Ag. Public Health Communications Specialist
Ministry of Health and Social Development
Telephone: 468-3701 ext. 852 7742
Dozens of BVI nationals and residents are registering to return to the Territory through the Controlled Re-Entry of Nationals and Permanent Residents to the Virgin Islands process.
To facilitate this process, the Government of the Virgin Islands launched the online portal www.bvitravel.vg where Virgin Islanders, Belongers, Permanent Residents and Naturalised Citizens can register, be certified and go through pre-checks by the Environmental Health Division for approved quarantine accommodations.
During the first two-week period from June 2 to 15, priority will be given to registrants with approved private quarantine accommodations for a minimum 14 days. Thereafter, consideration will be given to persons with approved registration for available Government quarantine spaces.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Health and Social Development Honourable Carvin Malone stated during a press conference on May 21 that persons approved to quarantine in private locations will be required to adhere to the established quarantine guidelines. The quarantine guidelines include being able to room separate from other household members in a well ventilated room with a private bathroom and no visitation.
Honourable Malone also explained that instructions will be provided for individuals to self-monitor their health along with the support of the Health Surveillance Teams during the 14-day period.
As part of the Controlled Re-entry process, priority will also be given to persons who left the Territory for medical treatment and were subsequently displaced due to border closures.
Health Minister Malone added that the successful implementation of the COVID-19 Phased Restricted Borders Reopening Plan is conditional on the adequacy of a number of elements that includes screening capabilities, testing capacity, quarantine and isolation facilities, no community transmission or spikes in infection, along with the robustness of the Territory’s health system to deal with COVID-19 related issues as well as deliver essential health services.
Persons who wish to have their homes or other properties inspected for the purpose of accommodating someone who is expected to return home within the next few weeks are invited to call the Government’s Customer Care Centre at 494-3701 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and provide details of the property.