COVID-19 TRAVEL ADVISORY
LATEST UPDATE: September 23, 2020
US VIRGIN ISLANDS
Status: Safer at home
Leisure travel to resume on September 19. Any traveler whose home state has a COVID-19 positivity rate of greater than 10 percent or who has spent more than 7 days in and is traveling from a highly impacted state is required to produce either:
- A negative COVID-19 antigen (molecular/PCR/rapid) test result or a positive COVID-19 antibody test result.
- Under safer at home status:
- Restaurants - take-out only
- Indoor/Outdoor recreation facilities open, no food or drink, facial covering required
- Facial covering in all commercial entities
- Beaches closed at 4pm on weekends and holidays
Source: United States Virgin Islands Department of Health
BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS
**The BVI tourist board has announced that the BVI will be reopening to international tourism December 1, 2020 - More information coming soon.**
Status: Stay at home
Phase 2 of the Restricted Border Re-opening Plan to take effect from September 1, entry allowed for people of the following categories:
- 14-day quarantine mandatory for everyone.
- Work permit holders
Source: Department of Information and Public Relation BVI
Status: Vacation in place
All travelers are required to complete an electronic Health Visa. Additionally, it is mandatory to present a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test no older than 5 days. Arriving to the islands, travelers must undergo quarantine at their own cost for 14 days or the duration of their stay (whichever is shorter) at a hotel or on a private charter boat.
Source: Bahamas Ministry of Tourism
Yes, the situation is being monitored closely by charter companies and they have begun to accept bookings from November 2020 onwards for all islands. When going through the booking process, our team will explain to you in detail the terms and conditions for the charter so you know exactly what to expect. In any case, we recommend you to have travel insurance.
What if I cannot travel?
Many charter companies are now offering free re-booking up to 12 months from the original date if you are unable to travel due to COVID-19. However, every charter company applies their own policies. Please verify with your broker.
Will I be able to charter in 2021?
Short-term travel restrictions come with uncertainty in the Virgin Islands and other parts of the Caribbean. However, travel restrictions are planned to be lifted throughout 2020 and the charter industry can resume as scheduled.