Barbados Questions & Answers

Everything you need to know about current health protocols on sailings from Barbados

If you’re planning travel to Barbados, please read the latest Barbados Travel Requirements, from the Barbados Ministry of Health including the latest health protocols and guidelines. They are subject to change and may impact your plans, so check often.

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Updated October 19, 2021 - As information changes often, please check back regularly.

Who are the medical experts advising Seabourn and Carnival Corporation as you restart operations?
Carnival Corporation has been working with a number of world-leading public health, epidemiological and policy experts to support its ongoing efforts for developing enhanced protocols and procedures for the return of cruise vacations based on the latest knowledge around protection and mitigation.

Which Seabourn voyages currently require vaccinations?
Regardless of age, guests on all Seabourn voyages departing through February 28, 2022 must be fully vaccinated.

Specific requirements for other itineraries from February 28, 2022 and beyond will be finalized once we have approval to operate from the respective destinations. Once we have those details, they will be shared with guests. Since we are continuously monitoring the requirements of each destination and using the guidance of our medical experts, booked guests and travel advisors should always review any updates shared by Seabourn to stay informed about the latest policies or changes, including vaccination requirements. Our practices will continue to evolve and may change to remain aligned with the latest advice.

Guests should always ensure they understand all requirements to travel for their home country and the destinations they plan to visit. Details continue to be updated regularly and official websites and apps developed by government agencies and tourism ministries are the recommended resources to check for the most current guidance.

Can children sail, if not vaccinated?
Regardless of age, all guests on voyages departing through February 28, 2022 must be fully vaccinated in order to sail.

Guests should always ensure they understand all requirements to travel for their home country and the destinations they plan to visit. Details continue to be updated regularly and official websites and apps developed by government agencies and tourism ministries are the recommended resources to check for the most current guidance.

Why have you made this decision to implement vaccination requirements for some of your voyages?
Given the progress of vaccination programs, some Seabourn sailings will be open to booking for guests who have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Additionally, each destination we plan to visit with a vaccine requirement understands that all guests will be fully vaccinated.

Policies continue to change and we will continue to monitor and adapt to the latest advice. If our policies change, an update will be shared with past guests and travel advisors, as well as on the Seabourn website.

What does fully vaccinated mean?
For these cruises the definition of “fully vaccinated” is a minimum of 14 days following the last dose in the vaccine series of an approved COVID-19 vaccine. Proof of vaccination and the dates given will be required must be shown at the terminal prior to boarding.

What vaccines are considered approved or acceptable?
Acceptable vaccines are those that have an emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or will have received emergency use listing from the World Health Organization (WHO).

Guests should regularly check for the latest requirements on the destination official government websites to understand what documents and tests may be required upon arrival www.visitbarbados.org

Please note that the following WILL NOT be accepted:

  • Nasal swab samples
  • Saliva samples
  • Self-administered tests (even if the sample was taken under the supervision of a healthcare provider)
  • Home kits
  • Rapid PCR tests

If I have received mixed vaccinations, will that satisfy your vaccination requirements?
Guests will be considered fully vaccinated who have received their final dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine, or any combination of two doses of an authorized or approved vaccine at least 14 days prior to the beginning of the cruise. Eligible vaccines are ones that have been approved/authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or have emergency use listing by World Health Organization (WHO).


US ONLY: Novavax clinical trial participants who can confirm that they receive the full 2-dose series of the active COVID-19 vaccine.

EUROPE ONLY: COVID-19 immunity may be considered equivalent to “Fully Vaccinated” if guest received 1 dose of one these vaccines (Comirnaty (Pfizer), Spikevax (Moderna) or Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca)) 14 days or more ago after a previous SARS-CoV-2 infection, with a Digital COVID Certificate of Vaccination.

* Exceptions to the above may apply to itineraries that sail to ports where certain vaccine combinations are not accepted.

What if I am exempt from receiving the vaccination?
At this time, sailings through February 28, 2022 are available to fully vaccinated guests.

Will you deny my booking if I am unable to wear a mask or if I require oxygen or dialysis during my cruise?
Yes, in accordance with guidance from global health authorities, we may deny bookings and boarding of any guests who are unable to wear a mask or require supplemental oxygen or dialysis.

