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Barbados continues to lead safe initiatives for persons to visit Barbados while mitigating risks. With the introduction of the Caribbean Travel Bubble, Caribbean travellers who present a valid pre-flight negative PCR test will no longer have to quarantine or have further testing done upon arrival in Barbados as of July 17, 2021. This is an excellent opportunity for the Caribbean people to visit their loved ones with less hassle while remaining safe.

The current list of countries that are on the Caribbean Travel Bubble are:

Monitoring and Control Caribbean Travel Bubble

Like Barbados, the countries included on the list have experienced low positive cases. Barbados’ Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Kenneth George is an active stakeholder in the initiative. He has stated that they are measures in place to remove any country that no longer meets the criteria set by the Ministry of Health and Wellness.

Would you like to travel to Barbados in 2021/22 and would prefer a clear roadmap for travel to Barbados? Send us your email to receive a “Step by Step” guide on Travel to Barbados.

 

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Need information on Barbados Travel updates? Check out our blog for the most recent travel news.

 

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Once we reopened for business and visitors began to return, the safety of our guests and team members became the highest priority and the standard expectation of hygiene was elevated.  

Guided by the BTMI, The Property Management team developed a comprehensive set of hygiene, cleaning and sanitization measures, to reduce transmission of COVID-19, crucial to ensure the tourism sector was positioned to safely re-open.

You might ask what is the difference between cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting, since they are commonly referred to interchangeably. Here is what you need to know.  

In the particularly high-touch sector with numerous opportunities for cross-contamination, more focus was directed towards housekeeping and we built on our already rigorous practices, where hospital-grade cleaning products and upgraded protocols are in use.

A Disinfecting Checklist was designed to ensure compliance. The housekeeper is required to check that each area is cleaned and sanitized and sign as having checked. SOPs were prepared for cleaning each room in the villa, with emphasis on the chemicals that could be safely used, along with the requirements, storage and standards for use.

Staff must change from their street clothes and put on a new uniform, shoes and PPE provided – gloves, mask, face shield, apron, gather all equipment and cleaning solutions and start by turning off the ACs and ventilating the rooms. 

Rooms are cleaned and disinfected using the top to bottom method – upper surfaces and fixtures are wiped down using the cleaning agent specific to the materials and finishes. All high-touch surfaces and areas i.e., light switches, remotes, doorknobs, phones, flush buttons, are disinfected. 

Linens and towels are carefully removed away from the body and washed and dried at the highest setting, or line-dried in the sun. Garbage cans are also cleaned and disinfected and relined for use and A/C filters are cleaned between bookings. Rugs are vacuumed, floors swept and mopped with the appropriate disinfectant, and the relevant colour-coded mops and buckets depending on the area.

Not all household disinfectants will kill the virus, so be sure to read the label to ensure that they are approved by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) or contain at least 70% alcohol but be careful not to cause damage to certain finishes.

Finally, all cleaning equipment, mop buckets, mops, reusable cloths are cleaned and sanitized and all disposable carefully removed and discarded. 

Staff must wash their hands before changing into their street clothes, taking their bagged uniforms with them to be laundered and the property ventilated before locking up.

These procedures are two-fold: to assure guests that our villas are as safe as they possibly can be and to keep our staff protected, thereby reducing community contact.

 

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Bookmark this page and stay updated on Barbados travel news. In Barbados, our primary source of international travellers come from the UK, USA and Canada. We keep a close eye on travel trends in this bubble to ensure that we can advise our guests and share optimistic news with the travel community. If there are any Barbados travel queries that you have, ask the holiday home experts at experts@blueskyluxury.com.

Fully Vaccinated Travellers

Fully vaccinated persons can move around a lot easier as it relates to day-to-day activities and travel. As such, this has put safe travel back on the radar for many of our international guests. Our travel enthusiasts who are fully vaccinated often ask us about vacation cancellation policies, safety protocols and long term stays in Barbados. They also request information on quarantine regulations inbound to Barbados as they may also have to manage quarantine rules in their home countries. After being restricted for such a long time, we get frequent questions on Summer stays in Barbados, and of recent those who would like to experience

Crop Over 2021” or, as known to international travellers, “Barbados’ Harvest festival.” To this end, one of our most frequently asked questions is “Do I need to quarantine in Barbados if I am fully vaccinated?” We created a blog on new protocols for fully vaccinated persons travelling to Barbados and share recently released information on Barbados’ Harvest festival, Crop Over. Just click on the link to read about Barbados protocols and to receive tips on travelling to Barbados in 2021. (Namely Fast Track, it eliminates the travel hassle!)

Stick with the holiday home experts at Blue Sky Luxury to receive optimistic travel news as it happens. We will keep this page updated regularly. We are happy to share Barbados travel news with you as it happens. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook @blueskyluxury for updates and stunning vacation rentals.

