Traveling to Barbados is now just as it was before the pandemic.
The island has officially lifted all of its travel health restrictions, the destination announced this week.
That means there are no more testing requirements for visiting Barbados, whether you are vaccinated or unvaccinated.
And it also means no proof of vaccination required, either.
Barbados said the wearing of masks “generally will now be optional.”
Masks are only still mandatory for people working in healthcare, hospitals, public transportation and the like.
“This is the last step for us which reflects our position as fully open for business following the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Barbados Tourism Minister Lisa Cummins. “We look forward to continuing to welcome visitors to our shores to experience all of the new and returning events slated for the rest of the year, and into early 2023.”
The move officially took effect Sept. 23.
Barbados joins a growing number of Caribbean destinations that have similarly removed all of their travel restrictions, including, most recently, the US Virgin Islands, St Kitts and Nevis, Martinique and Grenada, among others.
The move comes ahead of what Barbados expects will be a very strong winter tourism season, buoyed by the return of a number of UK carriers to the island and a new push in the US market.
So where to stay right now?
The hottest hotels on the island include Marriott’s boutique all-inclusive portfolio, led by The House, Treasure Beach and Tamarind, among others, along with luxury stalwarts like Sandy Lane, Port Ferdinand, St Peter’s Bay and the Fairmont Royal Pavilion, among others.