COVID-19 TRAVEL ADVISORY
LATEST UPDATE: Dec. 6th, 2020
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
- Charter yacht captain/crew must wear masks except when engaged in watersports, swimming, eating or drinking
- Charter yacht passengers must wear masks if two (2) or more are not of the same household or family, except when engaged in watersports, swimming, eating or drinking
- Charter yacht passengers, if from the same household or family, are not required to wear masks.
- USCG inspected charter yachts (Ferry's, etc.) must carry half capacity, and must comply with mask wearing regulations (indicated above)
- USCG un-inspected charter yachts with two (2) or more passengers not of the same household or family must comply with mask wearing regulations (indicated above)
- Private yachts and live-aboards are to be excluded.
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 via TB Lettsome International Airport
December 1, 2020, arrivals via seaports are expected to commence December 8, 2020
Entry requirements - Via air
Proof of negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within five days before the day of travel.
Proof of insurance for COVID-19.
Complete a travel declaration and upload test results on the BVI Gateway Online Portal (live November 2, 2020)
Receive Traveller Authorization Certificate - required before boarding flight to BVI
Airport officials will perform health screening, including temperature checks plus a COVID-19 PCR test. Visitors will also be required to download a contact tracing application to their phone (and in some cases using a wearable device).
Transportation: Visitors must take “approved” transportation to their accommodation.
4 Day Quarantine: Visitors must quarantine for four days at their approved accommodations (tourism properties and businesses must be “Gold Seal Certified” to receive visitors).
Day Four Test: On the fourth day of the quarantine, another COVID-19 PCR test is required. If negative, visitors will be allowed to visit specific BVI locations, further details on exact places to be announced shortly.
Day Eight Test: On the eighth day of their trip, visitors must take another COVID-19 PCR test. If negative, visitors will then be free to visit all BVI locations.
Costs: All PCR tests and tracing app/wearable devices (if applicable) will be at the visitor’s expense. Proposed prices are $100 per test (3 tests required) and $150 for the device.
Current 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.
Starting November 1, 2020 arrivals to the Island will be required to obtain a RT-PCR test no more than seven days prior to their travel to the Bahamas. In addition, a rapid antigen test will be conducted upon arrival, and then again four days after arrival. For yacht charters it is still to be announced where the second test can be taken. More information to follow.
Source: Bahamas Ministry of Tourism
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.