Dear Blue Sky Luxury Family,
Last night the Barbados Ministry of Tourism published new Barbados Travel Protocols to go into effect Oct. 1. These protocols govern the requirements for safe entry into the island. We wanted to assure you that regardless of the changes you should still feel confident to travel with confidence. Persons travelling to Barbados are assigned to a “risk category” based on whether they have transited or travelled to a country within 21 days prior to travel to Barbados. The categories: High-Risk, Medium-Risk, Low-Risk, and Very Low Risk determine whether quarantine or other measures will need to be taken by the traveller.
While the steady rise of cases in the UK has now landed the UK in the High-Risk category along with other selected countries, the revised protocols are there to keep you safe so you can truly enjoy the majority of your stay. With a mandatory retest 4-5 days after your initial test, with the ability to test up to 72 hours before arrival, this means quarantine can be as short as 2 days and we have plenty of ideas for how you can spend two or three relaxing days in the comfort of your villa to rest up for the energy you’ll need to explore after that. The types of properties permitted for quarantine have now expanded to some condominiums and smaller properties as well. The fact is, despite the protocol change, the truth remains the same, it is not where you are coming from but where you are going that counts. If you were thinking of, or you are coming to Barbados, not much has changed.
Barbados COVID-19 Facts
- Barbados remains on the top 5 Caribbean countries with the lowest number recorded of COVID 19 cases.
- Barbados has had no significant evidence of community transmission with most(all) cases being imported
- Barbados has the facilities to adequately care for or quarantine persons who may have contracted the virus.
- Caledonia Jets, Virgin Atlantic, and most recently British Airways are only allowing persons with a negative COVID 19 test onboard.
- Many Travel Insurance companies are now providing insurance for travelers
- It is mandatory for all persons arriving in Barbados from the High and Medium Risk categories to have a negative COVID 19 test in order to enter the island
Barbados remains a low-risk destination with firm protocols to keep you and your loved ones safe. The team at Blue Sky Luxury extends that bubble of safety with the launch of “Stay, Safe.” our international cleaning and sanitizing standards. Whenever you see the Stay, safe label, you can be assured of the absolute highest standards of cleanliness. The reality is that COVID- 19 will be with us for a while. If you are thinking of travelling, or are travelling to Barbados, imagine not having to leave your luxury villa, with a pool, chef-prepared meal, and most of all your loved ones. The truth is dear friends, you just may be safer here in Barbados working under the Barbados 12 Month Welcome Stamp visa or for an extended period over the holidays.
We are in this together. We want to encourage you not to panic or to cancel your trip. Remember, it’s not where you are coming from but where you are going to. Barbados… One of the safest islands in the world. To review the complete set of new protocols visit www.barbadostravelprotocols.com and we’ll be happy to help you plan your stay!
If you have any questions or simply need to express a concern. Email our team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blue Sky Luxury
Barbados has officially opened for travel. Naturally, we are excited. For us, this means that we have the opportunity to continue to do what we love. It also means that we can share the safety protocols for travel to Barbados with you. Ahead of flights coming into Barbados, these protocols, issued by the BTMI, ensure that we can protect our guests, staff and the Barbadian community.
Download the BTMIs Barbados travel protocols here.
We’ve also included useful links and key information for Barbados travel protocols for safe entry to Barbados. Remember you do have options for private first-class flights with Caledonia Jets and the promise of a spectacular Barbados summer special with 30% off best in class vacation villas. Here’s what you need to know:
- All arriving passengers will be required to submit a negative COVID-19 PCR antigen test within 72 hours of travel or be tested on arrival in Barbados
- Arriving passengers must complete their Embarking/Disembarkation (ED) form online 24 hours prior to travel – Travelform.gov.bb
- A valid email address is required to download the new immigration/customs form or to edit submitted immigration/customs form
- After July 15, you can upload your COVID-19 PCR test results via Travelform.gov.bb
- Testing options are available upon arrival if you haven’t submitted proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test
- Travellers who do not have a negative test and do not opt for testing will not be allowed to enter Barbados.
