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Virgin Atlantic launches St Vincent in the Caribbean

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Virgin Atlantic has announced an interesting new route. From next June, it will become the first European airline to fly to St Vincent and the Grenadines in the Caribbean.

Services will operate twice weekly from from Heathrow, presumably still from Terminal 2 unless Virgin Atlantic has moved back to Terminal 3 by then.

It will use an Airbus A330-300 with 31 Upper Class seats (the old style ones, not the new suite), 48 Premium and 185 Economy seats.

Virgin Atlantic launches flights to St Vincent

Virgin Atlantic says:

“With deserted white sand beaches, St Vincent offers the quintessential Caribbean getaway. The island also serves as the gateway to the Grenadines, a collection of 32 islands and cays full of yacht-filled harbours, chic private isles, coral reefs and dramatic volcanic landscapes offering the perfect escape for those in search of a luxury break, eco adventure, scuba diving or sailing voyage.”

Virgin Atlantic launches flights to St Vincent

Juha Jarvinen, Chief Commercial Officer at Virgin Atlantic commented:

“St Vincent and the Grenadines as well as the Caribbean region as a whole, represent an extremely exciting opportunity for us. With many islands implementing rigorous Covid-19 protocols including testing before arrival and a short quarantine period for visitors, the islands are open for tourism and are a haven for travellers in search of sun.

“We’re currently flying to Barbados, Antigua, Jamaica and Grenada and expect to restart Tobago in the upcoming months. We look forward to launching this new service to St Vincent next year, welcoming customers onboard heading off on holiday or travelling to visit their loved ones.”

Tickets are not yet available but will be on sale from 24th November.

Virgin Atlantic launches flights to St Vincent

What are the coronavirus rules for St Vincent and the Grenadines?

Here’s the snag.

The good news is that St Vincent and the Grenadines is currently exempt from the Foreign Office advice against all non-essential international travel. You do NOT need to quarantine on your return.

The ‘not a big problem’ news is that, when travelling to St Vincent and the Grenadines, travellers from the UK must arrive with a negative PCR test taken within 5 days of arrival. Customers will also be retested on arrival.

The bad news, however, is that arrivals must quarantine for five days in a tourism authority approved hotel. What is not clear is what this means – whether you must remain locked in your room, at one extreme, or whether you must simply remain within the grounds of your resort.

Of course, with flights not starting until June 2021, it is virtually impossible that the guidance will be the same at the time you fly ….

If you missed it, our recent article looking at Virgin Atlantic and Delta’s new ‘covid secure’ aircraft cleaning and in-flight services is here.


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Comments (20)

  • DANi says:

    I went to St Vincent 25 years ago as a 3rd year medical student…and would not rush back..

    A highly disrespectful attitude to my female co-travellers, a shocking public health system and a less than dynamic environment made for an insightful elective…

    • mradey says:

      ROFL. That could have been almost anywhere. Still, you got a little virtue signalling done.

    • Mike says:

      Surely you can’t base your current opinion of St Vincent on your experience 25 years ago. A lot of things change in 25 years – take my wife for example…..

    • The real John says:

      I hope that as a doctor you aren’t behaving like doctors in 1995.

    • Johnny Tabasco says:

      I genuinely do not know if this is a serious comment or not

  • Nick says:

    Now just a flight from London and a ferry journey and you can be sipping a rum punch at Robert Righteous and De Youths on the beautiful island of Mayreau. If you happen to be there on Election Day the bar doubles as the polling station for the island and Robert is the returning officer. Paradise Found.

  • Cal says:

    Interesting destination, hope it works out for Virgin. At least it’s more exciting to me than India and Pakistan but I can understand the reasoning.

    Got around 85k points and 2 credit card vouchers so looking to do something with them. I’d love Canada or Japan but that doesn’t seem likely.

  • Lashley says:

    This is for DANi!! “Not sure where you are from maybe you spent most of your life in a LAB that was made by MANKIND/ROBOTS”. Some places like St Vincent have natural beauty so maybe if you had come out of your GLASS BOX mentality you probably would have seen more of the island instead of focusing on such a small part of it.

    Well! 25 yrs later i’m sure that you’re wiser now, time to come out ah yo GLASS BAX an go bak ah SVG and explore the island, yo ah go enjoy it. “lot’s to see”.

    Great for the island and the people of St Vincent that Virgin will take us their and we don’t have to jump off plane, sit down at other people airports and jump back onto another plane. Time has changed DANi.