The 33 Trinidadian nationals stranded in Barbados since March 23 will have to cool their heels a bit longer, after being told this morning they would have to undergo further testing before they can leave.

According to a report in the Barbados Nation earlier, one of the passengers said they were only informed today that they had to be tested before they could leave the island.

Up to midday today, reports claimed a plane was fuelled and ready on the tarmac to whisk home the first set of nationals.

Further reports claim Trinidadian authorities insisted on the latest move, which resulted in the delay of the first 16 not being able to leave.

An agent who answered at One Caribbean Limited, which has supplied a chartered plane for the Trinidadian nationals, told Guardian Media by telephone that the flights were expected to leave at 10:15 am and 1:15 pm.

They said the flights were delayed while the group is taken for testing.

New departure times have not yet been confirmed.