Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bridgetown, Barbados

Location: Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean (Anguilla, Antigua, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Montserrat, St. Barthélemy (St. Barts), St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Martin, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Event:  On March 17, 2020, the Barbados Ministry of Health and Wellness announced two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Barbados.  Confirmed cases have also been reported in Antigua, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Montserrat, St. Barts, St. Martin, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent.

Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice.  These restrictions include limiting flights to/from the United States, which impacts and could increasingly impede the ability of Americans to return to the U.S. from the region. Governments in the region continue to implement enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  U.S. citizens who are considering returning to the United States are urged to work with their airlines to make travel arrangements while flights are still available.

Effective March 18, 2020, U.S. Embassy Bridgetown has suspended routine visa appointments.  For American Citizens Services, including emergency passports, please visit our website for additional information:

The Department of State has issued a Global Level 3 Health Advisory for COVID-19.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 2 Global COVID-19 Outbreak Notice.

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