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Barbados implements travel bubble

The Government of Barbados has implemented a travel ‘Bubble’ for specific countries with a low incidence of COVID-19, effective August 5, 2020. They are St. Vincent, St. Lucia, Dominica, St. Kitts and Nevis and Grenada.

Under these new travel protocols, persons travelling within the ‘Bubble’ who have not travelled to or transited through any high, medium or low-risk country within 21 days prior to travel to Barbados, will not be required to take a COVID-19 PCR test prior to or on arrival and do not require monitoring during their stay.

Other travellers from high and medium risk countries are also strongly advised to take a COVID-19 PCR test from an accredited or certified laboratory (ISO, CAP, UKAS or equivalent) within 72 hours of travel to Barbados. Persons travelling from low-risk countries, are advised to take a COVID-19 PCR test within 5 days of travel. Anyone arriving without a documented negative PCR test result from an accredited or recognized laboratory will be required to take the test on arrival in Barbados. Tests will be available at the Grantley Adams International Airport (GAIA) free of charge, or at specified satellite/hotel sites for a fee of US $150.

A visitor who does not present a valid negative result and declines testing upon arrival will be denied entry into Barbados. Citizens, Permanent Residents and persons with permanent status who do not present a valid negative COVID-19 PCR test result and who decline testing on arrival will be quarantined in a Government facility.

Upon arrival from a High-Risk Country

Persons travelling from high-risk countries with a valid negative test will be quarantined at a designated holding hotel or approved villa at their own expense, or at a Government facility free of charge, and will be monitored daily for the onset of symptoms. The quarantine period will last for 14 days with the option of taking a second test between 5-7 days. If the test is negative, persons will not be subject to further quarantine. If the test is positive, persons will be transported to an alternative accommodation for isolation.

Persons from High-Risk countries with a valid negative COVID-19 PCR test result will be Upon arrival from a Medium-Risk Country

Persons travelling from medium-risk countries with a valid negative test will be permitted to leave the airport after clearance by Immigration, Customs and Port Health officials. They will be monitored for a period of 14 days with the option of taking a second test between 5-7 days. If the test is negative, the person will no longer be subject to further monitoring. If the test is positive, persons will be transported to an alternative accommodation for isolation.

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Upon arrival from a Low-Risk Country

Persons travelling from low-risk countries with a valid negative test will be permitted to leave the airport after clearance by Immigration, Customs and Port Health officials. If the test is positive, they will be transported to an alternative accommodation for isolation.

As of August 5, 2020, we have seen a total of 133 confirmed cases, 100 recoveries, 26 in isolation and 7 deaths.

For more details on Barbados’ travel protocols, visit www.barbadostravelprotocols.com

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Belize: Reopening of the PGIA and Schools Delayed

It was announced that due to a spike in the number of COVID-19 cases in three districts, there will be a delay in the reopening of the Philip Goldson International Airport (PGIA).

Prime Minister Rt. Dean Barrow said that although the airport will not reopen, the weekly repatriation flights for Belizean nationals abroad will continue, including the 14-day mandatory quarantine upon arrival.

Additionally, the Minister of Education Hon. Patrick Faber announced that the reopening the schools will also be delayed. He said the Ministry will continue to monitor the situation as it relates to COVID-19, and will make adjustments as deemed necessary. Any details regarding distance learning programs and other preparations for reopening will be made public as they become available.

Director of Health Services Dr. Marvin Manzanero also announced that the preliminary results from tests conducted in San Pedro Town resulted in 14 new potential positive cases of COVID-19, but the Ministry is currently undergoing the confirmation process.

The opening of both the airport and schools will be announced at a later date.

COVID-19 Update from Office of Director of Health Services

“Fifty-one (51) samples were processed today for SARS-CoV2.

We have identified a further 14 cases today, this is the second highest number of cases after yesterday’s record of 15.

