Public Health Communications Specialist
Ministry of Health/Social Development
The Ministry of Health and Social Development is reminding the community of the current COVID-19 protocols for the Virgin Islands.
Effective June 15 persons traveling to the BVI, regardless of vaccination status, are no longer required to register for entry clearance on the BVI Gateway Travel Portal and are not required to show proof of travel insurance.
Day Trippers, meaning travellers who had been away from the Territory for less than 24 hours, or persons remaining in the Territory for less than 24 hours, no longer need to present a COVID-19 test result upon arrival.
All other travellers over the age of 5, regardless of vaccination status, will have the following entry requirements:
- Present a negative rapid antigen test, or rt-PCR test, taken up to 48 hours before entry.
- Alternatively, a person may present a document issued by a licensed medical professional certifying COVID-19 recovery within 90 days prior to arrival, in place of a negative test.
- If unable to present a test result, or a Recovery certificate, the person will be tested upon arrival in the Territory.
- A person who tests positive on arrival will be required to adhere to Ministry of Health protocols and instructions for COVID-19 positive persons.
The public is also reminded that, the wearing of face masks or face coverings, whether indoors or outdoors, is no longer mandated by law, but is still allowed in public spaces.
The Deputy Governor has issued a policy on the areas of the Public Service where mask wearing by employees and customers is still required, including agencies providing health and social care, border protection services, and other front-facing departments where the risk of exposure is higher. Private establishments or service providers may institute their own policies on mask wearing.
Everyone is also strongly encouraged to continue wearing well-fitted masks or face coverings:
i. If you are positive for COVID-19;
ii. If you have been in close contact with a COVID-19 positive person; or
iii. Whenever you are in a mass gathering; or in communal transportation.
The community is encouraged to remain vigilant and prepared to respond to any changes in the COVID-19 situation that may require adjustments to the Public Health protocols.
The Ministry of Health and Social Development is committed to protecting and promoting the health of the people of the Virgin Islands.