Tuesday 14 July, 2020

UK Gov't organises repatriation flights amidst COVID-19 pandemic

British Airways flight at the Grantley Adams International Airport on May 24. (FILE)

British Airways flight at the Grantley Adams International Airport on May 24. (FILE)

The United Kingdom has organised more repatriation flights for British visitors and their families stranded in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean.

Barbados' borders remain closed to commercial flights but these flights are slated for June 3, June 4 and June 5.


Video caption: Repatriated flights for cruise crew on May 24 from Barbados to London.

The UK government said that first and foremost these repatriation flights are for short-term British vistors who normally reside in the UK and their dependents travelling with them. The families which comprise a mixture of British and non-British partners and dependents will be able to travel together, where they hold appropriate entry clearance for the United Kingdom.

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Additionally, some spaces were afforded to other nationalities. The government said that "where possible, we will also transport vulnerable non-British UK residents with Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR), who have lived in the UK in the past year.

"The most vulnerable will be prioritised."

The booking portal closed on May 27.

Flights were organised for British travellers in Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, and St Vincent and the Grenadines.

Persons who have registered, paid for a seat and confirmed their flights, but for some reason are now unable to fly are asked to contact the High Commission team in Barbados as soon as possible. Email: ukinbarbados@fco.gov.uk

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