Travel Guides

COVID Guide

March 12th, 2021

COVID Guide

COVID Guide

Introduction

Update: Effective May 15, 2021

Fully vaccinated persons travelling from overseas would require a PCR test within five (5) days of travel, provide satisfactory evidence of being fully vaccinated, and will be subject to a PCR test upon arrival (day zero). Fully vaccinated persons will be quarantined until a negative test result is received from the BVI Health Services Authority. A person is deemed to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after they have received both doses of an approved two-dose vaccine, such as AstraZeneca, Pfizer, or Moderna or one shot of a single-dose vaccine such as Johnson & Johnson.

Click here to read the latest travel notes while traveling to the British Virgin Islands.

We are delighted to announce the British Virgin Islands re-opened their borders from 1st December 2020 and are welcoming international visitors back to the territory.

Entry to the BVI is through the Terrance. B Lettsome Airport only at this time. The ferry terminal in Road Town will re-open on the 15th April 2021.

Even though the protocols into the British Virgin Islands may seem a little daunting, we can assure you the process is simple and recent guests visiting the islands have enjoyed their experience thoroughly.

Due to the strict policies in place in the territory, the British Virgin Islands remain a safe, COVID free zone.

Our sales agents are available and will assist in answering any questions you may have regarding your charter booking in the BVI.

Come and visit us in paradise where the sun is always shining. Experience the turquoise warm waters, soft sandy beaches, and cocktails with a kick. We can’t wait to welcome you to VOYAGE Charters.

Before you arrive in the BVI:

  • Register on the BVI Travel Portal https://bvigateway.bviaa.com/

    (If you have any issues with the online portal, please contact Miss McShane on +1 (284) 468-5510 or Lynette Harrigan on +1 (284) 440-6000).

  • You will need to obtain a negative RT-PCR test within 5 days of travel and upload this onto the online portal.

  • You should receive a “permission to travel” certificate from the BVI government within 24 hours, which you will need in order to board your flight.

  • You will be asked to pay a fee of $175.00 per person which covers the cost of two RT-PCR tests, transportation for testing on day 4 and your tracking device.

Notes:

  • You will need to purchase COVID-19 medical insurance that covers medical and quarantine costs.

  • Please schedule all provisions and beverage orders to be delivered to your vessel prior to your arrival.

  • Please schedule any water sport or fishing equipment to be delivered to your vessel prior to your arrival.

VOYAGE Guest Pre-Arrival:

  • VOYAGE charters have streamlined your check in and vessel orientation process in order to reduce person to person contact time at the VOYAGE base.

  • All check-in and briefing paperwork, specific to your yacht, will be sent to you prior to your arrival.

  • Your VOYAGE concierge will schedule a call for you with a VOYAGE briefing captain to review the specifications and operation of your vessel and answer any initial questions you may have.

Once you arrive in the BVI:

  • Upon arrival into Beef Island Airport (EIS) you will receive your first RT-PCR test.

  • After clearing customs and immigration you will be driven directly to your Voyage yacht by our government approved Voyage taxi. Your arrival date is classed as Day 0.

  • Once your VOYAGE captain has remotely briefed you on your vessel, you can leave to any of the government approved anchorages on Norman Island or Peter Island. Guests must remain on the vessel at all times until you have received your negative Day 0 results.

  • Once you receive your negative Day 0 results (test results may take 24hrs to receive) you can move onto any of the other approved anchorages (See map).

    If you need assistance with your test results, please contact Ms Fahie on +1 (284) 468-2274 or +1 (284) 468-2285.

  • On Day 4 you must take a further RT-PCR test. You must head to the COVID testing centre in an approved government taxi either from the Voyage base in Soper’s Hole Marina or from Nanny Cay Marina. Please be ready for your pick up at either location by 8.45am. After completing your test, you can then return to your vessel and head back out to any of the approved anchorages until you receive your negative Day 4 results.

