Press Release:- Another important market has opened its doors to Saint Lucia. The arrival of British Airways just about 2:48 p.m. into Hewanorra International Airport (UVF) on Sunday July 26, has sparked yet another positive sign for the tourism industry.
The UK market is Saint Lucia’s second largest market following the USA.
A combined total of 270 visitors and nationals disembarked the aircraft with 65 transiting to the neighbouring Caribbean island of Saint Vincent.
The remaining 205 made their way to Nurses Stations where they were required to sanitize hands and have their temperatures checked prior to entry.
They also went through additional screening prior to advancing to immigration and customs.
Since the arrival of the first commercial flight on July 9th, Port Health Authorities have been enforcing and adhering to the strict protocols in place for travel to the island.
“The arrival of British Airways is the first commercial flight from the UK since the closure of the borders in March, and this for us is continued growth of the tourism sector especially at this juncture. British airways will also set the tone for other commercial carriers from that market and we want to reassure the public that all of our efforts to combat the virus into the island are calculated.” Said Tourism Minister – Hon. Dominic Fedee
The Saint Lucia Tourism Authority has been keeping the destination top of mind to travelers and raising awareness of travel protocols to international markets.
To celebrate the reintroduction of British Airways, two Lucky families were gifted on arrival with a 4-night stay for 2 from Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort and the Bay Gardens Beach Resort.
With the tourism industry bouncing back from the devastating impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic, Health and Safety is paramount during this pilot phase as all efforts are geared towards protecting local communities from the possible transmission of COVID-19.
Locals and visitors alike are required to follow all regulations when in Saint Lucia as failure to do so could result in stringent penalties.
Travelers to Saint Lucia from countries outside the Travel Bubble are reminded to obtain a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test prior to arrival in Saint Lucia and to prefill the mandatory Arrival Form by visiting www.stlucia.org/covid-19.