Britons stranded in Barbados are being urged to use two special British Airways flights to return to the UK this week.

BA is laying on services to Heathrow from the Caribbean island today (Tuesday) and tomorrow after regular commercial flights were suspended due to Covid-19 travel restrictions.

One-way fares for the two flights from Grantley Adams international airport in Bridgetown are being made available by the airline, although prices have not been disclosed.

The Foreign Office said: ‘British persons wishing to return to the UK are strongly encouraged to take this option if possible, and book directly with British Airways.

“The two British Airways flight options are separate to the UK government’s planning for a chartered repatriation flight.

“On this, work continues but we expect to make an announcement soon. Passengers will be charged for the repatriation flight.

“There are currently no other options available to return to the UK from Barbados.

“British Airways and Virgin have suspended their regular services to and from Grantley Adams International airport. Regional airline LIAT has suspended all operations.”

“The online form for British nationals to register their interest in a chartered flight from Barbados to the UK has now closed.

“We will contact those who have registered their interest to return to the UK, and update this travel advice as soon as information is available.”