    Please contact your Voyage Concierge on +1 284 346 5535 who will arrange transportation for you to the testing centre from Soper’s Hole Marina or will contact Nanny Cay regarding your expected arrival.

  • Once you receive your negative Day 4 test result you are free to enjoy the BVI as you wish. Please remember to practice social distancing and wear a mask in public places.

    For removal/return of tracking devices please contact your nearest police station. Please call ahead to make sure an officer is on duty.

Police Stations:

Location Contact number
Road Town +1 (284) 368-5371
Cane Garden Bay +1 (284) 368-9137
West End +1 (284) 356-9706
Virgin Gorda +1 (284) 368-9522
Anegada +1 (284) 368-9137
Jost Van Dyke +1 (284) 368-9211

Notes:

  • Please practice social distancing and wear your face masks when interacting with all staff. Upon arrival to the marina you will head directly to your vessel.

  • Please remain onboard while on the dock and do not handle any dock equipment (fuel pumps, water hoses etc.) as this is breaking quarantine regulations.

  • If you want to sail through an exclusion zone located in the BVI please contact Greg Romney on +1 284 468 9280 or email gromney@gov.vg

Before you leave the BVI:

If you are staying in the British Virgin Islands for longer than 7 days you will need to arrange an exit test. The PCR test fee is $70.00 per person and will take 24-36 hours to process.

Testing Facilities:

Location Facility Contact number Testing hours
Road Town, Tortola Orlando Smith Hospital +1 (284) 852-7650 10:30am – last patient
Spanish Town, Virgin Gorda Irish O’Neal Clinic +1 (284) 852-7700 / 7707 10:00am – 12:00pm
Great Harbour, Jost Van Dyke JVD Clinic (behind the primary school) +1 (284) 852-7795 7:45am – 8:00am
  • Complete this application form

  • At least one week prior to your departure from the BVI, email your application form to covidrrt@bvihsa.vg and request an appointment for testing exactly 3 days before your departure. In your request, please include:

  • Once your VOYAGE captain has remotely briefed you on your vessel, you can leave to any of the government approved anchorages on Norman Island or Peter Island. Guests must remain on the vessel at all times until you have received your negative Day 0 results.

    • The number of people in your group

    • The facility where you would like to have your test done

    • Your departure date from the BVI and the country you will be travelling to

  • Call the facility 3 days before your test to confirm the date and time of your appointment.

  • VOYAGE Guest Vessel Departure

  • We ask that all guests please check that they have all personal items packed before departing the vessel. Anything left behind will be disposed of.

  • For the safety of our staff we ask that you strip all the beds and place all linen in the provided laundry bags and then in the marked dock cart. Linen includes:

    • All bed linens including mattress protectors
    • All bath, hand and face towels
    • All beach towels
    • All kitchen towels
    • Oven mitts
  • We ask that clients bag all trash and place in marked dock cart. This includes:

    • Cabin bin trash
    • Any used or open food items
    • Clean, sorted recycling in blue bags
  • Any unopened food items to be placed in provided crates and left on the galley counter. Red crates for dry goods and blue crates for cold goods.

Your VOYAGE Reservation

Please note that protocols in the BVI may change at any time as they are 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.

Anchorage Descriptions

Norman Island

  • 1. Soldier Bay - We recommend picking up a mooring ball but anchoring is possible in suitable conditions.

  • 2. Benures Bay - We recommend picking up a mooring ball but anchoring is possible in suitable conditions.

Peter Island

  • 3. Little Harbour - Landfall Prohibited! No mooring balls available here, anchoring only. The sea bed is sandy with some sea grass. Stern to is favored here but requires experience. Keep clear of dock in the upper Eastern corner.

  • 4. Great Harbour - Landfall Prohibited! We recommend picking up a mooring ball here (there are plenty). This is a good shelter in rough weather. You can anchor only in the upper Eastern corner, in front of the mooring field, if you have experience.