The breakdown is as follows:

– 10 of the cases are related to the case identified on Sunday in San Pedro (some close contacts are still pending to be processed)

– 1 case (in Belmopan) who was contact to the patient hospitalized at the Northern Regional Hospital

– 1 contact related to the case identified in San Pedro yesterday (this would be a second cluster as they are not related to the initial case from Sunday)

– 2 cases in San Pedro that don’t appear to be related to any of the above clusters but these are symptomatic patients that were picked up through the flu clinic routine and enhanced surveillance. One of these cases is a child.

The provisional report in San Pedro is also indicating that at least 20 (twenty) symptomatic cases were swabbed at the flu clinic in San Pedro (not necessarily linked to any of the above cases.

As we move along, we will have to reiterate that we have to assume every person we meet is to be treated as potential case and for which we must take the necessary safety precautions.

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Barbados Welcomes InterCaribbean Airways

On Monday, August 4, the Government of Barbados officially welcomed interCaribbean Airways, which has setup a Southern Caribbean hub in Barbados.

Led by Minister of Maritime Affairs and the Blue Economy, the Hon. Kirk Humphrey, the delegation which included officials from the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI) and the Grantley Adams International Airport (GAIA), were on hand to witness an interCaribbean Airways flight arriving from Grenada. 

Initially two Embraer 120 30-seat aircraft will be based in Barbados, with two additional aircraft arriving towards the end of August 2020. interCaribbean Airways will offer double daily air service from St. Lucia to Barbados, as well as a once daily service from Dominica, and 10 weekly flights from Grenada, with St. Vincent to be added soon. Discussions are also underway for the addition of services from Barbados’ top source markets in the region, Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana, by the end of 2020.

Trevor Sadler, Chief Executive Officer of interCaribbean Airways, stated that “the launch of this double daily service between Saint Lucia and Barbados is in direct response to our growth plans derived from LIAT’s current challenges. The airline business is about providing a service that our customers want and this flight, is a welcome addition to our network, to serve their needs.”

Speaking on the new partnership which came after months of Government meetings with several airlines, Humphrey said that “I am thankful to be able to have this partnership with you, to be that hub for you in the Southern and Eastern Caribbean… It is always my belief that partnerships that are forged in difficult times are often the ones that last. Thank you for choosing Barbados.

“This partnership will be about bringing people closer together because we are strong believers in regionalism; strong believers in the idea that we are stronger together… bringing Barbadians closer to other people in the Caribbean, bringing Caribbean people closer to Barbadians,” Humphrey said.

The Minister also outlined that Saint Lucia, Grenada and Dominica are included in the newly introduced the travel ‘Bubble’. Travelers from countries within the “Bubble”, who have not traveled to or transited through any country designated as High, Medium or Low-Risk within 21 days prior to travel to Barbados, will not be required to take a COVID-19 PCR test prior to or on arrival.

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Pure Grenada says Tailor Your Holiday “Just-for-You”

St. George’s, Grenada W.I. – 5th August, 2020 – Pure Grenada, Just-For-You is the new lifestyle campaign launched by the Grenada Tourism Authority (GTA) showcasing the three-island nation of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique’s varied bespoke offerings while observing safety, health and wellbeing. The campaign, which was launched on Wednesday 5th August at the Radisson Grenada Beach Resort’s ‘Grenada Room’, invites visitors to discover and explore immersive cultural experiences while having peace of mind that their health and safety is being protected.

Aligned with the phased reopening of Grenadian borders, which saw commercial flights from the Caribbean allowed from 15th July and widens to international flights from ‘medium’ risk countries from 1st August, Just For You has been strategically designed to appeal to those who are currently able and willing to travel for leisure.

In readiness for the phased reopening of borders, the Ministry of Health and the GTA have trained and certified over 1,800 tourism industry stakeholders in recent weeks, across accommodation, attractions, food and beverage, tourism services including marinas, tourism transportation such as airport taxis, and water sports.  Certified service providers are easily identified by the ‘Pure Safe Travel’ Seal of Approval, prominently displayed.

