Barbados has added the UK to its list of high risk countries, which means arriving vacationers will be quarantined for up to a week.
New restrictions will be put in place from October 1st following a surge in coronavirus cases in the UK.
Tourists must prove on arrival that they have a negative Covid-19 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) or there is a risk that they will be denied entry to the Caribbean country.
You will be quarantined and monitored free of charge for up to seven days in a designated “holding hotel or approved villa” at your own expense or in a government facility.
After four or five days, they are retested and can exit quarantine if they get a negative result.
Other high risk countries are France, Ireland, Switzerland and the USA.
Barbados is a popular winter sunshine destination for British vacationers.
On July 12th, it reopened its borders for international travel.
The country’s tourism authorities have sent a message to visitors: “As we welcome you back to our beautiful island, a number of precautions and safeguards will be in place to protect both locals and visitors.”
Barbados currently has a 7-day rate of 1.4 Covid-19 cases per 100,000 people, while the UK stands at 52.1.
The numbers were calculated by the PA News Agency based on data collected by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control.
Travelers coming to the UK from Barbados are exempt from the UK’s coronavirus quarantine policy.
The 14-day self-isolation obligation will be imposed again on travelers from Denmark, Iceland, Slovakia and the Caribbean island of Curacao on Saturday from 4 a.m. due to an increase in cases.