Having reached a significant milestone in its fight against COVID-19, Barbados is officially ready to reopen to tourists on July 12.
On Friday, Prime Minister Mia Mottley announced that Barbados had recorded its 35th day with no new cases and zero active cases of COVID-19, so starting on July 1, all curfews will be lifted. Strict social distancing measures will also be relaxed, with sporting events now allowing spectators and gatherings of up to 500 people permitted.
Mottley also revealed that mid-July, commercial flights will resume to Grantley Adams International Airport, including service from Air Canada, British Airways, Caribbean Airlines, and JetBlue. Virgin Atlantic and American Airlines are expected to resume service a few weeks later.
Visitors to Barbados will, however, need to prove they are healthy enough to enter the country. All travelers from high-risk countries (countries with more than 10,000 new cases in the past seven days and community transmission) will need to take a test 72 hours prior to their departure. Those from low-risk countries (countries with less than 100 new cases in the past seven days and not in the Community Transmission Category) can take a test up to one week prior to their departure.
They will also need to complete a health card before departure, for which they will obtain documentation via email that they’ll have to present at the border along with their negative test results.
Anyone without a negative test will have to take one upon arrival and will be quarantined for 48 hours at their own expense until the results are obtained. Those who test positive will be placed in quarantine.