Wednesday 23 September, 2020

Questions around the Trinidad-Barbados special flight on CAL answered

Caribbean Airlines jets at Piarco International Airport in Trinidad (FILE)

Caribbean Airlines jets at Piarco International Airport in Trinidad (FILE)

Interest surrounding the special flight from Trinidad and Tobago to Barbados this week seems to be high.

Trinidad and Tobago has recently recorded its 38th COVID-related death and its borders remain closed still.

Against that background, many questions are being asked by persons who want to get home in Barbados or via Barbados. Persons are asking on the iflyCaribbean Instagram page and on Loop's Facebook page.

Here are some of the questions being asked and the answers.

When is the special flight?

September 11, 2020 at 1.30 pm from Piarco International Airport in Trinidad

How early must passengers arrive at the airport?

Check-in is now three hours before flight time due to COVID-19, instead of two hours

What else must passengers do due to COVID-19?

Passengers must wear face masks on arrival at Piarco International Airport in Trinidad and keep them on in the Departure Lounge, at the Gate and on the flight. They must continue to wear their masks at the Grantley Adams International Airport in Barbados.

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What are the prerequisites?

Travellers must have a negative PCR test result for COVID-19.

Why is a negative PCR test mandatory?

Caribbean Airlines is telling travellers that Barbados changed its travel protocols and as of September 4, passengers from Trinidad and Tobago are now deemed high-risk on entry to Barbados.

Must you quarantine in Barbados?

Yes you must quarantine. Whether you a negative PCR result or not, passengers from high-risk countries must quarantine at the government facility for free or at one of the government-approved villas or hotels at their own expense.

How long must you quarantine in Barbados?

High-risk travellers are to quarantine for 14 days in Barbados, however, there is the option to receive a second PCR test five to seven days after their last PCR test.

Can you continue on to another destination from Barbados?

Yes, you may book a connection. There are different requirements for In-Transit passengers.

How old can the negative PCR test result be?

It must not be older than 72 hours on entry to Barbados.

In-transit passengers can continue on their journey but must check the negative PCR test result time-frame for your final destination in the early, before scheduling their connection. Why?

If a person is arriving in Barbados on Friday with intentions of taking a connection on Saturday or Sunday, if that destination has 72-hour requirement for entry as well, the passenger would do well to try and get tested 24 hours prior to travel to Barbados, so that their negative test will still be valid for their final destination.

Is the special flight returning with passengers?

The CAL agent told Loop News, at this time (8:05 am, Wednesday, September 9) such has not been confirmed.

How much does the flight cost?

Economy Class – USD $300 plus taxes

Business Class – USD $420 plus taxes

What is allowed with an Economy ticket?

1 carry-on bag at 22 lbs

1 checked bag at 50 lbs

What is allowed with a Business ticket?

1 carry-on bag at 22 lbs

3 checked bags at 50 lbs each

Can a passenger upgrade to Business Class?

Yes by bidding. The approval comes 24 hours prior to travel.

You can call to bid or bid online -

How can you book a seat on the special flight?

Call CAL reservations department at +1 868 625 7200

Visit a City Ticket Office in Trinidad and Tobago

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