Barbados to reopen for visitors in July

Posted by Kirsten on 30 June 2020

Popular honeymoon destination Barbados will soon welcome visitors again. The island country in the Lesser Antilles of the West Indies will reopen its borders to international tourists on July 12, 2020.

Barbados will welcome visitors soon.

Airlines that will resume flights to Barbados include Air Canada from July 12, British Airways from July 18, and Virgin from August 1. Caribbean Airlines’ regional flights will resume in mid-July, and Jet Blue may resume flights from July 25.

Minister of Tourism Kerrie Symmonds announced a number of safety regulations that will be followed once flights resume.

The Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. says that all travellers from high-risk countries are encouraged to take a COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test from an accredited laboratory within 72 hours prior to departure for the country. Those coming from low-risk countries are encouraged to take the test up to a week before departure.

According to Pulse Travel, the country will launch a new online embarkation/disembarkation (ED) card which will require travellers to complete a health-related questionnaire. Once completed, travellers will receive an email bar code that they will be required to submit upon arrival in Barbados, along with the negative results of their COVID-19 test.

Any travellers without recent documented test results will be tested upon arrival and quarantined for 48 hours at their own expense until results are available. Those who test positive will be isolated and the Ministry of Health and Wellness will provide the necessary care.

Social distancing measures will still be in place, and visitors will be required to wear face masks while on route to the country, practice physical distancing, and be subject to temperature checks.

On June 26, Prime minister of Barbados Amor Mottley announced the country has no active COVID-19 cases and that all curfews will be lifted on July 1. The country has recorded 97 cases, of which 90 have recovered and 7 have died.

‘We will continue to take a risk-based approach to the protection of our country, our people and our visitors,’ said Mottley in the statement.

‘We want to create an environment that will allow people to come to Barbados to work, to rest and to play from here for an extended period of time during COVID-19. Why? Because we know that this is one of the best places on earth to be and to remain because of the care we will take to protect the people of this nation and those who are here on island with us.’

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