BARBADOS TRAVEL GUIDE

INTRODUCTION

Barbados is beautifully landscaped with rolling hills, open pastures, sugar cane plantations and spectacular stretches of sand. The limestone cap that covers most of the island is riddled with caves – don’t forget to explore Harrison’s Cave, an intricate network of limestone caverns.

Good infrastructure and well equipped to handle tourist traffic; Culturally closer to England than to its Caribbean neighbours, Barbados is one of the most popular Caribbean islands.

COVID-19 TRAVEL STATUS

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Barbados has reopened its borders. Travelers must complete an Embarkation/Disembarkation (ED) form online at https://travelform.gov.bb/home and submit it 24 hours prior to travelThe type of public health measures taken upon your arrival and during your stay will depend on the risk category of the country you're traveling from.Persons traveling from low risk CARICOM and Caribbean countries, who have not visited a high-risk country in the past 21 days prior to travel, will be exempt from the pretesting requirement. Visit barbadostravelprotocols.com for confirmation of country risk category.Starting on September 19, all travelers arriving from medium and high-risk countries must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued from an accredited or certified laboratory taken within 72 hours prior to arrival to enter the country. Travelers arriving from low-risk countries are allowed to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken within 5 days prior to arrival.Travelers who have been in, or transited through, a high-risk country who haven’t submitted proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test may be denied entry into the country. Travelers with a valid negative COVID-19 PCR test result will be quarantined at a designated holding hotel or approved villa at their own expense, or free of charge at a government facility, and monitored daily for the onset of symptoms. They will be quarantined for a period of 14 days with an option to take a second COVID-19 PCR test between 5-7 days after the last test accepted by the Ministry of Health and Wellness. Persons will typically be released once the test result is negative.Travelers from medium-risk countries who arrive with a valid negative COVID-19 PCR test result will be permitted to leave the airport after clearance by Immigration, Customs and Port Health Officials. They will then be subject to monitoring for seven days and a second COVID-19 PCR Test. If they refuse a second COVID-19 PCR Test, they will be subject to quarantine for 7 days.Travelers from low-risk countries who have not visited medium or high-risk countries within 21 days will be allowed to present results of tests taken within 5 days prior to arrival. Travelers who arrive with a valid negative COVID-19 PCR test result will be permitted to leave the airport after clearance by Immigration, Customs and Port Health Officials. Travelers who arrive without a negative COVID-19 PCR test, will be required to take one upon arrival.Travelers from very low-risk countries who have not visited low, medium or high-risk countries within 21 days are not required to take a COVID-19 PCR test prior to, or on arrival. These travelers will be permitted to leave the airport after clearance by Immigration, Customs and Port Health Officials.All travelers must wear face masks when traveling to/from Barbados. Specific travelers who have non-standard circumstances that need to be addressed are advised to contact The Ministry of Health and Wellness via cmo@health.gov.bb at least 72 hours prior before travel to have their requests investigated and facilitated. These include: diplomats; persons with a medical condition warranting special consideration (to be certified by the Chief Medical Officer (CMO)); persons with a disability or traveling with persons with disabilities.Travelers under 5 years of age will not be required to have a COVID-19 PCR test unless they are symptomatic or any member of the travel party has a positive test result. Unaccompanied minors will be required to have a valid negative COVID-19 test result to enter Barbados.Travelers may only transit in Barbados if they have a negative COVID-19 test prior to arriving. Masks must be worn at all time in the airport, and travelers will be subject to a health assessment and temperature check.

 

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QUICK FACTS

  • Capital: Bridgetown

  • Currency: Barbadian dollar (BBD) / US dollars are widely accepted

  • Area: 431km²

  • Population: 286 641 (2018)

  • Language: English

  • Religion: Protestant 67% (Anglican 40%, Pentecostal 8%, Methodist 7%, other 12%), Roman Catholic 4%, none 17%, other 12%

  • Electricity: 115V, 50Hz (North American plug)

 

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PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

  • 21 January, Errol Barrow Day
  • 28 April, Heroes’ Day
  • 1 August, Emancipation Day
  • 1st Monday in August, Kadooment Day
  • 30 November, Independence Day
  • 26 December, Boxing Day

Also, Good Friday, Easter Monday, and Whit Monday (the Monday after Pentecost).

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WEATHER SYNOPSIS

Located in the windward part of the Caribbean’s archipelago, Barbados enjoys a tropical, oceanic climate with hot and humid conditions that persist year-round. The country enjoys an average temperature of 26.8°C, with no drastic changes in either seasonal or daily temperatures. Weather seasons can be classified as either wet or dry, with the wet season coinciding with the Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June to November. Monthly average rainfall ranges from a peak of approximately 168.4mm (6.63in) during the wet season, to a low of approximately 39 mm (1.53 in), during the dry season. Barbados’s climate is heavily influenced by the El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO). The El Niño phenomena brings hotter and drier conditions during the months of June to August while La Niña brings colder and wetter conditions to the region. These phenomena have been historically the main determinants of the severity of weather events in the country.

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TOURIST SEASONS

Most destinations have different times of the year when they’re more or less popular with tourists. 

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SPORT & ACTIVITIES

HIKE & CYCLE:

The best months for outdoor activities in Barbados, are December to May when it's driest and least humid. From June to November the rain usually falls in brief, very heavy showers with the peak of the hurricane season from August to October.

BEACH:

Barbados enjoys a hot, tropical climate suitable for beach going all year round. The driest and least humid months are typically from December to May, so these are best for enjoying the beaches. From June to November the rain usually falls in brief, very heavy showers with the peak of the hurricane season from August to October.

WIND:

Barbados is also one of the windiest islands in the Eastern Caribbean, making it a paradise for Kite Surfing. The best conditions for kitesurfing are from November to June or even July. Almost all kiters here ride wave boards. There is only one beach you can kite on flatter water but this only works with specific wind directions, so if you are more of a freestyle kiter, perhaps this is not your best spot!

For more details on kite surfing in Barbados expand this section!

SURFING:

The best months for surfing in Barbados is from October to March when you can get a solid ground swell along the North and West coasts of the island.

 
 

HEALTH

Be aware of possible health risks in 

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Zika Virus - Zika is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes bite during the day and night. Zika can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus. Infection during pregnancy can cause certain birth defects. There is no vaccine or medicine for Zika.

Dengue - Dengue is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes bite during the day and night. About one in four people infected with dengue will get sick. For people who get sick with dengue, symptoms can be mild or severe.

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