Tunisia and Barbados add UK to high risk Covid list

No entry for Brits into Tunisia while Brits entering Barbados must quarantine as both countries put the UK on the COVID 'red' list

Barbados beach
Barbados beach (c) Jon Luty

Any dreams of holidaying in the idyllic Caribbean island of Barbados, or visiting Tunisia are now dashed for UK holidaymakers as these two countries have responded to the COVID spikes around Britain.

Barbados – quarantine from October 1

Those heading to Barbados must get there by midnight on 30 September or face a quarantine, the island’s tourism ministry has said.

The Barbados Ministry of Tourism said:

“The United Kingdom will be categorised as a high-risk country in accordance with the country risk assessments. As such, persons travelling from or transiting through the UK will be required to follow the protocols under the high-risk category.”

The UK has joined the same category as Brazil, France, Spain and the US.

at touchdown at health officials will board the plane Grantley Adams airport in Barbados to check test results before passengers are allowed off.

Since 19 September UK travellers to Barbados could not enter without proof a negative PCR test from a certified or accredited laboratory. However from October 1 British holidaymakers to the Caribbean island will now have to quarantine for up to a week at a  ‘holding hotel or approved villa’ at their own expense, or at a government facility free of charge.

Health officials will board the plane at touchdown at Grantley Adams airport in Barbados to check test results before passengers are allowed off.

After four or five days they will have to take another test.

Tunisia – total no go from today September 28

Tunisia has gone a step further by prohibiting Brits entering at all. The UK has been classified by Tunisia as a Covid ‘red’ country from today (Monday 28 September). The only travellers who can enter are Tunisian nationals or those with permanent residency. Britons who don’t have permanent residency in Tunisia will not be allowed to enter.

Those that can enter must take a PCR test 72 hours before travel and show evidence of the negative test result on arrival, then must quarantine for 14 days. The first seven days will be in a quarantine centre. During this time a second test will be carried out. The traveller will have to pick up the bill. If the test turns out to be negative then the traveller will be allowed to self-isolate in their home for the second week.