ENTRY REQUIREMENTS FOR BARBADOS
It is almost time for your trip to Barbados! As you prepare, please be aware of the new travel requirements and entry screening process for visiting the island. The ongoing pandemic causes frequent changes to entry requirements and testing guidelines, so be sure to check this page frequently leading up to your trip as it will be updated with new information as it becomes available.
Last Updated: May 21st, 2021
1. Complete the Online Immigration/Customs Form
Before arriving, all persons traveling to Barbados are required to complete the Online Immigration/Customs form and submit 24 hours prior to travel. To download the form, click here.
Download the BIMSafe App from the App store here. The app will facilitate submission of your entry documents, health tracking while in Barbados and much more. Have this visible upon arrival into Barbados.
2. Negative PCR COVID-19 Test
It is mandatory for all persons traveling to Barbados from a High-Risk country such as the USA and Canada to have a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival. Self-administered tests or home kids and rapid tests or testing using saliva samples will NOT be accepted. Only the COVID-19 PCR test taken at an accredited or certified facility/laboratory will be accepted. Your test must be taken by nasopharyngeal or oropharyngeal sample (or both), but not saliva nor nasal swab.
Travel with a copy of your test results clearly showing the date the test was taken. If you are unable to submit proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result or the test is not validated, you may be denied entry to the country.
On arrival, fully vaccinated travelers are required to provide a vaccination certification and will be required to take a standard PCR or rapid (COVID-19 antigen) test done at the airport. Fully vaccinated travelers will be required to quarantine for approximately 1-2 days (dependent on return of the test results). During the quarantine period, fully vaccinated travelers are free to move around in accordance with the guidelines of that property.
Travelers under 5 years of age will not be required to have a COVID-19 PCR test unless they are symptomatic, or any member of the travel party has a positive test result.
Children under 18 who are traveling with fully vaccinated guardians will be allowed to adhere to the fully vaccinated traveler guidelines. If you are traveling within a group as a vaccinated traveler with other unvaccinated travelers, you will be subject to unvaccinated traveler guidelines if you choose not to be separated.
3. Requirement for Quarantine
Non-vaccinated travelers are required to quarantine within their rooms/suites until they have been cleared by the Ministry of Health and Wellness. This clearance requires a negative COVID-19 test result taken after 5 days of quarantine in Barbados. Travelers will be required to retest with a COVID-19 PCR test 5 days (120 hours) after their arrival in the country. If the result of the second PCR test is negative, that traveler can now enjoy unrestricted movement. Travelers who refuse to have a second test may be denied entry or quarantine for 14 days. Travelers are asked to check and note the different quarantine rules for various properties. However, use of the property does not include access to the beach, gyms, spas or butler services while awaiting the return of COVID-19 PCR test result. The use of pool facilities may be permissible based on the rules of your chosen accommodation. Testing options on arrival, may require a cost.
All unaccompanied minors under the age of 18 must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken no more than 3 days prior to arrival. Vaccinated unaccompanied minors will follow the guidelines for all vaccinated travelers, whereas unvaccinated unaccompanied minors will follow the protocol of unvaccinated travelers.
Due to the fluidity of the COVID-19 pandemic, these protocols are likely to change. Travelers are encouraged to check here for updates.
Compliance of pre-departure protocols is mandatory by the Government of Barbados.
For more details and information on health screenings and testing requirements, please visit the Barbados Tourism Authority website.
Before returning to the USA effective immediately, the United States requires that all air passengers entering the country will be required to provide a negative COVID-19 test prior to boarding their flight as per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Many of our travel suppliers have made arrangements for on-site COVID-19 testing right at your hotel (view these travel supplier policies).