Last updated on September 24, 2021
- Fully Vaccinated Travellers
- Quarantine in Style
- Hassle-free Testing
- Flexible Dining
Fully Vaccinated Travellers
From May 8th, 2021, fully vaccinated travellers are welcome to enjoy the amenities of The Crane, including access to all restaurants, while awaiting the results of their arrival COVID-19 PCR test. With fast results guaranteed from our on-site lab, travellers may also be free to explore Barbados within just 24 hours of arrival!
Quarantine in Style
Don’t settle for a typical hotel room! Book a totally relaxing quarantine experience with 50% off an ultra-spacious suite with private pool, full kitchen, grocery delivery, room service and more. Rate includes daily breakfast and a hassle-free 2nd PCR test at the resort. Minimum Stay: 7 nights.
Enjoy hassle-free COVID-19 PCR testing in comfort administered by our on-site medical professionals. Testing is included in most rates or can be arranged and administered if your rate is exclusive of testing.
Room Service is available for all meal periods with menus available here, while groceries can be ordered from our on-site convenience store, either pre-arrival or while in-house via our online form. Both groceries and room service are delivered on a contactless basis, to guests in quarantine or isolation.
Fully Vaccinated Travellers
Who is considered fully vaccinated?
Effective July 15th, 2021, 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.
- The travel history of a fully vaccinated traveller, where they have travelled from or transited through countries of special consideration**, within the 21-day period immediately prior to arrival, will determine which protocols apply.
*AstraZeneca, Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, Johnson & Johnson, Sinopharm, Sinovac, Sputnik V Vaccines 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.
Note: Travellers who have had mixed vaccines regimens of 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).
What are the Barbados entry requirements for fully vaccinated travellers?
Travellers must enter Barbados with a negative standard PCR test (not a Rapid PCR Test or a Rapid Antigen Test) taken 3 days prior to arrival.
On arrival at The Crane, the Front Desk will make an appointment for you for a 2nd COVID-19 PCR Test, done as soon as possible after your arrival, on-site at the resort.
Results of this test are expected to be back within 24 hours. On receipt of a 2nd negative PCR test, you will have full, unrestricted access to the resort and the island.
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.
What can I do at the resort while I await the results of my arrival COVID PCR Test?
While awaiting the results of the required arrival COVID-19 PCR test, fully vaccinated travellers may freely move around The Crane, including access to all restaurants. However, access to Crane Beach, the Fitness Centre and Serenity Spa is restricted until receipt of a negative test result.
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.
I am fully vaccinated but my PCR test did not meet Barbados' Entry Requirements. Do I have to quarantine on arrival?
- If you are fully vaccinated and your pre-flight PCR test was not accepted at the airport, you must take a standard PCR test
- While awaiting your test result, you will be issued with a blue wristband that permits free movement around The Crane, including access to all restaurants. However, access to Crane Beach, the Fitness Centre and Serenity Spa is restricted until receipt of a negative test result.
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?
Travellers must enter Barbados with a negative standard PCR test (not a Rapid PCR Test or a Rapid Antigen Test) taken 3 days prior to arrival.
A mandatory in-room quarantine will then be in effect with a 2nd COVID-19 PCR test required at 5 days.
Note: Test results are expected within 24-48 hours.
Can I quarantine at The Crane?
Yes, The Crane Resort is an approved quarantine facility, offering travellers quarantine facilities until the receipt of negative results from a 2nd mandatory COVID-19 PCR test 5 days after arrival.
All available special offers may be booked for quarantine purposes
*An appointment for your 2nd PCR test will be made for you on arrival and administered by our on-site medical professionals.
Hear from one of our recent guests, Rene Daniella, about her quarantine experience.
What are the general requirements for travelling to Barbados during COVID-19?
Given the new normal, The Crane & Barbados have instituted a number of new forms that should be completed based on your testing circumstances and submitted no later than 48 hours prior to arrival.
It is mandatory for ALL persons travelling to Barbados, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated, to enter with a negative standard COVID-19 PCR test (not a Rapid PCR Test or a Rapid Antigen Test) from an accredited facility taken within 3 days prior to arrival.
All visitors should travel with a thermometer to conduct daily self-temperature checks during a monitoring period of 7 days after arrival.
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.
When should I get my 1st COVID-19 PCR test?
It is mandatory for ALL persons travelling to Barbados to take a standard COVID-19 PCR test (not a Rapid PCR Test or a Rapid Antigen Test) from an accredited facility within 3 days prior to arrival in order to enter the country. Relevant accrediting bodies and standards include ISO:15189, CAP, UKAS or equivalent.