Speaking on the motivation behind the name of the campaign, Chief Executive Officer of the GTA Patricia Maher said, “Grenada provides travelers with a dynamic variety of boutique accommodations and hospitality services that range from approved certified hotels, apartments and villas to casual and fine dining restaurants, all giving visitors the option to customize their experience to one that it is intimate and relaxed. The added bonus of the small islands’ unspoiled tropical surroundings and uncrowded white sandy beaches made it easy for us to say Pure Grenada- Just for you.”

To complement the campaign, a video and suite of images highlighting the islands treasures, freedom to explore, unique culture and friendly people as well as the health and safety measures in place to protect residents and visitors was launched. The upbeat video will be shared digitally across social platforms, the Pure Grenada website and with industry partners.

For complete details on required travel protocols, approved accommodation and general destination information, visit the refreshed GTA website at  www.puregrenada.com. Find out more @discovergrenada on social media.

Hashtag-#PureGrenadaJustforyou 

ABOUT PURE GRENADA

Grenada, Carriacou, and Petite Martinique, Three Islands, One Unique Destination, located in the southernmost region of the Caribbean, is best known as the “Spice Island of the Caribbean.” The island’s careful approach to tourism, infused with warm charm and friendly hospitality allows visitors to seamlessly tailor a “Pure Grenada” experience, whether staying at luxury beach-front resorts or barefoot-chic boutique hotels and villas.  With 50 world-class white sand beaches, 15 breathtaking waterfalls, countless hiking trails, more than 60 unforgettable dive sites including the largest shipwreck in the Caribbean, ‘Bianca C’, and the world’s first Underwater Sculpture Park, travelers are drawn to destination’s shores for a beyond-the-ordinary Caribbean vacation. There are non-stop and direct flights to Grenada’s Maurice Bishop International Airport from the US, Caribbean and Canada, making the island accessible to visitors from around the world that wish to experience Pure Grenada, Pure Carriacou & Pure Petite Martinique.

 

Media Contact

Ria Murray |Communications Officer, Grenada Tourism Authority | [email protected]

473 440 2001/2279 |473 420 2557 (mobile)

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St. Maarten Reopens August 1st, 2020, to the US, with a strict protocol

Philipsburg – St. Maarten will open on August 1st, 2020, to travelers from the US. The safety of visitors and residents remains the top priority for the country. In preparation of opening, site inspections took place at all lodging facilities to ensure that the protocol and guidelines in place are followed. With these strict measures in place, St. Maarten continues its phased re-opening.

Within the hospitality sector, six core measures have been developed to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on the island including physical distancing with proper floor markings, mandatory face mask usage, social distancing of 2 meters, proper self-sanitization procedure, the appropriate procedure for cleaning surfaces, a stay-at-home when sick policy, and the digital menus and messages.

Strict regulations are in place for travel to the island as set forth by the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labor. Visitors are required to complete a health declaration online 72 hours before arrival via www.stmaartenentry.com. Visitors are required to travel with a copy of their health declaration. All passengers are required to complete a COVID-19 (PCR) test. The traveler must receive the test and the result within 72 hours before the travel date. No other test will be accepted by the authorities of St. Maarten. Visitors who fail to provide a COVID-19 test will be tested and quarantined for 14 days at their own expense.

All visitors are required to travel with their masks, hand sanitizers and wear their mask during their flight and at the airport. Visitors are strongly advised to purchase all-risk travel insurance, ensuring that they are covered in the event they fall ill while on vacation. As of August 1st, Princess Juliana International Airport will be expecting the following flights: American Airlines will resume flights daily from Miami and five times a week from Charlotte except for Tuesdays and Wednesdays. After August 20th, they will fly once a week from Charlotte. Delta Airlines will operate three times a week from Atlanta on Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday. Jet Blue will fly once a week from JFK Airport, and Spirit Airlines will fly once a week from Fort Lauderdale.

Since June 15th, International flights resumed to St. Maarten after three months of closure to commercial travel. Private jets, Caribbean and European carriers such as Air France and KLM have been landing at the airport once more. This phased re-opening approach has been successful thus far. For further information and updates, please visit www.stmaartenupdates.com regularly.

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