Now we can say with absolute certainty, covid will not stop the 2021 yacht charter season that will sail the British Virgin Islands waters. Certainly, however, there will be some protocols to follow in order to protect travelers’ safety first and foremost.
If you are thinking of a boat trip here during the next summer, in this article we try to provide you with as much information as possible about the measures in force in the country, letting you enjoy a relaxing holiday without surprises.
How to prepare before departure?
Rules imposed by the local government for any type of traveler who wants to have access to the BVIs are few, clear, and apply whatever the length of your staying in the country.
First of all, you must know that in order to enter the country it is necessary to exhibit, once on the British Virgin Islands ground, a negative Covid test performed before departure. To be considered valid, the test must not have been performed more than 5 days prior to the arrival date.
It is also essential that you and all the people traveling with you have taken out travel insurance that covers any possible medical expenses incurred during your stay.
Finally, before arriving at their destination, the government requires each tourist to register on the dedicated BVI Gateway Traveler Authorization Certificate portal (here is the link: www.bvigateway.bviaa.com). The registration procedure must be successfully completed within 48 hours before arrival. We, therefore, recommend you register at least one week before your trip.
As you have read, there are three things to do before departure and they don’t require a great waste of time.
What should we expect once we get to the BVIs?
Unfortunately, some inconveniences are also expected once you reach your destination by air.
All flights to the British Virgin Islands must land on the largest and most populous of the islands: Tortola. It is also home to the capital, Road Town and most boat charters depart from this island.
The country’s main airport, the Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport is also located on this island.
Once landed, you will be taken to the Welcome Center where you will be asked to undergo a Covid test, and here you will have to wait for the outcome. If the test results are negative, you will then be allowed to reach the place you have chosen as your contact address during your holiday (there is no distinction between hotel, resort, or vessel) and here you will have to comply with the mandatory 4 days of preventive quarantine.
During this time, you will also be asked to activate a tracking system on your mobile device and to wear a tracking wristband.
At the end of the 4 full days of quarantine, all guests over the age of 5 will finally be subjected to a new Covid test and, in the event of a negative result, it will finally be possible to start your journey.
It is important to know that even in the BVIs there are laws on social distancing in force and it is, therefore, right to expect this kind of measure in ports, restaurants, and public places.
Will the quarantine ruin my trip?
It is understandable that anyone who hears of a mandatory quarantine period to be served once reached the BVIs will feel discouraged. Absolutely, don’t be worried!
While they may seem long and like entire days of lost vacation, the truth is that your crew will know how to make these moments a lot less boring. This is where your real luck comes into play and that is to find yourself on a boat completely dedicated to you.
We at Your Boat Holiday specialize in preparing and managing itineraries tailored to our customer’s requests and preferences.
For any further information regarding this or another possible destination, do not hesitate to contact us! We will be happy to answer all your questions.
Contact now YBH Charter Brokers:
You can contact us by sending an email at [email protected] or by phone, calling +39 33436 00997, available also on WhatsApp for both calls and texting.
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