  • 5. Deadman’s Bay - Landfall Prohibited! No mooring balls available here, anchoring only. Do not anchor here if there is a North swell running. Anchoring is straight forward here but watch the reef to the Eastern point of the bay upon entrance to the bay. The chart marks it out clearly. Favor anchorage up into the Eastern corner of the bay in 10 – 16 feet depth. Try to avoid anchoring to the West of the bay as it gets much deeper.

  • 6. Spring Bay - No mooring balls available here, anchoring only. Enough space for two vessels only. Look for sand in 10 – 20 feet in the middle of the bay.

  • 7. White Bay - No mooring balls available here, anchoring only. Good overnight anchorage, sheltered in most wind and swell conditions except if wind goes to the South West (very uncommon).

  • 8. South Bay - No mooring balls available here, anchoring only. Good holding in about 20-30 feet, can be a bit of swell that wraps around the southern point. Be aware not to anchor on the reef. Wind can be very gusty and change direction frequently as it passes through the valley on the island, so don’t anchor too close to the shore.

Virgin Gorda

  • 9. Valley Trunk Bay - No mooring balls available here, anchoring only. This is a beautiful place to anchor in calm weather. We do not recommend anchoring here if a North swell is running. The sea bed is sandy with a few coral heads close to shore. Do not anchor on coral.

  • 10. Long Bay - No mooring balls available here, anchoring only. Slow and careful navigation between Eastern and Western reefs. The sea bed is sandy, but do pay attention to swing room with adjacent reefs. We do not advise anchoring here if crowded.

  • 11. Malone Bay - We recommend picking up a mooring ball here (there are plenty). Anchoring is also easy here on the outer limits of the mooring field in 14 – 25 feet. The sea bed is thick sea grass so make sure to set the anchor properly.

Other

  • 12. Pomato Point, Anegada - You may only go here with permission from a VOYAGE captain or the VOYAGE base manager. No mooring balls available here, anchoring only. Anchoring requires knowledge of depth zones. Anchor in front of mooring field North favoring the East. Depth is 6 – 9 feet. Watch the reef which sits North in front of Potters Bar and Grill and runs out far to the East 200 – 300 yards. DO NOT try anchor deeper into the bay towards the shore, keep on outskirts.

  • 13. Lee Bay, Camanoe - No mooring balls available here, anchoring only. Anchor placement is important. Head towards the shore line keeping the middle line of the bay. Drop the anchor on sand in 10 – 12 feet and fall back. You may see the depth drop fairly quickly. Make sure to set the anchor well to test that you have dropped in a good patch of sand. Some holding here is tricky. Make sure NO NORTH swell and no Southerly / Westerly weather. You are anchoring on a Lee shore.

  • 14. Manchioneel Bay - Little Jost Van Dyke – You can choose to anchor in Manchioneel Bay but if there is a north swell running, you can and we recommend that you pick up one of the mooring balls in front of Bee Line Bar.

Day Stops Only

  • A. Hallovers Bay - Cooper Island - You may only go here with permission from a VOYAGE captain or the VOYAGE base manager. Day Moorings ONLY, NO ANCHORING.

  • B. George Dog – MOORING BALLS ONLY! NO ANCHORING.

  • C. Muskmelon Bay, Guana - You may only go here with permission from a VOYAGE captain or the VOYAGE base manager. No mooring balls available here, anchoring only in suitable conditions.

Bareboat

Day 0 - Arrive into Beef Island Airport (EIS). Receive your first RT-PCR test and your tracking device.

Be transported via our Voyage taxi to Soper’s Hole Marina and head directly to your vessel and begin your sleep aboard night! All your provisions and beverages will already be delivered and unpacked so you can step on board to drinks on ice and simply relax. Order dinner and a round of painkiller’s from Pusser’s or Omar’s to be delivered directly to your vessel. You can also choose to order pre-packaged meals from one of our amazing VOYAGE chefs.

Day 1 – After a briefing call with a VOYAGE captain, you can leave the dock and head to either Benures Bay or Soldier Bay on Norman Island. Snorkel, swim and enjoy lunch and dinner on board your luxury catamaran.

