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COVID-19 Updates & Information


Entry & Exit Protocols
Effective Nov 16, 2021: If you’re fully vaccinated and have a negative antigen or PCR test (performed within 48 hours of arrival) then you won’t need to do the arrival test.

If you’re fully vaccinated and your negative antigen or PCR test is older than 48h, then you’ll have to pre-register for the arrival rapid antigen test before arriving in the BVI. The fee of $50 can get paid via cash or card at the port of entry.

Fully vaccinated travelers will be exempt from BVI entry portal from October 1, 2021

For entry into the BVI your PCR test or rapid antigen test has to be done within 5 days prior to arrival but please check with your airlines and transit countries/islands as some request a test within 72h.

You’ll find more information under https://bvigateway.bviaa.com and https://www.bviaacloud.com.


Where captain & crew are fully vaccinated:

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 Janssen.

Beginning October 1st, all fully vaccinated travelers to the BVI will no longer have to apply to enter the BVI using the BVI Gateway Entry Portal.

You will need a valid negative COVID-19 test result (PCR or antigen - no older than 5 days) and proof of vaccination (valid vaccination card). Once you have arrrived you will have to pay for the entry anitgen test which is currently $50 per person.


Partially or non-vaccinated persons travelling from overseas will be required to:

Register your intent to travel through the BVI Gateway BVI – Travel Authorization (bviaa.com). We suggest that you do this 7-10 days prior to travel. At this stage you will need to upload proof of vaccination and upload proof of Travel Insurance covering Covid-19. If you do not have your test result while filling out the application, answer "no" when asked. You will receive an email telling you how to upload the result at a later date.

You will receive a confirmation email from the BVI Portal that looks like this:

3-5 days prior to arrival into the BVI you will need to take either a NASOPHARYNGEAL RT-PCR or approved antigen test. Once you have the results return to the BVI Portal using the link from the email above and upload your negative test result. We suggest that you take the test 5 days prior and upload the result as far in advance as possible.

You should next receive an email that looks like this:

Print your Travel Authorization and be sure to bring this with you together with the test result and your vaccination card.

If you do not receive the travel authorization in a timely manner do not panic. These are sometimes issued very close to the time of travel.

The official travel protocols are published on the BVI Government site: Travel Protocols | Government of the Virgin Islands. Be aware that these are often out of date.


Fully vaccinated travelers with children: No Quarantine - Free To Roam

Children (between 5 and 17) traveling within a group of fully vaccinated adults (as above) will be subject to testing on arrival. Where the test results for a child is negative, the child shall be released at the same time with the fully vaccinated parent or guardian.


Where at least 1 traveler is partially vaccinated: 4 Days Quarantine Required

The entire party will be treated as partially vaccinated. In the case of travelers who have received one-dose of a two-dose vaccine, or those whose final vaccine dose was administered less than 2 weeks before arriving in the territory, the entire group is required test on arrival and to quarantine until a negative test result is received from a test on Day 4.


Where at least 1 adult traveller is non-vaccinated: 7 Days Quarantine Required

The entire party will be treated as non-vaccinated. In the case of travelers who have not received a vaccine, the entire group is required to test on arrival and to quarantine until a negative test result is received from a test on Day 7.


Restricted Countries: 14 Days Quarantine Required

The list of restricted countries under the Immigration and Passport (Prohibition of Entry, Order, 2021 has been amended to apply only to Brazil and India. Persons travelling from those countries who are granted permission to enter the Virgin Islands, will be required to quarantine for a period of 14 days on arrival.


Travelling through Puerto Rico:

Everyone over 2 years old who is not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with the Moderna, Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson Janssen vaccines, must provide evidence of a negative molecular or antigen test for COVID-19 performed within the 72-hour period prior to your arrival to Puerto Rico. This includes persons travelling to Puerto Rico from the USA. Travelers are required to complete the form on the Puerto Rico Travelsafe Website. You will be issued a QR code that must be presented on arrival in Puerto Rico together with your ID.

You’ll have to apply through their portal, even if you’re just in transit (use airport hotel address).

More information at discoverpuertorico.com/info/travel-guidelines.


Travelling through the USVI:

You’ll have to apply through the USVI Travel Portal and upload the results from your antigen or PCR test at the time of application. You’ll need to receive their entry authorization (QR code) before flying into the USVI and after your charter before boarding the ferry back to the USVI.

Travelers from the British Virgin Islands must submit a negative result from a COVID-19 antigen or PCR test. The test must be taken and negative result must be received within 48 hours of commencement of travel to the Territory.


BVI Ferry Schedule

November 2021

December 2021

January 2022

Ferry Fees
Smith’s Ferry Road Town Fast Ferry Native Son Ferry
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 Health Services Authority (BVIHSA) is the authority responsible for COVID-19 testing in the British Virgin Islands. They conduct RT-PCR and Rapid Antigen Tests.

If pre-departure testing is required by the country to which guests are travelling to from the BVI, the BVIHSA recommends contacting the preferred clinic for an appointment at least 3 days in advance of departure, indicating travel date and the testing requirement of that country (e.g. US is 72 hours). Guests should inform health service personnel of their departure date.

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, Jost Van Dykeor Anegada can call 284-852-7700, 284-346-1709 or 284-852-7785 respectively.

Below is a table with the COVID-19 testing sites in the BVI:
Tortola
B&F Medical Complex 284-494-2196 bfmedical@hotmail.com RT-PCR & Rapid Antigen Mon- Sat 9:00 & 13:00
Eureka Medical Clinic 284-444-2346 info@eurekamedicalclinic.com RT-PCR & Rapid Antigen Mon-Fri 9:00-12:00
Penn Medical Center 284-494-0481 or
284-495-3288
info@pennmedci.com RT-PCR & Rapid Antigen Mon-Fri 8:30-12:00
Sat 8:30-11:00
Sun 8:30-9:30
PicSmith Medical Services 284-494-3330 or
284-346-5931
picsmith@surfbvi.com RT-PCR Mon-Fri 11:30-13:00
Dr. D. Orlando Smith Hospital 284-852-7650 covidrrt@bvihsa.vg RT-PCR & Rapid Antigen Everyday 9:00-10:30
Virgin Gorda
Nurse Iris O'neal Clinic 284-852-7700 covidrrt@bvihsa.vg RT-PCR & Rapid Antigen PCR Everyday 10:00-12:00
Rapid Everyday 9:00-15:00
Jost Van Dyke
Jost van Dyke Clinic 284-346-1709 covidrrt@bvihsa.vg RT-PCR Everyday 7:45
Anegada
Romalia Smith Clinic 284-852-7785 RT-PCR & Rapid Antigen Romalia Smith Clinic

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

Concierge
BVIHSA 284-440-3541 medicalconcierge@bvihsa.vg RT-PCR & Rapid Antigen When requested
MD Link 284-440-3070 garvin.dougan@gmail.com RT-PCR & Rapid Antigen When requested

The Welcome Centre at Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport on Beef Island and the Road Town ferry terminal does not provide pre-departure testing.

All PCR tests are tested at the Dr. D. Orlando Smith Hospital Laboratory and test results are normally available within 24-48 hours. However, additional time should be allowed for tests not done on Tortola.

Please note that the cost of pre-departure tests (varies depending on type of test) will be paid by the guest. BVIHSA Concierge service will incur extra costs including physician fee, transportation and service charge.

All information is believed to be correct but not guaranteed.

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