Trinidad and Tobago is not part of the Caribbean travel bubble expected to the instituted at the end of the month in Barbados.
Over the weekend, Barbados Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley announced the new travel bubble coming into effect at the end of this month for fully vaccinated travellers with negative PCR tests. Travellers from countries named in the bubble will not be required to do PCR tests or quarantine upon arrival in Barbados.
However, citizens from T&T, Jamaica, Belize, Guyana and the Bahamas were not included in this rejuvenated travel bubble, which means vaccinated citizens from these nations will still be tested at the Grantly Adams Airport and unvaccinated travellers will be required to go into a five-day quarantine.
In her address to the nation on Saturday, Mottley listed the countries outside the bubble and what their citizens will be required to do on entry to Barbados.
“But guess what? They’re subjected to the same protocols that would have existed before, so if they are vaccinated persons, come with a negative PCR and land at our airport, they’ll have to have the second PCR test as all other vaccinated persons do now and then they’d be free to come into the country.
“If they are unvaccinated, you know the drill, it’s a longer period, five days before they have the PCR test in the quarantine,” Mottley said, adding that this gives layers of protection among the layers of risk.
This is the second such attempt at a Caricom travel bubble.
Last September, Barbados’ ambassador to Caricom David Comissiong laid out the framework for the travel bubble and the countries in and out of the safe travel sphere.
A major factor of that initial bubble was that citizens of the included nations were not required to take PCR or COVID-19 tests before or upon entry. Those citizens are also not required to undergo any quarantine.
The bubble was initiated on September 18, 2020. At that time, T&T was not included in the travel bubble either but was given clearance to enter by the following month once COVID infection numbers remained low.
Guardian Media reached out to both the Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Amery Browne yesterday but neither responded.
On Saturday, Rowley said that T&T is still on track to reopen borders in July.