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.
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.
Recommended Quarantine Accommodation Places to Stay in Barbados
- Accra Beach Hotel & Spa
- All Seasons Resort/Europa
- Atlantis Historic Inn
- Barbados Beach Club
- Beach View Hotel
- Blue Horizon
- Blue Orchids Beach Resort
- Butterfly Beach Hotel
- Cobblers Cove Hotel
- Coconut Court Beach Hotel
- Coral Mist Beach Hotel
- Courtyard by Marriott
- Divi Southwinds Beach Resort
- Dover Beach Hotel
- Fairmont Royal Pavilion Hotel
- Golden Sands Apartment Hotel
- Hilton Barbados Resort
- Infinity on the Beach
- Island Inn Hotel
- Little Arches
- Little Good Harbour
- Mango Bay Beach Hotel
- Maxwell Del Mar
- Ocean 15 Apartment Hotel
- Palm Garden Hotel
- Palms Resort/Travellers Palm
- Port Ferdinand Yacht and Beach Club Resort
- Radisson Aquatica Resort Barbados
- Rostrevor Hotel
- Royal Westmoreland – Golf Cottages # 1-6
- Royal Westmoreland – Lancaster Drive # 12 & 20
- Royal Westmoreland – Royal Palm Villas #1-6
- Royal Westmoreland – Sugar Cane Mews # 2 & 3
- Royal Westmoreland – Sugar Cane Ridge # 7 & 14
- Royal Westmoreland – Royal Apartments # 114, 123, 211, 212, 213, 214, 221, 224, 231, 233, 311, 312, 313, 314, 321, 322, 324, 331 & 333
- Saint Peter’s Bay Luxury Resort and Residences
- Sandals Barbados Resort
- Sandy Lane
- Sea Breeze Beach Hotel
- Soco Hotel
- South Beach Resort and Vacation Club
- South Gap Hotel
- Sweetfield Manor Hotel
- Sugar Cane Club & Spa
- Sunbay Hotel
- Tamarind Cove Hotel
- The Abidah by Accra
- The Crane Resort
- The House
- The Sandpiper
- The Sands
- Time Out Hotel
- Tropical Sunset Beach Apartment
- Tropical Winds Apartment Hotel
- Worthing Court Apartment
- Yellow Bird Hotel
- Ascot House
- Carib Blue
- Garden Grove
- Haven House
- Inchcape Seaside Villas
- Kings Beach Village – Phase 1 – #102-112, 201-207, 209-212, 301-303, 305, 306, 308, 311 & 312
- Kings Beach Village – Phase 2 – #114-126, 214-216 & 314-316
- Kingsgate – #2, 5 & 7
- Legend Garden Condos
- Magic Isle Beach
- Maresol Barbados Apartments
- Maxwell Beach Villas
- Meridian Inn
- Mullins Grove
- Ocean Bliss
- Ocean Spray
- Pirate’s Inn
- Port St Charles (View available units HERE)
- Royal Glitter Bay Villas – # 108, 110-112, 205, 209, 214, 314 & 414
- Santosha Barbados
- Sea Foam Haciendas
- St. Lawrence Beach CondosTurtle Nest Beach
- Vida Mejor Villas
- Villas at Little Good Harbour
- Guest Houses