British Virgin Islands Will Relax Entry Protocols on May 15, 2021
A Great Leap Forward for the BVI today!
The entry protocols for tourists visiting the British Virgin Islands will relax soon! Effective 15th May 2021, fully vaccinated persons traveling from overseas will need a PCR test within five (5) days of travel, provide satisfactory evidence of being fully vaccinated, and will be subject to a PCR test upon arrival says BVI Minister of Health and Social Development, Hon. Carvin Malone
Fully vaccinated persons will be quarantined aboard their crewed charter yacht or hotel until a negative test result is received from the BVI Health Services Authority. (Typically 24 hours.)
In other words, if the test administered on arrival returns a negative result, the fully vaccinated traveler will be immediately able to visit all the BVI islands.
"A person is deemed to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after they have received both doses of an approved two-dose vaccine, such as AstraZeneca, Pfizer, or Moderna, and one shot of a single-dose vaccine such as Johnson & Johnson," Minister Malone stated.
"In relaxing the travel requirements for persons arriving in the British Virgin Islands who have been fully vaccinated, and permitting larger gatherings, there will be an increased risk of exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19 among the resident population. Prevention measures such as mask-wearing, hand washing, and physical distancing will remain in effect, and vaccines continue to be widely distributed while they remain in stock," Minister Malone pointed out.
Before traveling to BVI, you must:
Obtain a negative PCR test taken up to 5 days before arrival (children under 5 do not require testing)
Buy COVID-19 medical travel insurance, for guidance visit: https://www.bviaacloud.com/covid-19-protocol/covid-19-travel-insurance;
Register online and submit your travel details (1) for approval on the BVI Gateway: http://bvigateway.bviaa.com (It includes the payment of the $175 bundle of two PCR tests + tracing app and bracelet.) The travel insurance, and a copy of your booked reservation will need to be uploaded, and the negative PCR tests results will be supplemented once received, but you must submit them BEFORE you travel. One submission per traveler including children.
Updated: travelers must begin their application no later than 48 hours before travel. Applications on the BVI Gateway portal must be completed at least 24 hours before travel dates and time. All applicants in pending status who have not completed the necessary requirements 24 hours prior to traveling will be denied. For tech support or questions: firstname.lastname@example.org or WhatsApp messaging only at: 284-496-6129.
The British Virgin Islands reopened its seaports to scheduled ferry service between Road Town, Tortola and St Thomas, US Virgin Islands. Three companies are operating service: Smith’s Ferry, Road Town Fast Ferry and Native Son Ferry.
Crewed charter yachts arriving from the US Virgin Islands are are not allowed to enter the British Virgin Islands. We will update this article as soon as this protocol relaxes.
Smith’s Ferry is currently on Mondays and Thursdays
Road Town Fast Ferry is operating on Tuesdays and Saturdays
Native Son Ferry runs on Wednesdays and Fridays.
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We do not sell yachts like many other agencies so there is no conflict or distraction in our focus for your yacht charter. Our service is free to you. We travel extensively to boat shows and yacht charter shows year-round to personally view and inspect as many of the yachts.
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1. As Members of the Charter Yacht Brokers Association and the Virgin Islands Professional Charter Yacht League, we maintain contact with the yachts to keep abreast of the very latest information on crew/yacht conditions and new yachts entering the arena.
2. We stay on top of local and Federal Government to keep informed about changes in our industry, as well as involving ourselves with the changes in the environment in which we offer charters.
3. We engage in open dialogue with local publications to help keep the government and the public aware of this important industry in our islands.
4. We attend multiple charter yacht industry shows in the Caribbean and Mediterranean, go aboard each of the yachts, meet the crews, attend association meetings and seminars. We'll happily share our notes about changes to the boats and crews and confirm any newly added features and upgrades as well as re-fits to the boat’s decor like new carpets, interior and exterior soft goods & fun new water-toys.
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6. We've developed a longtime friendship with vendors of services such as local taxi drivers, ferry companies, good places to stay on land, great restaurants, and much more.