BA to return to Barbados - with caveats for passengers

by Steve Hartridge

British Airways plans to restart weekly flights between Gatwick and Barbados on July 18.

A weekly Virgin Atlantic service to the island from Heathrow will return on August 1, with the airline planning to up frequency in October in time for the winter season.

Travellers will also be required to complete a new online embarkation/disembarkation form, with personal health questions relating to Covid-19 symptoms. Once all required steps are completed and supporting documents uploaded, travellers will receive a bar code via email.

And they will be required to present evidence of a negative result of a PCR Covid-19 test - taken within the previous 72 hours if arriving from a 'high risk country'.

On arrival in Barbados they must present the bar code to clear immigration.

Those without a documented negative PCR test result from an accredited or recognised laboratory will be required to take a test upon arrival and will be quarantined - at their expense - until the results are available.

The anticipated wait period for the test results is 48 hours. If travellers fail the test, they will be placed in isolation.

Barbados has declared itself Covid-19-free and will lift all curfews on July 1.

The island has a three-feet social distancing rule in place and is allowing social events with up to 500 people and sporting events with spectators.

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