Caribbean Cruise Destination removes all entry protocols
Caribbean destinations continue to relax their COVID-19 entry protocols. This time, Barbados has removed all entry requirements, meaning anyone can now enter the country without needing a negative test result.
The Barbadian government’s decision has already come into force and applies to all land and cruise visitors. The new protocols are expected to boost the local economy, with many small business owners entirely dependent on the many cruise ships that typically visit the island year-round.
Barbados removes all requirements
After many Caribbean cruise destinations, such as Grand Cayman and Saint Kitts, the island of Barbados has now suspended all travel protocols related to COVID-19. A few weeks ago, Barbados already relaxed several protocols for vaccinated visitorsnow deleting all measurements.
This means that unvaccinated passengers boarding a cruise ship in Barbados, or those visit Barbados by boat, will no longer need to provide a negative test result. Previously, cruise lines conducted tests 48 hours before arriving in Barbados and sent those results to local authorities.
In addition to testing and relaxed entry requirements, people visiting the island will no longer be required to wear masks. Masks will only be mandatory for people working in and visiting healthcare facilities, nursing homes, hospitals and senior residences; people traveling on public transport; and for people with HIV.
Minister of Tourism and International Transport, Sen. The Hon. Lisa Cummins said: “This is the final step for us which reflects our position of being fully open for business following the COVID-19 pandemic. We look forward to continuing to welcome visitors to our shores to experience all of the new and recurring events planned for the rest of the year and into early 2023,”
The procedures came into effect on September 22.
Barbados returns to the old normal
Now that Barbados has removed all COVID-19 related measures that had been in place since the start of the pandemic, the country is one of many Caribbean vacation destinations returning to the old normal.
The island has always been one of the most popular cruise destinations in the Southern Caribbean, offering guests a wide variety of activities. Barbados has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, and it’s the culinary capital of the Caribbean and home to the world’s oldest distilled spirit – rum.
Barbados is considered the birthplace of rum and the Mount Gay Distillery, founded in 1703, is said to produce the oldest rum ever found in the world. The distillery is a popular stopover for cruise passengers during their visit.
Most major cruise lines have regular scheduled calls to Barbados, and due to the distance from South Florida, it also acts as a vital homeport for cruise ships. Prior to the onset of the pandemic, Barbados recorded the busiest year in history for cruise ship arrivals. 262 cruise ships visited the island, bringing 511,000 visitors.
However, during the pandemic and through 2022, that number dropped significantly to 4,100 in 2021, and just 175,000 so far this year. With the country reopening, there is hope that visitor numbers and the economy will recover at an accelerated pace.