Traveling to Barbados is now like before the pandemic.
The island has officially lifted all of its travel health restrictions, the destination announced this week.
This means that there are no more testing requirements to visit Barbados, whether you are vaccinated or not.
And that also means that no proof of vaccination is required either.
Barbados said the wearing of masks “will now generally be optional”.
Masks are still only mandatory for people working in healthcare, hospitals, public transport, etc.
“This is the final step for us which reflects our position of being fully open for business following the COVID-19 pandemic,” Barbados Tourism Minister Lisa Cummins said. “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.”
The move officially took effect on September 23.
Barbados joins a growing number of Caribbean destinations that have also removed all 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 to be a very strong winter tourist season, buoyed by the return of a number of UK carriers to the island and a further push into the US market.
So where to stay right now?
The island’s hottest hotels include Marriott’s all-inclusive portfolio, led by The House, Treasure Beach and Tamarind, among others, as well as luxury stalwarts like Sandy Lane, Port Ferdinand, St Peter’s Bay and the Fairmont Royal Pavilion, among others.