Is it safe to travel to Barbados?

From July, Barbados has opened its borders to travellers. We follow the advice of the UK government and from the 04 July 2020 the FCDO stated that Barbados is exempt from the advice against all non-essential international travel and this is why holidays to the country can now go ahead. Please regularly check the FCDO travel advice for the most up-to-date information.

What is life like in the Barbados?

At present only a few hotels are open with most of them being scheduled to open doors later in the year.  Similarly, some restaurants and bars are open with more planning to re-open in due course. In bars and restaurants, social distancing will be in place and face masks should be worn unless eating or drinking. There may be queues to enter shops, bars and restaurants while capacity is limited due to social distancing. You should wear a face mask in enclosed public spaces with some establishments not allowing entry without a mask. You may also have your temperature checked when entering premises. Beaches are open and public transport is running.

How should I keep safe in Barbados?

You should follow local regulations and continue to practice good levels of hygiene as advised by the NHS while you are on holiday. You can refer to the government website for detailed information but there are a few basic principles to follow: avoiding being face-to-face with people, keep your hands and face as clean as possible, keep indoor places well ventilated, avoid crowded spaces, use face masks and wash your clothes regularly.

What was the COVID-19 pandemic response? 

in general Barbados handled the pandemic well and measures are in place to continue to minimise the spread of COVID19. To support this, the FCDO advise that it is mandatory to wear face masks on public transport (including flights and ferries) and in many other indoor and outdoor public spaces for anyone over the age of six. You should carry a face mask with you and be prepared to wear it throughout your stay. Travellers should also follow social distancing guidelines.

Are there any pre-departure requirements in regards to visas and passports?

You should ensure that your passport is valid for your stay but you do not require a visa to enter Barbados. From 19 September, it’s mandatory for travellers travelling from the UK to arrive with a negative PCR test administered by a certified or accredited laboratory within 72 hours prior to arrival into Barbados. This test must be a nasal test as oral tests are not accepted. All travellers must complete a pre-arrival form at least 24 hours before arrival which will include personal health information relating to COVID-19 symptoms.

What are the quarantine guidelines in Barbados?

As of 01 October the UK is classified as a high risk country, therefore for the first two to three days after arrival, you will need to quarantine at your hotel or resort. You may be able to use some facilities during this time but this depends on the size of the property. After this time you will need to take a further PCR test (privately at extra cost with the test carried out at the resort/hotel or for free at a government facility where you will need to stay until the result is available). If this test is negative, you will be able to move freely around Barbados although you will may be monitored throughout your stay with contact and temperature checks. Should you test positive you will be required to quarantine for a period of time.

If I test positive for COVID-19 in Barbados what will happen?

If you test positive you will be transferred to designated government facility for isolation and treatment. You will remain here until you have received 2 consecutive negative test results and have been cleared by the Ministry of Health and Wellness.  If deemed safe to do so, you may request to go to a self-isolation hotel. You will only be permitted to do this if you are asymptomatic and the health authority is happy to allow this. After this clearance, you can resume your planned activities. Everyone who is deemed to have been in close contact with a positive COVID-19 case will be quarantined at a facility approved by the Ministry of Health and Wellness.

What is the airport experience like?

All incoming travellers must undergo a health assessment which may include a temperature check and a brief interview by port health personnel. Passengers will be required to present their test results for review by the Ministry of Health & Wellness. The test must have been conducted no earlier than 72 hours prior to arrival. If you arrive without a negative PCR test, or refuse to take a test on arrival, you won’t be allowed to enter Barbados. Social distancing is in operation in and around the terminal and face masks should be worn throughout the airport.

What are the transfers like?

You must wear a face mask for all transfers and you will undergo a temperature check before you get into the vehicle. You must always use hand sanitiser before getting into the car or minivan. All vehicles will be cleaned and disinfected after each journey. The maximum number of guests in a private car transfer will be two people and the maximum number of guests in a private/shared minivan is six people.

What should I expect at the hotel?

All hotels are asking guests to wear face masks in public places and to maintain social distancing.  Hand sanitiser will be placed in public areas throughout the hotel/resort. Restaurants will be laid on following social distancing guidelines and all surfaces are cleaned and sanitized regularly. Self-service buffets will be removed and staff will serve customers at their table. Swimming pools will have reduced capacity and social distancing must be adhered to. Loungers are laid out with at least 3 feet apart and are sanitized before and after use.

Do I need to quarantine in the UK on my return from Barbados?

At present, the FCDO advises that UK nationals returning from Antigua do not need to quarantine on their return to the UK.  

Forms and tests required for travel to and from Barbados

You must complete an online immigration and customs form (https://travelform.gov.bb/home) which is available 72 hours prior to your arrival into Barbados. You will also need to submit your negative COVID-19 PCR test on this form and ensure you take a copy of your test results with you bearing your name. You must also complete and submit an online immigration/customs form 24 hours prior to travel. 

Upon arrival you will be transferred to your accommodation where you will need to quarantine for the first two to three days until you take the second PCR test. As long as you are negative you are free to enjoy Barbados. Before this time you will only be able to use hotel facilities (depending on the size of the resort). You will not be able to use the beaches until you receive a negative result from your second test.

UK arrival form must be completed 48 hours before your return home.