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Barbados: Covid-19 Entry Requirements

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Barbados officially reopened for tourism back on July 1, 2020 – but has updated their entry requirements and rules several times since welcoming back guests. 

Barbados is a haven in the Caribbean, reporting very little cases throughout the entire pandemic.

One of the reasons Barbados has been so successful at reopening for tourism has been their strict entry requirements, which have allowed them to keep case numbers ultra-low while jump-starting their economy. 

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Known for great beaches, water sports, vibrant nightlife, and spectacular weather year-round, Barbados is also gaining popularity as a great low-risk destination. 

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Here is all of the latest information you need to know about the COVID-19 entry requirements for Barbados

Countries Permitted To Enter to Barbados


Since July 1, most nations have been able to enter Barbados for tourism once again. 

In 2020, Barbados divided countries into: Very low risk, low risk, medium risk, and high risk. 

As of 2021, now all nations are permitted under the same rules. In May 2021, passengers from Brazil, India and South Africa are currently restricted.


Barbados Immigration Arrival Form

All travelers, must fill out the online Barbados Immigration Arrival Form, and submit 24 hours prior to travel

COVID-19 Testing Entry Requirements 

All travelers will be required to bring a negative PCR test, performed no longer than 72 hours before arrival.

This includes full vaccinated travelers.

Modified Entry Rules For Vaccinated Tourists

Entry rules are a little easier and more accommodating for passengers who are fully vaccinated by shaving off one of the 3 tests needed and shortening the quarantine by 5 days. As of May 8th, fully vaccinated travelers can enter the Barbados with the following requirements:

Before Arrival

  • Take a pre-flight PCR test (no more than 3 days prior to arrival) and bring proof of the negative test
  • Book 1-2 nights at a government-approved hotel
  • Download the BIM app to upload negative test and proof of vaccination certificate/card

Upon Arrival

  • Undergo a rapid test upon arrival at the airport
  • Transfer to their government approved hotel to await results (usually 1 day)

After 1-2 Days

  • After a negative result is received, the vaccinated traveler is free to roam about the island of Barbados without further testing or quarantines.

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Entry Rules For Unvaccinated Travelers?

Entry requirements are stricter and more complicated for unvaccinated travelers.

Before Arrival

  • Take a pre-flight PCR test (no more than 3 days prior to arrival) and bring proof of the negative test
  • Book 7 nights at a government approved hotel
  • Download the BIM app to upload negative test and health questionnaire

Upon Arrival

  • Undergo a PCR test upon arrival at the airport
  • Transfer to their government approved hotel to await results (usually 1-2 days)

7-Day Quarantine

  • Even after receiving negative results from the PCR test done upon arrival at the airport, unvaccinated passengers still need to stay in their hotels rooms in quarantine. A third PCR test will be done on Day 5, of which the negative results will release the passenger on Day 7-8.
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Other Barbados Health/Saftey Protocols 

  • All passengers must wear a mask on the plane and in the terminal.
  • Wearing of masks in public spaces is also required throughout the stay.
  • All arrivals will undergo a health screening which includes thermal scans. 
  • Any symptomatic travelers will be tested on arrival.

COVID-19 Travel Insurance Entry Requirements 

All incoming travelers to Barbados should have a travel health insurance policy that also covers covid. 

Even if the airline or vacation company you booked with is offering free ‘covid insurance’, it won’t cover other health issues. 

Barbados Reopens For Tourism

COVID-19 Vaccine Entry Requirements 

Barbados Recognizes Vaccinated Tourists

Starting May 8, 2021, fully vaccinated travelers can enter Barbados with more simplified rules.

The vaccines Barbados will recognize include AstraZeneca, Johnson and Johnson, Moderna, and Pfizer. Additional types of vaccines may be added to the approved list in the future. Passengers must have received their last shot (or the one-shot) at least 14 days before travel to the island to be considered fully vaccinated.

Visa Policy For Barbados During COVID-19

Many countries can visit Barbados ‘visa-free’, including: USA, Canada, UK, as well as most other Caribbean nations. 

If your country normally requires a Visa to visit Barbados (as seen in grey on the map below), you will need to apply for one before departure. 

Barbados Covid-19 Entry Requirements:

  1. Check to see if your country requires a Visa to travel to Barbados
  2. Check which ‘risk’ level your country is for entry requirements
  3. Perform your PCR test 72 hours before arrival if you are from low, medium, or high-risk countries
  4. Submit results and fill out the online immigration form within 24 hours of departure
  5. Undergo health screening on arrival
  6. Very low, low, and medium risk travelers can freely leave the airport after being cleared by customs
  7. High risk travelers will enter a semi-quarantine after being cleared by customs

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Disclaimer: Current travel rules and restrictions can change without notice. The decision to travel is ultimately your responsibility. Contact your consulate and/or local authorities to confirm your nationality’s entry and/or any changes to travel requirements before traveling.  Travel Off Path does not endorse traveling against government advisories

Originally Published September 30, 2020 with updates

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Friday 16th of July 2021

The information provided was clear and to the point. There should be no misunderstanding with the content.

Jerry Allen

Thursday 3rd of December 2020

After arrival at Grantley Adams, where is the second test taken?

Kashlee Kucheran

Thursday 3rd of December 2020

Hi Jerry- There are some different options, all highlighted in this article with links and phone numbers. Some you can make appointments at around the island, while others come to you for a fee


Tuesday 24th of November 2020

Hello, Guadeloupe is not listed. It’s a french island but far away from France and right now, we are not in the quarantine applicated in France and others island around us. Do you know his level of restriction to go in Barbados.

Kashlee Kucheran

Wednesday 25th of November 2020

I know Guadeloupe can visit, but I am not sure how they are classified, as you are right, they don't list it. You will have to contact the tourism board, border police, or the consulate. Links to the tourism board are sourced at the bottom of the article


Wednesday 18th of November 2020

Thank you Kashlee, just making sure it means entry is still allowed an not banned altogether for countries not listed.


Tuesday 17th of November 2020

What if your country is not listed?

Kashlee Kucheran

Tuesday 17th of November 2020

If your country is not listed, then it will be considered on the 'high-risk' list and you will just follow all of those requirements and procedures