COVID-19 Updates | TMM Yacht Charters

COVID-19 Updates

The BVI re-opened it's borders to International Visitors December 1, 2020


We are delighted that the Government of the BVI has re-opened the ferry terminal for entry to the BVI, as for now there is only one ferry from STT to Tortola at 4:00pm and one from Tortola to STT at 8:00am per day. Hopefully, there will be more soon.


Effective May 15th, entry requirements for fully vaccinated persons will change as follows:

Provide a negative PCR Test within 5 days of arrival.

Subject to an arrival test on entry.

Enter quarantine and once a negative entry test result is recieved (usually within 12-24hrs) then you are free to roam the territory.


Quick summary of protocols for vaccinated travelers:

Still request travel approval thru the Gateway

PCR test still required 5-3 days prior to arrival

Fee reduced to $105

Released from quarantine after receiving negative Day 0 test results

Children 5-17 may travel unvaccinated with their vaccinated parents. Will follow the same protocol but additional Day 4 test required.


Groups that have a combination of vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers must all quarantine for 7 days.


Some additional changes:

Travel ban only for India and Brazil now

Unvaccinated travelers quarantine increased to 7 days

Partially vaccinated travelers quarantine for 4 days

Our reservations office in Wisconsin remains open and Karen or Didi will be available Monday through Friday 8am to 5pm (CST) to assist you and to answer your questions.

We look forward to welcoming you back to the beautiful British Virgin Islands.


The protocols for entry may look somewhat daunting but in fact they have been working quite well, most of the glitches have now been resolved and people that have come in have found it really quite easy. In a nutshell this is what you have to do:

1. Register on the BVI Travel Portal

2. Obtain a negative PCR test with 5 days of travel and upload the result to the Portal.

3. You should receive a permission to travel certificate within 24 hours which you will need in order to board you flight to the BVI.

4. You will need to purchase travel insurance that will also cover medical costs.

5. You should order provisions and beverages to be delivered to your boat prior to your arrival.

6. If you want any water toys these should also be ordered so that they can be delivered and loaded prior to your arrival.

7. On arrival you will receive a PCR test at the airport.

8. You will be issued a cell phone that you are required to keep with you at all times. You will also pay the $175.00/person fee that covers the cost of the two PCR tests, transportation for testing and the cell phone.

9. After clearing Customs and Immigration you will be transported by government approved transportation to your vessel. You will then board the vessel and must remain aboard. This is considered to be Day 0.

10. Once you have been remotely briefed you can depart to any of the approved anchorages on Peter Island or Norman Island. You must remain there until you receive a negative result from your Day 0 test which should come within 24 hours but may take up to 36 hours depending on the testing load at the time.

11. Once you have the negative results you are them permitted to go to any of the other approved anchorages.

12. On Day 4 you must go to Nanny Cay where they have a designated quarantine dock. Try to be there at 08.30. You will be taken from there to the testing center in government approved transportation and will receive another PCR test. You will then be returned to your vessel and you may once again proceed to any of the approved anchorages.

13. Once you receive a negative result from this test, again generally within 24 hours, you may then go wherever you want and are free to go ashore to bars, restaurants, groceries, etc. but must continue to exercise social distancing and wear a mask in public places.

This may sound quite restrictive but in fact you can enjoy sailing, swimming and the beautiful waters of the BVI which are currently very uncrowded.

Please keep in mind that protocols can change at any time as they are doing in most of the world as the situation changes within each country. Should you need to change your reservation we will be happy to reschedule at no cost within 2 months of your charter. Cancellations will be subject to the normal $300.00 fee but this will be credited toward the cost of your next charter when you rebook.

Our reservations office in Wisconsin remains open and Karen or Didi will be available Monday through Friday 8am to 5pm (CST) to assist you and to answer your questions.

We look forward to welcoming you back to the beautiful British Virgin Islands.


BVI Ferry Schedule

The 3 ferries that will operate from Road Town Jetty for transportation of international passengers from tomorrow have shared the following pricing information:

Smith’s Ferry Road Town Fast Ferry Native Son Ferry
Days of the week Monday
Thursday
Tuesday
Saturday
Wednesday
Friday
Adult (12+) $60.00 $60.00 $60.00
Child (3-11) $50.00 $50.00 $50.00
Infant (0-2) $20.00 $20.00 $15.00
Seniors (65+) $60.00 $50.00 $50.00

Port Fees, Security fees and Departure taxes are not included in the cost of the ferry tickets. The Prices listed are for One Way Tickets.


