Barbados has placed Britain in the category of a “high risk” country as it faces a new wave of coronavirus (COVID-19).
“We have been following developments in the UK, particularly their spike in COVID-19 numbers in the past week which Prime Minister Boris Johnson has called the second wave. This major increase is the concern of our public health officials, who have recommended the UK’s new classification into the High Risk category, ”said Minister for Tourism and International Transport, Lisa Cummins.
He said that the Ministry of Health and Wellness together with Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI) is releasing an updated travel protocol in the country which will see the UK move into the High Risk category which became effective October 1 this year.
According to the authorities, visitors traveling from the UK, in addition to the mandatory COVID-19 PCR test which is carried out at least 72 hours prior to arrival in Barbados, will now also be required to undergo a second COVID-19 PCR test in Barbados. , five days after the date of their first received test.
Authorities said that until the second test was carried out, visitors from the UK would remain at the hotel designated by the Ministry of Health and Wellness and their movement would be restricted within the property. They will also be monitored for seven days upon arrival in Barbados, including daily temperature checks and reports to assigned health workers.
“The journey has changed. With regard to COVID-19, we all understand that this will not be business as usual and we must prioritize the health of all parties involved. We welcome all visitors to our beaches, but we must ensure that we do so safely and responsibly.
“Many of our visitors are traveling to get a mental health break from the challenges of this pandemic. We need to make sure we can welcome those to Barbados who can keep them safe and sound. I am confident that our protocol, as we continue to revise it according to the fluidity of the situation, achieves this goal, “said Cummings.
“Since we resumed commercial flights in July, our public health officials have been our gatekeepers, proactively regulating the flow of passengers through our airports.
“And if you check our track record, you will see that thanks to our protocol and our professionals working around the clock, we are able to catch almost any COVID-19 case at the point of entry. This allows us to manage our risks and ensure that anyone affected by the virus has been isolated from the wider community, ”he added.
“At the same time, our hoteliers have done an extraordinary job in ensuring that their property can welcome guests safely. I have visited several properties in the last few weeks and it is very impressive to see how much attention they pay to sanitation and keeping people safe while they enjoy the facilities. Many people want to feel calm in this environment. ”
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