Barbados’ tourism revival is underway in spite of some visitors having to be quarantined or isolated. Air traffic is now flowing with 3 airlines flying to Barbados. Air Canada arrived on July 12 and will continue with two flight a week. Guests from Canada are asked to self-quarantine on the hotel property for 7 days while they are monitored and tested. One proud Canadian hoisted his flag at Accra Beach Hotel, happy to be in Barbados in spite of the obstacles.
See a whimsical video of the Accra hotel and beach scene below. Note that a Canadian guest, enjoying the ambiance, hangs his flag from the balcony. He says he has been coming to Barbados for several years and its great to be back, in spite of having to quarantine for 7 days.
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Canada has landed! See the Canadian flag on the balcony at Accra – Air Canada led the way starting July 12 with 2 flights per week. Covid protocols aren’t in effect sand passengers are monitored and tested with self quarantine for 7 days – see the igtv on protocols https://www.instagram.com/tv/CDOx6q7A9Hw/?igshid=gue0v1p469lu
This video showcases Canada which has led the charge to fly to Barbados again. Starting in July, Air Canada began with 2 flights a week bringing in hundreds of vacationers. All seemed pleased to be in Barbados even if it meant some inconvenient testing, monitoring and 7 days of self-quarantine within the resort.
Barbados represents freedom! It come with the territory: Wide open spaces, an easy lifestyle, friendly people, abundant sea, endless sandy beaches, a breezy tropical climate and a carefree attitude. Life is casual with a fine balance in work, rest and play.
Barbados Always Open
Barbados has never officially closed its gates to tourism. The airport remained open for commercial and humanitarian flights and supplies.
Some hotels, villas and vacation rentals remained open but many closed temporarily as scheduled air travel came to a halt and Online Travel Agents shut down. Private jets still arrived and their passengers stayed in private villas and long-term rentals, respecting the Government’s COVID protocols to self-quarantine and report any symptoms.
With ample lead time and notice of the airport reopening for travel, many hotels got themselves ready to accept visitors again. All must comply with the government’s guidelines for hygiene and other protocols.
As a rule of thumb: if you can book it, it is open. There is no list of hotels, resorts and alternative accommodation that have decided to remain closed at this time.
Check out these Mindful Vacation Experiences as an example of what might suit your holiday style.
COVID-19 Travel Update for Barbados Tourism Revival
With two flights a week since mid-July, Air Canada has had a good head-start. They are leading in the positive COVID-19 tests, with 4 travellers testing positive as of July 29th. All passengers who tested positive were on the first flight. Several arrived without prior tests and received tests at the airport.
One child who tested positive was isolated while his family were quarantined. Nearby passengers were monitored and tested regularly. To date, a total of 4 Air Canada passengers have tested positive and are currently in isolation.
British Airways’ first flight also arrived with 1 positive so far.
Jet Blue from Miami arrived yesterday with 1 positive.
Daily Update On Travellers Test Stats
New Airline for the Caribbean. Inter-Caribbean airline is start operation out of Barbados on August 4.
August 1. Health department reported that three more travelers test positive:
-One is a returning Barbadian who tested positive on arrival with from the UK, but was positive when tested to travel again. His case is being analyzed with extensive contact tracing.
-A Barbadian woman who returned on July 29 has now tested positive.
-A male visitor who arrived on July 30 also tested positive. All are being treated in isolation as contact tracing continues.
On a related note, 95 nurses from Ghana arrived on Thursday July 30. all were moved to quarantine facilities. 12 have since tested positive and are in isolation. The Barbadians who welcomed them are now being tested and are self isolating.
August 2. Ministry of health Jeffery Bostic reported that 12 more air travel passengers have tested positive.
-Two were in transit and are not isolated in Barbados
-Seven were arriving from New York on on Jetblue.
-Three were from the UK.
All 12 of the infected travelers were Barbados citizen or residents, 6 were men and 6 were women.
August 8 – 3 more Ghanaian nurses who are in quarantine tested positive and have been moved to the isolation care facility. In all 12 Ghanaian nurses are now isolated.
Two in transit passengers who arrived last friday tested positive prior to leaving and were placed in isolation in Barbados.
