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The Government of Barbados has announced that effective Friday, 23rd September 2022, wearing a face mask within most business establishments will no longer be compulsory.

Going forward, wearing a face mask will only be required at a hospital or healthcare facility, a doctor's office, a dental surgery, an educational establishment (e.g. a school or university), a nursery or day care facility, a prison and on a public transport vehicle (e.g. a bus or taxi).

For more information, please read S.I. 2022 No. 81.

The Barbados Travel Protocols have been discontinued

September 26, 2022

September 23, 2022

Effective September 23rd, 2022, the Barbados Travel Protocols have been discontinued.

Travellers are no longer required to provide evidence of their vaccination status on arrival in Barbados, nor are they required to have a COVID-19 test prior to arrival, regardless of their vaccination status.

All persons travelling to Barbados are still required to complete the online Immigration and Customs Form at travelform.gov.bb no sooner than 72 hours before their arrival.

Revised gasoline and diesel prices for September, 2022

September 22, 2022

September 15, 2022

The Minister responsible for Energy and Business, under the powers conferred on him by Section 3 of the Miscellaneous Controls Act, Cap. 329, has reduced the retail price of gasoline (petrol) to BDS $4.26 per litre, and increased the retail price of diesel to BDS $3.94 per litre.

These price adjustments are effective from Thursday, September 15th, 2022.

For more information, please read S.I. 2022 No. 78.

While many digital nomads teach their own children, or have their children enrolled in an online private school, digital nomads on the Welcome Stamp visa may have their children enrolled in a school in Barbados while they are residing on the Island.

Due to a shortage of fabrics being delivered to Barbados, local manufacturers and dressmakers have been able to unable to produce the quantity of uniforms required to meet demand before the start of the new school season in Barbados, which officially begins on September 19th, 2022.

In light of the challenges facing parents, the Minister of Education, Technological and Vocational Training announced a temporary relaxation on school uniform policy, until September 30th, 2022. After which, the Minister will review the policy.

If your child is unable to wear the required school uniform, he or she will be allowed to dress in a plain-coloured t-shirt or plain-coloured polo shirt and jeans/trousers, until the relaxed dress policy expires. The Minister has stressed that the relaxation on school uniform policy is strictly on a temporary basis only.

The Chief Education Officer will communicate with school principals to ensure they are fully aware of the relaxed school uniform policy.

Please be advised that £20 and £50 paper notes will no longer be legal tender in the United Kingdom after September 30th, 2022. They are being replaced with new polymer notes.

As such, local banks in Barbados may no longer accept these paper notes, especially after the date on which the notes are demonetised. Unfortunately, Scotia Bank stopped accepting these bank notes on September 3rd.

If you are unable to deposit or exchange your paper notes in Barbados, you will need to make your own arrangements directly with the Bank of England.