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What you need to know about COVID-19 in Barbados

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What you need to know about COVID-19 in Barbados

Coronavirus: What you need to know about COVID-19 in Barbados?

Last Updated by Totally Barbados on November 19th, 2021, at 13:15 Barbados time.
Kind compliments go out to The Barbados Government Information Service
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Approved Quarantine Accommodation Properties in Barbados



  • Removal of Mandatory Second Test for Fully Vaccinated Travellers – fully vaccinated travelers, who arrive with a valid negative COVID-19 PCR test result, may be notified by health officials at the Grantley Adams International Airport, that they have been selected for a randomized arrival Rapid Antigen test on entry. This replaces the mandatory second COVID-19 PCR test for all fully vaccinated travelers previously in place.


COVID-19 Update For Wednesday, November 17

By the Government of Barbados - Published on November 18th, 2021

By the Government of Barbados – Published on November 18th, 2021


Helpful Resources

  • Download the Barbados Travel Protocols – (4.1 MB) effective October 27th, 2021.
  • View the Barbados Ministry of Tourism updated protocols for October 27th, 2021: https://issuu.com/visitbarbados/docs/btmi_travel_protocols_update_041021
  • Important Contact Information:
    UK: 08000163098 | USA/Canada: +1833-448-0734 | Caribbean: +1 (833) 448-0734 | Columbia: +1 (800) 750-7007 | Mexico: 018000836751 | Barbados (Local): (246) 628-4150
  • Vaccination Schedule For November 19 – 21: Persons interested in receiving any of the four (4) available COVID-19 vaccines – Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Sinopharm, and Johnson & Johnson – may visit any of the sites on the schedule from Friday, November 19, to Sunday, November 21. Click here for the venues and times.
  • Entry Protocols: Effective Oct 27th, 2021 – click to see, share or download on issuu.com.
  • Completed Travel Form – Online Immigration and Customs Form
  • BIMSAFE app – download on the App Store or Get it on Google Play
  • Fast Track Services at the Barbados Airport – Totally Barbados
  • Situation Report – Totally Barbados
  • What you need to know about COVID-19 in Barbados – Totally Barbados
  • Curfew Hours Adjusted For Next Four Weeks – by the Barbados Government Information Service – Barbadians and visitors will have more time to shop, lime at popular nightspots, dine-in restaurants across the island, and participate in leisure activities for the next four weeks as the curfew hours change from 9 pm to begin from midnight, effective Monday, November 15th to 5 am.
  • Masks should be worn at all times during your travel to Barbados and your passage through the airport.
  • Social distancing and hygiene protocols are in place.
  • Visitors Must Arrive with a COVID 19 negative test – All travelers from the UK must present on arrival a valid COVID-19 PCR negative test result taken no more than 3 days in advance of your flight’s arrival.
  • Fully vaccinated arrivals – Fully vaccinated persons (2 doses administered more than 14 days prior to arrival) must arrive with evidence of a PCR test taken during the three days prior to arrival in Barbados use approved transportation to travel from the airport to your accommodation.

Barbados Entry Protocols for Vaccinated Travellers

Vaccinated Traveller Protocol

  1. Persons who are fully vaccinated and come with a valid negative COVID-19 PCR test, carried out no more than three (3) days prior to travel, will have a standard or Rapid COVID-19 PCR test done on arrival at the airport or their approved accommodation.
  2. Fully vaccinated travelers are required to use specially designated transportation providers for their transport from the airport to approved accommodation. It is noted that Barbadian nationals returning home will continue to have access to Government approved accommodation as well as approved hotels for their quarantine period.
  3. While awaiting this on-island COVID-19 PCR test result, fully vaccinated travelers will be restricted to their approved accommodation, where they are free to move around in accordance with the guidelines of that property. This use of property includes the use of pool facilities but excludes access to the beach, spas, personal butler services, or gym facilities. This restricted use of the property is for the period until they receive their negative test result.
  4. On receipt of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result and clearance by Ministry of Health officials, travelers are free to enjoy the island.

