Barbados Adds Rapid Antigen Tests for Entry

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Travelers can now use Rapid Antigen Tests for entry in Barbados.

The Government of Barbados has announced a series of updates to enhance travelers’ entry process into the country. Rapid Antigen Tests have been added the list of approved tests for entry in Barbados

As of Feb. 26, 2022, travelers to Barbados will have more options as Rapid Antigen tests are now accepted for entry, once administered by a healthcare provider no more than one day prior to arrival in Barbados. Rapid Antigen Tests are widely available in Barbados’ primary source markets and results are typically returned within one hour.

Also accepted are COVID-19 PCR tests taken no more than 3 days prior to arrival in Barbados. The COVID-19 tests can be taken using samples administered by nasopharyngeal, oropharyngeal, nasal, anterior nares, or mid-turbinate swabs.

However, the following PCR tests will not be accepted:

  1. Self-administered swabs are not accepted.
  2. Shallow nasal swabs are not accepted.
  3. Saliva tests are not accepted.

In addition, in-transit passengers will not be required to test in order to transit through Barbados.

Airport Experience
Travelers can also expect to see changes to the Grantley Adams International Airport (GAIA). All paper forms previously distributed on board aircraft arriving in Barbados will be discontinued. In addition, travelers will once again use the more spacious main arrivals hall, instead of the temporary Gate 14-16 arrivals hall previously stood up to manage port health entry checks and testing during the pandemic.

For more information on Barbados’ travel protocols, visit

New Zealand, Costa RicaCanadaChile, and Belize have also updated it’s entry requirements. Australia is planning to reopen. Papua New Guinea is also welcoming International travelers and Brazil has updated vaccine requirement for kids 5 and older. Plus, St. Maarten moves to endemic strategies.