BVI Travel Restrictions – January 2022

BVI’s are open baby!  January 2022 Update

The British Virgin Islands are open. The islands are as beautiful as ever, less crowded, and worth a visit.
Effective October 1, 2021, fully vaccinated travellers are exempt from the BVI Gateway Application process.
Similar rules apply in Tahiti. This is why all Sailing Virgins students and instructors are vaccinated. It’s not our ideology, it’s just more practical for travel.
We have answered the most commonly asked questions below to help ease your travel to and from the islands.

What are the requirements for vaccinated travelers?

Here is the lowdown for fully vaccinated travellers entering the BVI:

  1. You must show satisfactory evidence of being fully vaccinated and then either:
    1. take an RT-PCR test or an approved rapid antigen test within three days prior to arrival, or;
    2. be tested for COVID-19 on the day of arrival (“Day 0”) with a rapid antigen test (cost is $50). You will receive your test results before you leave the airport/ferry port;

Can I enter via ferry from St Thomas?

Yes. Ferry passengers arriving and departing the British Virgin Islands must reserve a ticket with the scheduled ferry operator through their booking portal. As far as we know, tickets can only be booked on the month that the trip is occurring. The new international ferry passenger schedule is as follows:

bvi st thomas ferry schedule october 2021

Any subsequent changes to the ferry schedule will be announced.

How do I get into the BVI?

You can take a ferry (see above) or fly into Tortola direct; the airport is the omnivorously named Beef Island (EIS)
The following airlines are flying to the island from St. Thomas or Puerto Rico:

Can you recommend a travel agent who can help?

Certainly! Email: [email protected]com

Do I need COVID insurance?

Yes. All eligible travellers arriving in the British Virgin Islands need to obtain Medical/Travel Assistance or Insurance with COVID-19 cover before entry. Check out

Are there taxis at the airport?

Yes. On arrival and after testing, you will be directed to an authorised taxi that will take you to your boat. This is just like normal times; the cost of the taxi is a government-set rate and is at your own expense.

What happens if I test positive?

You will have to quarantine for two weeks at government-assigned facilities and at your own expense. This is why it is necessary to obtain COVID insurance.

Do I need a Covid test to exit?

Yes. The US requires the test 2 days before arrival. You can do it in Virgin Gorda, Tortola and Jost van Dyke. You will need to book an appointment. 
For all customers travelling home from the BVI via St. Thomas (airport code STT, in the U.S. Virgin Islands), all travellers will need to provide a negative rapid antigen or PCR test (or antibody test results) within 48 hours of arriving in St Thomas.

Can I exit the BVI by boat?

Yes, you can however only via private water taxi. If you plan to depart the BVI via private water taxi to the USVI, a request must be submitted at least 72 hours prior to your departure. Plan ahead for an easy and stress-free departure.

Contact Julien at:

Island Time Water Taxi BVI
📞 +1-284-340-0357

Are there fines for breach of COVID Regulations and Quarantine?

Yes. We have copy-pasted some of the BVI regulations below for your light reading. 🙂
  • Persons who deliberately tamper and damage the geofencing device face a fine of $2000.00
  • Persons who engage in unauthorized visits with a person in quarantine face a fine of $5000.00
  • Any person who contravenes the protocols or guidelines as set out in the Regulations face a fine of $10,000.00
  • A fine of $500 for not returning a wearable device or device designed to enforce quarantine provisions and issued under a quarantine order of the COVID-19 Control and Suppression (Entry of Persons) (Amendment) Regulations, 2020;
  • Impose a fine of up to $5,000 for the provision of false information in an application for entry into the Territory under the for failing to comply with a quarantine order a fine not exceeding $10,000.00

And, how do we say this, the BVI police have no problem enforcing the above regulations; let’s call it a national sport. Do the right thing and it’s all eyrie!

Is Sailing Virgins running courses?

Yes! Get in touch with us 🙂 [email protected]

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Irene Loewy


September 7, 2021
EU sou haitiano mora no brasil desde 2015,eu sou pedeiro, eu quero visita ilhas virgins British Islands, com turismo pra passar 10dias de lá
January 17, 2022
Traveling to the BVI is like traveling into the old Soviet Union. You go need to have your papers permission and insurance. And you can still end up in jail " Is quarantine".

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