UPDATE: Barbados no longer requiring post-arrival COVID-19 test/quarantine for vaccinated travelers
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Editor’s note: This story was updated to reflect new COVID-19 entry protocols
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COVID-19 entry requirements
To enter Barbados, all visitors must arrive with the results of a negative PCR test taken within three days of arrival to Barbados. No other test type, such as a rapid antigen test, will be accepted.
Although a quarantine was previously required when the country reopened its borders to international visitors in July 2020, fully vaccinated travelers are no longer required to isolate upon arrival as of Oct. 24, 2021, per an announcement by the Barbados Tourism Ministry on Oct. 21. Do note that vaccinated travelers may be selected at random to take a rapid antigen test at the Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI), free of charge.
You are considered fully vaccinated 14 days after receiving your final dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. The following vaccines are currently being accepted:
- Johnson & Jonhson
- Sputnik V
Unvaccinated travelers, on the other hand, are subject to much stricter entry requirements, including the same pre-arrival test, a five-day quarantine and a second COVID-19 test following quarantine. Specifically, unvaccinated travelers wishing to visit Barbados must:
- Present negative results of a PCR test within three days of arrival; and
- Quarantine for a period of five days at a pre-approved accommodation; and
- Take a mandatory second PCR test at one of the approved labs or testing hotels across the island at the traveler’s cost; and
- Continue to quarantine until receipt of negative test results.
Unvaccinated travelers under the age of 18 are allowed to enter the country if accompanied by vaccinated parents/guardians and travelers under 5 will not be subject to testing requirements.
Additionally, travelers are to download the BIMSafe App to upload health information as well as complete an online form at least 24 hours prior to arrival.
Finally, all incoming passengers are to depart BGI using specific transportation that has been approved by the Barbados government. Additional guidance on COVID-19 protocols can be found via Visit Barbados.
How to get to Barbados
Major U.S. and international carriers alike have resumed travel to the island’s main airport (BGI), including American Airlines, Jet Blue, United and Air Canada.
For example, you could fly American from Miami (MIA) to BGI the first week of December for less than $500 roundtrip in Basic Economy.
You could upgrade to Economy, also known as the Main Cabin for less than $100 and board earlier, choose your seat and have the flexibility of changing your flight should your travel plans change.
That same itinerary in miles would be 25,000 AAdvantage miles plus about $125 in taxes and fees in the main cabin though keep in mind that deal is part of an AA web special, which you will frequently find in searching flights on AA.
If you wanted to upgrade to business class for 2 free checked bags, a larger seat and priority boarding, that would cost you 120,000 miles plus the same $125 in taxes and fees, for a regular priced fare.
In pricing flights from MIA — BGI from now through March 2022, AA was the only carrier I found running nonstop flights. JetBlue has very limited one-way flights starting in December.
Where to stay in Barbados
There are not a ton of points properties in Barbados so you might be looking at paying cash. However, there are some point properties, including the Hilton Barbados Resort, the Radisson Aquatica Resort and the Courtyard Bridgetown. There are also several new hotels in Barbados under the Marriott umbrella after 2019 acquistion as well.
In conducting a test search for the same December dates, I found rates for Dec. 6-13 at the Hilton Barbados Resort for as low as $209 a night or 65,000 Hilton Honors points per night.
Similarly, I found rates at the Courtyard as low as $160 a night in December or you could use 170,000 Marriott Bonvoy points.
Regular prices at the Radisson for a King room were the most expensive among the three at $221 or 67,500 Radisson Rewards points for the seven-night stay in December, however, their current flash sale could save you up to 25%.
While in Barbados
“Travelers should visit Barbados not only to support the return of tourism and help boost the island’s economy but to create memorable moments by participating in exhilarating activities that the island offers. From wildly exciting activities for the lionhearted to peaceful and relaxing days in a tropical paradise, Barbados has it all!” Barbados tourism said back in July 2020 when we first wrote about the island reopening. “Even though COVID-19 has caused massive travel disruption across the Caribbean, the island’s warm waters, beautiful landscapes, and friendly residents await travelers in need of a getaway from the confinement of their homes, or those looking to work remotely with pearlescent white beaches as their backdrop. Regardless of the reason, Barbados can’t wait to welcome travelers back!”
As of Oct. 15, Barbados has recorded less than 14,000 cases of COVID-19 and under 125 deaths since March 2020, according to data from the World Health Organization, which notes that nearly half of the country’s residents are fully vaccinated.
Barbados maintains strong COVID-19 protocols and expects tourists to adhere to them as well, including a daily curfew from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., mandatory mask-wearing in public spaces and social distancing.
Additional reporting by Caroline Tanner
Featured image by Gagliardi Giovanni/REDA&CO/Universal Images Group via Getty Images.
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