The Government of Barbados has announced a series of updates to its travel protocols, making it easier for travelers to enter the country. Visitors to the Caribbean country now have more options with the acceptance of rapid antigen tests for entry, once administered by a healthcare provider no more than one day prior to arrival in the island country.
According to the Barbadian government, rapid antigen tests are widely available in the country’s primary source markets and results are typically returned within one hour. Rapid antigen tests join the list of approved tests for entry to Barbados. The island also accepts COVID-19 PCR tests taken no more than three days prior to arrival in Barbados. The COVID-19 tests can be taken using samples administered by nasopharyngeal, oropharyngeal, nasal, anterior nares or mid-turbinate swabs. However, the following PCR tests will not be accepted: self-administered swabs; shallow nasal swabs; and saliva tests.
Furthermore, passengers transiting through Barbados will not be asked to provide test results in order to do so. Travelers will also notice changes to the Grantley Adams International Airport experience. All paper forms previously distributed on-board aircraft arriving in Barbados will be discontinued. Additionally, travelers will once again be able to utilize the more spacious main arrivals hall, instead of the temporary Gate 14-16 arrivals hall that had previously been set up to manage port health entry checks and testing during the pandemic.
For more information, visit www.barbadostravelprotocols.com.