Barbados Removes Testing Requirements for Vaccinated Pax

Bridgetown, Barbados
Bridgetown, Barbados

As of 25MAY, fully vaccinated travellers to Barbados will no longer be required to take a COVID-19 test to enter, the Government of Barbados announced on 21MAY.

In a press conference, Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley said that the change comes as over 70 per cent of the eligible population in Barbados is fully vaccinated. She added that removing the entry test will have positive implications for the country’s tourism experience, including faster processing times at BGI.

Offering a brief update on the country’s tourism industry, Mottley said that “We had a ninety percent decline in the number of visitors… in the last two years. [Now] we are significantly on our way back up.”

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Minister of Tourism and International Transport, Senator the Hon. Lisa Cummins, added: “What this signals to our travellers is that it is safe for them to come to Barbados, and we are in a position where we can comfortably accommodate many of the same measures they are experiencing at home, such as the protocols for mask wearing and testing for certain activities.”

Also effective 25MAY, masks will now only be required indoors and on public transportation. Outdoors, masks are optional.

Prime Minister Mottley noted that the changes announced pertain to vaccinated travellers only. Currently, unvaccinated travellers will still be required to present a negative COVID-19 test to enter Barbados.

For more information, visit Barbados’ travel protocols web site.

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