August 9 – four new cases – two Barbadian men on a Jet Blue flight and two in transit passengers on a Virgin Atlantic flight.
August 11 – 1 54 year old man was test positive coming in on a charter flight. He is in isolation and tracking is underway.
August 14 – “A 32-year-old Barbadian female tested positive on arrival on a British Airways flight yesterday. The other three were all people who were retested – a 75-year-old Barbadian man, who arrived on Jet Blue on August 8; a 25-year-old Barbadian man, who arrived on an Air Canada flight on August 9, but whose travel originated in the United States. A Ghanaian nurse, who arrived on July 30, tesed positive after a third test.”
August 15 – Two more people recorded positive COVID-19 results yesterday after being tested a second time. They are a 41-year-old female visitor and a 55-year-old Barbadian woman who arrived on a Virgin Atlantic flight on August 8. Both are asymptomatic.
August 17 – Two new cases since August 15 One female arrived on Jet Blue on August 16 – One female arrived on Caribbean Airways from Jamaica August 17.
August 18 – One new case; a 29-year-old man, from the United States, was was retested, five days after his initial negative PCR test on August 12. He has now been transferred from quarantine to isolation at Harrison Point, St. Lucy.
August 19 Two new cases; a 37-year-old male visitor, who arrived on a British Airways flight on August 11, and tested positive after his second test, and a 25-year-old Barbadian male, who also arrived on a British Airways flight on August 18.
August 20 One in-transit passenger test positive and is in isolation. This is a 38 year old man who arrived on BA en-route to Grenada.
August 21 – One new case in isolation: A 27 year old female arriving on British Airways on August 20.
August 22 – One new case in isolation: A 25-year-old Barbadian female, who arrived on August 17. She travelled to Barbados from the United States via Jamaica, arriving on Caribbean Airlines.
August 23 – Three new cases in isolation. All are returning Barbadians, a 57-year-old woman and two men, aged 64 and 76, are arrived on jet Blue and are asymptomatic.
August 25 – Three new cases – 2 from a British Airway flight of August 17, a 5 year old and 38 year old male. 1Columbian who arrived on 24th.
August 26 – One 29-year-old British visitor tested positive. The visitor is a known contact of another British visitor who was diagnosed with the viral illness on August 20.
August 28 –One 34-year-old visitor, arrived on British Airways yesterday tested positive and is in isolation.
August 29 – Four new cases: 1 UK, 1 USA, 1 Trinidad – One local Barbadian who was in contact with a UK visitor
August 30 – Three new cases: A 33-year-old male visitor and a 42-year-old Barbadian man. Both arrived on BA on August 25 and tested positive yesterday on their second test. The third case is 24-year-old Bahamian female student, who arrived on Caribbean Airlines from the Bahamas via Jamaica.
August 31 – One new case. A 34-year-old Jamaican woman who arrived on Caribbean Airline.
September 1 – Two people tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday.
A 36-year-old female visitor arrived on Air Antilles from Guadeloupe in transit to Jamaica. She was transferred to the isolation facility. Added to Caribbean numbers.
A 53-year-old Barbadian male, whose trip originated in the United States and who arrived on Caribbean Airlines from Grenada. Added to US numbers.
September 3 – One new Case: A 53-year-old Guyanese woman yesterday arrived on Trans Guyana Airways on September 1.
September 4 – One new case – 26-year-old Barbadian arrived from USA on Jet Blue on August 29. Was positive for COVID-19 when retested on September 3.
September 6 – One new case: A 26-year-old Jamaican female arrived from Jamaica aboard Caribbean Airlines September 5.
September 8 – One new case a 53-year-old Swedish visitor is Barbados’ latest case of COVID-19. He arrived from Sweden on a charter flight on September 3.
September 12 – One New Case – A 43-year-old female visitor, who is asymptomatic, arrived in Barbados on September 6, aboard Caribbean Airlines from Jamaica, having travelled there from the United States of America. Counting this as a USA origination.
September 15 – A 12-year-old Jamaican girl tested positive for COVID-19 arriving on Caribbean Airlines flight from Jamaica.
September 16 –One case: eight-year-old female visitor, who arrived on British Airways yesterday, has tested positive.