Unfortunately, we are unable to accept guests who are dependent on oxygen or dialysis on sailings during our restart phase (through December 2021). This includes guests who use oxygen concentrators. Please understand the health and safety for you, fellow guests and onboard team members is our top priority, and we take these measures to uphold that commitment.

Can guests do an itinerary deviation to arrive or depart from an alternate port?
No, guests must embark and disembark at the published turn ports.

How will you check that I have received the vaccine at the time of booking?
It is our guests’ responsibility to comply with our current Seabourn vaccination policy. 

The original proof of vaccination should clearly show the guest’s name on the vaccination card matching their photo ID, the dates of vaccine doses (final dose must have been received at least 14 days prior to the beginning of the cruise), and the name of facility administering the vaccination. Alternative proof may be required if there are questions and concerns about the submitted proof of vaccination.

Failure to provide this evidence will result in denial of boarding. Information provided will be subject to our privacy notice on seabourn.com, and shared only as needed with Seabourn personnel, third parties or local health authorities as part of screening and embarkation-related health protocols.

If I’ve received the COVID-19 vaccine, am I still required to have a pre-travel COVID-19 test performed 72 hours prior to boarding the ship?
Yes. Guests will be required to show proof of a negative Standard (non-rapid) PCR COVID-19 test, performed within 72 hours prior of their arrival in Barbados. This proof may be required at the departing airport prior to the guest being permitted to board their flight, as required by the Barbados Ministry of Health. Details can be found here: https://www.visitbarbados.org/covid-19-travel-guidelines-2020

Prior to traveling, guests must complete and upload the required documentation in the Barbados BIMSafe app, which can be downloaded from www.visitbarbados.org or upload the documentation directly on the site. Barbados Ministry of Health personnel will validate information upon flight arrival, so please bring proof of documentation with you. The information provided will be subject to their data privacy policies

What requirements must be completed prior to boarding?

  1. Negative COVID-19 Test: visitbarbados.org outlines the pre-travel COVID-19 testing required by Barbados.

    Once in the Barbados airport:
    1. If guests are going directly to the pier from the airport in Barbados, an additional complimentary rapid antigen test will be administered at the cruise terminal during the check-in process.
    2. If guests are staying at a hotel before embarkation they are required to complete a PCR test upon arrival. Guests should take their PCR test at the airport as it will be complimentary. Guests will then be transferred to their hotel to quarantine until results come back. Test results can take up to 24 hours. Additionally, guests will be administered a complimentary rapid antigen test at the cruise terminal during the check-in process.
  2. Proof of Vaccination.
  3. Complete vaccination attestation in Seabourn Source app or Online Guest Registration at seabourn.com.
  4. Complete your Seabourn health questionnaire 72-24 hours before you embark the ship using the Seabourn Source app or Online Guest Registration at seabourn.com.
  5. BIMSafe: Prior to traveling, guests must complete and upload the required documentation in the BIMSafe app, which can be downloaded from www.visitbarbados.org. Guests should upload required documentation within 72 hours prior to travel and no less than 24 hours before travel. Ministry of Health personnel will validate information upon flight arrival, so please bring original proof of documentation with you.
  6. Complete your Online Guest Registration at seabourn.com as soon as you have booked.
  7. Verify your eligibility and requirements to travel to all destinations being visited by using the governmental websites of the places you are going. It is a guest’s responsibility to ensure compliance with all travel requirements for all destinations.

What proof of full vaccination will be accepted?
The following formats are acceptable proofs of full vaccination: original COVID-19 vaccination card, digital COVID-19 certificate (QR code acceptable); or record of COVID-19 vaccination from a healthcare provider including original digital email notification, personal electronic health record, or government Immunization Information System (IIS) record.

The following identifiers for the proof of full vaccination should include your first and last name, a patient identifier such as date of birth, medical record ID, or government ID, type of vaccine (manufacturer), date of all doses administered, lot number, if available, and healthcare professional or clinic site name. The full proof of vaccination must show that your final dose of vaccine was received at least two weeks (14 days) prior to the beginning of the cruise. Alternative proof may be required if there are questions and concerns about the proof of vaccination you produce. During check-in at the terminal, you will be required to show full proof of vaccination. If you are unable to produce the described proof of vaccination, you will be denied boarding without refund, credit or compensation of any kind.

