Approved Quarantine Accommodation Properties

On Thursday, September 22, 2022, the Government of Barbados announced changes to the travel entry protocols.

Effective midnight, Thursday, September 22, 2022, Barbados will discontinue all COVID-19-related travel protocols.

Therefore, there will be no testing requirements for entering Barbados, whether you are vaccinated or unvaccinated.

In addition, the wearing of masks generally will now be optional.

According to the Digital Repository – Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (https://repositorio.cepal.org/), the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has severely affected Barbados’ economic prospects in 2020, grounding tourism arrivals and stalling economic activity. The economic recession persisted through June 2021, with economic activity contracting 9% in the first half of the year compared to the same period of the prior year.

Supported by several international financial institutions, the Barbados government has achieved unprecedented levels of international reserves, which increased by US$ 366 million to US$ 1.4 billion, equivalent to 43.6 weeks of imports. Notwithstanding the challenging economic landscape, Barbados was able to meet most of its quantitative targets under the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Extended Fund Facility (EFF) program.

In addition, in February 2021, the European Union transferred Barbados from its tax cooperation blacklist to a grey list, pending a supplementary review. External debt service resumed in the
2020/21 fiscal year, but the public debt stock jumped to 150.3% of GDP.

A modest economic recovery in the latter half of 2021, factoring in the negative impact of the “National Pause” in the first quarter of 2021, renewed travel restrictions in major tourism source markets, and subdued private consumption result in projected GDP growth for 2021 of 3%.

Due to persistent uncertainty over the pandemic, much downside risk remains, with a possible slower-than-expected recovery in tourist arrivals from traditional source markets and other external shocks.

Barbados 2023 Outlook

According to the Nation News on January 26, 2023, in Barbados, the Governor of the Central Bank of Barbados, Cleviston Haynes, is seeing signs that the Barbados economy is approaching where it was in 2019 before the COVID-19 pandemic. However, he warned that it would still be challenging because of the external factors affecting the domestic economy.

During COVID, the following places to stay in Barbados achieved the status of Approved Quarantine Accommodation Properties.

Tourist arrivals in 2022 reached 62 percent of 2019, with December visitors reaching 78 percent of pre-COVID-19 levels. In contrast, cruise visitor arrivals were 36 percent of the pre-pandemic levels.

“The rejuvenated performance was led by the tourism sector, as the relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions on travel, recreation, and business operations enabled a full reopening of the economy. Preliminary estimates are that economic output rebounded by ten percent, generating a U-shaped recovery path,” he said.

“The accelerated resumption of global travel boosted tourism. In the fourth quarter, the sector’s out-turn was stronger than forecast, resulting in overall growth for the three months of 9.5 percent. This and the positive spill-over to the ancillary sectors buoyed the recovery for the year.” (Nation News)

According to the IMF Press center, Mr. Morra made the following statement:

“Barbados faced challenging conditions in recent years due to the global pandemic, natural disasters, and rising global food and fuel prices. After contracting by 14 percent in 2020-2021, economic activity is recovering strongly, driven by the tourism sector, with real GDP growth estimated at 10 percent in 2022. The economic recovery is expected to continue in 2023.

“The authorities continue progressing in implementing their ambitious and comprehensive economic reform program. Targets for end-December under the IMF’s EFF were met. International reserves stood at US$1.4 billion at the end of 2022, equivalent to about seven months of imports. Fiscal performance was strong in the first three quarters of the fiscal year 2022/23, which bodes well for meeting the 2 percent of GDP primary balance target for the full fiscal year. Preparing a budget for the fiscal year 2023/24 is well underway.

During Covid, the following properties Achieved the Status of Approved Quarantine Accommodation Properties.

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