September 20 – 4 new cases. 3 arrived in the island yesterday – a 50-year-old female aboard British Airways, a 23-year-old woman who arrived on Caribbean Airlines from Jamaica, and a 34-year-old woman who arrived on Jet Blue from New York.
The other is a 10-year-old girl who arrived on September 14 on Caribbean Airlines from Jamaica. know to have had contact with a positive case.
September 25 – 1 New Case. 24-year-old female visitor who arrived on Virgin Atlantic on September 19 tested positive for COVID-19 after a second test yesterday.
October 1 – 3 new cases: 2 are result contact with 24-year-old woman who arrived September 19 (UK – Virgin Atlantic) and tested positive on a second test on September 24. They are a 62-year-old Barbadian woman and a 25-year-old Barbadian man. The third case is a 22-year-old Jamaican woman who arrived on Caribbean Airlines from Jamaica.
October 4 – 3 more members of one family have tested positive. this follow the three other family members tested positive previouly
This includes a four-month-old baby, the 34-year-old husband of a woman who tested positive on Friday, and a 15-year-old relative. They are all contacts of a female family member who tested positive on September 30, along with a nephew.
Six members of the same family were diagnosed with COVID-19 between September 30 and yesterday. The cluster has been traced to a Barbadian woman who returned from the United Kingdom on September 19 and tested positive for COVID-19 after a second test on September 24.
October 5 – 1 Case- Another relative of the housekeeper who tested on September 30. He is a 12-year-old student of Ellerslie Secondary School.
October 7 – 3 Cases. a 19-year-old Jamaican who arrived on a CAL flight on September 26 – a 29-year-old Barbadian who arrived on Virgin Atlantic on October 3. – a a 42-year-old Guyanese who arrived on September 25, on a Trans Guyana flight.
October 9 – 1 Case. A 62-year-old female visitor who arrived on a JetBlue flight from New York and went into mandatory quarantine.
October 10 – 1 Case. A 54-year-old female visitor. Originated in USA arived on Air canada October 8. Added As Canada
October 11- 3 Cases. Two men. A 64-year-old Barbadian who came in on Jet Blue yesterday. A 53-year-old visitor who arrived on British Airways on October 7. He tested positive after a second test yesterday.
October 13 – 2 cases both are visitors from United Kingdom last week were positive for COVID-19 after being retested. The 66-year-old man, who arrived on British Airways on October 7, is asymptomatic. A 76-year-old man, who arrived on Virgin Atlantic on October 10, is exhibiting symptoms.
October 14 – 5 cases: 2 men, aged 28 and 35, who arrived on British Airways on October 10 and 12 respectively. 3 women – a 19-year-old who arrived on American Airlines on October 8, a 37-year-old who arrived on Trans Guyana on September 30. A 35-year-old who came in on Air Canada on September 24 is a contact of a previous case confirmed on September 29.
October 15 – 3 cases. 34-year-old male visitor who arrived on Trans Guyana on September 30. A 32-year-old female who has been identified as a contact of the male visitor and who also arrived on September 30 on Trans Guyana; A37-year-old male visitor who came in on British Airways on October 3.
October 16 – 1 Case – A 54-year-old Barbadian man who returned to Barbados on British Airways on October 11, tested positive after the second test.
October 18 – 2 new cases- both male visitors.
– A 54 year old man tested positive on second test after arriving on Air Canada. A contact of a previously confirmed patient who was diagnosed on October 8 (Air Canada).
– A 28-year-old man who arrived on American Airlines on October 11 and left the island yesterday.
October 18/19 – 1 Case.
– A 56-year-old female visitor who arrived on British Airways on October 15 and tested positive on her second test.
October 22 – 2 Cases–
– A 64-year-old male visitor, who arrived on Air Canada on October 8, but whose travel originated in Nigeria;
– A 56-year-old Barbadian female, who came into the island on British Airways on October 11. They both tested positive after retests.
October 23 – 3 Cases.
– A 24-year-old female, arrived on American Airlines on October 18.
– A 48-year-old male, via British Airways on October 20.
– A 32-year-old male visitor, via British Airways on October 9, has tested positive for COVID-19 after a second test.
October 24 – 3 Cases.
– An 18-year-old female, via British Airways on October 22;
– A 25-year-old female, via Jet Blue on October 20;
– A 20-year-old male, who arrived on Air Canada on October 18.
