Changes have been made to Barbados entry protocols as the country expands its testing options for visitors. Negative test results from healthcare provider-administered rapid antigen tests completed no more than one day before arrival will be accepted immediately.
Officials announced the new Barbados entry protocols after lifting the 12 am to 5 am curfew earlier this month. Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI) officials claimed in a statement that rapid antigen tests are “widely available in Barbados’ key source markets.”
Barbados also recognises COVID-19 RT-PCR testing completed no more than three days before arrival. COVID-19 tests can be performed using nasopharyngeal, oropharyngeal, nasal, anterior nare, or mid-turbinate swabs.
According to BTMI officials, results from a self-administered swab, shallow nasal swab, and saliva testing are unacceptable. In addition, passengers in transit via Barbados’ International Airport will not take a COVID-19 test.
Further information and the latest updates can be found on the Visit Barbados website.
Changes at Grantley Adams Airport
The BTMI also announced new procedures at Grantley Adams Airport. Paper entry forms previously provided aboard flights arriving in Barbados would be phased out.
In addition, the temporary Gate 14 to 16 arrivals hall has been returned to its original use. This space had been used to “manage port health entry checks” and conduct testing during the pandemic. “Travelers will once again utilise the more spacious main arrivals hall,” according to BTMI authorities.
During a special general meeting held last month, Barbados tourism stakeholders welcomed Renée Coppin as the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) chairman.
Coppin claimed she will strive to “rebuild [Barbados’] tourism economy after two years of pandemic uncertainty” in a Barbados Today report.
“It is certainly my vision to build on this foundation to again have tourism be the preeminent sector driving the development of Barbados,” Coppin stated.
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