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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.

UPDATE: COVID TESTING REQUIREMENTS FOR TRAVELERS FROM THE UNITED STATES

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In accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the United States Government, all returning travelers will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test result effective on January 26, 2021. For more info on assistance with testing locations, please scroll down or CLICK HERE.

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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.

GREAT NEWS – NOVEMBER 20, 2020

Stage Zero will be providing COVID-19 PCR testing to travelers from North America. Travelers from the USA and Canada will be able to access COVID-19 PCR testing from Barbados' partner, Stage Zero Life Sciences. This diagnostic company provides a full suite of services that includes COVID-19 PCR Tests, a telehealth network to prescribe tests and onsite mobile testing.

Find our more and book a test at https://www.stagezerolifesciences.com/barbados.html

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?
In accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the United States Government, all air passengers arriving to the US from a foreign country are required to get tested no more than 3 days before their flight departs and to present the negative result or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 to the airline before boarding the flight. This is effective at 12:01 a.m. EST (5:01 a.m. GMT) on January 26, 2021. This applies to all air passengers, 2 years of age or older, traveling into the US, including US citizens and legal permanent residents.

Testing 72 hours in advance of departure from the island is available at the following locations. Payments for transportation and tests are the guest’s responsibility.

For the latest information, visit www.visitbarbados.org/covid-19-travel-guidelines-2020.

For assistance with testing and transportation to testing locations while at the resort, please visit the Front Desk.

Best-dos Santos Laboratory
Cost: Free
Location: Enmore, Collymore Rock, St. Michael, Barbados
Hours: 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

Travelers can only go to this testing site via approved transport through Divi Southwinds. Please note that this test will not be accepted by Canada as they require a PCR test. The testing process takes approximately 1 1/2 hours from registration through test certification, so travelers are advised to plan accordingly. 

Urgent Care 
Cost: Office Visit - (Monday-Saturday) US $202.00/BDS $400 | Hotel Visit - US $303.03/BDS 600 | Additional swabs during the same visit US $277.78/BDS $550
Phone: (246) 538-3838
Address: 8 Pine Rd, Bridgetown, Barbados
Email: info@urgentcarebarbados.com
Website: www.urgentcarebarbados.com

By appointment only. Results available in 24 hours.

Sandy Crest Medical Centre
Cost: Office Visit - US $308.08/BDS $610.00 | Hotel Visit - US $353.53/BDS $700
Phone: (246) 419-4911
Address: Sunset Crest, Holetown, St. James, Barbados
Email: bcharles@sandycrest.net
Website: sandycrest.net/?z=2

By appointment only. Results available in 12-15 hours post test.

Coverley Medical Centre
Cost: Office Visit - US $308.08/BDS $610.00 | Hotel Visit - US $353.53/BDS $700
Phone: (246) 627-1000
Address: Charnocks, Christ Church, Barbados
Email: bcharles@sandycrest.net
Website: sandycrest.net/?z=1

By appointment only. Results available in 12-15 hours post-test.

Public Polyclinics
Cost: Free

Please note: At the Polyclinics, you may have to wait for your turn as this facility is geared towards testing locals and those who need COVID testing to rule in/out the diagnosis. This is usually a lengthy process and requires patience.

*Testing prices are subject to change without notice.


For more information on the CDC's travel requirement, visit www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html and review the CDC's frequently asked questions below. Please note that this information is subject to change.

When do I need to get a test to travel to the US? And what kind of test do I need?

Get tested no more than 3 days before your flight to the US departs. Make sure to be tested with a viral test (NAAT or antigen test) to determine if you are currently infected with COVID-19. Also make sure that you receive your results before your flight departs and have documentation of your results to show the airline.

What if I recently recovered from COVID-19?

CDC does not recommend getting tested again in the three months after a positive viral test, as long as you do not have symptoms of COVID-19. If you have had a positive viral test in the past 3 months, and you have met the criteria to end isolation, you may travel instead with documentation of your positive viral test results and a letter from your healthcare provider or a public health official that states you have been cleared for travel. The positive test result and letter together are referred to as “documentation of recovery.”

Who is checking to make sure that people have a negative test or documentation of recovery before they board a plane to the US?

The airline will confirm a COVID-19 negative test result or documentation of recovery for all passengers before boarding.

What happens if I don’t take a test and want to travel to the US?

Air passengers traveling to the US are required to present a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery.  Airlines must confirm the negative test result or documentation of recovery for all passengers before boarding. If a passenger chooses not to present a test result or documentation of recovery, the airline must deny boarding to the passenger.

What happens if I test positive?

If you test positive for COVID-19 while in Barbados, you will first be assessed at a government facility for a minimum of 24 hours. After which, you may request from the Ministry of Health and Wellness the option to self-isolate at your own expense at your hotel or villa, or government approved isolation property. This can be facilitated under strict stipulations that must be signed as accepted and proven to be in place. Alternately, you will be transported to other accommodation for isolation. Upon recovery, you can resume your vacation, or you may return home.

What is a verifiable test result?

A verifiable test result must be in the form of written documentation (paper or electronic copy) of a laboratory test result. Testing must be performed using a viral test (NAAT or antigen), and negative results must be presented to the airline prior to boarding. The test result documentation must include information that identifies the person, a specimen collection date and the type of test. A negative test result must show test was done within the 3 days before the flight.

What kind of documentation of my test result do I need to present?

CDC requires that air passengers arriving in the US have a paper or electronic copy of their test result for review by the airline before you board and for potential review by public health officials after you arrive in the US.

All travelers (including those who have recovered from COVID-19) should remember to wear a mask, stay at least 6 feet apart from people who are not in your household, and wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after blowing their nose, coughing, or sneezing and before eating. Travelers should look for symptoms of COVID-19 and take your temperature if you feel sick. Anyone sick with symptoms of COVID-19 should self-isolate and delay further travel.

For more information, visit After You Travel Internationally.

If I have one or more connecting flights to the US, does the 3-day period apply to the first flight or the last one?

If you are arriving on a direct flight to the US, your test must be done within the 3 days before your flight to the US departs. If you are arriving to the US via one or more connecting flights, your test must be done in the 3 days before the first flight in your itinerary, but only if the connecting flights were booked as a single passenger record with a final destination in the US and each connection (layover) is no longer than 24 hours long. If your connecting flight to the US was booked separately or a connection in your itinerary lasts longer than 24 hours, you will need to get tested within the 3 days before your flight that arrives in the US.

If I am connecting through the US to another country, do I still need to get tested?

Yes.  Any flight entering the US, even for a connection, will require testing before departure.

What if I have had a COVID-19 vaccine?  Do I still need a negative COVID-19 test or documentation of recovery from COVID-19?

Yes, all air passengers traveling to the US, regardless of vaccination status, are required to present a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery.

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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