BVI Holidays

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

There are new protocols to enter the BVI from June 15 2021. These are as follows, and are based on vaccination status.

The only ports of entry are the Terrance B Lettsome airport on Beef Island (airport code EIS) and the Seaport of Road Town Ferry Terminal.

IF YOU ARE FULLY VACCINATED:

  • Prior to arrival in the BVI you will be required to complete the following:
  • Register for approval to enter the territory at http://bvigateway.bviaa.com . You will be asked to enter your travel information and fill out the immigration form as you would have normally done on incoming flights. This is to expedite the process at the airport and ferry terminal. This must be done at least 48 hours prior to your fight or ferry into the BVI, and you will be required to present your BVI Gateway Traveler Authorization Certificate to board your flight or ferry to the BVI.
  • The BVI Gateway fee for VACCINATED travellers is $35.
  • Proof of Medical Travel Insurance with COVID-19 coverage.
  • Certified Negative RT-PCR Covid-19 test taken within 5 days prior to arrival, or an approved rapid antigen test. The results will need to be uploaded to the gateway 48 hours prior to arrival.
  • You will be asked to provide proof of vaccination status. You must be fully vaccinated at least 2 weeks prior to arrival.
  • Be subject to a health screening upon arrival into the airport or ferry terminal.
  • Once you clear the health screening on arrival, you’re free to go! There is no quarantine period for fully vaccinated travellers.

UNVACCINATED CHILDREN (up to age 17) TRAVELLING WITH FULLY VACCINATED PARENTS:

  • Children will follow the protocols for vaccinated travellers.
  • BVI Gateway fee will be $175 for UNVACCINATED children.
  • Children must remain within their family “bubble”. This means no mingling with other children/families outside of your group, but you can explore the islands as long as you stay in your family bubble.
  • Children ages 5 – 17 will be required to take a Covid test on arrival and also on Day 4.

IF YOU ARE UNVACCINATED:

The quarantine period is 7 days and the day of arrival counts as zero.

  • Prior to arrival in the BVI you will be required to complete the following:
  • Register for approval to enter the territory at http://bvigateway.bviaa.com . You will be asked to enter your travel information and fill out the immigration form as you would have normally done on incoming flights. This is to expedite the process at the airport and ferry terminal. This must be done at least 48 hours prior to your fight or ferry into the BVI, and you will be required to present your BVI Gateway Traveler Authorization Certificate to board your flight or ferry to the BVI.
    • The BVI Gateway fee for UNVACCINATED travellers is $175.
    • Proof of Medical Travel Insurance with COVID-19 coverage.
    • Certified Negative RT-PCR Covid-19 test taken within 5 days prior to arrival. The negative results will need to be uploaded to the gateway 48 hours prior to arrival. You will be asked to present proof of a negative result prior to boarding your flight or ferry to the BVI.
  • Health Screening  and an RT-PCR test will be administered at the airport/ferry terminal upon arrival. Test results will be delivered to you by e-mail. These usually take 24-48 hours. You will be directed to BVI Government approved transport to take you to your Gold Seal approved accommodation.
  • A contact tracing device will be assigned to you at your port of entry. This device must remain with you at all times during your quarantine.
  • You must remain at your accommodation until you receive negative results from your COVID-19 test taken at the airport or ferry terminal.
  • During these seven days you will not be allowed any contact with other guests or personnel, and housekeeping will not be able to be provided. You are asked to maintain social distancing while walking the property and while at the beach.
  • After the seven day quarantine period, an RT-PCR test will be administered. Once these results are negative, and you receive your Quarantine Release you are free to go anywhere in the BVI. Results will take at least 24 hours to process.
  • If even one adult in your group is not vaccinated, your entire party will be required to follow the unvaccinated traveller protocols.

IF YOU ARE PARTIALLY VACCINATED (MEANING ONLY 1 DOSE):

The quarantine period is 4 days and the day of arrival counts as zero.

  • Prior to arrival in the BVI you will be required to complete the following:
    • Register for approval to enter the territory at http://bvigateway.bviaa.com . You will be asked to enter your travel information and fill out the immigration form as you would have normally done on incoming flights. This is to expedite the process at the airport and ferry terminal. This must be done at least 48 hours prior to your fight or ferry into the BVI, and you will be required to present your BVI Gateway Traveler Authorization Certificate to board your flight or ferry to the BVI.
    • The BVI Gateway fee for partially vaccinated travellers is $175.
    • Proof of Medical Travel Insurance with COVID-19 coverage.
    • Certified Negative RT-PCR Covid-19 test taken within 5 days prior to arrival. The negative results will need to be uploaded to the gateway 48 hours prior to arrival. You will be asked to present proof of a negative result prior to boarding your flight or ferry to the BVI.
  • Health Screening  and an RT-PCR test will be administered at the airport/ferry terminal upon arrival. Test results will be delivered to you by e-mail and these usually take 24-48 hours.  You will then be directed to the BVI Government approved transportation to take you to your Gold Seal approved accommodation.
  • A contact tracing device will be assigned to you at your port of entry. This device must remain with you at all times during your quarantine.
  • FOUR day quarantine: You must remain at your accommodation until you receive negative results from your COVID-19 test taken at the airport or ferry terminal. This should take 24 – 48 hours.
  • During these four days you will not be allowed any contact with other guests or personnel, and housekeeping will not be able to be provided. You are asked to maintain social distancing while walking the property and while at the beach.
  • After the four day quarantine period, an RT-PCR test will be administered. Once these results are negative, and you receive your Quarantine Release you are free to go anywhere in the BVI. Results will take at least 24 hours to process.

A few other notes:

  • Masks are mandatory in the BVI to enter any place of business or when in a group of people. Failure to comply can result in fines for both the guest and the company, so we ask that all of our clients adhere to guidelines.
  • Should the tracking device (unvaccinated/partially vaccinated guests only) get damaged, there is a fee of $1000.
  • Children 5 years and under are not required to have the app or be tested while in the BVI. Testing, we believe, is required for pre-entry approval to San Juan or St. Thomas..
  • Should you test positive for Covid-19 at any time, a 14 day quarantine is required. If you are already within your four day quarantine, those days count towards the 14.
  • Should you require a negative PCR test to return home, one can be administered for you. The cost for this test is $70.

These protocols have been put in place by the BVI Government for your protection as well as the protection of those who live there.

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. It is also advisable to carry your invoice showing all travellers’ names.

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.

Rest assured that the BVI is one of the safest places on the planet to visit right now.

Be safe and stay well.

Joyce Burnett

Managing Director, BVI Holidays