With British Airways offering a variety of good deals to the Caribbean island of Barbados, we outline the latest coronavirus stats, travel advice and entry rules if you’re thinking of booking a holiday.
Beautiful Barbados is a perfect holiday destination for Brits seeking winter sun, especially once hurricane season ends in October.
This year, however, October 1st marks the introduction of new entry restrictions that are likely to put off many travellers.
It was previously possible for British tourists to holiday in the country amid the coronavirus pandemic as long as they submitted a negative Covid-19 PCR test ahead of arrival, taken at most 72 hours ahead of arrival.
A travel form needed to be submitted 24 hours before arrival, which the PCR test was included in.
The UK was considered a “medium risk” country, so while travellers from the UK were monitored for the first seven days of their trip, they were able to holiday largely as normal.
The new rules
The UK has now been classed as a “high risk” country, given its rising coronavirus caseload.
That means it is not possible to visit Barbados from the UK without quarantining.
The travel form must still be filled out, and a negative Covid-19 must be submitted.
Travellers must then quarantine at government approved facilities (a designated holding hotel or approved villa at your own expense, or a government facility free of charge).
They then undertake another Covid-19 test 4-5 days after the first accepted negative test. If this second test is negative they will be let out of quarantine.
If you test positive for Covid-19 at any point during your trip, or are judged to have been in close contact with someone with the virus, you will be required to quarantine in monitored facilities.
Coronavirus in Barbados
Barbados has reported very few cases of Covid-19 (and it wants to keep it that way).
Since the start of the pandemic it has seen 190 cases and seven deaths. Its population is around 280,000.
The UK has seen 439,000 cases and 42,000 deaths in a population of around 66.6 million. The UK’s cases are rising in the thousands per day.
In June, Barbados’s government launched the Barbados Welcome Stamp, a visa which permits foreigners to work remotely on the island for up to a year.
It costs £1,590 per person, or £2,385 per family, and to qualify you must earn at least £39,760 per year and have health insurance in place.