Barbados eases COVID-19 protocols for cruise arrivals
Bridgetown, Barbados

Barbados now accepting rapid tests for entry

TORONTO — Barbados is now accepting rapid antigen tests upon entry as part of its newly updated travel protocols.

As of Feb. 26, 2022, travellers can use a rapid test for entry into Barbados, administered by a healthcare provider no more than one day prior to arrival. Rapid tests are widely available in Barbados’ primary source markets and results are typically returned within one hour.

In addition to rapid antigen tests, COVID-19 PCR tests are also accepted if taken no more than three days prior to arrival in Barbados. 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
  • Saliva tests

In addition, the Government of Barbados in-transit passengers will not be required to test in order to transit through Barbados.

Travellers can also expect to see changes at Grantley Adams International Airport (GAIA). All paper forms previously distributed onboard aircraft arriving in Barbados will be discontinued. In addition, travellers will once again utilize the more spacious main arrivals hall rather than the temporary Gate 14-16 arrivals hall previously erected to manage port health entry checks and testing during the pandemic.

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