Full Vaccinated Traveller

Travelers will be considered to be fully vaccinated if:

  • They have completed a full regimen of vaccines for any of the MHW approved
    COVID-19 vaccinations, more than two weeks prior to travel to Barbados.

N.B: The travel history of a fully vaccinated traveler, where they have traveled from or transited through countries of special consideration within the 21 day period immediately prior to arrival, will determine which protocols apply.

  • Countries of special consideration are those where the prevalence of certain variants of COVID-19 are deemed of particular concern to Barbados Public Health Officials.

Unvaccinated Travellers

A traveler will be considered to be unvaccinated when they are:

  • A person who has not been vaccinated at all and therefore has no evidence of such.
  • A person who claims to have been vaccinated but has either produced no valid evidence of vaccination or the evidence produced is in doubt.
  • A person who has been vaccinated using a vaccine, not on the approved list of vaccinations
  • A person who has only received one dose of a two dose regimen

Approved Vaccines

NB: Further vaccines may be added by the MHW guided by the WHO emergency listing approval.


Vaccine Certification

Whereas pre-submission for approval of vaccine certificates is preferred, proof of vaccination, in the form of a vaccine certificate, is required for entry for fully vaccinated travelers. Validation of certificates at the point of entry will include one of the following:

  1. Proof of issuance from a national Public Health Organisation.
  2. Proof of documented vaccination issued by a hospital or medical center.
  3. Use of an independent validation system, such as IATA Travel Pass, or The Digital Green Certificate.
    These may have QR Codes and verifiable Apps incorporated.

It is required that vaccine certificates are presented in English.

Persons who fail to provide proof of vaccination will be subject to the protocols of unvaccinated persons.

Recommended Steps:

  1. Upload the proof of the vaccination certificate via the BIMSafe App.
  2. Verify via Electronic Health Passports.
  3. Travel with the paper and electronic form.

Protocols for Travellers Based on Travel History

  • The travel history of a fully vaccinated traveler, where they have traveled from or transited through countries of special consideration, will determine which protocols apply.
  • Vaccinated travelers coming from or transiting countries of special consideration in the past 21 days will be treated as unvaccinated travelers and will be required to observe the associated travel guidelines.
  • Acceptance of vaccination status will not be considered independently if there is a high prevalence of COVID-19 Variants of Concern (VoC).
  • All travelers are advised to consult the list of countries of special consideration using the link below.
  • The list of countries with a high prevalence of Variants of Concern will be updated regularly on the BTMI website www.barbadostravelprotocols.com based on a directive from the MOHW.
  • Persons traveling from or transiting countries with a high prevalence of Variants of Concern will be required to
    quarantine at specially designated approved facilities.

Family and Group Travel

Children under 18:

  • Some travelers may be traveling with children who may not have been vaccinated. Children under 18 years, traveling with fully vaccinated guardians will be allowed to adhere to the same guidelines as their fully vaccinated guardians.
  • If a child with the family party should test positive the entire family will need to quarantine together. Groups comprising vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers.
  • If a fully vaccinated adult traveler is traveling with an unvaccinated adult traveler, 18 years and older, and they choose not to be separated, then the rules applied to the unvaccinated traveler, will also apply to the fully vaccinated traveller.

Groups comprising vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers

If a fully vaccinated adult traveler is traveling with an unvaccinated adult traveler, 18 years and older, and they choose not to be separated, then the rules applied to the unvaccinated traveler, will also apply to the fully vaccinated traveller.

Unaccompanied Minors

  • All unaccompanied minors under 18 years of age must travel with proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result from a test taken no more than three days prior to arrival as per the current protocol in place.
  • Vaccinated unaccompanied minors will follow the proposed protocol for all vaccinated travelers.
  • Unvaccinated unaccompanied minors will follow the protocol of unvaccinated travelers.
  • Where guardians are considering travel for unaccompanied minors they are required to make a submission to the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for his consideration via covid19hotline@barbados.gov.bb.

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