Barbados will be welcoming visitors starting from July 12, 2020. The airlines providing services to Barbados will be JetBlue flights from New York-JFK Airport. It is scheduling its flights to resume service on July 25. However, others will be American Airlines which will fly from Miami starting from August 5.
The Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. said, “All travelers from high-risk countries are strongly encouraged to take a COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test from an accredited laboratory.” However, travelers must take the test within 72 hours prior to arriving in Barbados.
Travelers that are coming from countries with a low rate of virus can take the test one week prior to arrival in Barbados.
A New Online Form
However, travelers will have to complete a new online embarkation/disembarkation (ED) card formulated by Barbados. This card will have health questions related to COVID-19 symptoms and it is necessary for the traveler to complete it.
Once they upload the requisite documents, they will receive an email bar code. When a visitor arrives they must present evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result and the ED bar code to clear immigration.
However, any visitor who does not have the coronavirus negative test document will be tested upon arrival. Moreover, they will have to quarantine for 48 hours until they receive the test results. Visitors will have to quarantine at their own expense during this time.
If the test is positive for the virus, the visitor will have to isolate themselves. They will receive care from the Ministry of Health and Wellness.
However, the country has no longer active cases of coronavirus announced Barbados Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley, last week.
From July 1, the country will be lifting all curfews. Now, social distancing has moved from six feet to three. However, people can arrange events of up to 500 participants.
Flights Resuming Services to Barbados
However, on July 12, Air Canada will resume service to Barbados from Toronto’s Pearson International. And on July 18, British Airways is all set to resume service out of London-Gatwick.
Similarly, Virgin Atlantic will be resuming services from London-Heathrow from August 1 to Barbados. Whereas, Caribbean Airlines’ regional flights are all set to resume from mid-July.
“We will continue to take a risk-based approach to the protection of our country, our people, and our visitors,” Mottley said.
She also said that the country is encouraging travelers, including those who wish to work remotely. And travelers that want to travel to Barbados for longer periods of time.
“We want to create an environment that will allow people to come to Barbados to work, to rest, and to play from here for an extended period of time during COVID-19″, Mottley said.
“Why? Because we know that this is one of the best places on earth to be and to remain because of the care we will take to protect the people of this nation and those who are here on the island with us.”