Test results should be submitted electronically at travelform.gov.bb and all travellers should also bring a physical copy with them. Submitted tests will be validated by the Ministry of Health & Wellness in Barbados.
Note: COVID-19 PCR test results will not be validated unless they bear the name of the traveller.
I am travelling from North America. Where can I get tested?
StageZero Life Sciences offers convenient, in-home COVID-19 testing in North America
Travelling to Barbados from North America just became a whole lot easier! A landmark agreement between the Government of Barbados and the American-based reference laboratory StageZero Life Sciences will allow travellers coming from the United States and Canada to have their COVID-19 PCR tests expedited via a mobile healthcare professional.
The high complexity lab is guaranteeing prospective test results back in 48 hours or less, crucially assisting prospective travellers in meeting the Barbados entry requirement of having a COVID-19 PCR test done three days prior to their arrival. For more information on how to schedule a test with StageZero, click here.
Air Canada and Shoppers Drug Mart Partnership
COVID-19 testing is now available at select Shoppers Drug Mart locations in Ontario, and Alberta for asymptomatic individuals who require a negative COVID-19 test in preparation for an upcoming international flight. Results are provided earlier than may be possible in the Provincial public program and are typically available within 24-48 hours. The cost is CAD $199 plus tax. For more information, click here.
I am travelling from the United Kingdom. Where can I get a test?
With Barbados' requirement for travellers from high and medium-risk countries to take a COVID-19 PCR test from an accredited facility within 3 days of travel, the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI) has compiled a helpful testing centre resource for would-be travellers from the United Kingdom here.
How do I arrange my 2nd COVID-19 PCR test?
Your second test can be administered by our on-site medical professionals and can be booked here.
Please bring your passport.
Your results are typically returned on the same night as testing.
Once you have been advised of negative test results, you are free to visit the Front Desk to change your wristband, leave the resort, and/or check out of the property.
I need a test to return to my home country, what do I do?
Many countries now have border entry requirements for travellers to show proof of negative COVID-19 test results.
Please be sure to check the specific entry requirements for your home or destination country and arrange your testing accordingly as requirements vary by country.
Note: Effective October 4th, return tests for the United Kingdom are no longer required for fully vaccinated travellers departing Barbados.
Appointments for on-site departure testing can be made here.
During Your Stay
How am I affected by Barbados' National Curfew Directive?
The Government of Barbados has implemented a number of directives to control the spread of COVID-19. Kindly note that all restrictions are subject to change as the situation remains fluid.
Effective now through October 8th 2021, there is a nightly 9:00 PM – 5:00 AM curfew in place. During this period, all citizens, residents and visitors must be in their residences or hotels/villas by 9:00 PM nightly.
No external visitors will be allowed into the resort during the curfew period.
Last orders for dinner in all restaurants will now be 8:15 PM. Our full dining schedule may be viewed via your in-suite QR-code.
We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding as we adjust our operations to meet all national mandates and continue to keep all our staff and guests as safe and healthy as possible.
What should I expect during my stay?
Please be aware that the island’s Ministry of Health and COVID-19 Monitoring Unit may conduct random checks on quarantined guests. We appreciate your full cooperation if called upon or visited.
All guests are expected to adhere to the protocols of the Crane Confidence Programme including the wearing of face masks and colour-coded wristbands.
Each guest room is thoroughly cleaned and sanitized pre-arrival, under the Crane Confidence Programme.
Daily housekeeping service will be provided to suites occupied by wearers of green wristbands only. Note, suites occupied by wearers of other coloured wristbands will not receive housekeeping service however additional linen can be supplied on request by dialling Ext. “0” or “6545”.
For ongoing mosquito prevention, fogging occurs throughout the resort on Fridays between 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM. The fog is harmless to you and we kindly ask that you open your room to allow the fog to enter.
What happens if a member of my party tests positive for COVID-19 but I do not? Will I able to continue my vacation?
Only the member of the party that tests positive will be required to isolate in a government-approved isolation facility, or at The Crane in separate accommodation, if approved for same. All other members of the party will be quarantined at The Crane, monitored and tested by the island's public health authorities.
What are my dining options?
To view our Weekly Dining Schedule, please click here.
Room Service is available for all meal periods.
For in-room dining menus and restaurant hours, visit checkedin.thecrane.com.
Groceries can be ordered from The General Store, either pre-arrival or while in-house via the online form here.
