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New COVID-19 Health Protocols

BARBADOS IMPLEMENTS NEW TRAVEL PROTOCOLS EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 1ST, 2020 

Barbados Travel Protocols (Issue date: September 24th, 2020, Effective October 1st, 2020)
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Barbados Health and Safety Protocols for Commercial Travel and Visitor Arrivals- Extended Version (Issue date: September 24th, 2020, Effective October 1st, 2020)  Download Here 

 

 

current barbados travel protocols (valid until september 30th, 2020)


Mandatory PCR Test for High and Medium Risk Countries.

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. 

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


TRAVELLING TO BARBADOS – IMMIGRATION/CUSTOMS ARRIVAL FORM

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:

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ON-LINE Immigration and Customs Form FAQS

Please note that these FAQs pertain to the current and active protocols. As new protocols take effect October 1st 2020, FAQs will be updated accordingly.

How do I access the online Immigration and Customs Form?
How long in advance will I be able to complete the online Immigration and Customs Form before travelling?
Who needs to fill out the online Immigration and Customs 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 Immigration and Customs Form?
Do I need to complete a separate online Immigration and Customs Form for my spouse or child who is a minor?
Where does the information inputted into the online Immigration and Customs Form go?
Will a passenger be required to answer additional questions after completing the online Immigration and Customs Form?
What will I receive after completing the online Immigration and Customs Form?
What should I do with the two (2) receipts that are generated after I complete the online Immigration and Customs Form?
Where do passengers who have completed the online Immigration and Customs Form go upon arrival?
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ASSESSING COUNTRY RISK

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

High-Risk: 
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

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

Low-Risk: 
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
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FAQs

Please note that these FAQs pertain to the current and active protocols. As new protocols take effect October 1st 2020, FAQs will be updated accordingly.


Requirements for Entry

How long before my trip must I complete the online Embarkation/Disembarkation Immigration and Customs Form?
What measures should a traveller expect on arrival?
Is it mandatory to have a valid PCR test to enter the island?
Can I fly to Barbados without a negative COVID-19 PCR test?

Testing

Can I choose to be tested upon arrival in Barbados instead of my country of origin?
What do I do with my negative COVID-19 PCR test result?
What happens if I am travelling from a Low-Risk country and I have not taken a COVID-19 PCR test 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?
If the Ministry of Health & Wellness requires that I take a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival, 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?
How do I book a test at a Govt Facility?
Is the 2nd COVID-19 Test free?

Accommodation

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?
If I have a unique/non-standard circumstance who do I contact?
What types of travellers are eligible for special arrangements?
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Satellite Hotels

Arriving travellers from Low-Risk Countries have the option to pre-book a satellite testing hotel outside of the airport. Your COVID-19 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.

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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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