Severity: Warning Alert
Exit/Entry: Barbados lifts COVID-19 restrictions on commercial flights effective July 12. Enhanced health screenings in place.
- Alert Begins: 13 Jul 2020 12:35 PM UTC
- Alert Expires: 03 Aug 2020 11:59 PM UTC
- Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
- Location(s): Nationwide (map)
- Time Frame: Indefinite
- Impact: Lingering transport and business disruptions
Officials reopened Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI), the island's only international airport, to all commercial traffic July 12 following an extended closure due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. Advanced health screenings and additional documentation are required for arriving most passengers:
- Passengers are urged to present a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival. Effective July 15, the online Embarkation/Disembarkation (ED) form will allow for the uploading of the test results. Passengers without a negative COVID-19 test will be required to take a test upon arrival at BGI.
- Persons traveling from CARICOM and Caribbean countries designated as low risk and who have not visited a high-risk country within 21 days prior to arrival are exempt from the pre-testing requirement. This travel bubble includes Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Anguilla, Bahamas, Belize, Bermuda, Bonaire, British Virgin Islands, Curacao, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, and Turks and Caicos.
Domestically, all COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted; however, required 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. All establishments must enforce strict physical distancing and sanitization protocols. Additional industry-specific protocols may be required. 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.
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.