Saturday 24 October, 2020

No moving before 2nd test: Updated travel protocols from October 16

Effective October 16, travellers from low-risk countries are strongly advised to take a COVID-19 PCR test before arrival in order to expedite processing through the airport. 

According to the updated Barbados travel protocols, persons from countries within the very low-risk category are not required to take a test before arrival in Barbados. 

It also states that it is now mandatory for all persons travelling to Barbados from high and medium-risk countries to have a negative COVID-19 test result to travel to Barbados. The test must be taken at an accredited or certified facility within three days before arrival. 

For the  COVID-19 PCR test to be considered valid, the test must be taken by nasopharyngeal or oropharyngeal sample (or both), but not saliva or nasal swab. Rapid tests or home tests will also be considered invalid. 

Additionally, travellers coming from Canada (which is now categorised as a high-risk country) are strongly encouraged to take a PCR test three days prior to arrival. Based on the risk assessment by the Ministry of Health and Wellness, if travellers are unable to receive their test results in time for their trip, they will be able to take a test on arrival in Barbados and remain in quarantine until they receive a negative test result. 

Once the test is negative, they can proceed to their preapproved accommodation and will be retested after four to five days of restricted movement at their property. Visitors can proceed to enjoy their holidays once they have received a negative and been cleared by health officials. 

The updated protocols emphasizes that restricted movement means that travellers are not allowed to leave the property or their accommodations before their second COVID-19 PCR test and will have limited access to areas on the property. 

Meanwhile, monitoring includes daily self-temperature checks and sharing that information with the public health teams who will check in via call or text.  Monitoring is generally seven days after arrival or the length of stay, whichever is shorter. Visitors are also urged to travel with their own thermometer. 

For all other high-risk destinations, based on the risk assessment of the Ministry of Health and Wellness, it is mandatory for all persons travelling to Barbados from high and medium-risk countries to have a negative COVID-19 test result to travel to Barbados.

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