Another Caribbean nation relaxes protocols for cruise visitors

Following similar measures taken by other cruise destinations in recent weeks, Barbados has begun easing pandemic-related health and safety protocols and offering greater freedom to visitors. Of greatest interest is that the island nation is dropping the testing requirement for fully vaccinated cruise travelers.

No test required to visit Barbados

Effective September 1, 2022, visitors to Barbados who are “in transit” through the country no longer need to present a negative COVID-19 test prior to visit.

Transit passage means a short stay for sightseeing without spending the night on the island, but rather returning to the cruise ship to depart. This is common with layovers in many destinations.

Before arriving in Barbados, cruise lines must conduct onboard passenger health assessments — something cruise lines typically do before boarding — and submit those results to local authorities.

Cruise passengers will not need to submit individual health assessments to authorities in Barbados; this stage will be managed by each cruise company for each port of call.

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Upon arrival in the Caribbean nation, cruise ship passengers who are fully vaccinated – with the last of their series of primary vaccine doses administered at least 14 days before traveling to Barbados – no longer have restrictions. to explore the island, book shore tours, visit local attractions, or otherwise enjoy their time in port.

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No boosters are required to be considered fully vaccinated in Barbados.

Guests will need to adhere to any local guidelines or restrictions such as social distancing, hand sanitizing or wearing a mask upon request, however, policies that are common in many destinations at this time.

In recent weeks, many Caribbean destinations have dropped pre-arrival testing requirements and opened their ports more fully to cruise passengers. This increase in tourism is beneficial to many port communities, supporting retailers, tour operators, restaurants, bars, artisans, tour guides and many other local residents and employees.

Grand Cayman, one of the strictest countries for pandemic protocols, recently updated its requirements and dropped all travel restrictions just two weeks agoon August 24, 2022. Similarly, St. Kitts dropped all travel restrictions a week earlieron August 15, 2022.

Unvaccinated travelers

Clients who have not been fully vaccinated should still test negative before arriving in Barbados.

To meet this requirement, a rapid antigen test may be administered on board the cruise ship up to 48 hours before arriving in Barbados, and travelers should check with their cruise line for assistance with arrange the test in an appropriate time frame based on the ship’s route.

Royal Caribbean cruise ship in Barbados
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If passengers test positive before arrival, the cruise line will have to make appropriate arrangements for the isolation of the affected passengers, and they will not be allowed to disembark at the port.

Different cruise lines may have different procedures for this type of isolation, and travelers should check with their cruise line for up-to-date information before departing.

Barbados Cruise

A popular Eastern Caribbean port destination, Barbados is a unique blend of Caribbean and British culture with its own unique tropical vibes.

More than 25 cruise lines currently offer sailings to Bridgetown, the capital of Barbados, including Celebrity Cruises, MSC CruisesRoyal Caribbean International, Viking Cruises, P&O CruisesCunard Line, Princess Cruises, TUI Cruises, Silversea Cruises and Holland America Line.

The port is most popular during the winter months, when the weather is at its best and the hurricane season has died down, and doesn’t usually host cruise ship stops in the height of summer. .

On average, 800,000 cruise passengers visit Barbados each year, enjoy these unique experiences like locally distilled and distinctive rums, exceptional snorkeling among marine wildlife, exploring intricate caves, exploring sugar cane plantations, and much more.

Cruise ship in Barbados

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