Barbados deems UK travellers ‘high risk’, adds quarantine requirement

Sep 28, 2020

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Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect that the quarantine on arrival includes some restricted movements at your hotel or villa.

The island nation of Barbados has long been a viable option for British travellers in the age of COVID-19, as there have been few restrictions on travel since July. However, as of the end of the month, Barbados has revised its stance on travellers coming from the U.K.

As of 1 October, Barbados will deem the United Kingdom a high-risk country, meaning you can expect to be required to quarantine on arrival. All visitors from the U.K. will have to provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test, taken within 72 hours of arrival. In addition, U.K. visitors will also be required to quarantine at a “holding hotel or approved villa”, at their own expense or at a government facility free of charge for two to three days. It’s worth noting that Barbados allows “restricted movement” for the quarantine at your approved hotel or villa. At some locations, this could include being allowed to access the property’s pool.

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Four to five days after the first negative result — as little as two days after arrival — passengers will be tested again at no cost if taken at an approved government facility. If the test is taken privately, it will cost extra. If the second test shows a negative result, the traveller will be permitted to leave their quarantine accommodation and have unrestricted movements. They are told to continue self-monitoring for symptoms seven days after arrival or the length of their stay, whichever is shorter.

Previously, Barbados considered the United Kingdom a medium-risk country, meaning that quarantine wasn’t required for U.K. arrivals — just a negative PCR test.

While Barbados has revised its regulations on arrivals from the U.K., the island country is still featured on England’s travel corridor list. In other words, while you’ll have to quarantine on arrival in Barbados for several days, you won’t have to quarantine for 14 days on your return to England.

However, with the news of Barbados increasing its warning on visitors coming from the U.K., it’s now one less option for travellers looking to go somewhere without having to quarantine on either end of their trip.

Related: All 14 countries and territories you can visit from England without quarantine on either end

As of the end of the month, the U.K. joins the likes of France, Spain, Brazil and the United States on Barbados’ high-risk list of countries.

Barbados reopened to tourism in July, and currently has a seven-day low COVID-19 rate of 1.4 per 100,000 people. By comparison, the U.K. has a rate of 52 cases per 100,000 people, according to a PA Media analysis.

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