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Canadians Exempt from Quarantine

As of July 5, 2021, fully vaccinated Canadians who receive a negative COVID-19 test will not have to quarantine upon return to Canada. Non-vaccinated travellers currently have to quarantine for two weeks upon returning to Canada.

Requirements for fully vaccinated Canadians

This is great news for Canadians inbound to Barbados as the protocols for fully vaccinated travellers entering Barbados are similar. Read more on fully vaccinated persons travelling to Barbados

Canada’s vaccination statistics

Canada expects to have enough vaccines delivered for 80 percent of eligible Canadians to be fully vaccinated by the end of July 2021. As of June 09, 2021, 70% of Canadians have had at least one dose.

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Top 5 IG Blue Sky Luxury Villas

Our Top 5 IG list this month promises a little something for everyone. With Barbados on the green list, you can soak up some of that soothing Barbados sun as you savor uninterrupted views of the Caribbean Sea or lush natural scenery at your vacation home. When you are ready to explore the island our Concierge Team is available to assist with arrangements. Your safety and peace of mind is guaranteed whenever you stay with Blue Sky Luxury.

 

Belair Vacation Villa

Belair

6 Bed | 4½ Bath | Beachfront

 

Church Point 2 Vacation Villa

Church Point 2

3 Bed | 3½ Bath | Swimming Pool

 

Glitter Bay Estate 202-Serenity Vacation Condo

Glitter Bay Estate 202-Serenity

2 Bed | 2 Bath | Resort Pool

 

Jessamine Vacation Villa

Jessamine

4 Bed | 4 Bath | Swimming Pool

 

Ocean One 502 Vacation Villa

Ocean One 502

3 Bed | 3 Bath | Resort Pool

 

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With the launch of our Barbados Summer offer for 2021, our Concierge Can team provides great insider tips on travelling to Barbados. We aim to provide comprehensive information to help you make your trip to Barbados as seamless as possible.

Before you arrive in Barbados
Accepted COVID-19 test results & travel forms
ALL travellers are required to bring a valid negative Standard COVID-19 PCR test result and to complete the online Immigration and Customs Form which will be available 72 hours before your arrival in Barbados. The following COVID-19 tests are accepted for entry into Barbados under the ensuing conditions:
A nasopharyngeal or oropharyngeal swab (or both) taken by a certified healthcare provider or a recognized testing facility (e.g. Stage Zero). The test is required to be done within 3 days before arrival.
For your clarity, the Barbados Ministry of Health & Wellness does not accept:

    1. Nasal swab samples
    2. Saliva samples
    3. Self-administered tests (even if the sample was taken under the supervision of a healthcare provider)
    4. Home kits
    5. Rapid PCR tests

Please see the link https://travelform.gov.bb/home for Barbados Immigration/Customs form to be completed before your arrival and email to us.

On arrival in Barbados
Fast track & airport transfers
Trust us, take the stress out of your arrival at the Barbados Grantley Adams Airport and to your private vacation villa. Our Concierge Can team organizes your fast-track experience. Here’s how it works:

VIP Fast Track
The Fast Track agent will greet you just before you enter the arrivals hall. You will then be Fast-Tracked hassle-free through a dedicated Immigration line, Port Health and the PCR testing facility, escorted to baggage claim and on to a dedicated Customs line, after which you are escorted to your waiting for a pre-arranged taxi that will take you to your holiday home.

Transfers
A friendly and knowledgeable driver will “meet and greet” you outside the arrivals hall. Our drivers are easy to spot as they are equipped with a Blue Sky Luxury sign with your name and the name of your villa. We regularly inspect the vehicles to ensure they meet our high-quality standards. As our drivers are very familiar with our properties, they know exactly where you are going thus saving you precious holiday time. While on the road he will call and check-in at the house ensuring the property staff and/or manager are there to meet you. Just so that you have one less thing to worry about – we would also be pleased to make advance arrangements for your departure transfers as well.

Pre-Stocked Groceries
You’ve arrived safely and have been whisked through the arrivals process, with pre-stocking the Concierge Can team will have your holiday home stocked with the groceries and beverages of your choice so you can start enjoying your holiday the moment you arrive. If you have booked your villa with our friendly and experienced staff, all of your favourite meals can be prepared whether local or international.

 

Useful Links

1. Blue Sky Luxury’s Cancellation Policy – We understand the need for increased flexibility with travel planning in the current situation with the situation changing rapidly. To assist guests, Blue Sky Luxury is now extending a relaxation to our standard cancellation policies under which you booked for all bookings, past or present, until further notice.