- Visit barbadostravelprotocols.com to view risk level by country to determine protocols relevant to you during your stay
- To view your country’s “risk category.” See section Assessing country
- Monitoring from “high risk” countries will be conducted for 7 days and may be subject to additional testing during their stay
- The Barbados COVID-19 hotline number is 1 246 536 4500
These protocols are accurate at the time of posting but may be subject to change at any given time. Please refer to the BTMIs website for further updates.
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If you’ve landed here, chances are you’re from the UK and you are ready to take summer back! As most of you may know, Barbados has reopened for international travel and is a COVID-19 free destination. That’s not the only good news! For UK travellers, The UK Government has officially declared “you do not have to self-isolate on arrival in the United Kingdom if these are the only places you have been to or stopped in during the previous 14 days.” This goes into effect from July 10, 2020. Yep, Barbados made the list. We’re all excited and we are sure you have questions, we have answers (and rum punch, and sea and sun)
If you’re from the UK, below is all the information that you will need to make an informed decision to travel to Barbados. The team at Blue Sky Luxury knows that the battle with COVID-19 is far from over. We stand in solidarity with you and the rest of the world as you strive to flatten the curve. We hope that with some levity, sunshine and a warm Barbados welcome, that we can offer peace of mind. If you don’t make it to the end and you need more info email us at email@example.com or call us Freephone UK: 0800 0885574. Enough from us now, get informed.
- I want to escape to Barbados, but will I have to quarantine when I return to the UK?
Nope, no, nyet, non. Read the official article from the UK government. Barbados made the travel corridor list! We have the green light.
- What’s the deal with quarantine when I arrive in Barbados?
We’ll tell you right here. The official announcement was made by the Prime Minister of Barbados on June 26th, 2020. Quarantine is no longer required on arrival in Barbados, provided visitors have a certified negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate. Full details of other guidelines are pending release, but we’ll keep you informed on our website. Passengers may be subject to some monitoring or retesting depending on the period of their stay.
- Ok great, yes, Barbados is COVID-19 free but what about safety at your villas? Are there any protocols?
Our mantra is ‘Stay, Safe.’ Read our local, WHO, CDC and The Blue Standard guided (yes, it’s a mouthful but we’re serious about safety) health and safety protocols.
- Wow, 300-pt checklist? you guys really take safety seriously. What about flights to Barbados? What are my options?
If you’re feeling the luxury life, Blue Sky Luxury has an official partnership with first-class charter Caledonia Jets or check out the information provided by The Government of Barbados on flights from the UK to Barbados.
- What about bookings and cancellations? What if I’m unable to travel?
We’ve put a lot of thought and care into our plan, see how Blue Sky Luxury is prepared for COVID-19 and learn about our new relaxed booking policies.
- Blue Sky Luxury, kudos, that’s comprehensive information. (we try, it’s all about you really) Now about those summer villas. Where can we view them?
Your wish is our command. Have a look at our Barbados vacation villas with 30% off! Our special offer to help you with travel.
Barbados has had really great news over the past week. Officially, Barbados has reopened for international travel and is a COVID-19 free destination. We don’t take this lightly and we celebrate the hard work and dedication of our government, frontline workers and the entire populace of Barbados. Today, Friday, July 03, the UK Government noted Barbados on the official travel corridor list. What it effectively means for UK residents is you do not have to self-isolate on return to the UK if these are the only places you have been to or stopped in during the previous 14 days. This goes into effect from July 10, 2020. Read the full article on the gov.uk website
Key points from the article on rules of exemption for travel:
From 10 July 2020, you will not have to self-isolate when you arrive in England if you:
- are travelling or returning from one of the travel corridor countries
- have not been to or stopped in a country that’s not on the travel corridor list in the previous 14 day
This applies to all travel to the UK, by train, ferry, coach, air or any other route.
If you have been to or stopped in a country that’s not on the travel corridor list you will have to self-isolate until 14 days have passed since you left that country
What if we told you there was a way to fly safe and stay safe?
Blue Sky Luxury, in partnership with Caledonia Jets is excited to announce a new, weekly, luxury flight service direct to Barbados from London Stansted private aircraft terminal to a private terminal in Barbados with an inaugural flight as soon as 8 July 2020. Fly from home to paradise in the blink of an eye and reconnect with your loved ones here in Barbados.
