COVID-19 BVI Travel Requirements
UPDATED – 22nd April, 2022

WELCOME TO THE VIRGIN ISLANDS TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS

  1. These requirements are specifically for the purpose of allowing the entry of persons travelling to the Virgin Islands:
  • persons who are deemed to belong to the Virgin Islands
  • persons who are holders of Certificate of Residence under Section 18 of the Immigration and Passport Act
  • work permit holders
  • tourists/visitors
  1. This travel protocol refers to stakeholders’ mentioned who are fully vaccinated, partially vaccinated or unvaccinated.
  1. Please be advised that the categories listed are subject to specific requirements and conditions, including testing, monitoring, quarantine (if COVID positive) and self-isolation measures. This is to protect public health and for the prevention, control and suppression of the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

 Special Requirement Considerations  

  1. Travellers shall be required to register and apply to enter the Territory using the BVI Gateway Travel Application Portal and download the approved app software who are:
  • not vaccinated (NB: an unvaccinated minor accompanied by a vaccinated parent or guardian is exempted);
  • who are partially vaccinated;
  • unaccompanied minors who are not vaccinated or partially vaccinated; and
  • other persons who are not covered by the fully vaccinated BVI Gateway Travel Application Portal Exemption entry protocols.

2.   Fully vaccinated travellers entering the Territory shall be exempted from registering and applying to enter the Territory via the BVI Gateway Travel Application Portal provided that:

  • the second COVID-19 vaccine was received no less than two weeks before entry into the Territory; and
  • the vaccine taken is an approved World Health Organisation vaccine.

 Requirements for Fully Vaccinated Travellers Upon Entry to the Territory 

Travellers that present a RT-PCR or approved rapid antigen SARS CoV-2 negative test result taken no later than 48 hours before arrival and providing satisfactory evidence of being fully vaccinated shall:

  1. not be required to be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival; and
  1. be allowed to move freely within the Territory subject to adherence to COVID-19 enactments and protocols, including physical distancing protocols, wearing of masks and sanitization measures.

 Requirements for Fully Vaccinated Travellers Unable to Present Their Test Results Upon Entry to the Territory 

  1. Travellers who are unable to present their test results to enter the Territory within the 48-hour time period for reasons such as delays and overnight layovers, or is otherwise unable to provide satisfactory evidence of a RT-PCR test or approved rapid antigen SARs CoV-2 negative test result, shall be required upon arrival to take a rapid antigen SARS CoV-test.
  1. Travellers would be required to pay $50.00 to administer the rapid antigen SARs Cov-2 test.

 Requirements for Partially Vaccinated Travellers Prior to Arrival and Upon Entry to the Territory 

Prior to Entry

Travellers are required to register and provide the relevant information required to travel on the BVI Gateway Travel Application Portal, pay the applicable fee and download the approved app software.

Upon arrival

Travellers are required to:

  • present a RT-PCR negative test result taken within five days of arrival and provides satisfactory evidence of being partially vaccinated;
  • be administered a rapid antigen SARS CoV-2 test; and
  • if tested negative shall be allowed to move freely within the Territory subject to adherence to the COVID-19 enactments and protocols, including physical distancing protocols, wearing of masks and sanitization measures.

 Requirements for Unvaccinated Travellers Prior to Arrival and Upon Entry to the Territory 

Prior to Entry

Travellers are required to register and provide the relevant information required to travel on the BVI Gateway Travel Application Portal, pay the applicable fee and download the approved app software.

Upon Arrival

Travellers that present a RT-PCR negative test result taken within five days of arrival shall:

  • be administered a rapid antigen SARS CoV-2 test;
  • if tested negative shall be allowed to move freely within the Territory subject to adherence to the COVID-19 enactments and protocols, including physical distancing protocols, wearing of masks and sanitization measures.

 Travel Requirements for Vaccinated Travellers Travelling with Unvaccinated Minors 

  1. Minors 17 years and under travelling with vaccinated parents/guardians entering the Virgin Islands are exempted from applying and registering to enter the Territory via the BVI Gateway Travel Application Portal, provided that upon entry to the Territory, each minor provides to the relevant authorised officer the results of a negative PCR test or antigen rapid test no older than 5 days.
  1. Upon receipt of a negative test result the minor accompanied by the vaccinated parent/guardian will be allowed to:
  • embark any carrier destined for the Virgin Islands without penalty; and
  • enter the Virgin Islands without penalty.

 Travel Requirements for Unaccompanied Minors Unvaccinated or Partially Vaccinated 

  1. A Minor17 years and under, travelling without parents/guardians entering the Virgin Islands, are required to register via the BVI Gateway Travel Application Portal.  Such minor shall be required upon arrival to be received by his or her parent or guardian, and both the minor and parent or guardian at the same time shall be subject to the following requirements:
  • quarantine measures for the specified period; and
  • testing by the relevant authorised officer for COVID-19, at the end of the quarantine period.

 Quarantine Requirements for Partially Vaccinated and Unvaccinated Travellers 

  1. A partially vaccinated or unvaccinated person who tests positive for COVID-19 upon arrival into the Virgin Islands will be quarantined for a period of 5 days within the confines of an approved property or vessel or be allowed to leave the Territory if approved for medical repatriation.
  1. A person quarantined for a period of 5 days will not be released from quarantine unless the person is tested by the relevant authorized officer for COVID-19 on day-5 of the quarantine period and receive negative results.