What types of COVID-19 tests are accepted?
Per the Barbados Travel Protocols, ALL travellers must travel with a valid negative Standard COVID-19 PCR test result.

With specific reference to the type of PCR test required and accepted for entry into Barbados:

Specific Requirements:

  • The specimen taken must be a nasopharyngeal or oropharyngeal swab (or both) taken by a healthcare provider
  • The sample must be taken within 3 days prior to arrival.
  • The laboratory performing the test must be an accredited, certified or recognized facility

Please note that the following WILL NOT be accepted:

  • Nasal swab samples
  • Saliva samples
  • Self-administered tests (even if the sample was taken under the supervision of a healthcare provider)
  • Home kits
  • Rapid PCR tests

Is a self-test acceptable?
Per the Barbados Travel Protocols, self-tests are not acceptable. This includes

  • Self-administered tests (even if the sample was taken under the supervision of a healthcare provider)
  • Home kits

What is acceptable proof of my negative COVID-19 test result?
The following formats are acceptable proofs of a negative COVID-19 test: paper negative COVID-19 test results (original only), digital or emailed COVID-19 test results; or record of COVID-19 testing from a healthcare provider including original digital email notification or personal electronic health record.

The negative COVID-19 test result must include:

  • Where the test was administered, including information such as the name and contact information for the laboratory or healthcare personnel who performed the test
  • Type of test (indicating it is a NAAT test)
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  • A specimen collection date 3 days or less before arrival into Barbados
  • Guest’s name and either date of birth, age, or passport number
  • A negative test result using words or phrases including:
    • Negative
    • Undetectable
    • SARS-CoV-2 RNA not detected
    • SARS-CoV-2 antigen not detected
    • COVID-19 not detected
    • Not reactive
    • Test results marked “invalid” are not accepted

Where can I get a viral COVID-19 test near me?
For U.S. guests, Seabourn has partnerships and suggestions to help make pre-travel testing access easier.

We have partnered with Optum so that U.S.-based vaccinated guests can order an FDA-authorized at-home antigen test kit, shipped to your door in 3 business days or less. These at-home tests include a personal virtually video-supervised visit with an eMed Certified Guide through telehealth services. These guides will help you properly administer the test and verify the results, within 15 minutes. The lab result report is delivered via email and can be printed or displayed on your mobile device during check-in. Please place your order with enough time to be shipped prior to your boarding. Order your test kit online

You can also contact your nearest health center, pharmacy, state health department, or transiting airport to learn more about their availability for COVID-19 testing.

Another option for COVID-19 testing is through a company called Curative. You will be able to find a location and schedule a service at one of their 10,000 sites. You will get your test at one of their drive-thrus, kiosks, or mobile sites and receive your results digitally in 1-2 days. Please visit https://curative.com/.

Quest Diagnostics is also able to provide over 1,500 locations in the United States to schedule a no-cost* COVID-19 test appointment, with results delivered within 48 hours. Find a Quest Diagnostics testing location near you.

* This COVID-19 no-cost-to-you program is available to eligible individuals for $0 out of pocket when billed to a health plan or the government.

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Can I book a pre-cruise hotel? What are the requirements?
Yes, you may book lodging at your own discretion, following local guidelines. Guests must fulfill all requirements for pre-cruise testing however as the destination requires.

Guests arriving in Barbados will need to take a PCR test upon arrival and wait for a negative result before being permitted to explore Barbados, per the country’s protocols. Complimentary testing is offered at the airport upon arrival. If this testing is not done at the airport and guests opt to complete it at the hotel, there would be an additional cost at the guest's expense. Hotels have different protocols on quarantining and they can be fluid from week to week. Guests should check with the hotel to find out where they need to quarantine to wait for their results upon check-in.

