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BVI | Nov 1, 2020

With zero active COVID cases for weeks, BVI gears up to reboot ailing tourist sector

Gavin Riley

Gavin Riley / Our Today

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Premier of the British Virgin Islands, Andrew Fahie. (Photo: Facebook @BVIGovernment)

Enjoying the fourth week of no active cases, the British Virgin Islands (BVI) is set to reboot its battered economy, just in time for winter, when tourists return to the territory on Tuesday, December 1

Premier of BVI Andrew Fahie, in an address on October 27, said that entry into BVI is conditional and would be granted should all requirements are met.

The measures include visitors consenting to periods of quarantine at approved accommodations; Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) testing; medical travel insurance that includes COVID-19 coverage; subscription to a contact tracing system via mobile phone, and in some cases using a wearable device; all while bearing the costs associated with these measures. 

Additionally, Fahie explained that visitors will need a BVI Gateway Traveller Authorisation Certificate which will be obtained via an online portal, called BVI Gateway. 

The portal will be at bvigateway.bviaa.com and is projected to be live on Monday, November 2.

Prospective travellers will be required to register on the BVI Gateway portal, and upload their relevant documents. The application must be completed at least 48 hours prior to the intended flight.

Once there, approved travellers must present their BVI Gateway Traveller Authorisation Certificate along with their negative PCR test result at the check-in counter prior to boarding the flight into the Territory.

The premier stated that a negative PCR test result should be obtained at least five days prior to travel. He said that it is important to note that if the PCR testing is positive, persons will be denied approval to travel to the BVI.

Fahie further explained that on arrival, travellers will enter the welcoming centre at the Terrance B. Lettsome Airport for screening before they are allowed to proceed through immigration.

Located on Beef Island, Terrance B. Lettsome Airport is the main port of entry to the British Virgin Islands. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

“The traveller will do a PCR test at the screening centre, and we will ensure that the visitors have installed the contact tracing software on their mobile phones. After this, they would be directed to approved transportation which will take them to their approved accommodation,” Fahie argued.

As it relates to quarantine for the first four days, travellers would be required to remain within the compound of their accommodation and to avoid or minimise contact with others outside of their party, as well as to keep their movement to a minimum.

“On the fourth day, the traveler would be required to take another PCR test. Once the result is negative, they would be allowed restricted movement to designated places. These would be locations that are not high-traffic or high-risk. These locations are being coordinated by Environmental Health and other Government agencies and the establishments will be notified,” Fahie asserted.

A final PCR test would be administered on day eight of the traveller’s stay, and, once this test also returns negative, the visitor would be able to move within the territory, without limitation.

The British Virgin Islands are known as the yatching captial of the Caribbean. (Photo: Travel Market Report)

The traveller would be required to have their mobile device at all times, with the tracing software active.

The entry of tourists into the territory is the third phase of the British Virgin Islands controlled re-entry process.

The territory has confirmed 71 cases of the coronavirus and has managed to close its entire caseload. With one COVID-related death and 70 recoveries, the BVI has no active cases at this time.

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