Severity: Warning Alert

Exit/Entry: Barbados amends COVID-19 entry requirements as of early September. Restrictions vary depending on the origin of travelers.

Alert Begins 08 Sep 2020 01:51 PM UTC
Alert Expires 02 Oct 2020 11:59 PM UTC

  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Lingering transport and business disruptions

Summary
As of Sept. 8, officials in Barbados continue to implement international travel restrictions in response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, albeit with some revisions to the categories, and classification of countries of origin. Under the amended system, travelers will still face differing protocols based upon the risk level of any country that they have traveled to or transitioned through within 21 days prior to their arrival in Barbados.

For entry into Barbados, all travelers must complete an online Immigration/Customs form, which must be submitted 24 hours prior to travel. Except for persons arriving from very low-risk countries, all travelers must present a negative COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test result taken no more than 72 hours prior to arrival, or take a test upon arrival and remain at the airport or a government facility until the results are available. All travelers are required to wear facemasks in the airport. Health screenings and quarantine protocols vary for travelers depending on the country of origin:

 

  • High-Risk Countries: Travelers with a negative test are required to undergo 14 days of quarantine at a government facility or approved private accommodation, with the option of taking a second COVID-19 test 5-7 days after the first test. Persons will typically be released from quarantine once the second test results come back negative. Travelers who test positive will be placed in an isolation facility.

 

  • Medium-Risk Countries: Travelers with a negative test will be subject to daily health monitoring for seven days. Effective Sept. 14, travelers will be required to take a second test after seven days. Those who test negative will not be subject to further monitoring; persons who refuse the test will be subject to quarantine protocols, and those who test positive will be placed in an isolation facility.

 

  • Low-Risk Countries: Travelers with a negative test will be allowed to leave the airport upon validation of negative results. Travelers who test positive will be placed in an isolation facility.

 

  • Very Low-Risk Countries: Travelers will not be subject to any additional health screening and quarantine protocols.

 


Domestically, officials lifted most COVID-19 restrictions; however, some operating protocols are still in place. Individuals will be required to adhere to physical distancing protocols by maintaining at least 1 meter (3.2 feet) between each other. Authorities also require establishments to enforce strict physical distancing and sanitization protocols; additional industry-specific protocols are likely in place. All measures are subject to amendment at short notice.

Background and Analysis
Several governments globally have decided to ease COVID-19 restrictions primarily to allow economic recovery. However, should the number of COVID-19 cases significantly increase, officials may tighten existing measures or reapply the relaxed restrictions. Likewise, a continued low number of cases may result in the relaxation of restrictions.

Advice
Strictly heed the instructions of authorities. Confirm appointments and travel arrangements. Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.


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