accommodation?
How do I know if my accommodation is an approved property?

In-transit Passengers

What are the protocols in place for in-transit passengers?

Satellite Hotels

Arriving travellers have the option to pre-book a satellite testing hotel outside of the airport quarantine zone. Your COVID PCR test will be administered at the designated satellite hotel, where you can wait the comfort of a sanitised hotel room on your final results.

The Crane Resort Barbados

Sunbay Hotel

Here’s what’s happening on island


See the latest updates from our Partners!


COVID-19 News Highlights

For official press releases surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on Barbados please see the list below. 

  • 07 August 2020 - Barbados Implements Regional Travel Bubble - View Here
  • 07 July 2020 - Barbados Reaches Covid-19 Milestone, Flights Resume July 12 - View Here
  • 25 June 2020 - Barbados COVID-19 Protocol Updates - View Here
  • 19 June 2020 - All Businesses In Barbados To Reopen On Monday - View Here
  • 19 May 2020 - Barbados Enters Phase 3 Of Reopening- View Here
  • 15 May 2020 - Barbados, The UK’s number one holiday destination, launches ‘Barbados Cares’ NHS initiative’ - View Here
  • 06 May 2020 - Barbados Takes Humanitarian Approach, Accepts Trinidadians In Time Of Need- View Here
  • 28 April 2020 - Symmonds: Barbados Will Come Back Bigger And Better- View Here

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