With first-class seating throughout, the private aircraft allows passengers to feel relaxed in a luxury environment.
We appreciate the concern for travel during the pandemic. To protect you, your fellow passengers and the wider Barbados community, Caledonia Jets will be operating a mandatory COVID-19 testing and self-isolation programme in a hotel in close proximity to Stansted Airport within 24 hours of departure. The minimally invasive PCR COVID-19 swab test and self-isolation is a strategy approved by the Barbados Government to ensure that all passengers boarding the aircraft have a negative test result.
Flight pricing at GBP5000 one way or GBP7500 return plus testing and accommodation costs for the night prior to departure. Interested? Contact our reservations team today and we would be happy to help plan your holiday.
Good to know
From flight to villa, both Caledonia Jets and Blue Sky Luxury employ stringent health and safety processes to ensure that you stay, safe.
- Seating allows for a distance of 6 feet between seats for your comfort and safety
- Crew will issue all passengers with a hygiene comfort kit and continually sanitise high touch areas throughout the flight
- The Airbus jet has the latest in hospital-grade HEPA filters installed on-board to ensure air is always fresh and never recirculated.
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Worldwide, we can imagine that everyone is cringing at the idea of touching that tv remote to watch their favourite Netflix show or grabbing those villa keys to head out to explore the best beaches in Barbados. We put together our Barbados villa cleaning checklist to put your mind at ease. With the additional CDC recommendations of limiting access to any property including for cleaning, during the 24 hours immediately after each guest’s stay. You can be assured that in between bookings we have ample time to properly clean and disinfect all those areas that may incite the germaphobe in you. It’s okay, we’ve got you covered.
As per the CDC, someone can contract COVID-19 by touching a contaminated surface, for example, keys, a doorknob or light switch, and the virus can live on some surfaces for several hours or even days. A detailed workplace cleaning and disinfecting protocol for COVID-19 has been developed. Led by Director General, Human Resource, Ministry of Public Service, Gail Atkins. The protocol covers how to clean frequently touched surfaces, for example, doorknobs, tabletops, counters, light switches, elevator buttons, faucets, among others. Studies have shown that the COVID-19 virus can survive for up to 72 hours on plastic and stainless steel, less than 4 hours on copper, and less than 24 hours on cardboard. For this reason, it is essential to clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces often, especially between reservations.
Priority #1 Understanding Cleaning vs. Disinfecting
Cleaning is the act of removing germs, dirt, and impurities (for example, using a soapy sponge to wipe a dirty counter or surface, especially where dirt is visible).
Disinfecting is when you use chemicals to kill germs (for example, spraying with a bleach solution). By cleaning first, then disinfecting, you can lower the risk of infection.
Gain peace of mind with our top 10 frequent touchpoint checklist. The checklist will be completed after every single guest departs, signed by the housekeeper performing it and submitted – date and time-stamped.
Cleaning & Disinfecting Checklist Post Departure
Disinfect all keys
Disinfect all remote controls
Disinfect all gate remotes
Clean & disinfect all telephones and handsets
Disinfect all lockboxes, safe panels and buttons
Clean & disinfect all blinds, windowsills & lock ledges
Clean & disinfect hairdryer and handle
Clean and disinfect refrigerator handles
Clean & disinfect doorknobs and switch plates
Clean & disinfect baseboards, chair rails, and door panels
This list has been vetted by our expert team of property managers. It’s mainly focused on frequent touchpoints only. If you think that we may have missed something or you just want to reach out to ask us anything about or health and safety standards, email us. We love to hear from you!
Other than providing an excellent Barbados villa experience, the health and well-being of the Blue Sky Luxury family is our number one priority. Under the banner of The Blue Standard, cleanliness has always been included as a standard in our 300pt checklist. Yes, 300, we leave no stone unturned in keeping our guests and staff safe. With the emergence of COVID-19, it has become even more critical as the aim is to reduce the spread of the infection. On behalf of our team, we want to assure you that in times of uncertainty surrounding travel, your safety and well-being has never stopped being our priority. We have implemented the following practices to ensure that you stay, safe.
