Officials in Barbados announced that certain international travelers' revised entry requirements will take effect Oct. 16, forming part of the island's coronavirus disease (COVID-19) reopening plan. However, the measures remain mostly unchanged from previous amendments Oct. 1, but with an emphasis on second COVID-19 testing for travelers from high- and medium-risk countries. Travelers will still face differing protocols based on any country's risk level that they had traveled to or transitioned through within 21 days before they arrived in Barbados. From Oct. 16, most countries' classification will remain the same, except for Canada, which moves to a high-risk classification.
For entry into Barbados, all travelers must complete an online Immigration/Customs form, which must be submitted 24 hours before travel. Except for persons arriving from low and very low-risk countries, all travelers must present a negative COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test result taken no more than 72 hours before arrival to be permitted entry. Travelers from low-risk countries may present a negative test taken up to five days before travel or take a test upon arrival. Any traveler who tests positive will be placed in an isolation facility. 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 complete a period of so-called "restricted movement" at a government facility or approved private accommodation. Travelers are required to take a second COVID-19-test four to five days after the first accepted negative test and may not leave their property until this second test is taken. Travelers will be subject to daily health monitoring for seven days.
- Medium-Risk Countries: Travelers with a negative test are subject to daily health monitoring for seven days. Travelers are required to take a second test four to five days after the first accepted negative test.
- Low-Risk Countries: Travelers with a negative test will be allowed to leave the airport upon validation of negative results.
- 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.
Authorities could reimpose, extend, further ease, or otherwise amend any restrictions with little-to-no notice depending on disease activity over the coming weeks. The risk classification of all countries is also subject to change at short notice.
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.