Holiday hotspot enforces major quarantine rules for Britons – five days in a ‘facility’

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Britons hoping to jet off to the tropical holiday destination of Barbados may not face quarantine on their return back to the UK, but the same can not be said for their arrival to the Caribbean island. As a result of the UK’s current coronavirus figures, the island popular for its stunning beaches is requiring Britons to quarantine in a “facility” for as long as five days.

Holidaymakers will also have to present a negative PCR test on arrival which has been taken in the 72 hours before departure.

In line with the stringent rules, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) has issued a warning to travellers who are planning a tropical escape.

They warn that Britons should “ensure that you understand fully the entry and monitoring protocols before you travel.”

The advice continues: “Barbados designates the UK as a high-risk country

Travellers from the UK must arrive with a negative PCR test taken by a certified or accredited laboratory within 72 hours of arrival.

“On arrival, you will be required to quarantine at government-approved facilities, and undertake a further test 4-5 days after the first accepted negative test.

“If this second test is negative you will no longer be subject to quarantine.”

Holidaymakers can stay free of charge in a government facility, however, it is not clear what this would entail.

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However, those who would prefer to stay in a villa or hotel can do so at their own expense.

This alternative quarantine location would need to be approved by the Barbados government in advance.

There is a list of approved hotels provided on the VisitBarbados website.

Local authorities further explain: “For the purpose of restricted movement in Barbados, a villa should be self-contained, without common areas accessible by occupants of the villa.

“While movements are restricted, villa staff are required to be at reduced levels and required to wear full industry standard Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in the provision of service.

“The villa is for the exclusive use of the party of each reservation, with the exception of the Property Manager or a representative of the villa management company.

“Villas must be manned by 24-hour security or security cameras monitored by a local security firm, capable of ensuring that travellers’ restrictions are not violated.”

Travellers must also fill out an immigration and customs form up to 72 hours before their arrival in the country.

Holidaymakers in Barbados will also be monitored during their stay in case they develop symptoms of COVID-19.

“If you test positive for COVID-19 at any point during your stay in Barbados you will be required to self-isolate,” states the FCDO.

“You can request to do this at your own expense at your hotel or villa, or government-approved isolation property.

“Alternatively, you will be transported to alternative accommodation for isolation.

“You will need to remain at the designated accommodation until the Barbadian authorities are satisfied you have recovered.

“Upon recovery, tourists can continue their holiday or return home.”

Similar quarantine rules will be imposed if a holidaymaker is found to have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus.

“If you are deemed to have been in close contact with a positive COVID-19 case at any point during your stay, you will be required to quarantine at approved facilities,” the FCDO adds.

Barbados is currently exempt from the FCDO advice against all non-essential international travel due to its low coronavirus figures.

The UK Government is currently assessing nations based on how many confirmed cases of the virus they have per 100,000 of the population over a seven-day period.

Countries with more than 20 cases per 100,000 people over a seven-day period could be at risk of being removed from the list.

Throughout the pandemic, Barbados has recorded just 190 cases.

Of these 178 have made a full recovery and there have been 7 fatalities.

By comparison, the UK has recorded 453,000 cases at the time of writing.

There have been 14,988 fatalities as a result.

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