Travel Insurance

Please follow the link below for government approved travel insurance:


Day 0-4 Approved Marine Sites

PRE-DEPARTURE COVID-19 TESTING IN THE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

The British Virgin Islands’ testing protocols involve a RT-PCR test within 5 days of travel to the Territory, a test upon arrival (Day 0) and a test on Day 4. Therefore, if visitors come to the British Virgin Islands for a visit of seven days or less, their testing requirements will already be met. If a longer stay is booked, our testing infrastructure is in place to facilitate this.

The British Virgin Islands Health Services Authority (BVIHSA) is the authority responsible for COVID-19 testing in the British Virgin Islands. They conduct RT-PCR Tests. If pre-travel testing is required by the country to which guests are travelling to from the BVI, the BVIHSA recommends emailing a request for appointment to covidrrt@outlook.com at least one week in advance of departure, indicating travel date and the testing requirement of that country (e.g. US is 72 hours). When on island, appointments for pre-departure testing should be made at least 3 days in advance of the appointment being requested. Guests should inform health service personnel of their departure date. Appointments can also be arranged when BVIHSA sets up the appointment for the Day 4 test. Guests can ask their front desk or concierge for assistance in arranging for pre-departure testing. To make an appointment directly with BVI Health Services Authority, call the COVID Medical Hotline at 284-852-7650 or 284-441-2384. Guests on the sister islands of Virgin Gorda and Jost Van Dyke can call 284-852-7700 and 284-346-1709 respectively.

The following are the COVID-19 testing sites in the Territory:
Location Facility Contact Hours
Tortola (Road Town) Dr. D. Orlando Smith Hospital
(Tent Outside Emergency Entrance on 3rd Floor)
284-852-7650 11:30 am until last appointment
Virgin Gorda (Valley) Nurse Iris O’Neal Clinic 284-852-7700 8:30 am to 12:30 pm
Jost Van Dyke (Great Harbour) Jost Van Dyke Clinic 284-346-1709 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Currently testing is not carried out on Anegada but there are arrangements being made for this to happen including setting up of site and additional staffing.

The Welcome Centre at TB Lettsome International Airport on Beef Island is a testing site for arriving passengers only (they conduct Day 0 tests).

All samples are tested at the Dr. D. Orlando Smith Hospital Laboratory and test results are normally available within 24 hours. However, additional time should be allowed for tests not done on Tortola.

While a few private medical clinics offer PCR Testing, all samples collected are sent to the laboratory at the Dr. D. Orlando Smith Hospital.

The BVIHSA has recently launched its Medical Concierge Service for COVID-19 Testing which provides:

Onsite testing at resort, villa, charter boat or private residence

Testing conducted by experienced Public Health Physicians

Concierge customer service with dedicated phone/email contact with BVIHSA

Results are emailed directly to clients

24-hour turnaround

Specialist on-call services for COVID-19 related Telemedicine

For reservations to arrange concierge service: Email medicalconcierge@bvihsa.vg or call 284-440-3541.


Our Additional Safety Measures & Procedures

The health and well-being of our guests and team is paramount. We are taking necessary precautions to keep you, your family and friends safe so you can relax and enjoy your time on the water. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and respond to the developing situation as necessary. Therefore, our policies may update accordingly in the future.

Our Team

Will be temperature-checked daily before the workday begins

Will be instructed to adhere to strict social distancing guidelines (2 meters / 6 feet apart)

Will be required to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) where necessary when dealing with our guests

Regular handwashing and adherence to TMM sanitation guidelines is required.

Our Facilities

Will be disinfected at the start and end of every work day

Office surfaces will be frequently disinfected throughout the day

Appointments will be scheduled to complete necessary paperwork in the office to reduce the number of people congregating at reception.

Everyone on site is expected to follow social distancing guidelines (2 meters / 6 feet apart)

Masks are to be worn by everyone and will be available for purchase from the office if needed

Our Yachts

We ask our guests to schedule appointments with the office to complete the necessary paperwork and office briefing

We will deal with one crew at a time to avoid cross-contamination.

All staff interacting with guests are required to wear PPE.

Masks (provided if necessary) should be worn by all guests where social distancing guidelines cannot be upheld during check-in or check-out.

Each yacht will be cleaned, sanitized, and disinfected via fogging between charters

Fresh linens will be provided and made up on the berths as usual prior to fogging of the yacht is commenced

The cleaning/care package will include; disinfectant spray, hand wipes and sanitization products as well as the usual cleaning products.

On Board Precautions

PPE will be worn by the boat briefer and social distancing (6ft/2m) is to be conducted on all yacht, chart and safety briefings.

All charter skippers will be screened before boarding the yacht and instructed to adhere to social distancing while on charter and encouraged to wear PPE when this is not possible. We ask that you, our guests, also do your utmost to maintain social distancing from our onboard crew

All information is believed to be correct but not guaranteed.

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