The British Virgin Islands Reopens To International Tourists

The British Virgin Islands (BVI) are now open to international travelers arriving exclusively through Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport on Beef Island. All travelers are expected to apply  for a BVI Gateway Traveler Authorization Certificate within five days of travel to the territory and submit proof of a negative RT-PCR COVID-19 test result within the same time frame.

Extensive program is being developed to keep COVID-19 in check

Visitors also have to submit proof of travel insurance including comprehensive medical coverage and complete their application at least 48 hours prior to arrival. Andrew A. Fahie, the country’s premier, in a statement, said:  “Visitors will be subject to “an extensive program to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the territory.” 

Once travelers arrive at the airport, they will be directed to a BVI Welcome Centre for an additional RT-PCR test. Additionally, they will have to download a contact-tracing system on their phones and wear a government-issued wristband monitoring device. All visitors will also have to quarantine for four days at their hotel, resort, villa, or docked vessel (for charter guests) and take another RT-PCR test (scheduled via the mobile app) on the fourth day. “Our comprehensive protocols were created to allow visitors to experience a safe, luxurious vacation through the deployment of critical tracing technology and the implementation of strict testing guidelines,” said Fahie.

Officials have stated that the procedure for visitors arriving by sea are expected to be confirmed in the coming weeks. 

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