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.
Accra Beach Video
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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.
Latest Update On Travellers Stats
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 via BA and Virgin. All 12 of the infected travelers were Barbados citizen or residents, 6 were men and 6 were women.
New Airline for the Caribbean. A new inter-Caribbean airline is expected to start operation out of Barbados on August 4.
What Happens if You Test Positive or Contact Someone Who is Positive
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.
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.
COVID-19 Stats as of July 28
Video Summary of Tourism Revival
Guide to COVID Protocols
(C) Ian R. Clayton @lifestylesoftheartisan
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