Health & Safety
A detailed workplace cleaning and disinfecting protocol for COVID-19 has been developed. Led by Director General, Human Resource, Ministry of Public Service, Gail Atkins. The protocol covers how to clean frequently touched surfaces, for example, doorknobs, tabletops, counters, light switches, elevator buttons, faucets, among others. Protocols by the World Health Organisation, Centres for Disease Control (CDC), USA Centre’s for Disease Control (CDC) and local authorities in respect of cleaning for virus prevention are also being followed in our homes. Our staff has been trained in specific disinfection procedures following recommendations made by local authorities in respect of cleaning for virus prevention, especially in between bookings. Comprehensive COVID-19 guidance is in place globally detailing how to best protect against transmission of the virus and we have included this in our updated protocols for cleaning procedures, including frequent cleaning of high-touch areas.
Protecting our staff and you
Scared to touch that tv remote or grab those villa keys? We disinfect those too! Put your mind to rest. Read our blog on our Barbados villa cleaning checklist, we’ve thought of everything. For your safety, we have implemented sanitisation stations at all entrances to properties and we provide in-villa sanitization items for you and your family. There are protocols for the use of Personal Protective Equipment for staff, particularly those in foodservice. Our communication on prioritizing the health of both guests and staff is clear and we have advised all of our staff to monitor their health and report to us and the COVID-19 Hotline 536-4500 if feeling unwell. Where possible we can offer self-check-in and check out to encourage social distancing – but don’t worry, we’re always reachable with a 24-hour contact for guest services and our property management team. We’re just a phone call, instant message, or email away and can’t wait to help you make memories.
Space Between Bookings
Based on CDC recommendations, it is advised that access to any property be limited, including for cleaning, during the 24 hours immediately after each guest’s stay. Also, it is a BSL requirement that there is a wait time of 48 hours in between bookings to provide ample time to properly clean and disinfect all areas accessible to the guest/owner, due to a higher risk of COVID-19 exposure. Generally, we maintain 2 days between bookings and for our larger villas 3-bedroom villas we maintain 3 days between bookings.
With guidelines and restrictions changing frequently in Barbados through this challenging time we’ll keep you informed. In advance of your arrival and when you join us we’ll ensure you have complete information on everything you need to know.
Thank you for your support and your loyalty. We will continue monitoring the situation concerning COVID-19 and respond further based on the advice of governments, public health authorities, and medical professionals. We look forward to welcoming you at one of our homes in the future.
Our Property Management team is the largest and friendliest group in Barbados, and we enjoy what we do! We make the safety of our people and our owners’ property a priority. Download our top 5 tips on how we maintain hurricane ready villas and support our guests on the island during adverse weather. Our team manages over 150-holiday rentals properties, and it’s a labour of love! We’re never complacent because of our 65-year record of no hurricanes in Barbados. We pride ourselves on being ready.
All year round we ensure consistency and quality of service and during the hurricane season, we go the extra mile to ensure that our villas are hurricane ready. See below for a few common tips, some of which you can do at your own home.
- Our properties have a battery-powered radio and other important items and equipment
- Gutters are cleared (including downpipes) Watch below as Peter ensures that Eden is ready for any adverse weather
- Roofs are cleared of debris (branches etc.)
- All water systems are checked including backup pumps and controls
- Guests are stocked on medications, baby formula, personal hygiene items
- Guests are stocked on non-perishables, have 1 gal water per person per day
- Property Managers /staff know & can locate closest hurricane shelter
We’re always here for our guests and ensure that we put people and the properties that they stay at a priority. Download our top 5 ways on how we stay hurricane ready in Barbados.
Check out Peter at the stunning Sugar Hill – Eden
PS: At Blue Sky Luxury we have over 200 properties in our BSL property management portfolio and 150 of these are vacation rental homes. Contact us for more information on Property Management in Barbados or to book your Barbados vacation villa.
Blue Sky Luxury Family,
Our focus is to support local families by offering a home away from home staycation. Now, more so than ever is the time to demonstrate the strength of our culture. We adopt the “no Bajan left behind” sentiment and want to do all we can to keep the local economy growing. Our “there’s no place like home” staycation helps you to support as well with our offer of up to 40% off your stay at participating Blue Sky Luxury villas for Barbadian citizens and residents. If you need something to take your mind off everything, experience peace and serenity in a private villa. When you stay in a Blue Sky Luxury villa you are guaranteed: the entire property to yourself and self-contained facilities while still being sequestered with your loved ones. While there may be no rule book, we will stand together as a team and as a family and we will be guided by our values in all that we do.
