BVI abolishes testing for vaccinated arrivals

by Charlotte Flach

The Government of the British Virgin Islands has announced that fully vaccinated travellers are no longer required to test for COVID-19 upon arrival.

Travellers will have to produce a negative result for a RT-PCR or approved rapid antigen SARS CoV-2 test taken no later than 48 hours before arrival in the territory.

Fully vaccinated passengers that present proof of vaccination and a negative test result are also no longer required to pre-register on the Hummingbird portal.

However, fully vaccinated passengers who present a negative test older than 48 hours, whether due to reasons such as delays and overnight layovers, will be required to pre-register on the Hummingbird portal and take a rapid antigen SARS CoV-2 test on the day of arrival.

The protocols for unvaccinated and partially vaccinated travellers remain the same. This includes the requirement to seek travel authorisation via the BVI Gateway portal, test on arrival and quarantine for seven and four days respectively.

British Virgin Islands’ Director of Tourism, Clive McCoy, said: “We are very encouraged with the response from travellers to the phased relaxation of our protocols, as our tourism partners have reported strong bookings for the 2021/2022 tourism season, reminiscent of pre-pandemic numbers.

“However, we still caution guests and the local population to strictly adhere to all the existing protocols that will ensure our safety, including, social distancing, mask wearing and observing hygiene and sanitisation best practices.”

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