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COVID-19 Information: Barbados
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April 13, 2022

Barbados  

Barbados is currently under a Level 1 Travel Advisory: Exercise Normal Precautions due to COVID-19. Please visit https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories.html/ for further information on U.S. Department of State Travel Advisories. 

Last updated: 09/22/2022 

Country-Specific Information:   

  • Barbados has recorded 102,321 confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders.    
  • A 24-hour hotline has been established by the Ministry of Tourism to address delays being experienced by tourists/visitors in quarantine at hotels and other accommodations in receiving their second COVID-19 test results.  The call center local number is 628-4150 and +1 (246) 628-4150 from outside Barbados. 
  • Barbados has established a COVID-19 information hotline that can be reached at +1 246-536-4500.   
  • The wearing of masks will now only be mandatory indoors and on public transportation. Outdoors, masks are optional. 

COVID-19 Testing 

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Barbados? Yes 
  • If so, are test results reliably available within one calendar day? Yes 
  • There are multiple options to obtain a COVID-19 test in Barbados to include onsite and offsite testing.  
  • Rapid antigen tests are available at Garfield Sobers Gymnasium in Wildey from 9:30-4:00 daily. Rapid antigen tests for outbound travelers cost $100 BDS and payment must be made with a credit or debit card. Testing and receiving results may take up to 2 hours. Alternatively private rapid antigen tests are available at The Crane resort from 9:00-5:30 daily. Visit www.barbadoscovidlab.com to schedule an appointment. 
  • PCR tests are available at government facilities for no charge by calling 246-536-4000. Alternatively private testing is available. Visit www.UrgentCareBarbados.com or https://www.barbadoscovidlab.com/ to schedule an appointment or contact the Sandy Crest Medical Center at 246-419-4911. The cost of testing ranges from $220-600 BDS. Full name, DOB, passport number, date of departure and address while in Barbados may be required. 
  • Test results will be delivered via email. 
  • For entry requirements for all U.S. bound travelers, please review the following page: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/before-you-go/covid-19_testing_required_US_Entry.html  

Humanitarian exemptions to this order will be granted on an extremely limited basis and will only be considered when the country of departure lacks adequate COVID-19 testing capacity.  To submit information in support of an exemption, email  BridgetownACS@state.gov. 

COVID-19 Vaccine Information: 

  • Has the government of Barbados approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? Yes 
  • Are vaccines available in Barbados for U.S. citizens to receive? Yes 
  • Which vaccines are available in Barbados? AstraZeneca/Covishield, Pfizer/BioNTech, Sinopharm, and Johnson & Johnson. 
  • The vaccine is currently being distributed based on priority groups. Please visit http://www.vaccine.gov.bb/ or call +1 (246) 832-0263, + 1 (246) 832-3906, +1 (246) 832-0194, +1 (246) 832-5893 or +1 (246) 832-0583, between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. for more information. 
  • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.  
  • The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas. Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination. 

Entry and Exit Requirements:  

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes 
  • For information on travel protocols visit: https://www.visitbarbados.org/covid-19-travel-guidelines-2021 
  • New entry and quarantine protocols for vaccinated travelers took effect on May 25, 2022. Please visit the website above to review your eligibility if you are fully vaccinated.  
  • All travelers must complete the Online Immigration/Customs form at travelform.gov.bb or via the BIMSafe app and submit 24 hours prior to travel. 
  • Fully vaccinated travellers to Barbados will no longer have to take a COVID-19 test to enter the country. 
  • Visit: https://www.visitbarbados.org/covid-19-travel-guidelines-2022#travel-protocols  
  • Persons with a positive COVID-19 PCR test result will be quarantined at a designated holding hotel or approved villa at their own expense and will be monitored daily for the onset of symptoms.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes 
  • Before disembarking, have your COVID-19 PCR test result visible. These results will be screened for validity by the Ministry of Health and Wellness in Barbados. Persons will be monitored for a period of 3 days. Unvaccinated travelers must take a second COVID-19 PCR test 4 days after arrival to Barbados.  
  • Specific travelers who have non-standard circumstances that need to be addressed, are advised to contact The Ministry of Health and Wellness via covid19hotline@barbados.gov.bb at least 72 hours prior to travel to Barbados to have their requests investigated and facilitated. Specific travelers include Diplomats; Persons with a medical condition warranting special consideration (to be certified by the Chief Medical Officer (CMO)); Persons with a disability or travelling with persons with disabilities. 
  • Persons who have been vaccinated for COVID-19 are requested to bring their documentation with them.  
  • Persons who have been previously infected with COVID-19 are asked to provide documentation of previous infection (antibodies) to help health officials assess their test results. 
  • If you test positive for COVID-19 upon arrival or when departing Barbados you will be required to isolate.  For more information on Barbados’s health protocols for travelers who test positive for COVID-19 please visit the following link:  https://issuu.com/visitbarbados/docs/btmi_travel_protocols_update_041021?fr=sYmMyOTQzNTExOTc 

Movement Restrictions: 

  • Is a curfew in place?  No 
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No 

Quarantine Information: 

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes 
  • Unvaccinated persons with a valid negative COVID-19 PCR test result will be quarantined at a designated holding hotel or approved villa at their own expense and will be monitored daily for the onset of symptoms. Persons will be required to take a second COVID-19 PCR test 4 days after arrival in Barbados. Persons will typically be released once the test result is negative.  
  • Vaccinated persons may be randomly required to take a rapid antigen test upon arrival, depart from the airport is permitted by approved transportation.  
  • Visit https://www.visitbarbados.org/covid-19-travel-guidelines-2021 for the list of designated holding hotels. Any villa to be used for the purpose for quarantine must first be approved by the Ministry of Health and Wellness. Request for villa approval must be submitted to the Ministry of Health and Wellness at least 72 hours prior to travel. 
  • Those persons who are deemed to have been in close contact with a positive case will be quarantined at approved facilities. 
  • Due to limited capacity, the government quarantine facilities which are provided free of cost and used for accommodation prior to 2nd tests will be reserved for Barbadians and permanent residents arriving in Barbados. 
  • Visitors who test positive for COVID-19 are subject to isolation. Additional lodging will be at the visitor’s expense. U.S citizens are urged to contact their hotel for details. 

Transportation Options: 

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes 
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes 

Fines for Non-Compliance:  

  • Persons who have been ordered to quarantine but fail to do so are guilty of an offence under the Health Services (Communicable and Notifiable Diseases) Regulations. Failure to comply may result in the offender being placed in mandatory quarantine at a health facility, imprisonment, or payment of a fine.  
  • Disobeying COVID-19 directives can also result in a maximum fine of $50,000.00, or imprisonment of up to 12 months or both. 
  • Presenting false vaccination records or fake COVID Tests upon entry to Barbados may result in a fine of up to $50,000.00 and/or imprisonment of up to 12 months. 

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