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TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS

 

These requirements are specifically for the purpose of allowing the entry of persons travelling to the Territory (BVI), including persons who are deemed to belong to the Territory; persons who are holders of certificate of residence under section 18 of the Immigration and Passport Act; work permit holders; and tourists, who are fully vaccinated, partially vaccinated or not vaccinated subject to specific requirements and conditions, including testing, monitoring, quarantine and self-isolation measures; protecting public health and for the prevention, control and suppression of the spread of the COVID-19 virus. These travel requirements are as outlined the Virgin Islands COVID-19 Control and Suppression (Entry of Persons) (NO. 3) Regulations, 2021.

 

REQUIREMENTS FOR FULLY VACCINATED TRAVELLERS PRIOR TO ENTRY

Travellers who have been fully vaccinated with the final dose administered at least 14 days before travel will require to

  • Register and provide the relevant information required to travel on the BVI Gateway Travel Application Portal and download the approved app software
  • Take a RT-PCR or approved rapid antigen SARS COV-2 test taken 3 to 5 days prior to arrival
  • Submit the certified RT-PCR or approved rapid antigen SARS COV-2 negative test result to the BVI Gateway Travel Application Portal
  • Provide evidence of his or her travel insurance policy which includes minimum approved coverage for
    • medical repatriation
    • quarantine accommodation costs
    • COVID-19 medical costs including hospitalisation, doctor’s visit and prescriptions
  • Submit vaccination certificate or other satisfactory evidence of being fully vaccinated
  • Obtain travel authorization certificate issued upon approval
  • $35 – Fully Vaccinated persons and persons exempted from mandatory quarantine.

 

SCREENING REQUIREMENTS AND DOCUMENTATION UPON ARRIVAL TO THE BVI FOR FULLY VACCINATED TRAVELLERS

All travelers will be subject to temperature checks and testing for COVID-19

Fully vaccinated travellers should be prepared to show upon request at Port of Entry into the British Virgin Islands, an electronic or hard copy of the following:

  • Travel Authorisation Certificate
  • RT-PCR or approved rapid antigen SARS COVI-2 test result
  • Vaccination Certificate or satisfactory evidence of being fully vaccinated

*All travelers are to adhere to the relevant COVID-19 enactments and protocols in the Territory including relevant physical distancing protocols, wearing masks and sanitisation measures.

 

TRAVELLING WITH UNVACCINATED CHILDREN

A child or children travelling with a fully vaccinated parent or guardian will be required to test for COVID-19 upon arrival into the Territory.

            Negative Tests results will allow the child to be released with the fully vaccinated parent or guardian.

            Positive Test results will require the child to quarantine with at least one fully vaccinated parent or guardian as prescribed by Public Health.

 

MIXED GROUPS OF TRAVELLING ADULTS

A group that includes persons who are fully vaccinated and person who are not vaccinated who upon arriving into the Territory, will occupy shared accommodations, all adults will be treated as unvaccinated.

 

BVI (Outgoing) DAY TRIPPERS

Fully vaccinated persons who have been present in the British Virgin Islands a period of 14 consecutive days or more are permitted to travel as a ‘day tripper’ to United States Virgin Islands, St. Maarten and Puerto Rico for no more than 24 hours.

Day trippers will be required to:

  • Apply for entry through the BVI Gateway Travel Application Portal prior to departing the Territory and obtain the relevant Travel Authorisation Certificate issued for re-entry.
  • May be permitted to travel with a child.
  • Be exempted from requirement of quarantine and testing for COVID-19 and if accompanied with a child, the child will be required to be tested on day 7 after returning to the Territory.

*All travelers are to adhere to the relevant COVID-19 enactments and protocols in the Territory including relevant physical distancing protocols, wearing masks and sanitisation measures.

 

REQUIREMENTS FOR PARTIALL VACCINATED AND UNVACCINATED TRAVELLERS PRIOR TO ENTRY

A partially vaccinated traveller who has not received the final dosage of an approved COVID-19 vaccine or 14 days has not elapsed since receiving the final dosage of the COVID19 vaccine will require to:

  • Register and provide the relevant information required to travel on the BVI Gateway Travel Application Portal and download the approved app software
  • Obtain the requisite approval from the Environmental Health Division to be quarantined in a private residence or vessel.
  • Take a RT-PCR SARS COV-2 test taken 3 to 5 days prior to arrival
  • Submit the certified RT-PCR SARS COV-2 negative test result to the BVI Gateway Travel Application Portal
  • Provide evidence of his or her travel insurance policy which includes minimum approved coverage for
    •  (i) medical repatriation;
    • (ii) quarantine accommodation costs;
    • and (iii) COVID-19 medical costs including hospitalisation, doctor’s visit and prescriptions.
  • Submit vaccination certificate or other satisfactory evidence of being fully vaccinated
  • Obtain travel authorization certificate issued upon approval
  • Pay an entry fee of $175

*All travelers are to adhere to the relevant COVID-19 enactments and protocols in the Territory including relevant physical distancing protocols, wearing masks and sanitisation measures.

 

SCREENING REQUIREMENTS AND DOCUMENTATION UPON ARRIVAL TO THE BVI FOR PARTIALLY VACCINATED AND UNVACCINATED TRAVELLERS

All travelers will be subject to temperature checks and testing for COVID-19.

