Passengers arriving in Barbados with a negative COVID-19 PCR test from countries deemed high risk will now be quarantined at an approved facility for seven days, and monitored daily for the onset of symptoms.
At the end of the seven-day period, they will be required to undergo a second COVID-19 PCR test.
Revised public health protocols for air travel to Barbados, issued today, also informed that persons from high-risk countries, arriving without a validated negative test result, will be tested at the Grantley Adams International Airport, and must remain there until the results are known.
If the result is negative, they will go into a seven-day quarantine before being retested. If positive, they will go immediately into isolation.
Travellers are advised that the COVID-19 PCR test must be done by an accredited or certified facility or laboratory 72 hours prior to arrival in Barbados. Relevant accrediting bodies and standards include ISO:15189, CAP, UKAS, or equivalent.
Test results should be submitted electronically, and persons must also bring a copy with them. Everyone must complete a pre-arrival online Embarkation/Disembarkation (ED) form at least 24 hours before arrival. The test results may be uploaded on this form, which may be accessed at www.travelform.gov.bb.
Passengers arriving from countries deemed moderate risk without a negative test result have the option, along with those from low-risk countries, of being tested at the airport for free, or choosing an approved satellite facility for a fee of US$150.
If the test is done at the airport, they will not be required to wait for their results. They will be allowed to proceed to their intended addresses, where they must remain in quarantine until the test results are returned, usually within 24 hours.
They will then be monitored for seven days, and may be requested to undergo a second test, if circumstances arise during the monitoring period that warrant it.
Meanwhile, the “travel bubble”, previously announced, which exempted some CARICOM countries deemed low-risk from pre-testing, has been discontinued.
Passengers from low-risk countries, including within CARICOM, who have not visited a high-risk country within 21 days prior to arrival, are advised that they should present valid results done within one week prior to travel.
The Ministry of Health and Wellness reserves the right to require the testing of any arriving passenger, regardless of documentation presented.
Countries deemed high risk include the United States, Brazil, India, Mexico, Argentina, the Philippines and Russia. The moderate risk list includes Canada, Spain, Germany, Italy, France, Australia, Jamaica, Japan and China. Low-risk countries on the revised list include Cuba, New Zealand, Norway, and the CARICOM states.