Tuesday 1 December, 2020

Bubble pops! PCR tests prior or on entry for all travellers soon

Barbados separates travellers based on whether or not they hold a valid negative PCR test result (FILE)

Barbados separates travellers based on whether or not they hold a valid negative PCR test result (FILE)

New protocols are coming for travellers to Barbados and they will carry no discrimination based on risks or points of origin.

Seven days after St Vincent and the Grenadines called on CARICOM countries, except Barbados, to show negative COVID-19 test results for entry, and two days after Grenada left the CARICOM travel bubble, Barbados is gearing up to release new protocols which require all travellers to present negative PCR tests too.

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Travellers from around the globe whether the Far East, West or here in the region, everyone must present a valid negative PCR test or be tested on entry at the Grantley Adams International Airport. This will be the new norm starting soon.

Barbados leader, Prime Minister Mia Mottley made this announcement from the St George North campaign stage while at Charles Row Bridge on November 1.

". . . we are going to require from now on and the Ministry of Health will announce the date from which it will start, that all persons coming into Barbados, regardless of whether it is from the high-risk countries of the US and the UK and Canada now, or whether it is medium or low-risk, as long as this second wave is about, and knocking down people in the world in the western hemisphere with whom we have airline contact, we will require all persons to have a PCR test before entering Barbados or to get one at the airport upon entry and secondly that then the second test within four to five days of that first test."

She said that the move is another step to keep Barbadians safe.

With COVID-19 deaths surpassing one million and over 40 million cases diagnosed globally, plus the recent spike in cases regionally, Mottley said that the new protocol is coming because "the government of Barbados has as its first responsibility to protect the lives and the livelihoods of its people, because of that and because of the fact that we have seen community spread in some of our neighbouring territories."

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