October 25 – 3 Cases.
– A female, via British Airways on October 22, tested positive after her second test on Friday.
– Two males, 38 and 21, arrived on American Airlines on October 15, and were retested on October 16. 0nFriday when they tested positive
Latest COVID-19 Stats
Total Positive Test By Country of Origin
Canada 8 |UK 38+8Local |USA 29 | Caribbean 19| Transit 7 | N/A 5|
Charter 2 | 109 Passengers | Total including all prior to re-opening 224
There was a discrepant in GIS report – Oct 1 was 183 total- No stats for Oct2 , Oct 3 is 1 case = 194 not 196 error Carried forward
(i) where there is local spread traced to an arrival by air it is included in the arrival destination. If not traced to an arrival it is added to Local.
Get details by date at https://gisbarbados.gov.bb/covid-19/
The In-transit flight info is not always noted on the Barbados GIS numbers. They arrive from various countries on their way to another destination. The N/A figure have not been tracked by country in this summary.
What Happens if You Test Positive or Contact Someone Who is Positive
It is easy to get confused as to what is isolation vs quarantine. This chart by SCGHEC clear is up.
The Barbados COVID-19 team is vigilant in monitoring, testing and safeguarding all passengers and local Bajans. The island is well provisioned with health care personnel, as well as quarantine, isolation and health care facilities.
As noted above visitors from high risk countries are required to self-quarantine in their hotel, villa or vacation rental for 7 days. They will monitored and tested during the first 7 days of their stay. It is expected that some will test positive and will have to isolate and be treated. It is a risk as the virus will spread if is not effectively contained. Quick action is required to contain any occurrence or possible transmission.
Mia Mottley, PM of Barbados, says that reviving tourism in the face of COVID-19 “is a risk we are willing to take. We have the team and resources to manage it.” In her colourful way of speaking, she compared it to staying at home and never going out in order to avoid getting run over by a bus. It is safer but it’s not a life. You have to take measured risks in order to move forward.
As part of this risk mitigation, all who tests positive for COVID-19 are isolated in the Harrison’s Point Hospital Facility until they have recovered. Those who come into contact with anyone who is positive will be quarantined in a separate part of the facility.
Caribbean Covid/Tourism Dilemma
Tourism is the number 1 industry in many of the Caribbean islands. According to The International Monetary Fund, It contributes 50 to 90 percent of the G.D.P.. More than 31 million people visited the islands in 2019, over 50% were from the US.
The Covid-19 lockdown has been a disaster far greater than any hurricane. It has closed local business and shut down tourism. Hugh Riley, the former head of the Caribbean Tourism Office, says “Caribbean countries face an important dilemma: Try to hermetically seal their borders from visitors until there’s an effective vaccine, or tackle the risks of restarting tourism now. It is the classic risk/reward decision.”
While most islands have opted to allow visitors the option to be tests in the destination island, several are suggesting a review. Allen Chastanet, the prime minister of St. Lucia has been pushing for the development and implementation of rapid pre-boarding airport testing for all passengers.
This would cut reduce the number of infected people travelling and passing along the virus to fellow passengers and to the islands.
Spikes Expected Says Barbados PM
Barbados Prime Minister, Mia Mottley says there in no cause for alarm even as there are spikes in the island as a result of opening air travel: “what was important were the measures put in place to contain them … to isolate the persons who may be positive and to do the relevant contact tracing to minimize the extent to which this can move through our country”.
She noted that all cases were quarantined on landing and islolated immediately after testing positive. “We continue to use the gold standard PCR test; we continue, where necessary, to double test to ensure where there is doubt that we literally test again to ensure that there is clarity as to the status of that person.”
Mottley also pointed out that the “isolation facility at Harrison Point, St Lucy, and the quarantine facilities at Paragon, Christ Church, and the St. Lucy District Hospital were fully equipped to meet the demands of the public health threat.”
Facilities for COVID-19 Travellers Isolation & Quarantine
You don’t come to Barbados to end up in isolation. But if you do, it is at least in a tropical setting with excellent care, in a place with one of the best testing, tracking, monitoring, care and recovery records to-date.
Video Summary of Tourism Revival
Guide to COVID Protocols
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