Foreign travel advice


Important COVID-19 Travel

Under current UK COVID-19 restrictions, you must stay at home. It is illegal to travel abroad for holidays or leisure purposes. Check the rules in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Do not travel unless you have a legally permitted reason to do so. In England, from 8 March you must complete a declaration form for international travel (except for travel to Ireland).

Check our advice for all the countries you will visit or transit through. Some countries have closed borders, and any country may further restrict travel or bring in new rules with little warning.

To enter or return to the UK from abroad (except from Ireland), you must follow all the rules for entering the UK. These include providing your journey and contact details, and evidence of a negative COVID-19 test before you travel. When you arrive, you must quarantine and take additional COVID-19 tests. This will take place in a managed quarantine hotel if you enter England from a red list travel ban country, or enter Scotland.


If you are arriving in the UK from Barbados you will need to self-isolate on your arrival, unless you have a valid exemption. Travellers arriving in England, Scotland or Wales from Barbados must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result taken up to 3 days before departure. Check the latest guidance for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales

Travel is subject to entry restrictions

  • You must complete and submit an online immigration/customs form 24 hours prior to travel
  • Barbados designates the UK as a high-risk country. Travellers from the UK must arrive with a negative PCR test taken by a certified or accredited laboratory within 3 days of arrival
  • On arrival, you will undergo a rapid antigen test. If positive, you will be transferred to the government isolation facility. If negative, you will be required to quarantine at government approved facilities (a designated holding hotel, approved villa or a government facility at your own expense), and undertake a further test 5 days after your arrival. You will need to stay in your hotel room and may be required to wear an electronic tracking bracelet until you receive the results of your second test. If this second test is negative you will no longer be subject to quarantine. The government aims to return results within 48 hours but there have been some delays. Check the Barbados Travel Protocols carefully for full details of these requirements
  • A 7pm to 6am curfew is in force, with people encouraged to stay at home. Exercise is allowed from 6am to 9am and 3pm to 6pm. Most non-essential shops remain closed. Restaurants offer delivery services. Masks are mandatory in all public areas. See Coronavirus for more information

To secure your pre-departure test, you should visit the Garfield Sobers Gymnasium (open 9.30am-4pm) in Wildey, Bridgetown, during the three days prior to your departure. The process is estimated to last 90 minutes, after which you will receive your result. Cost is 100 Barbadian dollars, payable by card only. We encourage you to get tested as early as possible before your departure. Further information can be obtained by phoning (+1246) 628 4150 or emailing Information on UK test requirements can be found here.

Protocols can change at short notice. You should regularly monitor and follow the Barbados Government Information Service website and Barbados Travel Protocols. The Barbadian authorities will seek to prosecute people who breach COVID-19 protocols, including those who break quarantine protocols, which may result in a fine and/or prison sentence.

See Entry requirements for more information before you plan to travel.

Preparing for your return journey to the UK

If you’re returning to the UK from overseas, you will need to:

If your return journey to the UK transits another country, you should check whether it is subject to a travel ban or any other additional requirements. If so, contact your travel provider.

Check our advice on foreign travel during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and sign up for email alerts for this travel advice.

If you’re planning travel to Barbados, find out what you need to know about coronavirus in the Coronavirus section.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to get travel insurance and check it provides sufficient cover. See the FCDO’s guidance on foreign travel insurance.

For information about COVID-19 vaccines, see the Coronavirus page.

Most visits to Barbados are trouble free, but there have been incidents of crime including armed robbery and sexual assault. See Crime

The hurricane season normally runs from June to November. You should follow and monitor local and international weather updates from the US National Hurricane Centre and follow the advice of local authorities, including any evacuation orders. See Natural disasters

UK health authorities have classified Barbados as having a risk of Zika virus transmission. For more information and advice, visit the website of the National Travel Health Network and Centre website. There is currently a spike in dengue cases. You should take steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. See Health

Although there’s no recent history of terrorism in Barbados, attacks can’t be ruled out. See Terrorism

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.

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