Both groceries and in-room dining are delivered on a contactless basis, to guests in quarantine or isolation.
Guest Wristband Programme
Under the Crane Confidence Programme, ALL guests of The Crane Resort are required to wear a wristband while on the property until further notice. The wristband issued will be in accordance with tourism health and safety protocols. Please note the wristband colours and meanings below:
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 The Crane?
Yes. In keeping with guidelines from the Government of Barbados and advice from the Ministry of Health, we require face coverings for movement around all public areas of the resort.
Masks may be removed while swimming, sitting in a lounge chair socially distancing from others or while dining in a restaurant.
Do I have to wear face coverings in Barbados?
Effective February 3, the Government of Barbados has mandated the wearing of face coverings in public, except when exercising, eating or drinking. Many businesses across the island will only allow you to enter if you are wearing a mask in the proper fashion. You may also be subject to a temperature check and hand sanitisation when entering many premises including restaurants, bars and supermarkets.
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.
What happens if I test positive? Will I be able to stay at the resort instead of going to a government isolation facility?
In the interest of continuing prevention of any community spread on the island, if you test positive for COVID-19, you would typically be transferred by public health authorities to a government isolation facility to receive first-rate treatment and care until your recovery (typically 10-11 days after the first positive result).
You now have the choice of isolating at The Crane Resort in a designated isolation suite* with breakfast included for your recovery period.
Upon receipt of a positive COVID-19 test, the Ministry of Health will conduct a full health assessment at the Harrison Point isolation facility including screening for any underlying health conditions that could compromise your wellness. Transportation will be provided to and from the facility. Clearance to isolate must be received by the Ministry of Health, in writing, before guests can return to the property to isolate.
During isolation at 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.
- You are not permitted to leave your suite and as such, you have not been issued with an entry key card. Visitors are strictly prohibited.
- You will be issued with a red wristband in accordance with the restricted movement protocols of the Crane Confidence Programme.
- The corridor leading to your suite is outfitted with CCTV and will be monitored 24/7 by our Resort Officers along with a 24/7 physical security presence by the Barbados Defence Force.
- Any medical care required will be provided by personnel from Barbados’ Ministry of Health at a charge which will be communicated to you based on evaluation of your personal health at the time of isolation.
* Subject to availability. Isolation rates to be confirmed at the time of booking.
What do you mean by isolation? Is this different from quarantine?
Isolation is defined as being restricted completely to your suite at the resort, while you recover from the COVID-19 virus. Quarantine is a precaution taken to protect you and others from risks of catching the virus, while isolation means you have already been found positive after a 2nd test.
With The Crane's isolation offer, it means that in the rare possibility you are found positive while on vacation, you continue to relax in a designated isolation suite*, perhaps with a rum punch in hand, instead of being transferred to the Barbados government medical facility for recovery.
*Subject to availability.
Can’t I just leave the island instead of isolating at the resort?
If you have received a positive test result for COVID-19 while in Barbados, commercial flight travel is not permitted until recovery. Private jet transport remains an option.
However, if you choose to stay in Barbados, The Crane offers persons the choice to self-isolate in a designated isolation suite with breakfast included until you are cleared for travel (typically within 10 days of your initial positive result).
Perhaps you may wish to continue enjoying the warm tropical breezes and the island’s brilliant year-round sunshine to speed up your recovery?
Isolation rates to be confirmed at the time of booking.
How long will I be isolated for?
You will be isolated until you have received clearance from the Ministry of Health that you are no longer contagious. This typically would be expected to last no more than 8 or 9 additional nights to your original booking.
What resort service will I receive while isolated to my room?
While in isolation:
- You will receive complimentary breakfast for the duration of your isolation period.
- The Resort will waive the delivery fee for your grocery, breakfast, lunch and dinner deliveries. Room service/deliveries will be conducted on a contactless basis.
- All restaurant menus will be placed in your suite for convenience and orders may be placed by contacting Room Service. Groceries can be ordered online here.
- Housekeeping service will not be offered while in isolation, however, your suite has been pre-stocked with necessary linens. Any extra linens (sheets, towels, etc.) needed will also be delivered to your room on a contactless basis.
I am a Member. How can I isolate?
Members may reserve an isolation suite*, if needed, using Crane or Encore Points. Please contact our Owner Services team to make your booking should this become necessary.
Alternately, you still have the option of being isolated at the government medical facility at Harrison Point without any additional charges.
*Subject to availability.