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No more quarantine! BVI relaxes its travel protocols

The BVI has waved goodbye to its quarantine requirements and has relaxed some of its protocols for visitors and residents.

The country’s Health Minister Carvin Malone made the announcement a few days ago and said there will now be no quarantine requirements for anyone entering the Virgin Islands and wearing a mask outdoors is no longer required.

On April 13th the BVI’s Cabinet met and approved the following changes to the COVID-19 protocols to take effect from 15th April:

  • Fully vaccinated persons who do not have an rt-PCR or a rapid antigen test taken within 48 hours of arrival will be required to have a rapid antigen test on arrival.

  • Partially and unvaccinated persons arriving in the Territory will no longer be required to quarantine and will be administered a rapid antigen test on arrival. PCR tests will no longer be administered at ports of entry.

  • Face masks are only required to be worn by persons over the age of five (5) years in indoor spaces when within three feet of other persons. Facemasks are no longer required in outdoor spaces and are now a matter of individual choice.

  • The restriction of one person per nine (9) square feet is now removed.

Mr. Malone said that the relaxation in protocols “are in keeping with international and regional norms given the less severe impacts of the new variants, the current capabilities of the health system, the ready availability of vaccines, balanced with the need to continue to allow increasing levels of economic activity moving forward.”

The Minister also explained that the new relaxed measures further shift responsibility towards the public in taking personal responsibility to manage and mitigate their own risks associated with COVID 19.

All other requirements remain unchanged, including use of the entry portal for partially vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers, along with the requirement of health insurance. Here are the full details of the BVI’s updated travel requirements.

Source: The Welcome


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