The British Virgin Islands, one of the best and most inviting cruising and charter destinations in the world, just announced new Covid-19 protocols for its reopening to visitors on Dec. 1.
Andrew A. Fahie, the premier and minister of finance, spelled out the protocols. He said they were “tailored to allow visitors to experience a safe, luxurious vacation by deploying technology, implementing strict testing and comprehensive protocols for tourism industry operators and accommodations units.”
Starting Dec. 1, you can fly into Terrance B. Lettsome Airport on Beef Island. A new welcome center can handle 90 passengers at a time. The details are below.
Starting Dec. 8, you will be able to arrive by sea; those details have not been announced yet.
On Nov. 2, a new BVI Gateway Online Portal will go live. (bviaa.com) You must complete a travel declaration and get a BVI Gateway Traveler Authorization Certificate before you board your flight.
To get the certificate, you must have proof that you’ve had a negative Covid-19-PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) test taken within the previous five days, and you must provide proof that your medical insurance covers Covid-19. You must upload these documents at least 48 hours before your flight. Then you must present the certificate and the negative PCR test results at the airline check-in counter before boarding.
When you arrive at the Beef Island airport, you will undergo health screening at the welcome center, including a temperature check and a Covid-19 PCR test. You will have to download a contact tracing application to your cell phone; some people will have to wear a tracking bracelet.
You then must take government-approved transportation to your government-approved accommodations, where you must quarantine for four days.
On the fourth day, you must take another Covid-19 PCR test, with a 24-hour turnaround. If you pass, you can visit designated locations, but not high-traffic or high-risk ones.
Four days later, on the eighth day, you must take another PCR test. if you pass that one, you can visit all BVI locations, but you will have to carry your mobile device with the tracing software with you at all times.
Total costs for all the tests will be $450 a person. Read more: