Barbados officially reopens for tourism on July 1, 2020, allowing tourists from all countries and nations to visit.
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 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.
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.
High Risk vs Low Risk countries
Barbados has divided all arriving tourists into two groups based on the country of their departure, high-risk and low-risk.
High-risk countries are defined as those with more than 10,000 new cases in the prior seven days and are in the ‘community transmission’ category.
Low-risk countries are defined as those with less than 100 new cases in the prior seven days and not in the ‘community transmission’ category.
Testing Before Arrival Requirements
All tourists visiting Barbados, whether from a high-risk or low-risk country is required to bring with them a negative-PCR test.
- High-risk countries must obtain the test within 72-hours of departure
- Low-risk countries will have 1-week to obtain the test for departure
Any traveller that does not bring a negative PCR test result from an accredited or recognized laboratory will be required to take a test upon arrival, and will be quarantined at their expense, pending the results. The anticipated wait period for the test results is 48 hours. If travellers fail the test, they will be placed in isolation where they will receive care from the Ministry of Health and Wellness.
There will also be a new online Embarkation/ Disembarkation card (ED card), with personal health questions relating to COVID-19 symptoms, which travellers will be required to complete. Once all required steps are completed and supporting documents uploaded, travellers will receive a bar code via email.
On arrival in Barbados, travellers will be required to present evidence of a negative result of a PCR COVID-19 test, and bar code to clear immigration.
Other rules for entry:
- The wearing of masks on the inbound flight and within the airport
- Keeping 3-feet distance from others
- Arrivals agree to temperature checks
To summarize the entry rules:
- All nations welcome
- All tourists will bring a negative-PCT test (high-risk within 72 hours of depature, low-risk within 1-week)
- All tourists will fill out the ED card prior to arrival
- All tourists will wear masks
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:
- London on British Airways starting July 18, Virgin starting Aug 1
- Toronto on Air Canada starting July 12
- New York on JetBlue starting July 25
- Miami on American starting Aug 5
- Charlotte on American starting Aug 5
- 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
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.