The British Virgin Islands reopen to tourism on December 1
With the requirement of 3 PCR tests and 4 days of quarantine, the archipelago values maximum security when reopening its borders.
The government of the British Virgin Islands announces the reopening of its air borders to foreign visitors from December 1, 2020, and on December 8, also the boat terminal in Roadtown, Tortola.
The announcement is in line with the launch of the #BVILove campaign, in the message that the archipelago, made up of more than 60 islands, has established its biosecurity protocols for the resumption of tourism operations and services.
Entry procedures are mandatory at the airport and the maritime terminal:
• Submit a negative Covid-19 test.
Submit registration at bvigateaway.bviaaa.com (filled up to 48 hours before departure).
Present travel insurance that includes COVID-19 coverage.
• Undergo a PCR test, and if it is negative, visitors will be quarantined for only 4 days, monitored by mobile application – each guest staying at the chosen destination, be it hotels, towns, charters, among others.
• Undergo a new PCR test on the 4th day in the territory, and if it is negative, the stay is free.
Exceptions: children under the age of 5 are not required to take the test.
Costs: US $ 175 per visitor, which covers the two PCR tests carried out in the territory.
The Department of Health and Environment has an online training program on biosafety protocols in force for the entire private sector and the population. All tourism companies are certified with the “gold seal”.
The destination’s prime minister, Andrew A. Fahie, was optimistic about the return of tourists to the country. “Being an archipelago, the risks are high, since contamination can spread quickly. For this reason, we will reopen our territory in the safest way possible, guided by science and technology ”.
HOW TO GET:
The same Covid-19 negative PCR test – mandatory when entering the Virgin Islands – can also be used at major connecting destinations:
– Via San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU).
Covid-19: fill out the Travel Declaration Form through the online portal of the Puerto Rico Department of Health (here). COVID-19 PCR test with negative result, no more than 72 hours before.
– Via St Marteen (SXM).
Covid-19: negative PCR test up to 120 hours before departure, fill out a form and present the original test result at the airport. https://stmaartenehas.com/application-form/
About the British Virgin Islands: an overseas territory of the United Kingdom, also called BVIs (British Virgin Islands) are an archipelago of 60 islands and islets, considered ideal to visit by navigation – due to the excellent climatic and maritime conditions, water quiet. Considered the best “island hopping” in the Caribbean, sailing from island to island will always offer a diversity of landscapes in a single trip. The destination hotels are also fabulous and are spread over different islands. Still little explored by the Latin American traveler, the destination is suitable for those who prefer to escape from mass tourism and for families (multigenerational trips), honeymooners, adventurers, divers and incentive tourism. Despite the English influence, the official currency is the United States Dollar, and the predominant Caribbean culture is evident in the music, in the taste of the gastronomy and the joy of the Virgos. No visa required unless connection is in the US or Puerto Rico.