TORONTO — Two Caribbean islands well-known and well-loved by Canadian travellers have updated their COVID-19 protocols.
Both Barbados and Saint Lucia have revised their entry requirements in the wake of the pandemic.
Here’s a look…
Now in effect, the Barbados Travel Protocols have been updated, and notable changes include:
- Mandatory negative COVID-19 PCR test result for all travellers prior to arrival in Barbados, followed by a test result validity screening upon arrival, and the potential requirement to reconfirm the first negative COVID-19 PCR test with a rapid (COVID-19 antigen) test.
- Introduction of the BIMSafe App and bracelet system to facilitate submission of entry documents, health tracking, and more.
- Inclusion of requirement to comply with Barbados ‘House Rules’, which includes the mandatory wearing of a mask in public spaces and the mandatory 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew and a stay-at-home order, which will remain in effect until Feb. 17, 2021.
To review the updated Barbados Travel Protocols in detail, visit: http://www.
The ‘Before Departure’ page (page 16) details how travellers can acquire a COVID-19 PCR or COVID-19 rapid antigen test as needed.
And page four, ‘Travel Protocol Updates at a Glance’, breaks down the latest updates and important reminders.
Effective Feb. 10 all arrivals to Saint Lucia (age five years or older) must have a negative result from a COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than 5 days before arrival.
Consistent with existing protocols, all arrivals to Saint Lucia:
- Must complete and submit a Travel Registration Form, which is found on the Saint Lucia COVID-19 Travel Advisory page at www.StLucia.org/Covid-19
- Must adhere to all safety protocols in place throughout Saint Lucia, including wearing a mask in public places
- Shall be subject to mandatory screening and temperature checks at ports of entry and throughout your stay
- Shall be transferred by certified taxi to COVID-19 approved accommodation
“In order to co-exist with Covid-19, we must constantly evaluate our safety and travel protocols. In due consideration of all factors affecting the health of Saint Lucian citizens and international visitors, we are tightening testing protocols based on current conditions,” said Saint Lucia’s Minister of Tourism, Dominc Fedee.
See www.StLucia.org/Covid-19 for more details.