The Caribbean nation of Barbados has loosened some of its entry restrictions for fully vaccinated tourists. From October 24, travelers that are fully vaccinated will no longer have to take a Covid PCR test upon landing or have to self-isolate upon arrival in Barbados.
Alternatively, some fully vaccinated travelers may be selected by health officials at the Bridgetown/Grantley Adams International Airport in Barbados to take a rapid antigen test upon arrival. The test will be given free of charge at the airport. Once the results come in, the traveler can leave the airport to their accommodation via approved transportation only.
Current Travel Restrictions for Barbados
All travelers to Barbados, regardless of vaccination status, still have to show proof of a negative Covid PCR test prior to departure. Travelers are encouraged to upload their test results online or via the BIMSafe App and carry a copy of their test results with them during travel. Please note that these testing requirements only apply to travelers under the age of 5 years.
The restrictions for unvaccinated travelers entering Barbados will remain the same at this time. To clarify, here are the current guidelines for unvaccinated travelers to Barbados:
- Travelers must show a negative PCR test result taken no more than 3 days before departure.
- Upon arrival in Barbados, unvaccinated travelers will be required to travel from the airport to their hotel by approved transportation.
- Travelers must then self-quarantine at their pre-approved hotel for 5 days.
- Take a Covid PCR test after day 5 of quarantine. The test must be done at the traveler’s expense at one of the approved labs or hotels on the island which provide testing services.
- Travelers must then continue to self-isolate at their hotel until the test results come back. If the results are negative, they are cleared for travel. Because the test results will take a few days, travelers are encouraged to book their pre-approved hotel for at least 7 days.
- You can see the Barbados Travel Protocols page for more information.
Barbados’ Reopening To Tourists And Remote Workers
Barbados reopened to travelers from most countries back in July of last year and entry requirements have been updated every few months. The island nation even launched a Digital Nomad Visa Program last year, which allowed remote workers to live on the island for a year on the 12 Month Barbados Welcome Stamp.
Flights To Barbados From U.S. And Canada
Barbados is less than a 5-hour flight away from major cities in the U.S. and Canada and is a consistently sought-after destination for sun seekers and vacationers from all over the world.
Non-stop flights to Bridgetown/Grantley Adams International Airport in Barbados are available from Toronto, New York (JFK), Boston, Miami, Charlotte and Washington DC on Air Canada, JetBlue, American and United Airlines. There are also cheap flights (with connections) available from Philadelphia, Seattle, Orlando, Detroit, Montreal, Vancouver and more.
Top Things To Do in Barbados
Visitors to Barbados will land at Bridgetown Airport, which is located on the southern end of the island. From there, you can rent a car or take a taxi, minivan or bus to wherever you need to go and start your vacation.
Catamaran tour: There are tours available throughout the island where tourists are taken via catamaran to snorkel above shipwrecks and swim or snorkel with sea turtles.
Bajan food tour: Located in Bridgetown, this 3-hour walking food tour takes travelers around the best parts of the city to sample local foods like fish cakes, local fruit, homemade ice cream and more.
Scuba diving: With still some of the clearest waters in the Caribbean, scuba diving is a popular activity when visiting Barbados.
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