Friday 30 October, 2020

US Department of State issues Level 3 Travel Advisory for Barbados

The United States Department of State - Bureau of Consular Affairs has issued a Level 3 Travel Advisory for Barbados due to COVID-19.

There are four levels to the travel advisories and Level 3 means 'Avoid travel due to serious risks to safety and security. The Department of State provides additional advice for travelers in these areas in the Travel Advisory. Conditions in any country may change at any time.'

The Advisory was issued August 6.

It came one day after Barbados ramped up its travel protocols for travellers. The United States remains on Barbados' High-risk countries list and travellers from the US must quarantine in Barbados for 14 days unless they present a valid negative PCR test on arrival and test negative when retested five to seven days since their inital test. Pretesting before travel must be completed within 72 hours of travel to Barbados.

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The Travel Advisory states that the Advisory by the Bureau of Consular Affairs is following the lead from the Centre for Disease Control.

"The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for Barbados due to COVID-19.  

"Barbados has lifted stay at home orders, and resumed some transportation options, and businesses operations. Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Barbados."

The CDC this week issued a Warning - Level 3 Health Notice for Barbados telling travellers to even avoid essential travel to Barabados.

Three of the key points given for the Warning inlude:

"CDC recommends travelers avoid all nonessential international travel to Barbados. Travelers at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 should consider postponing all travel, including essential travel, to Barbados.

"COVID-19 risk in Barbados is high.

"If you get sick in Barbados and need medical care, resources may be limited."

However, over on the US Embassy in Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS website for the Eastern Caribbean status as of August 6, it states:

"The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory advising all US citizens to avoid travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. . .

"Due to the increasing number of cases of COVID-19 in the Eastern Caribbean, many countries are strengthening measures to combat the further spread of the virus. Some countries have imposed significant restrictions on all movement and traffic by instituting curfews and/or lockdowns. We urge American Citizens to adhere to the country’s laws and regulations in effect.

"There are several confirmed novel coronavirus cases in the Eastern Caribbean."

For Barbados, the Embassy goes on to state that "Barbados has recorded 133 confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders and one confirmed case aboard a cruise ship in Barbadian waters." The cruise ship figure is not accurate. Four crew members tested positive for COVID-19 off of Barbados.

It also informs Americans about the commercial flight schedule and gives them the new safety and travel protocols in effect from August 5.

  • Resumptions of commercial flights are scheduled to begin as stated below.
    • July 12 – Air Canada (Thursdays and Sundays)
    • July 18 – British Airways
    • July 25 – JetBlue(Saturdays)
    • August 1 – Virgin Atlantic
    • September 9 – American Airlines

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