Barbados drops Covid test for vaxxed visitors

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A beach in Barbados. Fully vaccinated travelers will no longer need a Covid test to enter the island country, effective May 25.
A beach in Barbados. Fully vaccinated travelers will no longer need a Covid test to enter the island country, effective May 25. Photo Credit: Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc.

Fully vaccinated travelers to Barbados no longer need a Covid test to enter the country, effective May 25. Unvaccinated travelers are still required to present a negative Covid test result for entry.

The change comes as more than 70% of the eligible population in Barbados is fully vaccinated, according to Prime Minister Mia Mottley. 

"Removing the entry test will have positive implications for the country's tourism experience, including speedier processing times at the Grantley Adams Airport," she said during a press conference on May 21.

All travelers still must download the BMISafe app and complete a travel form via the app 24 hours prior to arrival. Vaccinated visitors must include proof of vaccination, and the unvaccinated must include negative antigen or PCR test result. All travelers are required to test 24 hours before returning to or entering the U.S.

Masks are mandatory in indoor settings and on public transportation.

Minister of tourism and international transport Lisa Cummins commented on the significance of the update to the travel protocols, saying, "What this signals to our travelers is that it is safe for them to come to Barbados. We are in a position where we can comfortably accommodate many of the same measures they are experiencing at home such as the protocols for mask wearing and testing for certain activities."

These are the Caribbean countries that still require a negative Covid entry test for travelers: Antigua and Barbuda; Bahamas; Bermuda; British Virgin Islands; Cayman Islands; Guadeloupe; Haiti; Martinique; Montserrat; St. Kitts and Nevis; St. Vincent and the Grenadines; and Trinidad and Tobago.

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