We also appreciate the level of concern you may have for your safety. Please know that your health and well-being is our number one priority. We are listening carefully to the concerns we receive from our colleagues and friends. Blue Sky Luxury is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation. See how we’re prepared and learn about our new enhanced cleaning protocols and relaxed booking policies.
Fall in love all over again with Barbados, take a sneak peek of our villas below.
Book now by contacting Blue Sky Luxury on 622-4466 for rates and details on participating villas or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Download our FAQ for staycation rates and answers to your most frequent questions and enquire below.
Staycation with Blue Sky Luxury
4 bed | 4 bath
– Pool to the beach in seconds
– Dine alfresco in expansive private gardens
– Covered patio with sea views
6 bed | 7.5 baths | 12 guests
– Historic family-friendly villa built in the 1950s
– Trade 50-foot pool steps from snorkelling
– Garden gazebo complete with a wet bar
West We Go
4 bed | 4 baths | 8 guests
– Situated on the famous Sandy Lane Beach
– Air-conditioned bedrooms w/ ocean views
– Relax with a cocktail & enjoy stunning sunsets
Terms and Conditions: This offer is valid on participating villas only. Valid on stays between May 28th – December 15th, 2020. This offer is not combinable with any other offers. Blue Sky Luxury reserves the right to change the terms of this promotional offer to modify or end this promotional offer at any time without notice. Offer only applicable to Barbadian citizens and residents with valid ID.
Want to learn more about our fun-loving team? read more about Blue Sky Luxury, the holiday home experts.
Whether you are travelling, thinking of travelling, or simply like to be informed, take 3 minutes and get up to date on what you need to know about Barbados Hurricane Facts. Get quick facts on the history of hurricanes in Barbados and information on how Barbados is equipped to handle a hurricane or storm. Keep track of the hurricane outlook for 2020, understanding the severity of a storm helps you with risk assessment. We’ll show you The Saffir Simpson Scale and how it is used to rate storms from a Category 1-5. All delivered in a quick and easy to read format.
General Hurricane Information
The Atlantic hurricane season starts from June 1st and lasts till November 30th of the given year. The Caribbean Sea, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Gulf of Mexico are the areas covered for hurricane activity. A Hurricane is classified as a tropical cyclone with maximum sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph (34 to 63 knots). Hurricane awareness week is between May 25th – May 31st. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will announce the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season outlook on May 21st, 2020.
Barbados is bordered by the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. It is located approximately 168 km east of St. Lucia and St. Vincent, and not inside of Jamaica as most people think. To get to Jamaica from Barbados by plane, it takes approximately 2 ½ hours. From the USA to Barbados takes approximately 5 hours and from the UK to Barbados 8 hours and change, if that helps put the location into perspective. Some airlines that fly to Barbados are Virgin Atlantic, British Airways, American Airlines, JetBlue, AirCanada and WestJet.
Barbados Hurricane & Hurricane preparedness facts:
- Barbados has not been impacted by a hurricane for 65 years. The last hurricane that Barbados experienced was in 1955.
- Barbados is not in the hurricane belt. The hurricane belt is an area in the Atlantic Ocean that is likely to be impacted by hurricanes during the Atlantic hurricane season.
- On October 30th, 2010 Hurricane Tomas, a tropical storm at the time, passed 20 miles south of Barbados and caused mild structural damage
- Hurricane shelters are being made compliant with COVID 19 requirements
- CDEMA runs pre-impact drills and has a post-impact plan supported by the Regional Response Mechanism (RRM) which is a rapid response unit
- There are hurricane shelters in all parishes of Barbados. These are managed by Senior Shelter Wardens
- There are approximately 10 privately owned business shelters, all with potable water
- Out of all named shelters, Barbados has approximately 14 hurricane shelters with wheelchair access
The Saffir Simpson Scale – how hurricanes are categorized
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Next week we share how our Property Managers have prepared our villas for hurricane season, with a portfolio of 120 + vacation villas, it’s a labour of love!