For latest statistics on Reopening air travel and Covid testing see https://barbados.org/blog/barbados-tourism-revival/
Barbados Air Travel Flights Protocols, first published early in July, were revised on July 16th. Please go here For Latest Updates – Download
Air Travel Protocols By Risk Category
The summary below is much the same as the revised form. A major difference is the treatment of categories for high risk, medium risk and low risk travellers.
High Risk: Includes USA, Brazil, India, Mexico, Argentina, Peru, Colombia, South Africa, Indonesia, Philippines and Russia.
Moderate Risk: Includes Canada, UK, Spain, Italy, Germany, France, Portugal, Sweden, Australia, Egypt, Ghana, China, Japan, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Haiti, Dominican Republic and Jamaica.
Low Risk: Includes Uruguay, Cuba, New Zealand, Finland, Norway, Iceland, Greenland, Guyana and CARICOM States. (BGIS)
All subject to change at any time- Trinidad was pulled from the low risk becuase of an outbreak. We expect it will be back soon
Air Travel Flights Protocols Revised July 16th – What’s New
High-Risk Travellers (from High Risk countries) who do not have a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours prior to arrival in Barbados will be tested at the airport and will stay there until the results are available. High risk passenders are required to self-quarantine for 7 days while they are monitored and tested.
Medium-Risk Travellers who do not have a negative PCR test result will be required to have a COVID-19 PCR test. They are not required to wait for their results at the airport and can proceed to their intended addresses. They should remain in quarantine until the test results are known (usually 24 hours).
Low-Risk Travellers who have not visited a high risk country within 21 days prior to arrival should present valid results of a test done within one week prior to travel to Barbados.
Medium or Low Risk Travellers without a valid test can be tested at the airport free of charge or at approved satellite sites for a fee of USD $150.
Travel Safe with New Revised Flight Protocols
Here is our summary of the original Barbados Air Travel Flights & Protocols. It includes details of the Barbados COVID-19 travel advisory as well as general information on Barbados vacation options and related background information.
This is a work in progress and it will change as the Government fine-tunes the protocols based on how things unfold. For the the latest updates, Download Now.
The intention of the protocols is to reduce risk and look after visitors and locals as the island lets in measured numbers of visitors from select destinations.
We are living with COVID-19 and expect there will be some new cases. Barbados has demonstrated that it can cope with outbreaks and has been acclaimed as one of the top countries in managing the pandemic.
Barbados opens up its world-class tourism destination. Air traffic resumed at the Grantley Adams International Airport on July 12.
Air Canada Flights Start July 12
Air Canada arriving on Thursdays and Sundays from July 12th.
British Airways resuming from Gatwick on July 18 with one flight per week but more will be added based on demand.
JetBlue is expected to arrive four times per week from JFK, starting on July 25. This is very tentative!
Virgin Atlantic may start with one fight a week on August 1. They will ramp back up to full schedule for the winter in October.
American Airlines is expected to start August 5, out of Miami.
Source: Barbados Government
Check with airlines directly (link above) for latest details.
Barbados Air Travel & Protocols By Each Stage of the Trip
The official list of protocols contains 30 items – It is a bit daunting to threat them all together. We have created a simplified list in two threads- Entry and Airport protocols. Check it out at https://barbados.org/blog/covid-travel-simplified
Below are the Government protocols. You may download full details as of July 16, 2020. All are subject to change depending on how things unfold. Here is our brief summary.
A. Entry Requirements – Flights Protocols – Revised/Updated
- All travellers must complete an Embark/Disembark form which may be obtained at www.travelform.gov.bb. This should be done at least 24 hours before arrival.
- All visitors are strongly encouraged to take a COVID-19 PCR Test from an accredited or certified facility/laboratory. Test results should be submitted electronically and travellers should also bring a copy of test results with them. Children under five years old may be exempt from taking a test unless they are symptomatic or their guardian has a positive test. Unaccompanied minors will be required to have a negative COIVID-19 test to enter Barbados.
- Travellers without a negative test certificate will be required to take the test in Barbados.
- High-risk travellers without a negative test certificate taken within 72 hours prior to arrival in Barbados will be tested at the airport and will have to wait for the results. They will be quarantined for 7 days with close monitor and testing.
- Medium or low risk travellers without a valid test can be tested at the airport free of charge or at approved satellite sites for a fee of USD $150. They are not required to wait for their results at the airport. They must self-quarantine until the test results are known (usually 24 hours).
