BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — Jamaica, the Dominican Republic and Suriname have been moved from medium-risk to the high-risk category of travelers to Barbados.
Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana have also been moved into the same category from low-risk, based on the number of cases of the novel c0ronavirus (COVID-19), which is causing headaches around the world.
European countries — Spain, Italy, France and Sweden — which were previously categorized as medium-risk are now deemed high-risk by Barbados.
On the other hand, there will be downward movement, with Australia, Egypt and Sri Lanka moving from the medium-risk to low-risk category.
The new protocols also include a new category deemed very low-risk – people traveling from these countries and who have not traveled to or transited through any country designated as high-, medium- or low-risk within 21 days prior to travel to Barbados, will not be required to take a COVID-19 test prior to or on arrival.
These countries include Dominica, Grenada, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Cayman Islands, St Lucia, New Zealand, Finland, Montserrat, St Kitts and Nevis and St Vincent and the Grenadines.
Meanwhile, acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Kenneth George told Barbados Today that the determination of risk was based on the cumulative seven-day total of new cases per 100,000 of the population, and also took into account the positivity rates.
According to George, anyone coming into Barbados from a country categorized as high- or medium-risk is being strongly advised to have a valid negative COVID-19 test result from an accredited laboratory within 72 hours prior to arrival.
He also reiterated that all persons entering Barbados from high-risk countries who test negative must quarantine at a government facility free of charge, or at a designated hotel or approved villa at their expense, for 14 days.
In addition, there is a new requirement, effective September 14, for persons travelling from medium-risk countries to take a mandatory second test after seven days.
This category of traveller, who presents a negative test or tests negative on arrival, is monitored daily for onset of symptoms for seven days.
Anyone who refuses to take the second test at the end of that period will be placed in quarantine for seven days.