Fully vaccinated travelers will no longer be required to take a COVID-19 test to enter Barbados.

The new, more lenient entry rules for Barbados go into effect tomorrow, May 25.

“What this signals to our travelers is that it is safe for them to come to Barbados, and we are in a position where we can comfortably accommodate many of the same measures they are experiencing at home, such as the protocols for mask wearing and testing for certain activities,” said Sen. Lisa Cummins, Barbados’ minister of tourism and international transport.

Unvaccinated travelers will still be required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test in order to visit the country, however.

Mask wearing remains mandatory indoors in Barbados, but the government also ended the policy requiring masks to be worn outdoors.

In a press conference, Barbados Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley noted that more than 70 percent of Bajans are fully vaccinated. She said lifting the entry requirement would provide a boost to tourism as well as easing wait times at Grantley Adams International Airport.

 “We had a ninety percent decline in the number of visitors … in the last two years,” said Mottley. “[Now] we are significantly on our way back up.”

COVID-19 testing has been a requirement for all Barbados visitors since last spring, when the country reopened to tourism.

For more information visit barbadostravelprotocols.com.