Sunday 20 May, 2018

Canada issues advisory for travel to Barbados- overflow of raw sewage

Manhole cover along Worthing in Christ Church.

Manhole cover along Worthing in Christ Church.

The Government of Canada today, January 9, issued a safety and security advisory with regard to travel to Barbados in light of the South Coast issue.

The notice reads:

'The South coast of Barbados, between Hastings and St. Lawrence areas is experiencing an overflow of raw sewage due to a mechanical breakdown. Avoid the affected area and follow the instructions of local authorities.'

It is accompanied by the hazardous symbol and highlighted.

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The Safety and Security tab was updated this morning at 9:24 am. The latest update states, 'Safety and security tab was updated - overflow of raw sewage.'

However, the page goes on to state:

'The decision to travel is your choice and you are responsible for your personal safety abroad. We take the safety and security of Canadians abroad very seriously and provide credible and timely information in our Travel Advice to enable you to make well-informed decisions regarding your travel abroad.

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'The content on this page is provided for information only. While we make every effort to give you correct information, it is provided on an "as is" basis without warranty of any kind, express or implied. The Government of Canada does not assume responsibility and will not be liable for any damages in connection to the information provided.

'If you need consular assistance while abroad, we will make every effort to help you. However, there may be constraints that will limit the ability of the Government of Canada to provide services.'

The advisory came under the Government of Canada's Travel and Destinations section for Barbados.

However, the Minister of Tourism, Richard Sealy at the end of 2017 was optimistic that issue will be rectified soon. He told the media on the occasion of December 29, 2017:

“I think that the team at the Barbados Water Authority is actively dealing with that issue, and I have been assured that the course that they are on will bring relief to that entire situation in short order. Obviously, it is a situation that needs to be attended to and is being attended to urgently.”

He spoke to media personnel after warmly welcoming and greeting the 812,864th cruise passengers to Barbados for last year.