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COVID-19 Travel to Barbados

Last Updated: February 19, 2020 
 
Situation Summary 

  • Barbados is welcoming tourism, while keeping its residents and guests safe. As a result, travel guidelines may be changed as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold. 
  • Anyone arriving to the island needs to familiarize themselves with all travel protocols.  
  • Among others, travel protocols include having a valid, negative COVID-19 PCR test and downloading the BIMSafe app to complete all required travel forms.
  • After arrival, travelers will be required to quarantine and then have a second COVID-19 PCR test five days after arrival. During that quarantine, travelers will also be required to download the BIMSafe app to their smartphone and wear a water-resistant, tamper-resistant monitoring bracelet that syncs to the app. The bracelet tracks movement to ensure travelers remain in their designated quarantine location. Travelers will need to self-monitor temperatures and record them in the BIMSafe app. A negative result of that second COVID-19 PCR test taken on the fifth day allows travelers to exit quarantine and remove the monitoring bracelet. Failure to follow any of these steps can result in a fine up to $50,000 and/or a year in jail. 
  • For a complete listing of all travel guidelines from the government of Barbados, including a link to the required travel forms, go to visitbarbados.org/covid-19-travel-guidelines-2020.
  • This is an evolving situation and the information contained in this page is subject to change by the government of Barbados. HGV has no control over the changing government guidelines, and the information we are providing may not be the most up-to-date information. Please check the websites listed on this page for the most up-to-date information.


Travel Forms
The government of Barbados is requiring visitors to complete specific travel forms prior to arrival. Travelers must download the BIMSafe app to access those forms. If you are unable to download the BIMSafe app, you can go to travelform.gov.bb/home to fill out any required forms and upload your PCR test result. Please be sure to check visitbarbados.org/covid-19-travel-guidelines-2020 for the most updated information. 


Travel & Testing Requirements
All travelers are required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken three days prior to arrival on the island. Those test results should be uploaded to the BIMSafe app. After arrival, travelers will be required to quarantine and then have a second COVID-19 PCR test five days after the time of the arrival. During that quarantine, travelers will also be required to download the BIMSafe app to their smartphone and wear a water-resistant, tamper-resistant monitoring bracelet that syncs to the app. The bracelet tracks movement to ensure travelers remain in their designated quarantine location. Travelers will need to self-monitor temperatures and record them in the BIMSafe app. A negative result of that second COVID-19 PCR test on the fifth day allows travelers to exit quarantine and remove the bracelet. Failure to follow any of these steps can result in a fine up to $50,000 and/or a year in jail. Travelers are encouraged to check visitbarbados.org/covid-19-travel-guidelines-2020 for updates.

 
Social Distancing, Face Coverings and Guest Wristband Program

  • All guests at The Crane are expected to observe social distancing, as well as wear a face covering and color-coded wristband while on property.
  • The wristbands are based on tourism health and safety protocols and indicate the level of access allowed both on and off the property. Access level is determined by COVID-19 travel restrictions. As this is a rapidly changing situation, protocols for these wristbands may be updated periodically. Guests should check with the front desk upon arrival for the most up-to-date information.

 

Frequently Asked Questions 

This is an evolving situation and the information contained in this page is subject to change by the government of Barbados. HGV has no control over the changing government guidelines, and the information we are providing may not be the most up-to-date information. Please check the websites listed on this page for the most up-to-date information.


Q: I have been vaccinated against COVID-19. Can I travel to the island without a test?

A: No, all travelers are required to take a COVID-19 PCR test three days prior to arrival to the island. 
 
QWhat will happen to someone who flies into Barbados without a COVID-19 PCR test? 
A: It is now mandatory for all travelers arriving to Barbados to have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result. Arriving without proof of a negative test may deny entry into the country. Please note: Travelers arriving with a negative test are also required to take a rapid COVID-19 test at the airport and will be required to remain at the airport until those test results are given. Travelers who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 are asked to bring their vaccine documentation with them. While this will not change their entry requirements, it will ensure any signs of COVID-19 that may be picked up by the entry test are better understood by health professionals. Travelers previously diagnosed with COVID-19 are also asked to arrive with documentation.  
 
QAre there any additional travel requirements I need to know for going to Barbados?
A: As of January 26, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requires air passengers ages 2 and up to show documentation of a negative COVID-19 test before boarding a plane to the United States. Travelers are required to show documentation of either a negative, pre-departure viral test collected within 3 days before their flight’s departure to the United States, or written or electronic documentation of a positive, viral test result that confirms previous SARS-CoV-2 infection. The documentation must come from a licensed health care provider or public health official, stating that the passengers has been cleared for travel. For more information about the mandate, visit the CDC website at www.cdc.gov.

Travelers requiring a COVID-19 rapid antigen test prior to travel from Barbados are advised to visit the Garfield Sobers Gymnasium in Wildey, St. Michael between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Please note that the time required for testing and return of results can take up to 2 hours.

Additionally, there will be a fee of $50 for the rapid testing of outbound travelers. Please note that cash is not accepted and you will be required to pay using credit or debit cards.

Q: Do I have to wear a face covering at The Crane?  
A: The Crane’s health and safety protocols require the wearing of face coverings in all public areas of the property, except when seated on the pool deck, swimming in the pool or dining in a restaurant.

Q: What other requirements are in place at The Crane?  
A: The Crane’s health and safety protocols require all guests to wear a wristband that indicates, by color, the level of access allowed both on and off the property. Access level is determined by COVID-19 travel restrictions. Guests must wear the issued wristband for the full length of stay. 

Q: Do I have to wear a face covering in Barbados?  
A: The government of Barbados strongly encourages the use of face coverings in indoor and outdoor public spaces. Wearing a face covering is actively encouraged, and some businesses will only allow you to enter if you are wearing one. You may also have your temperature taken when entering many business premises. Regular washing of hands is encouraged, and you can expect to be asked to sanitize your hands upon entering most buildings. Please continue to visit the government of Barbados website for all travel mandates at visitbarbados.org/covid-19-travel-guidelines-2020 as you make your travel plans.

In addition, in destinations where face coverings are not mandated by the government, HGV is strongly recommending that all guests wear one when outside their room to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and other germs, and to ensure everyone’s health and safety.


Barbados travel protocols are subject to change as the situation continues to evolve.