Day 2 – Enjoy a day out sailing as you head up and down the Sir Francis Drake Channel. Hoist the sails and take in the spectacular views around you. Head over to White Bay, Peter Island for your overnight anchorage.

Day 3 – Wake up for a morning snorkel and explore the coastline in search for exotic marine life. Lift the anchor and throw a line to troll behind the boat as you head over to Hallovers Bay, Cooper Island for another snorkel. After lunch take a sail back down to Peter Island and anchor in the beautiful Little Harbour for the night. You are sure to see turtles while you swim in this pristine bay!

Day 4 – Head over to Nanny Cay bright and early for your day 4 COVID test. Once completed jump back on the boat and motor on over to Long Bay, Virgin Gorda, also known as Mountain Point. Snorkel the Kodiak Queen and discover the fascinating conservation project for marine life habitat.

Day 5 – Once you receive your negative day 4 tests, you are free to enjoy the BVI as you please. Explore Virgin Gorda. Discover the beauty of the Baths or head on over to Oil Nut Bay where you can enjoy a spectacular lunch and relax by the pool. Anchor overnight in the peaceful Eustacia sound surrounded by colourful coral reefs.

Day 6 – Hoist the sails and head on up to Anegada. Explore this unique island by renting a mini Moke, scooters or hire a jeep. Discover some of the most desirable beaches in the BVI. Take a sunset horse ride along the water's edge or maybe try your hand at kitesurfing. Anegada has something for everyone. Don’t forget to try the lobster.

Day 7 - Head back down to JVD and visit the Soggy Dollar for that famous Painkiller. Relax on the beach or snorkel the reefs by Diamond Cay.

Day 8 – Return to base by 10am for your pick up and return to the airport.

Yacht & Captain

Day 0 - Arrive into Beef Island Airport (EIS). Receive your first RT-PCR test and your tracking device.

Be transported via our Voyage taxi to Soper’s Hole Marina and head directly to your vessel and begin your sleep aboard night! All your provisions and beverages will already be delivered and unpacked so you can step on board to drinks on ice and simply relax. Order dinner and a round of painkiller’s from Pusser’s or Omar’s to be delivered directly to your vessel. You can also choose to order pre-packaged meals from one of our amazing VOYAGE chefs.

Day 1 – After a safety briefing with your VOYAGE captain, you can leave the dock and head to either Benures Bay or Soldier Bay on Norman Island. Snorkel, swim and enjoy lunch and dinner on board your luxury catamaran.

Day 2 – Enjoy a day out sailing as you head up and down the Sir Francis Drake Channel. Hoist the sails and take in the spectacular views around you. Head over to White Bay, Peter Island for your overnight anchorage.

Day 3 – Wake up for a morning snorkel and explore the coastline in search for exotic marine life. Lift the anchor and throw a line to troll behind the boat as you head over to Hallovers Bay, Cooper Island for another snorkel. After lunch take a sail back down to Peter Island and anchor in the beautiful Little Harbour for the night. You are sure to see turtles while you swim in this pristine bay!

Day 4 – Head over to Nanny Cay bright and early for your day 4 COVID test. Once completed jump back on the boat and motor on over to Long Bay, Virgin Gorda, also known as Mountain Point. Snorkel the Kodiak Queen and discover the fascinating conservation project for marine life habitat.

Day 5 – Once you receive your negative day 4 tests, you are free to enjoy the BVI as you please. Explore Virgin Gorda. Discover the beauty of the Baths or head on over to Oil Nut Bay where you can enjoy a spectacular lunch and relax by the pool. Anchor overnight in the peaceful Eustacia sound surrounded by colourful coral reefs.

Day 6 – Hoist the sails and head on up to Anegada. Explore this unique island by renting a mini Moke, scooters or hire a jeep. Discover some of the most desirable beaches in the BVI. Take a sunset horse ride along the water's edge or maybe try your hand at kitesurfing. Anegada has something for everyone. Don’t forget to try the lobster.

