Barbados shares new protocols for cruise travelers

Post at 17:50 - 17/09/2022
Barbados shares new protocols for cruise travelers

Island updates entry guidelines to allow fully vaccinated travelers entrance without a COVID-19 test.

The island of Barbados has announced new port entry guidelines to enable fully vaccinated travelers increased ease to experience the rich beauty and culture of Barbados beyond their cruise ship. In keeping with updated guidelines put forth by the Barbados government, the following protocols have been established:


Barbados requires each cruise line to conduct health assessments of travelers prior to embarkation, which includes questions to identify symptoms that indicate a traveler’s health status. In addition, travelers will be required to follow testing guidelines as determined by the cruise line prior to boarding. Cruise lines are required to submit their Maritime Declaration of Health to the Chief Medical Officer at least 24 hours prior to arrival and again within 12 hours of the vessel’s arrival. They will also be required to make arrangements for the isolation of passengers who test positive prior to embarkation on a homeport cruise. The cost of such service shall be to the account of the passenger or the cruise line.

Transit calls and shore excursions

Transit calls refer to ports of call where passengers disembark to sightsee, then return to the ship, which then departs for its next destination. Fully vaccinated travelers (eligible if they have completed a full regimen of vaccines from any of the approved COVID-19 vaccinations, at least 14 days prior to travel to Barbados) are no longer required to take a COVID-19 test to enter Barbados and will be permitted free flow to enjoy experiences on the island. All travelers will follow the general health guidelines relating to sanitization and social distancing established at the Port of Bridgetown’s homeport and passenger facilities. With respect to air-sea passenger movements, ground handling agents will coordinate staggered transfer of travelers to ensure social distancing and reduce congestion.

Disembarkation (island stays)

Travelers disembarking and staying on-island from a homeport cruise will be required to complete the Immigration Online Entry/Departure Form (ED) at least 72 hours prior to arrival.


Approved vaccines are Phizer-BioNTech (COMIRNATY), Oxford-AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Covishield, Moderna, Janssen (Johnson and Johnson), Covaxin, Sinovac-CoronaVac, Sinopharm, Sputnik V, Cansino (CONVIDECIA), Novavax (Nuvaxovid), Covovax, Abdala.

Barbados is excited to welcome its average 800,000 annual cruise travelers to discover the beauty of the island for the upcoming Winter cruise season aboard more than 25 cruise lines. Officials have remained diligent in efforts to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and ensure the wellbeing of both residents and visitors alike. From discovering the heritage behind crafting fine rum to sampling island eats off the beaten path, cruise travelers visiting Barbados can enjoy the island’s thrilling attractions and experience the warmth of the locals, making Barbados an unforgettable adventure on any cruise itinerary.

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