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Barbados officially reopened for tourism on July 1, 2020, allowing tourists from all countries and nations to visit.

Since reopening in July, Barbados has made 5 major updates to the entry requirements you need to know about before you go.

While all nations are welcome to visit the island nation of Barbados starting in July, there are different entry requirements depending on where the travelers are coming from. This article will walk you through all the different rules for visiting Barbados, what flights have resumed, and everything else you need to know before you go.

Barbados Reopens For Tourism – All Countries Welcome

Barbados is currently a Virus-Free Country

On Friday June 26, the Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley, announced that there are no more active cases of Covid-19 on the island, reaching a new milestone in their fight against the virus. Since there are no active cases left, effective July 1st, all curfews will be lifted.

Update Nov 15: There are now 8 active cases on the island.

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Entry Requirements for Barbados

Which countries can travel to Barbados?

Barbados is allowing tourists from all nations and countries under regular immigration rules to visit. However, there are different entry requirements for different countries.

Major Updates in November

Since publishing this article in July, Barbados has made major changes to entry rules and requirements. Below is all the updated and new information as of November 15.

High Risk vs Low Risk countries

Barbados has divided all arriving tourists into four groups based on the country of their departure: high-risk, medium risk, low-risk, and very low-risk countries. 

Where you have been or transited through over the last 21 days will determine your risk factor. 

High-risk countries include:

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, Swden, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Turks and Caicos, UAE, UK, USA, USVI, Venezuela.

Medium-risk countries include: Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bermuda, New Zealand, St. Lucia

Low-Risk countries include: Egypt, Greenland, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Very-Low Risk countries include: Anguilla, China, Dominica, Grenada, Monserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis

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Entry Requirements For All

No matter what level of risk country the visitor is arriving from, ALL passengers must:

  • Wear a mask on the inbound flight and at all times in the airport
  • Undergo a health screening by immigration which includes temperature scans
  • Fill out the Online Immigration Form (info below)
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Below we have all the additional entry requirements, separated by high, medium, low and very low risk  nations. 

Low-Risk Country Entry Requirements

Tourists coming from a low-risk country must:

  • Bring a negative PCR test within 72 hours of departure
  • If the test is not validated or the health screening brings doubt, another test will be given upon arrival. If the test is negative, the passenger is free to enter Barbados.

Medium-Risk Country Entry Requirements

Tourists coming from a medium-risk country must:

  • Bring a negative PCR test within 72 hours of departure
  • If the test is not validated or the health screening brings doubt, another test will be given upon arrival. If the test is negative, the passenger is free to enter Barbados.
  • After leaving the airport, the passenger will be monitored (not quarantined!) daily for symptoms for 7 days.
  • Effective October 1st, medium-risk persons will be required to take a second PCR test, 3-5 days after the 1st test was administered. 

High-Risk Country Entry Requirements

Tourists coming from a high-risk country must:

  • Bring a negative PCR test within 72 hours of departure
  • If the test is not validated or the health screening brings doubt, another test will be given upon arrival. The passenger must await results at the airport or a government facility. 
  • After leaving the airport, the passenger will be semi-quarantined at their approved hotel/villa. They can use some of the properties amenities. 
  • On day 5-7 from when they took their 1st test, they will be required to take a 2nd test. 2nd test results are available within 24 hours. Then, the traveler can move freely.
  • We have more details about quarantine locations on our Barbados Covid-19 Entry Requirements Guide

Very Low Risk Country Entry Requirements

All tourists coming to Barbados from a very low risk country listed above, and who has not been to any other country in the last 21 days, will NOT have to bring a negative PCR test and will not have to take any mandatory tests on arrival. These travelers can freely leave the airport after being cleared by authorities. 

Online Immigration/Customs Form

All travellers are required to complete the online Immigration and Customs Form which will be available 72 hours prior to your arrival in Barbados, and must be filled out by 24 hours prior to departure. 

Once the form is completed, the Immigration and Customs receipts are to be saved to your mobile device or printed and presented to Immigration and Customs upon arrival.

You will also upload your negative test results to this form. 

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To summarize the entry rules:

  • All countries that are welcome have entry requirements based on level of risk. 
  • All tourists will bring a negative-PCT test (within 72 hours)
  • All tourists will fill out the Online Immigration Form prior to arrival
  • All tourists will wear masks
  • You can see the Barbados Entry Rule FAQ for more info
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What flights have resumed to Barbados?

Flights will resume to the island starting on July 12, 2020.

As this announcement of reopening is still very new, airlines will continue to resume routes and flights as demand increases. As of today, here are the diect flights that are scheduled to resume:

From Europe-
  • London on British Airways starting July 18, Virgin starting Aug 1
  • Frankfurt on Eurowings starting Oct 26
From Canada-
  • Toronto on Air Canada starting July 12
  • Montreal starting Dec
From USA-
  • New York on JetBlue starting July 25
  • Miami on American starting Aug 5
  • Charlotte on American starting Aug 5
From Caribbean-
  • Kingston on Caribbean Airlines starting July 13
  • Fort-de-France on Air Antilles starting July 13
  • Port of Spain on Caribbean Airlines starting July 13
  • Antigua on LIAT starting Aug 1
  • Grenada on LIAT starting Aug 1
  • Tortola on LIAT starting Aug 1
  • Dominica on LIAT starting Aug 1

Barbados Remote Work ‘Welcome Stamp' Visa

Barbados opened applications for their 1-year digital nomad visa that allows remote workers to stay on the island for a 12-month period. 

Read More: We have complied a complete list of all countries in the Caribbean now reopen to tourists worldwide! 

Sources: gisbarbados.gov.bb / visitbarbados.org / Direct PR contact DCI

Disclaimer: Barbados’s reopening news is ever-changing and being updated constantly. We do our best to keep this article up to date with all the latest information, but 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.

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Originally published August 7 with updates



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