2. Protocols for fully vaccinated persons – On May 8th, 2021 Barbados brought into effect a new protocol that allows persons who have been vaccinated free movement in a shorter time than before. What does this mean for visitors? Arrive in Barbados, have your test done, have breakfast, have a dip in the pool and receive your negative COVID 19 results, and voila, you’re at one of our Top 5 recommended restaurants with hardly any time spent under restrictive movement. Before you get to roaming the Barbados countryside, here are the full details for the new Barbados Travel Protocols for fully vaccinated persons.

3. Latest government protocols – See the link for persons travelling to Barbados effective May 30th, 2021. – Note this can change at any given time depending on current events unfolding. https://issuu.com/visitbarbados/docs/btmi_travel_protocols_final/8

4. The app – Please download the BIMSafe™ app on your device from https://www.BIMSafe.gov.bb or the link below and follow the setup guide at http://www.bimsafe.gov.bb/PreArrivalSetup.pdf

 

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On May 8th, 2021 Barbados will bring into effect a new protocol that allows persons who have been vaccinated free movement in a shorter time than before. What does this mean for visitors? You arrive in Barbados, have your test done, have breakfast, have a dip in the pool, (at your private vacation villa) receive your negative COVID 19 results, and voila, you’re at one of our Top 5 recommended restaurants with hardly any time spent under restrictive movement. Before you get to roaming the Barbados countryside, here are the full details for the new Barbados Travel Protocols for fully vaccinated persons.

What’s a fully vaccinated person?

A fully vaccinated person has been classified by the Barbados Government as having received an approved vaccine in a two-dose regime and has received both doses plus 14 days, or a one-dose regime, one dose plus 14 days. Your vaccination status will be fact-checked by the Barbados Government and persons who do not meet the criteria will fall under the travel protocol for unvaccinated persons. That’s not a terrible thing, it may be a slightly longer wait but the safety of Barbadians and visitors alike has always paramount. However, if you are looking forward to the roaming of said countryside, being fully vaccinated certainly fast tracks you there… ahem, as do our Concierge Can team

How it Works – The New Protocol for Fully Vaccinated Persons

1. Have your vaccination single or double completed + 14 days. Ensure you receive certification from the medical fraternity.

2. Bring to Barbados your PCR test that is negative within the last 72 hours. Ensure you have copies of your certified negative results.

3. Within 24 hours of arrival in Barbados, you will take a rapid test or a classic PCR test. After this, you will have limited movements. (Government has put new measures into place to handle high volumes)

4. Receive negative results of your COVID 19 test and restaurants and roaming will be open to you asap.

How Can we at Blue Sky Luxury Help?

Protocols are constantly changing; Barbados has been quite forward-thinking in ways to operate safely while placing the value of lives at the forefront. Our Concierge Can team can help you:

· Secure your PCR appointment with an approved medical practitioner 

· Arrange for the medical practitioner to test you privately at your villa

 

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The Blue Standard has become the criteria that we use to look after homes in the property management portfolio at Blue Sky Luxury. This encompasses:

 

We have found that using these methods guarantees that all properties under our care are maintained to the highest standard. Putting the proper preventative maintenance processes, systems and checks in place will ensure that the property is well maintained and always ready and welcoming for any arrival.

  1. Upon appointment for management, your Blue Sky Luxury property manager will assess the service requirements of all systems, appliances and equipment at the property. This includes frequency (weekly, monthly, quarterly, annually).
  2. Quotations are requested from select suppliers and site visits to the property will be facilitated by the property manager who will also answer any queries.
  3. Due to the size and scale of the properties being managed by Blue Sky Luxury as a whole, quotations will be sourced for contracted services at the best possible price, quality and reliability.
  4. Maintenance contracts and service level agreements will be determined. Once appointed, the oversight of these suppliers will be the responsibility of Blue Sky Luxury to ensure timely and complete delivery.

 

Blue Sky Luxury is heavily invested in technology and the property management department has directly benefitted from this,  we use specialized property management software. All preventative maintenance schedules, routine inspections, work orders and service requests are logged to track and record the resolution of maintenance issues from submission, assignment, monitoring and through to completion (with time-stamped digital photos if needed).  The software also has a mobile app for both iPhone and Android devices making it easy for the property managers to submit these work orders. Each individual home under our management (whether rented or strictly for owner use) is added to the software.

 

Why is preventative maintenance so important?

The investment of having a home in Barbados for owners is significant. Blue Sky Luxury, along with the reputable suppliers, have a responsibility to advise and guide owners on the best systems to put in place to improve and prolong the life of the appliances and equipment at the home.  Having these systems will improve the performance of the equipment as well as the health and safety of the home in general.

