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.
Known for great beaches, water sports, vibrant nightlife, and spectacular weather year-round, Barbados is also gaining popularity as a great low-risk destination.
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
All nations are permitted to enter Barbados.
COVID-19 Testing Entry Requirements
All travelers will be required to bring a negative PCR test, performed no longer than 72 hours before arrival. If preferred, they can also opt to produce a negative 24-hour rapid test.
This includes fully 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 two tests needed. Random testing may be done at the airport.
As of January 2022, fully vaccinated travelers can enter the Barbados with the following requirements:
- Take a pre-flight test (72-hour PCR test or 24-hour rapid test) and bring proof of the negative test.
- Download the BIM app to complete your travel form and upload negative test and proof of vaccination certificate/card
Entry Rules For Unvaccinated Travelers?
Entry requirements are stricter and more complicated for unvaccinated travelers.
- Take a pre-flight test (72-hour PCR test or 24-hour rapid test) and bring proof of the negative test
- Book 7 nights at a government approved hotel
- Download the BIM app to complete upload negative test and health questionnaire
- Quarantine at pre-approved hotel
- Take a second PCR test five days after arrival and await results
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.
- There is a curfew from 11 pm to 5 am.
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.
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, Sinopharm, Sinovac, Sputnik V, 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:
- Check to see if your country requires a Visa to travel to Barbados
- Perform your PCR test 72 hours before arrival or rapid test 24 hours before arrival
- Submit results and fill out the online immigration form within 24 hours of departure
- Undergo health screening on arrival
- Vaccinated travelers can freely enjoy Barbados after leaving the airport. Unvaccinated travelers need to quarantine for 5 days and take an additional PCR test on the 5th day.
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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