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HELPFUL FAQS WHEN TRAVELING TO BARBADOS

As the island of Barbados is open and welcoming visitors, it is important to be fully informed regarding entry requirements, prior to traveling. As the collective global citizenship continues to work towards curtailing the spread of COVID-19, the island is doing its part to protect its visitors and citizens. Below you will find helpful information and FAQs to assist you in preparing for your vacation on Barbados.

TESTING

What are the requirements for PCR COVID-19 tests?

  • All persons traveling to Barbados are required to take a COVID-19 PCR test from an accredited or certified facility/laboratory.
  • 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.
  • Only the COVID-19 PCR test, taken at an accredited or certified facility/laboratory will be accepted. Relevant accrediting bodies and standards include: ISO:15189, CAP, UKAS or the equivalent.
  • Test results must be submitted electronically at www.travelform.gov.bb and travelers are required to present a copy of test results (in English) bearing their name on arrival. Test results must be validated by the Ministry of Health and Wellness in Barbados.

What is a PCR test?
A PCR test is a diagnostic test that can show if you have an active coronavirus infection and should take steps to quarantine or isolate yourself from others. This highly accurate test is taken as a nasal/throat swab and usually does not need to be repeated. Results can be given same day or up to a week.

Source: FDA

What is an Antigen test?
An antigen test is another type of diagnostic test that can show if you have an active coronavirus infection. This test detects specific proteins on the surface of the virus. This test is highly accurate but negative results may need to be confirmed with a molecular test like a PCR test. This test is also taken as a nasal or throat swab and results can be received in one hour or less.

Source: FDA

What is an Antibody test?

An antibody test looks for antibodies that are made by your immune system in response to a threat like a specific virus. Antibodies help fight infection and can take several days or weeks to develop after an infection. At this time researchers do not know if the presence of antibodies means that you are immune to the coronavirus in the future. This test is taken via a finger prick or blood draw and results can be received the same day or up to 1-3 days later. Sometimes a second antibody test is needed for accurate results.

Source: FDA

Where can I find testing in the USA?
If you are traveling from the U.S., a COVID-19 test is required before traveling to Barbados. For assistance with finding a location where testing is available within a 72-hour period*, visit www.rapidtesttravel.com. To find a testing location, enter the state you reside in and choose your preferred testing facility.

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has also provided a resource for finding testing locations in your state at Community Based Testing Sites. In addition, you can search “COVID-19 TESTING SITE” on Google for local testing locations.

*Rapid test turnaround times may change, so please check the testing site when making an appointment and visit Covid-19 Travel Guidelines 2020 for travel requirements.

When do I get tested for COVID-19?
It is important that the government of Barbados have testing to confirm that travelers are negative for coronavirus, so please upload your PCR COVID-19 test, with its negative result,  to  prior to your departure.

Will I have to spend time in quarantine?

High-Risk & Medium-Risk Countries Mandatory Quarantine:

Persons traveling from or transiting through High-Risk and Medium-Risk countries with a valid negative COVID-19 PCR test result will have restricted movement at a designated holding hotel (like Divi Southwinds Beach Resort) or approved villa at their own expense, or free of charge at a government facility.

It is now mandatory for Travelers from high-risk and medium-risk countries to receive a 2nd test while on island. You will receive your 2nd COVID-19 PCR test 4-5 days after you receive your negative result. For example, if you travel to Barbados on Saturday, and you are tested on arrival, you will receive your 2nd COVID-19 PCR test by the following Thursday. During this time, those traveling from High Risk countries will have restricted movement at their approved accommodation.

You may be tested at:

Option 1 – Government Facility
Option 2 - Test privately via medical service providers
Option 3 - Arrange testing at your accommodation

Second COVID-19 tests are free of charge when conducted at approved government facilities. Alternatively, persons can pay for tests conducted privately via the below:

Urgent Care Mobile: +1 246-538-3838
Sandy Crest Medical Centre: +1 246-419-4911
Platinum Services Limited: +1 246 418-6638

You can book your 2nd test before coming to Barbados. However, government faculties test daily, and therefore do not require appointments to be made before your arrival.

