B.V.I Drops Quarantine, Arrival Test for Vaccinated Travelers

As of Tuesday, June 15, fully vaccinated persons traveling to the British Virgin Islands (B.V.I.) will no longer need to quarantine upon arrival. These travelers will also no longer need to take an arrival (Day 0) test or wear a geo-fencing device.

Here’s what you need to know:

Vaccinated travelers are still required to take an RT-PCR test or an approved rapid antigen test within five days of travel; they must also show evidence of full vaccination and receive a BVI Gateway Traveler Authorization Certificate at a reduced cost of $35 (this remains a cost of $105 for non-vaccinated travelers). To receive the certificate, travelers will also need medical travel insurance that covers COVID-19-related costs. The review will take 24 hours, then travelers will receive their certificate.

For fully vaccinated persons traveling with one or more unvaccinated child: Children aged five to 17 will be tested on arrival; children will remain with their fully vaccinated parents/guardians while awaiting their test results; and unvaccinated children will be required to return to a testing center and be subjected to a further test on Day 4.

For mixed groups with some individuals unvaccinated, the party of unvaccinated individuals will be expected to be quarantined for seven days upon arrival. The exemptions recently approved will only apply to the vaccinated persons in that party.

In addition, partially vaccinated persons traveling from overseas are required to take a PCR test within five days of travel; provide satisfactory evidence of being partially vaccinated, and will be subject to a PCR test or rapid antigen test upon arrival in the territory and quarantine for a period of four days.

According to The New York Times, 41 percent of the population has been partially vaccinated, while 24 percent has been fully vaccinated.

For more information, visit www.bvitourism.com.

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