COVID-19 Travel Information | Beach Houses Barbados

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A secluded, low-density development overlooking Barbados’ Skeete’s Bay Beach and Culpepper Island, Beach Houses by The Crane has been specially designed to highlight the property’s exclusive location on the 1% of land remaining outside of the island’s protected East Coast.

A Barbadian legend since 1887, and the oldest operating hotel in the Caribbean, The Crane Resort effortlessly marries the old-world charm of its past to all the 21st-century amenities and services expected by today’s most discerning travelers.

Enviably located within The Crane Resort, The Crane Private Residences is perfect for long-term island living, offering contemporary residences and penthouses as well as exclusive access to world-class resort amenities and services.

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Last updated on May 23, 2022

Important Information

Below is your definitive resource for travelling to Barbados and Beach Houses by The Crane. We are committed to keeping you safe while travelling. All Beach Houses by The Crane staff are either vaccinated or tested weekly. For more information, please contact reservations@beachhouses.bb.

Fully Vaccinated Travellers

Who is considered fully vaccinated?

Travellers will be considered fully vaccinated if:

  • They have completed a full regimen of vaccines for any of Barbados’ Ministry of Health & Wellness approved COVID-19 vaccinations*, for 14 days or more prior to travel to Barbados.
  • Travellers who have had mixed regimens of Barbados Ministry of Health & Wellness approved vaccines will be considered fully vaccinated (E.g. 1st dose of one brand followed by a 2nd dose of another which is not a one-dose regimen).

*AstraZeneca, Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, Johnson & Johnson, Sinopharm, Sinovac and Sputnik V are the currently accepted vaccines. Note: Additional vaccines may be added by the island’s Ministry of Health & Wellness, guided by the WHO emergency listing approval.

**Countries of special consideration are those where the prevalence of certain variants of COVID-19 are deemed of particular concern to Barbados’ public health officials. These are South Africa, Brazil and India, currently.

What are the Barbados entry requirements for fully vaccinated travellers?

Effective May 25th, 2022, fully vaccinated travellers to Barbados are not required to take a COVID-19 test to enter the island.

Travellers entering Barbados before May 25th, 2022:

ALL persons travelling to Barbados must enter with a valid negative Rapid COVID-19 PCR OR Rapid Antigen test result done within 1 day of arrival in Barbados OR a negative RT-PCR COVID-19 test done within 3 days prior to arrival.

Travellers meeting these requirements will be allowed to leave the port of entry with no restrictions.

Health officials at the Grantley Adams International Airport may select fully vaccinated travellers with a valid negative COVID-19 PCR test result at random for a Rapid Antigen arrival test on entry.

In this case, these travellers must:

  • Take the Rapid Antigen arrival test as directed at the airport, free of charge;
  • Await the results of the Rapid Antigen Test (no quarantine required due to short turnaround time for results);
  • Depart the airport via the transportation of your choice
What proof of vaccination do I need?

Pre-submission for approval of vaccine certificates via travelform.gov.bb is preferred. Additionally, proof of vaccination (in English), in the form of a vaccine certificate, is required. Validation of certificates at the point of entry will include one of the following:

  • Proof of issuance from a National Public Health Organisation
  • Proof of documented vaccination issued by a hospital or medical centre.
  • Use of an independent validation system, such as IATA Travel Pass, or The Digital Green Certificate.

*Persons who fail to provide proof of vaccination will be subject to the protocols of unvaccinated travellers.

I am vaccinated, but my children are not. Can we travel together?

Yes! Children under 18 years, travelling with fully vaccinated guardians will be allowed to adhere to the same guidelines as their fully vaccinated guardians.

I am vaccinated but plan to travel with someone who is not. Can we travel together?

If a fully vaccinated adult traveller is travelling with an unvaccinated traveller, 18 years and older and they choose not to be separated, the rules applied to the unvaccinated traveller will also apply to the fully vaccinated traveller.

Unvaccinated Travellers

Who is considered unvaccinated?

A traveller will be considered to be unvaccinated when they are:

  • A person who has not been vaccinated at all and therefore has no evidence of such.
  • A person who claims to have been vaccinated but has either produced no valid evidence of vaccination or the evidence produced cannot be verified.
  • A person who has been vaccinated using a vaccine, not on the Barbados list of approved vaccines.
  • A person who has only received one dose of a two-dose regimen.
  • A person who has completed the full regimen of an approved vaccine, but less than 2 weeks prior to arrival.
What are the Barbados entry requirements for unvaccinated travellers?

ALL persons travelling to Barbados must enter with a valid negative Rapid COVID-19 PCR OR Rapid Antigen test result done within 1 day of arrival in Barbados OR a negative RT-PCR COVID-19 test done within 3 days prior to arrival.

