Barbados, the Bahamas, and the U.S. Virgin Island have all recently amended their entry restrictions following the Omicron-new variant of COVID-19.
They are not just only countries to update their rules. Over the last few days, several other countries in the region have already enforced stricter rules, following a spike in the rate of infections.
Due to the recent update, travellers have to be up-to-date about the guidelines concerning testing at the entry point and proof of vaccinations.
Below are the updated rules for travellers travelling to Barbados-
From January 7 onwards, every traveller arriving in Barbados must get themselves tested for rapid PCR test. Or either a negative standard RT-PCR test to be taken in the 72 hours before entry into the nation.
Other domestic rules involve that everyone must follow the rule to wear facial masks in public places, including outdoors, unless they are working out.
Some tourists may also be required to supply contact details before entry into premises. According to CDC, travellers from America should avoid unnecessary travel to Barbados to minimize the disease risk, especially if they are unvaccinated.
The Bahamas have recently updated its border policy in response to Omicron.
Shortly after announcing a tightening of the testing regime, the Bahamas has already suspended the mandatory RT-PCR tests for all the vaccinated travellers.
Those who are planning to stay for more than 48 hours will need to present an RT-PCR test to get entry, whether vaccinated or not.
All passengers aged 18 or above must apply for a pre-departure Bahamas Travel Health Visa.
The U.S. Virgin Islands-
Travellers must present a negative RT-PCR test on arrival, and it must not be older than 3 days before the arrival, the rule is applicable for vaccinated and unvaccinated both.
Domestic travellers ageing 5 years and older must apply for a Travel Screening in order to take entry into U.S. Virgin Islands.