Test results are generally available within 24 hours.

If you’re traveling from a medium-risk country, you will not be restricted while you await test results. You are however asked to take careful note of places you visit and persons who you come into contact with until your results are returned.

Once your second test results are negative, you’re free to roam around the island as you please, taking care to observe all COVID-19 protocols in place (e.g. mask wearing, physical distancing and hygiene practices). Travelers will continue to be monitored for 7 days after arrival. For more information, please review the health and safety protocols at Health and Safety Protocols.

 


ON THE ISLAND

Do I have to wear a mask at the resort?
Currently, the Barbados government and Divi Resorts is requiring everyone to wear face masks in high-traffic areas, inside all establishments, when using public transportation (taxis, buses, and tour buses), and whenever social distancing is not possible.

Do I have to show a negative COVID-19 test taken up to 72 hours before check-in?
Yes, you are required to show proof a negative COVID-19 test taken up to 72 hours before check-in upon arrival.

  • International travelers should have proof of a negative test upon arrival at the airport and the resort. We have protocols in place for any guest who is tested at the airport when entering Barbados.
  • Local residents must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test at check-in.

What if I test positive for COVID-19 during my quarantine?
If a guest tests positive, they will remain in isolation at one of the designated government quarantine properties until they are recovered. Throughout the isolation process, medical follow-up will be conducted, and once the patient recovers and tests negative, he or she can resume their vacation or depart the destination.

What testing facilities are available in Barbados for testing 72 hours prior to departing?
Tests are available at the following locations. Payments for transportation and tests are the guest’s responsibility.

Urgent Care 
Telephone: 1.246.538.3838
Email: info@urgentcarebarbados.com
Cost of Test – Office Visit: (Monday – Saturday) US $202.00/BDS $400
Cost of Test – Hotel Visit: US $303.03/BDS 600 - Additional swabs during the same visit US $277.78/BDS $550
By appointments only. Results available in 24 hours.

Sandy Crest Medical Centre
Sunset Crest, Holetown, St. James, Barbados
Telephone: 1.246.419.4911
Email: bcharles@sandycrest.net
Cost of Test - Office Visit: US $308.08/BDS $610.00
Cost of Test – Hotel Visit: US $353.53/BDS $700
By appointment only. Results available in 12-15 hours post test.

Coverley Medical Centre
Charnocks, Christ Church, Barbados
Telephone: 1.246.627.1000
Email: bcharles@sandycrest.net
Cost of Test - Office Visit: US $308.08/BDS $610.00
Cost of Test – Hotel Visit:  US $353.53/BDS $700
By appointment only. Results available in 12-15 hours post test.

Public Polyclinics
Covid PCR testing can be done for free at the public Polyclinics. At the Polyclinics, you may have to wait for your turn as this facility is geared towards testing locals and persons who may need Covid testing to rule in/out the diagnosis. This is usually a lengthy process and requires patience.

Work Remotely on Barbados!

How can I work remotely on Barbados?

On June 30, 2020, the Barbados Government announced the introduction of the 12-month Barbados Welcome Stamp. This new remote work program establishes a visa to allow people to work remotely in Barbados for a maximum for 12 months. The visa is available to anyone who can meet the visa requirements and whose work is location independent, whether individuals or families. For more information on this program please visit www.visitbarbados.org and apply at Barbados Welcome.


HEALTH & SAFETY MEASURES

What is the Clean Check Program?
Our CLEAN CHECK Program offers enhanced hygiene standards and safety measures at every resort. When you’re ready to travel, you can trust the Caribbean Experts!

Visit our CLEAN CHECK page to learn more.


Please note: Barbdos' health and safety protocols will be revisited and reevaluated on an ongoing basis. Based on the ever-changing situation, we recommend all visitors check www.visitbarbados.org frequently for any changes to dates, markets, required procedures, and more.


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