Guests should check for the latest requirements on the destination official government websites to understand what documents and tests may be required for a post-cruise extended stay. https://www.visitbarbados.org/covid-19-travel-guidelines-2020

What are my transportation options to the cruise terminal if I arrive the day of embarkation?
Following flight arrival, independent guests will be escorted in a sterile corridor from their arrival terminal to an approved taxi service for Seabourn guests. These taxis will provide non-stop travel to the cruise ship terminal.

Will boarding times be assigned to guests?
Guests will be assigned a boarding time to embark, which will be provided closer to the sailing date. Physical distancing will be managed in the cruise terminal as guests arrive and check in.  Please download the Seabourn Source mobile app in the App Store or Google Play to access mobile boarding passes and many more features.

When will guests be assigned their check-in times for arriving at the pier?
Assigned check-in times will be processed initially at approximately 50 days prior to sailing. Updates will be processed again at 21, 14, 7 and 3 days prior to sailing. If the time shows "To Be Assigned" it will be assigned with the next update processed for the sailing based on the above cadence of assignments.

What if I arrive at the terminal before my assigned time?
If you come to the terminal before your arrival time, you will be asked to wait away from the terminal until you are permitted to enter during your specified arrival time.

Can guests use Seabourn Private Air?
Yes, Seabourn Private Air is available for booking for travel from starting point to any global destination covered by the service. When it comes to air travel, the service provides the ultimate in convenience and privacy away from the crowds at a level of Seabourn service that cannot be found on commercial flights or fractional jet cards. Seabourn Private Air starts the Seabourn experience the moment you leave home and is a perfect option for groups or families.

Can I spend time with guests outside my travel party?
While interacting with people outside of your traveling party, physical distancing is encouraged.

Will shore excursions be limited or can I explore the destinations independently?
You will be able to go ashore, but, during our initial return to sailing, this will only be through shore excursions sold by or through Seabourn using tour operators who comply with COVID-19 controls, or limited to port areas that have no public access. We will have pre-arranged transportation to and from the ship for you to use.  Self-exploration or participation in shore excursions not sold by Seabourn will not be permitted.

What is the guideline on face masks?
Guests may be required to wear a mask indoors at all times, except when in their suite, seated in a Restaurant or Bar or performing high intensity exercise in the gym. Masks are not required outdoors when physical distancing can be maintained.

Our team members will wear a mask at all times when in guest areas, except when eating or drinking or outdoors when not interacting with guests.

Seabourn is providing a double-layer cloth mask for each guest on board. Guests may also use their own double-layer cloth or paper medical mask. Face coverings such as bandanas, neck gaiters, and masks with exhaust valves are not allowed.

Will onboard team members be vaccinated?
Our intent is for all team members working onboard to be vaccinated and we are implementing active plans to meet that goal.

How often will team members be tested for COVID-19?
Team members will undergo routine COVID-19 surveillance testing (screening). Each week a portion of the team members on board will be tested.

What medical personnel will be on the ship?
The ship will have medical capabilities on board via a Medical Center that includes doctors and nurses trained to care for a full spectrum of medical scenarios, including COVID-19. Each ship will also be outfitted with a variety of medications, supplies and equipment, which includes onboard COVID-19 testing capabilities.

What cleaning protocols will be in place once you restart service?
Anyone who has traveled with Seabourn in the past knows our onboard crew works continuously to maintain a clean, sanitary environment. Once we restart operations, we will do even more to ensure guests feel comfortable traveling with us, to include:

  • Frequent cleaning and sanitization of hard surfaces in all public areas
  • Routinely use a safe disinfectant proven to quickly kill novel coronaviruses, as outlined on the U.S. Envronmental Protection Agency (EPA) N list for use against COVID-19.
  • Suites and public areas sanitized more frequently with cleaning and disinfection protocols developed in coordination with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)
  • Ships and terminals undergo more thorough sanitization between cruises
  • Expanded disinfection methods using emerging and advanced technologies that are proven effective against coronavirus and other germs
  • HEPA filters will be used for all cleaning equipment

What changes are being made to the onboard HVAC system?
We are implementing air management and ventilation strategies to maximize the use of outside, fresh air and the air exchange rate on board in public areas and suites. Where feasible, we will utilize enhanced filters and other technologies to mitigate risk. Current evidence shows that fresh air is effective in reducing the concentration of airborne contaminants, including viruses. Our HVAC system updates are designed to create 10 air changes per hour on our vessels.