Partially vaccinated travellers should be prepared to show upon request at Port of Entry into the British Virgin Islands, an electronic or hard copy of the following:

  • Travel Authorisation Certificate
  • RT-PCR SARS COVI-2 test result
  • Vaccination Certificate or satisfactory evidence of being fully vaccinated

Unvaccinated travelers should be prepared to show upon request at Port of Entry into the British Virgin Islands, an electronic or hard copy of the following:

  • Travel Authorisation Certificate
  • RT-PCR SARS COVI-2 test result

*All travelers are to adhere to the relevant COVID-19 enactments and protocols in the Territory including relevant physical distancing protocols, wearing masks and sanitisation measures.

 

QUARANTINE REQUIREMENTS FOR PARTIALLY VACCINATED AND UNVACCINATED TRAVELLERS

Persons who are only partially vaccinated, meaning that they have received one dose of a two-dose vaccine, or whose final vaccine dose was administered less than two weeks before arriving in the Territory will be required to quarantine within the confines of an approved property or vessel for a 4 day period. RT-PCR testing administered on arrival day and on day 4 to be released after receiving negative test results.

Persons who are unvaccinated will be required to quarantine within the confines of an approved property or vessel for a 7-day period. RT-PCR testing administered on arrival and on day 7 to be released after receiving negative test results.

A partially vaccinated or unvaccinated person who tests positive for COVID-19 upon arrival into the British Virgin Islands will be quarantined for a period of 14 days within the confines of an approved property or vessel or be allowed to leave the Territory if approved for medical repatriation.

A person quarantined for a period of 14 days will not be released from quarantine unless the person is tested by the relevant authorized officer for COVID-19 on day 14 of the quarantine period and receive negative results.

 

MONITORING

A person under quarantine for any period are required to:

  • Be fitted with the approved electronic geo-fencing device by the relevant authorized officer.
  • Monitor and report their symptoms to the relevant authorized officer.

 

IMMIGRATION REQUIREMENTS

With the exception of persons deemed to belong to the Territory and persons who are holders of certificate of residence under section 18 of the Immigration and Passport Act;

Any other person who tests positive for COVID-19 prior to arrival in the Territory will not be allowed entry into the British Virgin Islands.

 

NATIONAL HEALTH INSURANCE

A person who is a beneficiary of and is provided coverage under the National Health Insurance Plan of the British Virgin Islands will not be required to submit evidence of Travel Insurance policy but will be required to provide proof of their National Health Insurance (NHI) card or relevant documentation.

 

APPROVED LABORATORY OR TESTING SERVICE

Tests will be approved once performed by a registered medical laboratory or approved testing service whose professional status and practicing certificate may be verified with the applicable regulatory authority in the jurisdiction where the test is administered. 

 

VESSELS AND MEGA YACHTS

A person required to quarantine on a vessel may be allowed restricted movement within the Territorial waters, provided that the vessel operator anchor or berth the vessel during the quarantine period at a mooring site as approved by the Minister in consultation with the Minister responsible for Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration.

Mega yachts will be allowed entry into the Territory in accordance with the established marine protocols and guidelines, except as may be otherwise approved by the Minister.

 

EXEMPTIONS FROM MANDATORY QUARANTINE AND REQUIREMENTS

The following persons will be exempt from mandatory quarantine requirements:

  • Aviation personnel
  • Maritime personnel
  • Medical personnel
  • Diplomats and other essential personnel including the judiciary
  • Persons employed in the services of the Commonwealth and inter-regional Caribbean Organisations
  • Other exceptional essential persons as approved by the Minister and Governor

A person who falls under any of the categories under exemption categories with the exception of domestic or Virgin Islands based aviation and maritime crew members and where applicable foreign aviation and crew members will be required to:

  • Register and provide the relevant information required to travel on the BVI Gateway Travel Application Portal and download the approved app software
  • Take a RT-PCR or approved rapid antigen SARS COV-2 test taken 3 to 5 days prior to arrival
  • Submit the certified RT-PCR or approved rapid antigen SARS COV-2 negative test result to the BVI Gateway Travel Application Portal
  • Practice self-isolation
  • Comply generally with the relevant COVID-19 Quarantine exemption protocols for such categories of persons including relevant testing and screening measures and requirements as necessary regarding entry protocols.

Domestic or Virgin Islands based aviation or maritime crew members who are not fully vaccinated will be required to test for COVID-19 every 14 days and once tested negative may be issued a Quarantine Exemption Certificate in compliance with the relevant protocols and guidelines.

Foreign Aviation or Maritime crew members may be issued a Quarantine Exemption Certificate or any other documentation subject to specific conditions as may be specified in the relevant protocols and guidelines.

Domestic or Virgin Islands based aviation or maritime crew members or a foreign aviation or maritime crew member issued Quarantine Exemption certificate are required to have that document in their possession and readily accessible when exercising the relief.

 

BVI GATEWAY PORTAL FEES

$35 – Fully Vaccinated persons and persons exempted from mandatory quarantine.

$175 – partially or not vaccinated persons.

$70 – RT-PCR SARS COVID-2 test from a government testing facility.

 

FIXED PENALTIES AND FINES

Fixed fines will be applied persons that fit the following categories:

$2,000- A person who tampers with or damages a geo-fencing device.

$5,000- An unauthorized person who visits any person who is in quarantine.

$10,000- A person who breaks or breaches the protocols or guidelines under relevant Regulations or is found in breach of the provisions of these Regulations.

$5,000- A person who refuses to return an electronic geo-fencing device or any other approved monitoring device for the purpose of enforcing the quarantine provisions and issued under a quarantine order.

$5,000- A person who provides any false or forged information or documentation including a false or forged RT-PCR or rapid antigen SARS COVID-2 test result or false or forged vaccination certificate or any other evidence of being fully vaccinated.

Note that refusal to pay fixed fines may lead to a court offence and penalties of increased fines not mentioned above.