COVID Travel Brief – What & Why
The official COVID-19 protocol documents are confusing and not easy to follow. This is why we created “COVID Travel Simplified”. It is a new look at Air Travel Protocols from the point of view of the COVID Traveller. It the easy way to find everything you need to know to get to Barbados and stay safe.
One reason for the complexity of the government protocols is that the rules and procedures are not organized strategically. The protocols are broken down into multiple categories. This means you have to look up several areas to get the full picture of the requirements for your trip.
In “COVID Travel Simplified” we have organized the protocols into just two categories which are simply: 1. Entry; and 2. Airport Protocols for All Travellers.
Now the information you need is all together in just 2 threads!
1. Entry Requirements
All travellers must fill out an online entry form at http://www.travelform.gov.bb. This should be done at least 24 hours before departure.
You are encouraged to get a COVID-19 test done 72 hours before you travel, submit it electronically and bring the test results with you (if the test is positive, stay where you are).
If you don’t get tested, you will be tested in Barbados.
The procedure for travellers from high, medium and low risk countries (i) are:
1a. Visitors COVID Travel Procedure
High Risk travellers with a valid negative test (ii) will be monitored and tested again within 7 days. They will be asked to self-quarantine in their accommodation during these 7 days. Those without a valid negative test result will need to be tested at the airport and will have to wait at the airport for test result. This can take up to 24 hours.
Medium Risk travellers with a valid negative test (ii) are free to go. They will be monitored for 7 days. Those without a negative test result will need to be be tested but will not need to wait there for results. Testing can be done at the airport (FREE) or at an approved site ($150US).
ii. a valid negative test must be completed 72 hours before departure.
High/Medium Risk travellers who test positive at any time will be isolated in a government facility.
High/Medium Risk travellers deemed to have had close contact with a positive case will be isolated.
Low Risk travellers with a negative test result and who have not been to a higher risk area within the last 21 days are free to go. Those without a valid test result must be tested at the airport (FREE) or at an approved site ($150).
However, low risk travellers who have travelled to a higher risk area within the last 21 days will be treated as higher risk.
All above visitors who refuse a required test will be declined entry.
1b. Residents, Citizens, Permanent Residents and People with Permanent Status
Those who do not present a valid negative test result and who decline testing on arrival will be quarantined in a government facility.
2. Airport Protocols for All Travellers
All passengers must wear a mask at all times. All may undergo basic health assessment including temperature checks and the answering of health assessment questions.
Additional tests may be required for any person as necessary.
In-transit passengers with no test will be denied entry.
COVID Travel Simplified Risk Assessment
High risk: Includes USA, Brazil, India, Mexico, Argentina, Peru, Colombia, South Africa, Indonesia, The 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)
Visitors Arrive & The Beach is Alive
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see latest details on travel to Barbados post Covid ▶️ https://barbados.org/blog/covidtravelsimplified/ It was a delight to see tourist and locals using the beaches again yesterday (Sunday). We sat under the huge Casuarina tree and enjoyed its shade amid the almond, coconut foliage. Local families manged to get their cars right up to the beach and setup their picnic area onbthe sand. The Brits arrived with coolers and broke open the banks beer and rum just before midday. Canadains walked briskly back and forth along the full length of Accra beach. A persistent beach vendor asked respectfully if we needed a car wash. It was all very cordial and relaxing with not too many people; lots of open space, a fresh breeze and refreshing ocean swims. A couple of air Canada flights and one British Airways has landed. So far, the Canadians all tested negative and seem to be doing well. One returning Barbadian from UK tested positive and immediately was sent to isolation. All others passengers that might have been in contact are being tested and monitored. The government seems committed to taking reasonable risk and is confident that its health care system will keep all under control. At the same time, it was made clear that flights would be canceled if there is a serious risk to locals and tourist on the island. See the latest in flights and protocols with our simplified version from travelers point of view: https://barbados.org/blog/covidtravelsimplified/
Keeping Barbados Safe
Barbados policing is modeled after the British Metropolitan Police system providing community based policing. Within the British system some are designated as community support officer. With this background Barbados police are courteous, approachable and respectful. They will, on occasion, stop to help and enjoy a brief hello along the way. Ultimately they are charged with keeping Barbados safe and maintaining public order.
Barbados has appointed a separate COVID-19 Monitoring Unit to ensure that everyone complies with the protocols aimed at suppressing the transmission of COVID-19 in Barbados. They are assisted by members of the Royal Barbados Police Force.
The island has received international praise for its testing, tracking contacts and containing the virus. Much of this success is the result of prudent and responsible behaviors of the people of the island: Its citizens, residents, industry, public service and visitors.
Please be sure to keep your guard up and continue wearing your mask, washing hands and avoiding unnecessary contact. Covid is not gone, it is still with us and you cannot know when it is near. So please be careful and prudent. Follow the guidelines re social distancing and respect any quarantine or curfew suggestions made by your hotel management.
Stay safe and enjoy Barbados!
Check out the new Barbados Welcome Stamp Visa if you want to stay longer to work remotely. The Welcome stamp is a special year long visa where you can come and go as you please. It lets you work-remotely, chill and play in a special island listed in top countries for managing covid-19 pandemic.
What Happens if Anyone Test Positive
Several passengers elected to get tested on arrival instead of in their country. Just 2 of these airport test were positive and precautionary measure were inactivated immediately to separate these and all nearby passengers.
“Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 will be placed in isolation until they have recovered. You may also be required to quarantine at any stage of your stay if the Barbados authorities deem that you have been in close contact with a COVID-19 positive individual.” See more on quarantine facilities here >>>
As of July 29, with 7 flight landed, only 3 more passengers have tested positive after continuous monitoring. All cases and suspects are now being quarantined with special care in a Barbados facility. All are receiving excellent care and attention and are expected to recover shortly. Check latest stats at https://barbados.org/blog/?p=5196
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