Travel to Barbados – Holidays, Flights, and Travel Information

Last Updated: October 5th, 2020

View the timeline of how COVID-19 has affected Barbados and its population.

Commercial Air Traffic into the Barbados Grantley Adams International Airport resumed on July 12, 2020. In an address to the nation at Ilaro Court, Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley said it was expected to start with traffic out of Canada, with the arrival of Air Canada, which would be coming initially twice per week on Thursdays and Sundays. This would be followed by British Airways resuming its flight from Gatwick on July 18, which she said would initially be once a week and respond to demand. On July 25, the prime minister added that JetBlue was expected to return, coming four times per week from JFK, while American Airlines would come by August 5, out of Miami.

The Barbados Ministry of Tourism released updated Travel Protocols (September 24th, 2020). In light of the fluidity of the COVID-19 pandemic, these protocols are likely to change. Travelers are encouraged to check BarbadosTravelProtocols.com for updates.

  1. Are you coming from a Medium or High-Rick country? Take your PCR test three (3) days before your arrival. Fill out your online immigration/customs form and upload the negative test result at www.travelform.gob.bb. Take a copy of your results with you to the airport. The PCR test gives you a fairly accurate indication of whether you are infected with the coronavirus.
  2. Travelers from High and Medium-Risk countries will be retested 2 -3 days after arrival (4-5 days after your 1st test). After you have arrived, airport officials will validate your test results and guide you through Immigration and Customs and Baggage Claim.
  3. Travelers from High-Rick countries – your transport service provider, has been trained in COVID-19 protocols and will safely transport you to your accommodation while telling you all about Barbados. Over the next two (2) days, take the time to explore your hotel, resort, or villa, as you will have restricted access that limits you to your property for a short while until you get your seconds test.
  4. You will have your second test between 4 – 5 days after your first test taken in your home country. In just 24 hours, your test result will be back, and once negative, it’s vacation time! You will no longer be restricted to your property, and your Barbados adventure awaits you. This p[andemic will not keep you from our beautiful beaches, restaurants, and attractions. We are happy to have you in Barbados.
  5. Check-in with our health team – from the moment you arrive at the airport, we will ensure that you are equipped with all you need to monitor your health on the island. No worries – our health officials are just a call or text away. Simple measures have been put in place for self-monitoring while in Barbados. Monitoring includes daily self-temperature checks and sharing information with the public health teams who will check in via call or text. Monitoring is generally for 7 days after arrival or the length of stay, whichever is shorter. If you being to feel unwell at any point in your vacation, let our health officials know.

Since the Coronavirus Disease 2019 – COVID-19 has changed travel protocols throughout the world, Totally Barbados provides information and links to external resources to help all travelers to Barbados for the safety of overseas visitors and all who live and work in Barbados.

Travel Protocols

The Barbados Airport has reopened to international travel on July 12th, 2020 and there are a number of precautions and safeguards being implemented to protect, both locals and visitors while on the island. You can find the official travel protocols for visiting Barbados during the COVID-19 pandemic at https://www.visitbarbados.org/covid-19-travel-guidelines-2020.

In light of the fluidity of the COVID-19 pandemic, these protocols are likely to change. Travelers are encouraged to check barbadostravelprotocols.com for updates.

Immigration and Customs

IMPORTANT NOTE: All travelers to Barbados are required to complete the online immigration and customs form which will be available seventy-two (72) hours prior to your arrival in Barbados. Using the Online ED Form will enhance your travel experience by providing you with an easy and convenient option, that will improve the ease with which you transit through the airport.

Once the form is completed, the Immigration and Customs receipts are to be saved to your mobile device or printed and presented to Immigration and Customs upon arrival.

A valid email address is required to use this service as Immigration and Customs receipts are emailed to travelers upon submission.

Locals and visitors can download the full guidelines for the Barbados Health and Safety Protocols for the Tourism Sector from the Barbados Government website or view this same document “Barbados Health and Safety Protocols for the Tourism Sectors Comm Travel 240720” as provided to Totally Barbados on July 26th, 2020.

For Barbados holidays, flights, and travel information, let “Totally Barbados” be your guide. You can choose from many trips or visit us by cruise ship.

Travel to Barbados by air with an extensive selection of airlines that fly into Barbados.

The inter-island services include:

Caribbean Airlines
Air Antilles Express

American Airlines
Air Canada
Air France
— JetBlue
Thomson Airways
Thomas Cook Airline
Virgin Atlantic

When traveling to Barbados, remember that there will be a departure tax of BDS $50 that must be paid at the airport in cash upon departure. $1 U.S. per bag suggests baggage tipping. A valid passport is mandatory for all persons entering the island.

For citizens from Eastern European countries, the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, Pakistan, the non-Commonwealth countries of Africa, and all South American countries except Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, and Venezuela, Visas are required for entry into Barbados.

Barbados is a primary tourist location, and with all the technical advances of recent years, it is now easier than ever to get here.

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Visit Barbados and experience paradise.

Find the latest updates and flight information for both arrivals and departures for Grantley Adams International Airport by visiting: http://www.gaiafids.com/.

Because Barbados is an island, a mass of land surrounded by water, there are only two ways to get here: by air or sea.

Barbados is a favorite stop for cruise ships, so that’s a somewhat preferred way of getting here. For ideas of what to do while traveling to Barbados for one day on a cruise ship, see our shore excursions page in the Barbados Vacation category below.

Barbados is the most easterly island in the Caribbean island chain. St. Lucia is the closest country to us. We are southeast of the United States of America, west of Africa, southwest of the United Kingdom, and northeast of Venezuela.

If a cruise ship isn’t your thing, you can still enjoy traveling to Barbados by sailing from any of our neighboring islands.

During the winter months, the beaches and bays of Barbados are usually occupied by people sailing around the world and who have come stopped to visit our island.

By: Brett Callaghan

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Brett Callaghan is the founder and managing director of Totally Barbados. I specialize in writing content for the tourism industry for my island home of Barbados. I help companies build strategies to grow their businesses online with SMART marketing, advertising, and social media goals.