Travel advice from ABTA Magazine as tourism restarts.
White-sand beaches, glittering bays, a lush interior and a capital city with Unesco World Heritage status – Barbados is a destination boasting natural beauty and rich culture in equal measure. Get into the party spirit at lively Bajan beach parties, sip rum cocktails at sunset and sample some of the best food in the Caribbean.
As lockdown continues to ease, the government has revealed a list of countries from which inbound tourist and returning travellers do not need to self-isolate (also known as the travel corridors list) – ending its blanket 14-day quarantine policy. However, it is not necessarily the case that Britons can enter the countries on the exemptions list without needing to quarantine, or that flights are even currently available (research suggests as little as a third of the countries can be visited without restrictions). Although firm favourites Spain and Italy made it on to lists revealed by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) and the Department for Transport (DfT), the USA and Portugal were notable exceptions.
Barbados is exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel and is on the travel corridors list, meaning when returning to the UK, travellers will not need to self-isolate for 14 days. Arrivals must present a negative test for Covid-19 that meets Barbados’ entry requirements. Those who do not will be subjected to a mandatory test on arrival, and will need to quarantine until the test results are provided (a maximum of 48 hours).
The FCO notes that those who test positive will have to quarantine, while visitors may also be required to quarantine at any stage of their stay if they are considered to have been in close contact with someone with Covid-19.
More details can be found on the Visit Barbados website. British Airways resumed flying to Barbados on July 18.