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, only reporting 190 total cases since the start of the pandemic, and as of today, just 5 active cases.
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
Since July 1, many nations have been able to enter Barbados for tourism once again. However, there are many different rules and entry requirements based on the country you are coming from.
Barbados has divided countries into: Very low risk, low risk, medium risk, and high risk.
Country lists as of November 15
Very Low Risk : Anguilla, China, Dominica, Grenada, Monserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis
Low Risk: Egypt, Greenland, St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Medium Risk: Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bermuda, New Zealand, St. Lucia
High Risk: Argentina, Bahamas, Belize, Brazil, BVI, Canada, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Colombia, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guyana, Haiti, Iceland, India, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Martinique, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Turks and Caicos, UAE, UK, USA, USVI, Venezuela.
Your risk of country is determined by the country you have been in (or transited in) within the last 21 days.
COVID-19 Testing Entry Requirements
All travelers, with only the exception of those from ‘very low risk' nations, will be required to bring a negative PCR test, performed no longer than 72 hours before arrival.
2nd test for some:
Travelers coming from ‘medium risk' countries will also have a 2nd PCR test during their stay, taken 4-5 days from when the 1st test was taken in their home country.
Travelers coming from ‘high risk' countries will also have a 2nd PCR test during their stay, taken 4-5 days from when the 1st test was taken in their home country.
For any Canadian or American traveler having trouble finding a clinic in their city that can provide results in the 72-hour window, Barbados has another option. They've partnered with a company that sends a nurse to your house to give you an at-home PCR test, for a fee of course.
Passengers from ‘high risk' countries ARE required to quarantine/isolate while the await the results from their 2nd test. A 2nd PCR test will be performed 4-5 days after the 1st PCR test was done (which usually coincides to day 2 or 3 on the island)
However, all high-risk travelers must remain on their hotel property while they await results from this 2nd test. In some cases, they can use the pool, but at some properties, they must remain in their room.
Quarantine Rules for High-Risk Countries
There are a few more rules for WHERE passengers coming from high-risk countries can quarantine.
Since all high-risk visitors must stay in quarantine for the first 7 days of their trip, this can either be done at an approved hotel/villa at the cost of the traveler, or at a government facility for no charge.
The hotels that are currently approved for quarantine are:
- Blue Horizon Hotel
- Butterfly Beach Hotel
- Cobblers Cove Hotel
- Coconut Court Hotel
- Coral Reef Club
- Courtyard Marriott
- Dover Beach Hotel
- Golden Sands Hotel
- Hilton Barbados Resort
- Mango Bay Hotel
- Meridian Inn
- Palm Garden Hotel
- Pirate’s Inn
- Sandals Royal Barbados
- Sea Breeze Beach House
- South Beach Hotel
- South Gap Hotel
- Sunbay Hotel
- The Crane Resort
- The Sandpiper Hotel
- Time Out Hotel
- White Sands Beach Condo and Villas
- Worthing Court
More hotels and villas have been added recently, see the full list HERE
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.
COVID-19 Vaccine Entry Requirements
A COVID-19 vaccine is not yet available. There are no details if Barbados will make a proof of vaccination record (POVR) mandatory for entry.
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
- Check which ‘risk' level your country is for entry requirements
- Perform your PCR test 72 hours before arrival if you are from low, medium, or high-risk countries
- Submit results and fill out the online immigration form within 24 hours of departure
- Undergo health screening on arrival
- Very low, low, and medium risk travelers can freely leave the airport after being cleared by customs
- 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