The Ministry of Health and Wellness is aware of the social media post, which is being circulated, regarding congestion within the arrival area of the Grantley Adams International Airport (GAIA) in recent days.
Because the new protocols which got here into effect January 7, 2022 have indicated, travellers are permitted to enter Barbados with:
- A sound negative Standard Real Time (RT) PCR COVID-19 test, done inside three days prior to arrival using a nasopharyngeal or oropharyngeal swab, or
- A sound negative Rapid PCR COVID-19 test, at some point prior to arrival using a nasopharyngeal or oropharyngeal swab
Unfortunately, on Saturday several passengers arrived with a negative Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) for COVID-19, which isn’t the accepted test for entry into this island. These individuals who got here in with the RAT were required to have a repeat test, using a PCR test, on arrival. The variety of individuals presenting with the wrong tests exceeded 300 and this occurred during a full flight schedule at peak time (2 p.m. until 6 p.m.) resulting in the congestion within the arrival area.
The Ministry advises the general public, once more, to familiarise themselves with the Barbados Travel Protocols which could also be accessed at https://www.visitbarbados.org/covid-19-travel-guidelines-2022. The Ministry has mobilised additional resources to handle this matter and can proceed to observe the situation and act accordingly. (BGIS)