To search the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), enter your search terms or questions in the box above.

A person is deemed to be a food handler if she/he engages in or assists in the carrying out of any process or operation in the sale, preparation, transport, storage, packaging and wrapping, service or delivery of food.

An Authorised Officer means a person occupying a designated public office to which the functions of the Governor pursuant to section 92 (8) or 93(3) of the Virgin Islands Constitution have been delegated to. An Authorised Officer may recruit, select and hire employees; administer disciplinary proceedings and develop and implement career and succession plans. The positions designated as Authorised Officers are: the Financial Secretary, Permanent Secretaries, Cabinet Secretary, Attorney General and the Commissioner of Police.

One who is authentically employed by a registered permanent food establishment.

All permanent and pensionable employees with at least three (3) years of service are eligible to apply for study leave through the Training Division.
1) Individuals who are seventeen years or older who want a second chance to earn a secondary school certificate. 2) Individuals who are legally living and working in the British Virgin Islands for five or more years, started their secondary education and was unable to complete it. 3) Individuals who wish to upgrade their knowledge and skills may register for a single subject.

Any person who fits the definition of a food handler that must be certified.

The International Tax Authority (ITA), is a Unit established under the Ministry of Finance.    As of the 9th July, 2012 the ITA has been designated to perform the functions of the Competent Authority, under section 4(1) of the Mutual Legal Assistance (Tax Matters) Act, 2003 (MLA). The Competent Authority, under the MLA is the Financial Secretary.  The ITA in performing these functions, as designated by the Financial Secretary, is responsible for dealing with all practical aspect of the Tax Information Exchange Agreements (TIEA).  The ITA has also been charged with the responsibility of negotiating TIEA agreements with potential treaty partners to ensure that the Virgin Islands is fully compliant with the standards of transparency and exchange of information for tax purposes.  Further, with the international standard moving towards automatic exchange of information, the ITA is also charged with facilitating the process of all other types of exchange of information, such as automatic exchange of information and spontaneous exchange of information.  The ITA is also charged with the responsibility of continuing to develop the framework within the Virgin Islands for the effective exchange of all types of information.  

The following persons are eligible to be claimants of the Fund for the types of relief assistance indicated below:

  • Individuals losing accommodations or possessions
  • Persons whose homes are badly damaged by the event
  • Self employed individuals who have suffered direct loss of livelihood and whose Insurance Agency does not cover loss from such events
  • Person who have been evacuated
  • Non-Profit Organisations

Relief assistance may take the following forms:

  • food relief
  • shelter or emergency accommodation grant
  • material or equipment for livelihood such as in Fisheries and Agriculture
  • medical assistance
  • financial grants

A completed copy of the Emergency Relief and Assistance Form must first be submitted to the Department of Disaster Management within two weeks of the disaster/emergency.  Attach to the form any relevant pictures/detailed reports and insurance documents pertaining to the incident.  Once verified by the Department of Disaster Management, the claim will be forwarded to the Ministry of Finance for further processing.

In processing claims, the Ministry of Finance shall seek the advice of the Fund Committee.  Advice may be sought from the Attorney General's Chambers if necessary.  Final decisions will be communicated to the claimant by the Ministry of Finance.

The Planning Authority comprised of ten members: a Chairman, a Deputy Chairman, four other members from the private sector, and four members representing various government agencies, including Heads of Departments or Senior staff from the Public Works Department, Department of Disaster Management and Town and Country Planning Department.

The Bupa Secure Care BVI policy requires that insureds notify USA Medical Services as soon as you know that you will need medical treatment. When you pre-notify, the staff at USA Medical Servies begins handling the case, communicating directly with the patient's doctor and medical facility. As soon as all the necessary information is received from your provider, including medical records, Bupa will confirm your benefits and coordinate direct payment. Additionally, USA Medical Services can also coordinate and schedule air ambulances, appointments with specialists, and other medical services. Emergency treatments must be notified within 72 hours of beginning such treatment. Regular office visits do not require notification.
Records of permanent historical and cultural value are stored in The Archives; the mandate of which is to serve as the official repository to preserve, arrange, describe and subsequently make available the records in its care for research and reference. Since these records tell the story of the Virgin Islands and its people, access to them is imperative for various reasons such as: to act as evidence in court cases; verification of dates of birth, death and other personal or public events; ownership of land; property boundaries; chronicling historical events for educational materials; genealogical research etc.

Fogging only kills the adult mosquitoes.  If there are active breeding containers, adults will emerge two to three days after fogging.  This is why self inspection and removal of breeding sites by home owners/occupiers is important.

