We are all understandably concerned by the rapid escalation of Covid-19 and I just wanted to reassure those of you who are planning a holiday to the BVI.
At the time of writing there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the British Virgin Islands. This is due to the very strict protocols that the BVI Government put in place when the islands reopened to visitors in December 2020. You may also be interested to know that the vaccination programme in the BVI has been well under way since early February.
Below are the requirements relating to Coronavirus (COVID 19) stipulated by the BVI Government.
You need to be in possession of proof of negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 5 days prior to day of travel.
Upload: Visit BVI Gateway Online Portal https://bvigateway.bviaa.com/ to complete a travel declaration and upload test results and insurance information at least 48 hours prior to departure. Visitors will receive approval, in the form of a BVI Gateway Traveller Authorisation Certificate, in order to visit the BVI.
Travel to BVI: Travellers will not be able to board a flight without their travel authorisation and confirmed negative PCR test results. Travellers are also advised to have a printed or electronic copy of the travel authorisation certificate with them on arrival as well as their negative PCR test results, ticket and passport.
Arrival, Test & Contact Tracing App: Upon arrival officials will perform health screening including temperature check plus a COVID-19 PCR test (children under 5 are exempt from testing). Visitors will also be required to download to their phone a contact tracing application and use a wearable device (tracking bracelet). Lastly, visitors will be given an appointment for their day 4 test.
Transportation: Visitors must take “approved” transportation to their accommodations.
4 Day Quarantine – On Land: Visitors MUST quarantine for four (4) days (your arrival day is considered day zero) on the property of their approved accommodations or at their own home. Tourism properties and businesses must attend training and be inspected by the BVI Ministry of Health to be “Gold Seal Certified”. Visitors can quarantine at the hotel, villa or guesthouse of their choice as long as it is “Certified”. Also, visitors will be allowed to move about the property including going to the beach, for example, if the property has one. Private homes must also be inspected, but no training is required.
4 Day Quarantine – On Boat: Visitors CAN quarantine for four (4) days on their yacht. Vessels will be able to move within territorial waters during the quarantine period, but they may only moor at approved sites. Yachts must be provisioned before guests arrive and board. A 30 foot radius around your boat becomes your “mobile bubble” with swimming and snorkelling allowed in this 30 foot radius.
Day Four Test: On the morning of the fourth day of the quarantine period visitors must take another COVID-19 PCR test (turnaround time is expected to be 24 hours). If negative, visitors will be able to move freely within the Territory.
Costs: All PCR tests, contact tracing app and wearable device will be at the visitor’s expense. Costs will be $175 total per person for two COVID-19 tests, a contact tracing bracelet rental, and a COVID-19 monitoring app.
Test to Leave the BVI: Visitors will need a test before you leave to enter the USVI, Puerto Rico or other Caribbean country. Cost is $70. Pre-departure test can be booked through the app, or when given your day 4 test. Note: The government will not allow a visitor to leave the country if they test positive. They will need to quarantine in an approved location for 14 days at their expense.
How to Get More Information: WhatsApp: 284-496-6129 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Reiterate – your first day does NOT count towards your 4 day quarantine. The BVI Government requires you to have 4 full 24 hour periods. If your test is negative, you can leave your accommodation on the morning of the 5th day.
And an excerpt from a statement issued by British Airways……
ENHANCED AIRCRAFT CLEANING
The cleanliness of our aircraft is of utmost importance. We have reviewed and made changes to our cleaning programme for aircraft including increasing our cleaning teams and audit inspections. Our disinfectant cleaning fluids are used on every aircraft after each flight to thoroughly clean all hard surfaces in the cabins and lavatories.
All our aircraft are fitted with HEPA filters which remove particulate and bacterial contamination and provide passengers with clean air. They provide the same level of air filtration as hospital operating theatres.
At the present time the BVI Government has banned UK travellers from visiting due to our extremely high rates of COVID-19. However, since our vaccination programme is forging ahead, BVI Holidays is hopeful that this ban will be lifted soon. When it is, rest assured that the BVI is one of the safest places on the planet to visit right now.
Be safe and stay well.
Managing Director, BVI Holidays