Forecasting and budgeting expenses is made easier with proper, consistent, proactive programs in place. Thorough records including a full asset register for all equipment and appliances using photos, purchase dates, supplier and warranties are also kept. A periodic review of these preventative maintenance programs is also needed to ensure price competitiveness and updated practices are introduced.  For these reasons, but not limited to this, the transparency of contractor pricing is so important here; Blue Sky Luxury will ensure that the contractor is paid what they charge you; there is no mark-up applied to the bill by our firm.  This is validated further by ensuring that all owners have access to every one of their invoices including those for maintenance when monthly financial statements are made accessible to them.

 

What are some examples of equipment and services that should be included in your preventative maintenance plan for your home?

The type of equipment, location (consider the exposure to various environmental elements), the age of the equipment and how often it is used are all taken into account when developing these programs. For example, for a holiday rental home that is occupied 250 nights a year, the recommended air-conditioning servicing may be quarterly for various split system units. However, an owner use home (non-rental) that is occupied 90 days a year may have a servicing schedule of twice per year. Similarly, grease traps should be cleaned at least once per year however depending on occupancy, this can increase to two or three times per year. Other services and equipment to consider developing a preventative maintenance plan for are:

 

Contact us today for more information on what we can do to partner with you to ensure your property is looked after the way you want it to be.

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Approved Quarantine villas Barbados

Blue  Sky Luxury is one of the leading Property Management companies in Barbados. Our vacation rentals brand is dedicated to providing our clients with the knowledge to make informed decisions. In a unique and difficult situation worldwide, Barbados has managed its COVID-19 case well. There has been no community spread on the island and most cases are imported.  Although the travel industry has been one of the hardest-hit markets, we are still seeing trends that provide hope for those with holiday homes in Barbados. As a villa owner in Barbados or a perspective in the holiday rentals business, we’ve put together a list of our Top 5 FAQs.  Here’s how the Property Management team at Blue Sky Luxury can help you have your holiday home approved for quarantine.

1. Do you know what the process is for having your holiday home approved for quarantine for you or your guests?

The Barbados Government has a very clear, set process on how this can be achieved. It requires various correspondence with both the Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry of Health and most importantly, it requires that a local property management company must be appointed for the home.

 

2. Do you need help registering your holiday rental home with the Barbados Tourism Product Authority (BTPA)?

Following the Tourism Levy Act, all tourist accommodations are required to be registered with the BTPA. Blue Sky Luxury has taken an active stance in providing information to our owners and guiding and ensuring they are compliant with this Act. There is specific information that is needed to complete this registration including providing the Tax Identification Number (TIN) for the property.

 

3. Do you need help registering your property to obtain your TIN with the Barbados Revenue Authority for Shared Economy Levy?

Any property in Barbados that offers short-term rentals, must charge their guests a shared economy levy which is collected and then subsequently filed and remitted to the BRA. To do this, a TIN must be assigned to the property by submitting the registration in the Tax Administration Management Information System (TAMIS) and providing the necessary documents to the BRA. Blue Sky Luxury offers this service to owners within our portfolio. While some other property management companies may refer owners to an accountant to provide this service, you do not need one for this; once we are appointed as the property manager for the home, we take on this responsibility on behalf of our owners.

 

4. Do you know that if you own a home and you do not offer it for holiday rental that you can still apply to get the property approved for quarantine for your stay?

Yes! This is possible and once again, there is a very clear, set process on how this can be achieved. For more information, please feel free to contact Blue Sky Luxury at (246) 622-4466 on how we can help as a local property management company must be appointed for the home.

 

5. Do you know there are other options for security (including technological solutions) other than hiring security guards?

Blue Sky Luxury works in conjunction with a security monitoring firm that offers various security solutions on a temporary, as-needed basis specifically for quarantine purposes. We will arrange for a site visit to determine what will work best for your home. Alternatively, the property can be monitored by a security guard, and Blue Sky Luxury works with reputable companies who offer our owners and guests preferred rates.

There are many positive and beneficial reasons for choosing Blue Sky Luxury to look after your home and knowledge about this process and the time and attention taken to ensure that all goes well during quarantine as we act as the single point of contact about Government-issued protocols for many of our owners and guests, especially as it relates to quarantine. We provide information and guidance on various processes such as transportation from the airport, pre-stocking of groceries/provision of ready-made meals, and in-villa COVID19 testing to name a few.

It is very important to us that we help our owners navigate through these challenging times – and not only from the property maintenance perspective – by keeping them informed at all times so they can make the best decisions about their home and ensure that they and their guests can continue to enjoy their time in Barbados.

Contact us today for more information on what we can do to partner with you to ensure your property is looked after the way you want it to be.

Direct Barbados: 1.246.622.4466

Freephone UK: 0800 0885574

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Email: management@blueskyluxury.com

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Barbados Quarantine Villa

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

Stay safe with Blue Sky Luxury

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 experts@blueskyluxury.com

Kind regards,

Tania Wallace

Managing Director

Blue Sky Luxury