In a significant step, the island of Barbados has removed all testing requirements for vaccinated travelers.
The move comes as more than 70 percent of the eligible population in Barbados is fully vaccinated, according to Barbados Prime Minister Mia Motley.
She said removing the entry test requirement would “have positive implications for the country’s tourism experience,” including faster processing times at the Grantley Adams International Airport.
Barbados has seen a nearly 90 percent decline in tourism over the last two years.
“[Now we are significantly on our way back up,” Mottley said this week.
Unvaccinated travelers must still present a negative test to enter Barbados.
“What this signals to our travelers is that it is safe for them to come to Barbados, and 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,” said Barbados Tourism Minister Lisa Cummins.
More and more Caribbean destinations are removing their pre-testing requirements; some, like those in the Dutch Caribbean and islands like Antigua and Jamaica, have dispensed with the rules for all travelers, regardless of vaccination status.
For more, visit Barbados Travel Protocols.