Barbados drops all entry requirements to return to normal tourism

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Barbados has become one of the last destinations in the world to completely drop its Covid-19-related entry requirements and finally return to normal tourism after a few years of cumbersome travel restrictions. Almost the dictionary definition of a beautiful Caribbean island, Barbados has long been a popular destination for travelers from the United States and Canada, both as a stopover served by countless cruise ships and as a destination fully fledged.

Scenic beach in Barbados

While the number of travelers visiting the paradise island has taken a hit, few want to go through the rigmarole of test results, vaccination certificates and the rest. This positive decision by the Barbadian government is likely to put the island back on the radar of thousands of Americans in need of travel. Here’s a detailed look at their latest updates, including what’s about to change, when the changes are due to take effect, and why Barbados might just be the perfect winter destination for you.

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Barbados Drops Entry Requirements – What Travelers Need to Know

Travel to Barbados has suffered since the outbreak of the global pandemic as strict entry requirements have been imposed on travelers making visiting the country more complicated than it was worth. The situation has been made worse as tourism rival Mexico was among the first to completely roll back their Covid-19 restrictions, making visiting the island as unattractive as ever. However, thanks to an update from the country’s government, that could all change.

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On Thursday, the Barbadian government revealed that everything The country’s Covid-19 restrictions were coming to an end, ending a tumultuous period for the island and thus joining other Caribbean destinations. This means that travelers will no longer be required to present proof of vaccination against Covid-19, nor to undergo tests to enter, regardless of their vaccination status. Finally, the biggest question before visiting Barbados is once again which swimsuit you should pack or which hotel you should book, rather than worrying about the documents needed to enter.

city ​​in barbados

That wasn’t the only positive change Barbados revealed during the week. The country has also rolled back its mask-wearing requirements. Wearing face masks in public is now optional rather than mandatory, meaning you won’t have to worry about unflattering tan lines on your face ruining your vacation snaps. All these changes are effective immediatelywhich means that travelers don’t have to delay when it comes to booking their trips to the island.

water sports catamaran in barbados

US and Canadian citizens do not need a visa to travel to Barbados for stays of less than six months. Travelers to the country must however ensure that their passport is valid for the duration of their stay and must carry a transport ticket. In addition, they will still have to complete a customs form 72 hours before their arrival, which involves filling in personal information. The customs form can be found here.

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Speaking about the lifting of the country’s restrictions, Minister of Tourism and International Transport Lisa Cummins said:

“This is the final step for us which reflects our position of being fully open for business following the COVID-19 pandemic. We look forward to continuing to welcome visitors to our shores to experience all of the new and recurring events planned for the remainder of the year and into early 2023.”

Bridgetown, Barbados

The removal of restrictions is timely. Events that were once canceled are now back, with the island’s Food and Rum festival due to start on October 27 and its marathon scheduled for December 10. Events aside, there are plenty of reasons to choose Barbados for your next vacation; Beautiful weather, white and pink sand beaches, extremely clear, temperate water for swimming, and an authentic local culture that couldn’t be more welcoming to travelers are just a few of the many reasons we continue to stay there. flip.

Church in Bridgetown Barbados

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