Due to the island’s entry requirements for international arrivals, guests at Beach Houses should book a minimum of 4 nights at our sister resort, The Crane where an appointment will be made for a 2nd COVID-19 PCR test to be administered at the Resort’s on-site lab after completing the mandatory 3-day in-room quarantine.

Results of this test are expected to be back on the same night. On receipt of a 2nd negative PCR test result, guests are free to start their holiday at Beach Houses!

Pre-Arrival Information

What are the requirements for travelling to Barbados during COVID-19?

Given the new normal, Beach Houses by The Crane and Barbados have instituted a number of new forms that should be completed and submitted no later than 48 hours prior to arrival.

Effective May 25th, 2022, fully vaccinated travellers are no longer required to take a COVID-19 test to enter the country.

It is however mandatory for unvaccinated travellers to enter Barbados with a valid negative Rapid COVID-19 PCR OR Rapid Antigen test result done within 1 day of arrival OR a negative RT-PCR COVID-19 test done within 3 days prior to arrival.

Accepted tests include tests which were taken at an accredited or recognised laboratory by a healthcare provider via any of the below:

  • Nasopharyngeal sample
  • Oropharyngeal sample
  • Nasal sample
  • Anterior nares sample
  • Mid-turbinate sample

LAMP tests, self-administered tests or home kits and tests using saliva or shallow nasal samples will not be accepted.

What will happen to someone who arrives in Barbados without a COVID-19 PCR test?

You may be denied boarding at your international gateway without a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours.

However, if you arrive in Barbados without a valid negative PCR test, you will be tested at the airport.

During Your Stay

What's the Free Peace of Mind Test and How do I Book It?

Beach Houses by The Crane is currently offering a complimentary “Peace of Mind” PCR test to all arriving guests, valid for one day after arrival. This voluntary test taken at The Crane Resort’s on-site PCR lab, adds an extra layer of protection for visitors as a precaution against the spread of new variants. Kindly note that this test is for checking your status only, and the lab certificate issued will not be valid for travel purposes. This free post-arrival test can be booked here.

Please bring your ID when you take the test; the lab will verify your arrival details.

Test results are typically returned on the same night as testing.

What happens if I test positive for COVID-19 while in Barbados?

If you test positive for COVID-19 while in Barbados, you will be contacted by an official from the island’s Ministry of Health to complete a phone assessment of your medical condition.

Typically, you will be advised of your mandatory isolation period (10-14 days) and you may make arrangements to complete this in your villa, subject to availability and applicable rates.

During isolation at Beach Houses by The Crane:

  • You will be contacted daily by our Personal Concierge to check on your overall well-being and to ensure your stay is continuing comfortably.
  • Dining/grocery deliveries may be facilitated on a contactless basis.
  • You are not permitted to leave your suite and as such your entry key card will be deactivated. Visitors are strictly prohibited.
  • You will be issued with a coloured wristband in accordance with the restricted movement protocols of the Crane Confidence Programme.
  • Your villa will be monitored by our Resort Officers.

At the end of your isolation period, you will be issued with a Release Certificate from Barbados’ Ministry of Health. Proof of this certificate is required before your wristband can be removed.

For more details on isolation rates and availability, contact reservations@beachhhouses.bb.

What are my dining options?

We are pleased to offer delivery of delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner options, right to your villa. Orders may be placed here.

Please note the below before placing your order:

  • There is a BDS$15 charge per delivery.
  • Please order for each meal period (e.g. Breakfast & Dinner) separately.
  • Place same-day order 90 minutes prior to delivery times.
  • Breakfast delivery times: 8:30 AM or 10:00 AM.
  • Lunch delivery time: 1:00 PM.
  • Dinner delivery times: 5:30 PM or 7:00 PM. (D’Onofrio’s, Daily | Zen, Friday – Sunday).
  • Enter ‘WHITEHAVEN, BARBADOS’ in the address field and your villa number in the apartment field.
  • After receiving your order, we will call you on the day of delivery to confirm the order, delivery time, & the room charge to your villa.

Each villa is also equipped with a full kitchen or kitchenette for the easy preparation of meals.

What is the Crane Confidence Programme?

We are committed to providing a worry-free environment for our guests to safely visit and enjoy our resort while providing a safe environment for our team members to work. The Crane Confidence Programme incorporates enhanced sanitization, physical distancing, and safety protocols throughout the guest journey. For more details, please click here.

Do I have to wear face coverings at Beach Houses and The Crane Resort?

Yes, indoors only. In keeping with Government mandates, face coverings are required in all enclosed public spaces, except while dining.

Within the resort, masks are optional outdoors.

Do I have to wear face coverings in Barbados?

Effective May 25th, 2022, the Government of Barbados has mandated that masks are mandatory indoors and on public transportation only. Outdoors, masks are optional.

Protocols are fluid in response to the demands of the pandemic and we encourage you to reference barbadostravelprotocols.com for the most current information as you make your travel plans.