This could be the summer of the great Homecoming. The Three Lions’ brilliant run at the Euros could mean that ‘Football’s coming home’ and travellers from the UK are also returning to ‘Little England’, the affectionate nickname for Barbados.
Included on the UK’s ‘Green List’ countries for travel, Barbados is ready to roll out the red carpet for travelers planning to visit this summer right through the fall and winter periods. Virgin Atlantic just announced a 300% increase in their flights to the Caribbean due to the surge in demand and they will be introducing the new, flagship Airbus A350 aircraft on its Barbados service.
“There is a growing buzz of excitement and anticipation on island,” says Richard Eames, Managing Director of Hamptons Barbados, “Barbados and the UK have both implemented successful vaccination programmes and we are looking forward to welcoming both our UK clients who consider Barbados home, as well as others who are eager to travel now that many restrictions have been lifted. The recent announcement by Virgin Atlantic reinforces the fact that Barbados is one of the most desirable places to visit, whether for a short holiday or an extended stay. We remain for many a home away from home.”
Eames also highlighted the protocols in place upon arrival in Barbados, explaining how they have created a safe and seamless system that puts health and safety first, while also ensuring your Barbados holiday is not adversely impacted. Fully vaccinated travelers from the UK with a valid standard PCR test taken within 72 hours of your flight to Barbados are now able to take a rapid PCR test upon arrival. Results are typically received overnight and, once negative, you are free to hit the beach and enjoy the island to the fullest.
“This is brilliant news,” says Eames, “as it means that fully vaccinated travelers are now only required to stay at approved accommodation for approximately 24 hrs or less, while waiting for the results of their rapid PCR. By the time you recover from any jet lag you will be sipping a rum punch and basking in the sun. Life after lockdown is better in Barbados!”
Visitors to the island can also take advantage of the Hamptons Barbados ‘Book Barbados’ package. This includes fast-track service at the airport, private car transfer to your approved accommodation, PCR testing at your accommodation on arrival as well as any testing required for departure. Your dedicated property manager can also pre-arrange your meals and any grocery items requested.