  •     Your application was not submitted in triplicate.
  •     Your application involved more than one parcel and the copies submitted were not sufficient for you to receive a copy. A copy will be retained for each parcel.
  •     Applications must be submitted in triplicate. However, extra copies are not processed unless needed for applications involving more than one parcel.


A floor plan is needed for two reasons:

  • To ensure that all equipment are placed in such a way that will promote safe food practices.
  • To ensure that there is a linear food flow, that is, the food production flows from a clean area to a dirty area with no cris-crossing or back tracking being done.

An educated food handler who practices what is taught, reduces the risk of spreading food borne illnesses that cause outbreaks due to improper food preparation and handling techniques.

A person would require a Belonger's Card as proof of thier immigration status in the Territory. This allows free travel in and out of the Territory. Holders can reside and work in the Virgin Islands free from immigration control, purchase property, apply for trade licences and vote in the Territory.

Records created in the course of an organization's business transactions are a vitally important asset. They provide authentic and reliable evidence of those transactions. This integrity is of instant value to the creating department in managing its own affairs and for accountability - to auditors, shareholders and to the public. No government or organization can possess a collective memory and operate effectively without the practice of efficient record keeping. Citizens also have a general right to obtain information about the activities carried out by departments and organizations acting on their behalf. This right is essential for democratic accountability and also if public bodies are to be subject to informed public scrutiny. However, it must also be recognized that the individual citizen has a right to privacy concerning personally sensitive data supplied in confidence to government or private organizations. Adherence to the requirements of Freedom of Information legislation, or any applicable legislation is essential. Researchers, academic historians and students will make use of historical records to study the policies and actions of the organizations themselves but also for genealogy and other exploitive endeavours. Good records management can help a government achieve the following: policy objectives, a stronger economy, improved social services and health care, good governance, world class education, improved communication and infrastructure, sustainable natural resources and generally improved service to its citizens.
  • It improves resumes
  • It is a great way to network
  • It fosters open-mindedness
  • You make a direct difference in your community and improve lives
  • It strengthens communities and fosters civic engagement  

No.  Classic Dengue is not life-threatening.  However, the complications of Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever (DHF) and Dengue Shock Syndrome (DSS) could result after subsequent exposure to Dengue which can be fatal depending on the level of immunity and age.

The Labour Arbitration Tribunal is different to the High Court when it comes to costs. Unlike the High Court, you don't automatically have to pay the other party’s legal costs if you lose the case.

However, if you are represented by a legal practitioner you may still have to pay your legal practitioner, depending on what you agreed beforehand, including a contingency fee agreement. If there is a disagreement between you and your legal practitioner about your legal costs you may apply to the Tribunal to determine the reasonableness of the legal fees in accordance with the Legal Profession Act, 2015.

In order for the Tribunal to order the losing party to pay the costs of the winning party, or part of those costs, there must be exceptional reasons. If the Tribunal ­finds that there are exceptional reasons it will then go on to determine how much of the costs will have to be paid.

After ­ling a complaint and you change your mind, you can discontinue your claim at any time. For example, you might decide that you don't want to carry on your case because you feel that you may lose. You can discontinue by simply writing to the Secretary to the Tribunal saying that you want to discontinue your whole claim or a part of your claim. However, you would be responsible to pay the costs of the respondent when you discontinue a claim unless they agree otherwise.

If you settle the dispute with the other party, you simply need to ­le the terms of the settlement and the Tribunal will make a “Consent Award” that will bring the matter to an end.

If by the time your complaint comes before the Tribunal you wish to amend your complaint, you should make an interlocutory application to the Tribunal to do so by writing to the Tribunal outlining your request in full and supported by evidence. It is important that you do so early and ensure that your actions do not seek to take an unconscionable advantage of the respondent, since you would have already been before the Labour Commissioner and the Minister based on your complaint. Therefore, the Tribunal will consider its overriding objective and ensure that its decision is proportionate when determining whether to allow you to amend your complaint and to award costs to the respondents.

Either parties have a limited timeframe to amend their response to the complaint or reply to that response, but any other amendment requires an interlocutory application to be ­led supported by evidence.

  1. Children may walk through the arch alone. If the alarm goes off, the child will be searched in the presence of an accompanying adult.
  2. Children who cannot walk unaided should be carried through the arch. If the alarm goes off, you will both be searched.
  3. For the security of all passengers, passengers may be required to undergo screeing using security (body) scanning equipment.