  • We are increasing the ship air conditioning system filtration standard to F7 filters (MERV 13), which are finer mesh filters and highly effective in filtering out airborne particles and viruses. In areas where F7 filtration cannot be installed due to technical limitations, portable HEPA filtration units and ultraviolet light (UV) have been installed.

If my home country or country of disembarkation require a negative COVID-19 test result entry after my cruise ends, will Seabourn administer and cover the cost of the test?
A complimentary rapid antigen or PCR COVID-19 test will be administered to all guests on board on day 5 or 6 of the voyage. This test is a requirement of the Barbados COVID-19 Protocols. This test fulfills the requirements for onward travel home in most instances where guests board a flight immediately after their cruise.

Guests who book a post-cruise stay before traveling home should ensure they meet all testing requirements. If the test provided on board does not meet the requirements for onward travel, additional testing is the responsibility of the guest at their expense.

Can I book a post-cruise hotel? What are the requirements?
Yes. Post-cruise hotel stays booked through Seabourn in Barbados will include the cost of an antigen test administered at the port upon disembarkation and again, if required, at the hotel prior to onward travel.

You may book lodging at your own discretion, following local guidelines. Guests must fulfill all requirements for additional testing for onward travel however as the destination(s) may require. If the test provided onboard does not meet the requirements for onward travel, additional testing is the responsibility of the guest at their expense.

Guests should check for the latest requirements on the destination official government websites to understand what documents and tests may be required for a post-cruise extended stay. https://www.visitbarbados.org/covid-19-travel-guidelines-2020

Why do I have to follow different health protocols on the cruise/on board than my home country recommends?
Barbados has established a set of protocols for sailings homeporting in their country.

Why haven’t guidelines been sent for my sailing?
At this time, we can confirm all approvals have been obtained to operate in Greece and the Caribbean. We continue to work on similar permissions for other ships in other destinations. For any guest who requires immediate confirmation of our ability to operate their cruise as scheduled we encourage guests to book or to modify their existing booking to an available Seabourn Ovation or Seabourn Odyssey sailing.

Will travel insurance be required? Can I purchase independent coverage?
Given the current global travel and health environment, all booked guests are strongly encouraged to purchase travel insurance prior to departure to protect against losses. For eligible guests, Seabourn offers SeabournShield® travel insurance that provides a broad range of benefits, including for COVID-19-related expenses, subject to the plan terms. Guests can also purchase third-party travel insurance as well and should check with the provider for specific details on their coverage terms and policies. Note: SeabournShield® is not available to residents of New York State, Quebec or Puerto Rico.

I had COVID and recovered but still test positive, will I be able to travel?
Exceptions may apply for fully vaccinated asymptomatic guests that have tested positive for COVID-19 in the 90 days prior to embarkation, and are fully recovered. Guests will need to provide a letter of recovery from their doctor and, laboratory test results that are not older than 90 days.

Do I need to wait until 14 days after my COVID-19 vaccine booster to be considered fully vaccinated?
No. Guests who have received the full series of a US FDA or WHO authorized COVID-19 vaccine or a combination of authorized vaccines and have received your last dose at least 14 days prior to the day of embarkation are considered fully vaccinated. COVID-19 vaccine boosters are not required at this time, nor is a 14 day waiting period after a booster has been administered.

Can I book back to back cruises?
Yes, back-to-back bookings will be available, subject to inventory availability.

Guests on back-to-back voyages will need to disembark the ship at the end of each voyage, receive a complimentary viral COVID-19 test, and will be permitted to board the ship again once they receive a negative test result. Our current policy is that guests will not need to pack and disembark with luggage for this testing between cruises. Final details will be confirmed once on board, including when and where to go for testing.

Guests who test positive for COVID-19 will be denied boarding on the next voyage, together with their family members and close contacts who are not fully vaccinated. If you, your family members, travelling companions or other close contacts are suspected of having COVID-19, you are entitled to a 100% Future Cruise Credit.

We will closely monitor all guidance and will adapt and evolve this policy accordingly.

Subject to change. Please check back regularly for any updates