Day 7 - Head back down to JVD and visit the Soggy Dollar for that famous Painkiller. Relax on the beach or snorkel the reefs by Diamond Cay.

Day 8 – Return to base by 10am for your pick up and return to the airport.

All Inclusive Crewed

Day 0 - Arrive into Beef Island Airport (EIS). Receive your first RT-PCR test and your tracking device.

Be transported via our Voyage taxi directly to Soper’s Hole Marina.

Board your vessel where your crew will be ready and waiting for you with appetizers and a cool refreshing beverage to begin your sleep aboard night.

Day 1 - Leave the dock and head to either Benures Bay or Soldier Bay on Norman Island. Snorkel, swim and enjoy lunch and dinner on board your luxury catamaran.

Day 2 – Enjoy a day out sailing as you head up and down the Sir Francis Drake Channel. Learn how to hoist the sails or simply sit back, relax and take in the spectacular views around you. Head over to White Bay, Peter Island for your overnight anchorage.

Day 3 – Wake up for a morning snorkel and explore the coastline in search for exotic marine life. Lift the anchor and throw a line to troll behind the boat as you head over to Hallovers Bay, Cooper Island for another snorkel. After lunch take a sail back down to Peter Island and anchor in the beautiful Little Harbour for the night. You are sure to see turtles while you swim in this pristine bay!

Day 4 – Head over to Nanny Cay bright and early for your day 4 COVID test. Once completed jump back on the boat and motor on over to Long Bay, Virgin Gorda, also known as Mountain Point. Snorkel the Kodiak Queen and discover the fascinating conservation project for marine life habitat.

Day 5 – Once you receive your negative day 4 tests, you are free to enjoy the BVI as you please. Explore Virgin Gorda. Discover the beauty of the Baths or head on over to Oil Nut Bay where you can enjoy a spectacular lunch and relax by the pool. Anchor overnight in the peaceful Eustacia sound surrounded by colourful coral reefs.

Day 6 – Hoist the sails and head on up to Anegada. Explore this unique island by renting a mini Moke, scooters or hire a jeep. Discover some of the most desirable beaches in the BVI. Take a sunset horse ride along the water's edge or maybe try your hand at kitesurfing. Anegada has something for everyone. Don’t forget to try the lobster.

Day 7 - Head back down to JVD and visit the Soggy Dollar for that famous Painkiller. Relax on the beach or snorkel the reefs by Diamond Cay.

Day 8 – Return to base by 10am for your pick up and return to the airport.

The VOYAGE response to COVID-19

VOYAGE charters are committed to adhering to comprehensive health and safety procedures and local laws. Best practice guidelines have been provided to staff, including COVID-19 cleanliness specific guidance, training and information consistent with VOYAGE high standards.

VOYAGE base team

  • All staff are required to have their temperatures checked each day when they arrive at work.

  • All VOYAGE staff will be required to adhere to the strict social distancing guideline of keeping 6 ft apart.

  • Handwashing and sanitizing stations have been provided and staff are required to use these facilities according to policies put in place.

  • All staff are required to follow local government policies and wear protective masks and gloves or any other PPE where necessary.

VOYAGE onboard crew

  • VOYAGE crew are required to follow strict cleaning, disinfecting and sanitizing procedures while onboard with guests.

  • All VOYAGE chefs are trained in food handling and safety. They are required to uphold the highest standards of cleanliness in food handling areas.

  • Handwashing and sanitizing stations have been provided and staff are required to use these facilities according to policies put in place.

  • VOYAGE crew are committed to safety and will practice social distancing while on charter or wear PPE when distancing is not possible.

VOYAGE onboard crew

VOYAGE charters have an outstanding reputation for having extremely high levels of cleanliness and we have a very strict and detailed cleaning procedure in place already. We have added extra sanitizing stages for the safety of our guests and staff. Full cleaning procedure available upon request.