- Low-Risk travellers who have not visited a high risk country within 21 days prior to arrival, should present valid results of a test done within one week prior to travel to Barbados.
Get Latest Entry Forms Before you Fly
B. Protocols At Barbados Airport – Revised/Updated
- Masks must be worn while at the airport in Barbados.
- Arriving passengers will be screened for temperature and may have a brief health assessment interview.
- All incoming travellers who have a negative test certificate will present the results for review by the Ministry of Health and Wellness in Barbados. This test must have been conducted within the period specified. Results of tests conducted outside of the time specified shall not be accepted. Any person who fails to satisfy the above requirements must be tested in Barbados on arrival.
- A visitor who does not present a valid negative test result and who declines testing on arrival, will be denied entry into Barbados.
- Citizens, permanent residents and people with permanent status who do not present a valid negative test result and who decline testing on arrival will be quarantined in a Government facility.
- High risk travellers will be required to have a negative COVID-19 PCR test and will be quarantined at an approved facility.
- Medium or low risk travellers with negative test results may proceed to Immigration and Customs and may leave the airport.
- Medium and low risk travellers who are tested at the airport may await the test results in a designated hotel at their own expense. They must remain in that accommodation until they receive their results. (usually within 24 hours).
C. Passengers In-transit Via Barbados – Revised/Updated
- Masks must be worn by all in-transit passengers while at the airport in Barbados.
- All in-transit passengers must have a health assessment which may include an interview by Port Health personnel and a temperature check.
- In-transit passengers must have a valid negative COVID-19 test prior to arrival. Passengers without evidence of a valid negative test may be denied entry.
The Government of Barbados reserves the right to refuse entry to anyone who does not have a valid test.
D. Stay in Barbados Protocols – Revised/Updated
- Visitors must abide by all public health and social measures including physical distancing, hygiene practices, wearing of face masks and all other relevant measures.
- All passengers must report any symptoms to public health officials or relevant hotel/accommodation management.
- High risk travellers will be quarantined and monitored daily for the onset of symptoms and will have a second test in seven days.
- Moderate risk travellers will be monitored for seven days.
- Any person may be requested to undergo an additional test if circumstances require it.
- Any person who tests positive will be isolated and treated in alternative accommodations until they have two consecutive negative tests.
- Any person who has been in close contact with a positive case will be quarantined at facilities approved by the Ministry of Health and Wellness.
Approved resort properties and accommodation providers are subject to strict protocols for your health and safety. See accommodation providers rules and regulations
E. On Departure – Revised/Updated
- Masks must be worn by all departing passengers while in the airport.
- All departing passengers must follow instructions given by public health officials.
Download Detailed Protocols – Revised/Updated
This Barbados Air Travel Flights & Protocols information is our summary of the government’s original information. To get the latest updates on accommodation options and changes in flight schedules and protocol strategies, please download the government file below.
A slideshare version is also available on Covid Travel simplifiedThe site may be down at times for updates! You contact the hotline below in this case.
Traveler Friendly Covid Travel Simplified
For a simplified version of the what you need to know about entry to Barbados check our CovidTravelSimplied brief
Also see our Infographic at the Barbados COVID-19 Travel Advisory page: https://barbados.org/covid-19-travel-advisory-to-barbados/
This is a fun graphic based on the original protocols which did not differentiate according to risk factors. When looking at it, remember that it will vary somewhat depending on the country you are travelling from.
We will be adding a new chart that makes it all clear in the next week or so.
Use the Download page for latest info. This infographic is an illustrated version of the original protocols and may not be updated.
Background Thinking & Planning the COVID-19 Framework
For the full history leading up to the opening of air with protocols see:
Beaches Without Crowds Waiting for You
Video of Empty Beaches Without Travellers Protocols
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➡️ https://Barbados.org/blog/flightsprotocols/ A real bonus of the pandemic is the shutdown that stopped everything – the beaches are spectacular now – miles of soft white sand with no one around – as Barbados opens travel on July 12th, the first visitors are treated to holidays without crowds, The beaches are spectacular with just a handful of people in many cases. Get latest details on air travel flights and protocols at https://Barbados.org/blog/flightsprotocols/ Flights start with Air Canada on July 12. Check the website to get all the information you need to have a wonderful Barbados vacation. Video by @lifestylesoftheartisan
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