Barbados Is Now Open for Tourism. Here’s What to Expect.

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Barbados officially reopened its borders for tourism on July 12.

Those who come to the island in the first weeks after the reopening will find some familiar hotels with open doors and several of the island’s top attractions open for business.

Travelers to Barbados will be required to either present proof of a negative COVID-19 PRC (swab) test upon arrival or immediately submit to a test and quarantine on Barbados (at their own expense) until receiving their test results.

Visitors from “high-risk” destinations like the U.S. will have to show proof of a negative test from an accredited laboratory conducted within 72 hours of departure.

Those from other countries will have up to one week prior to departing for Barbados to get their test done.

Officials say that test results could take up to 48 hours. Anyone testing positive will be placed in isolation.

Visitors also will be required to complete an online COVID-19 questionnaire with information about their personal health, wear face masks en-route to Barbados, maintain three feet of physical distancing, and submit to temperature checks, among other protocols.

Barbados Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley is also stressing the attractiveness of Barbados for visitors interested in extended stays, including those who want to work remotely.

“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,” she said. “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.”

Barbados hotels that are currently open for business include:

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Sweetfield Manor in Barbados.

Future scheduled openings include:

Barbados is one of the top culinary destinations in the Caribbean, and in addition to restaurants at open resorts, the following dining establishments will be welcoming guests:

Barbados visitors will once again be able to tour Animal Flower Cave and sample rum and ride the excursion train at St. Nicholas Abbey. Other open attractions will include:

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The train at St Nicholas Abbey, one of Barbados’ must-visit attractions.

JetBlue is tentatively scheduled to resume four weekly flights from New York to Barbados beginning on July 25. Other air service will include:

  • Twice-weekly Air Canada service from Pearson International on Thursdays and Saturdays
  • British Airways weekly flights out of London Gatwick (July 18)
  • Intraregional flights on Caribbean Airlines (expected to resume in mid-July)
  • Virgin Atlantic weekly service from London Heathrow (returning on August 1 and increasing in frequency in October)

American Airlines flights out of Miami (Aug. 5).