February 16th, 2021
Although the new BVI entry protocols may look a little disconcerting, they have been working rather well in most cases and charter guests who have visited during the Covid-19 pandemic have found the process fairly easy.
Here is the current process for entering our beautiful islands:
Register on the BVI Travel Portal https://bvigateway.bviaa.com/
Obtain a negative RT-PCR test within 5 days of travel and upload the result to the BVI Travel Portal.
You should receive a permission to travel certificate within 24 hours which you will need in order to board you flight to the BVI.
You will need to purchase travel insurance that includes comprehensive medical coverage.
You should order provisions and beverages to be delivered to your boat prior to your arrival.
If you want any water toys or fishing equipment these should also be ordered so that they can be delivered and loaded prior to your arrival.
On arrival you will receive a RT-PCR test at the airport.
You will be issued a cell phone that you are required to keep with you at all times. You will also pay the $175.00/person fee that covers the cost of the two PCR tests, transportation for testing and the cell phone.
After clearing Customs and Immigration you will be transported by government approved transportation to your vessel. You will then board the vessel and must remain aboard. This is considered to be Day 0.
Once you have been remotely briefed you can depart to any of the approved anchorages on Norman Island or Peter Island. Guests are restricted from landing on any of these sites until you receive a negative result from your Day 0 test which should come within 24 hours but may take up to 36 hours depending on the testing load at the time.
You may not go ashore to the follow sites. Peter Island anchorages - Little Harbour, Great Harbour and Deadman’s Bay.
Once you have received your negative results you are then permitted to go to any of the other approved anchorages.
On Day 4 you can either come back to the Voyage Landing dock or head to Nanny Cay where they have a designated quarantine dock. Try to be at either location by 08.30. You will be taken from here to the testing center in government approved transportation and will receive another RT-PCR test. You will then be returned to your vessel and you may once again proceed to any of the approved anchorages.
Once you receive a negative result from this test, again generally within 24 hours, you are free to enjoy the BVI - go ashore to bars, restaurants, shop for groceries, etc. Please remember to continue to exercise social distancing and wear a mask in public places.
This may sound somewhat restrictive, but you can in fact enjoy plenty of sailing, swimming and the beautiful warm waters of the BVI, which are currently very uncrowded.
Please note, protocols may change at any time as they are doing in most parts of the world. Whilst many visitors have returned to the BVIs since December and even more have trips planned, VOYAGE charters recognize that there is still some uncertainty when committing to an overseas vacation. Since March of last year, we have been working with our guests to accommodate changes in travel plans and make sure their much-needed vacations still go ahead, even if the dates need to change. We will continue to offer flexibility and waive any rescheduling fees until further notice.
Our reservations office remains open and the VOYAGE sales team will be available Monday through Sunday 8am to 5pm (CST) to assist you and to answer your questions.
We look forward to welcoming you back to the beautiful British Virgin Islands.