 General Requirements 

Quarantine Monitoring (To be updated)

A person under quarantine for any period is required to:

  • be fitted with an approved electronic geo-fencing device by the relevant authorised officer; and
  • monitor and report their symptoms to the relevant authorized officer.

Immigration

With the exception of persons deemed to belong to the Territory and persons who are holders of Certificates 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 Virgin Islands.

National Health Insurance

A person who is a beneficiary of and is provided coverage under the National Health Insurance Plan of the Virgin Islands will not be required to submit evidence of travel insurance, 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 Virgin Islands in accordance with the established marine protocols and guidelines, except as may be otherwise approved by the Minister.

BVI Gateway Travel Application Portal

  • $175 – Partially or un-vaccinated persons
  • $70 – RT-PCR SARS COVID-2 test from a government testing facility

Arrival Fees

  • $50 – Rapid antigen test

Penalties and Fines

  1. Fixed fines will be applied to persons that fit the following categories:
  • $2,000 - A person who tampers with or damages a geo-fencing device;
  • $5,000 - An unauthorised 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.

IMPORTANT:  Refusal to pay fines may lead to a Court offence and penalties of increased fines not mentioned above.

 Fines for Passenger Carriers (To be updated) 

  1. Fines for passenger carriers of vaccinated passengers and minors accompanied by fully vaccinated parents/guardians who violate the fully vaccinated portal exemption entry protocols.
  1. Such passenger carriers would be fined $10,000 for each passenger in violation of the entry protocols.
  1. Separately, the passenger who violates the entry protocols will be fined $5000 or imprisonment not to exceed six (6) months, where applicable.
  1. Failure for passenger carrier or a passenger to pay the fine within the period as imposed by the relevant authorities, the fine may be recovered by instituting civil proceedings against the passenger carrier or passenger before the Magistrate Court. The following categories of persons will still be required to use the BVI Gateway Travel Application Portal:
  • partially vaccinated;
  • unvaccinated;
  • unaccompanied minors who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated; and
  • any other persons not covered by the fully vaccinated portal exemption entry protocols.

 Miscellaneous Requirements (To be updated) 

Taxi Services

  • Once persons that are given a quarantine order leave the Customs and Immigration facility, they are dispatched to taxi or livery vehicles in wait, in the staging area.
  • Transportation then takes them to their approved quarantine location; passengers are expected to pay their fare as the VI Taxi Tariff prescribes.
  • Persons that are going to Sister Islands are expected to prearrange their sea transportation with “Gold Seal Approved” charter companies. Approved Gold Seal transportation on the Sister Islands will also collect these persons and transport them to their approved quarantine location.
  • For persons with a 4 or 7-day Quarantine Order, transportation is prearranged in connection with testing information from BVIHSA and Public Health for their 4 or 7-day pickup, unless the passenger decides to solicit their own Approved Gold Seal transportation (persons are also expected to pay the prescribed fare).
  • Once a negative PCR Test result is received, persons are free to traverse to the nearest police station to hand in their tracking device and be released from quarantine.
  • The list of gold seal approved charter companies can be retrieved from the director of tourism.

Testing Sites

Travel Documentation

All travellers to the Virgin Islands are required to have the below listed documents prior to travel in order to facilitate a smooth transition via Immigration Officers.  Travellers should review their specific case base on the categories below:

  1. Belonger/Citizens:
  • Valid Passport
  • Supporting documents (i.e. Birth Paper and/or Belonger Card or Belonger certificate)
  1. Resident (Holder of Residence Status and/or Naturalized Citizen):
  • Valid Passport or US passport card
  • Residence Card or Certificate (where applicable)
  • Naturalization Certificate or BOTC Passport
  1. Resident (Work Permit or Work Permit Exemption Holder):
  • Valid Passport
  • Valid Visa (where required)
  • Valid Entry Permit or Approval Letter from the CIO allowing entry on an expired Entry Permit
  1. Non-Belonger Land Holders:
  • Valid Passport
  • Valid Visa (where required)
  • Valid Non-Belonger Land Holders License
  • Return ticket
  1. Visitor:
  1. Valid Passport
  2. Valid Visa (where required)
  3. Return Ticket

What to Expect Upon Arrival?

  1. Upon arrival, travellers are expected to present all required documents to an Immigration Officer, as well as any information that may be requested in relation to their status and travels.
  1. Travellers are also expected to answer any questions relative to those documents, their travel to and stay in the Virgin Islands.

Additional Notes

  • Travellers desirous of entering the Territory without a valid passport should seek permission prior to entry from the Immigration Department. Their request must clearly outline the particulars surrounding them not having a valid document, their status in the Virgin Islands, if any, and their purpose for entering. These requests should be emailed to immigrationinfo@gov.vg, ipenn@gov.vg and ndemming@gov.vg for processing.
  • For more information on the on-going COVID-19 Response visit www.bvi.gov.vg
  • Whatsapp text: 284-496-6129
  • Home quarantine:
  1. www.bvimonitor.info/homequarantine
  2. 284-468-2274
  3. 284-468-2275
  • Medical COVID-19 hotline - 284-852-7650
  • Emergency – dial 911
  • Police – dial 311

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