BVI Travel Restrictions – May 2021

BVI are opening up baby!  May 2021 Update

The British Virgin Islands are gently opening back up. Vaccinations are ongoing. Moreover the islands are as beautiful as ever, less crowded, and worth a visit.
We have answered the most commonly asked questions below to help ease your travel to and from the islands.

Which website should I follow for entry protocols?

Follow this link for all entry protocols, fees and to register:

Can I enter via ferry from St Thomas?

Yes. There will be only one daily round trip ferry service for this initial period. Further, ferry passengers arriving and departing the British Virgin Islands must reserve a ticket with the scheduled ferry operator through their booking portal. The new international ferry passenger schedule is as follows:

  • All ferries will depart Road Town, Tortola for Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas at 10:00 a.m.
  • All ferries will depart Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas for Road Town, Tortola at 4:00 p.m.
Day Ferry Company
Monday Smiths Ferry
Tuesday Road Town Fast Ferry
Wednesday Native Son Ferry
Thursday Smiths Ferry
Friday Native Son Ferry
Saturday Road Town Fast Ferry
Sunday Ferry operators will alternate

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 travelers arriving in the British Virgin Islands must 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 assigned government taxi that will take you to your boat.

What if I’m vaccinated?

Effective 15th May 2021, fully vaccinated persons traveling from overseas a) require a PCR test within five (5) days prior to travel, b) must provide satisfactory evidence of being fully vaccinated, and c) will be subject to a PCR test upon arrival (day zero).

Fully vaccinated persons will be quarantined until a negative test result is received from the BVI Health Services Authority.  In other words, if the test administered on arrival returns a negative result, the fully vaccinated traveler will be immediately released from quarantine (unless they have been in close contact with a positive case).

A person is deemed to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after they have received both doses of an approved two-dose vaccine, such as AstraZeneca, Pfizer, or Moderna, and one shot of a single-dose vaccine such as Johnson & Johnson.

Fully vaccinated travelers coming into the British Virgin Islands will only be required to quarantine for 12-24 hours, according to new Cabinet decisions. This timeframe will allow for the day-0 test results to be returned.

If I’m not vaccinated, how many days do I quarantine?

The day you arrive (“day zero”) plus 4 days, then you take another test. You will receive your results approximately 24hrs after testing.
With all this said, we highly recommend getting vaccinated prior to entering the BVI.

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.

Can I sail, swim or snorkel while in quarantine?

Yes, after you receive your “day zero results”, you can sail, swim and snorkel at designated quarantine zones. You will also only be allowed a maximum distance of 30 feet (10 meters) away from your vessel if you wish to swim during your quarantine period.
Map of designated quarantine zones.
bvi quarantine zones

Can I get stuff delivered to the boat while in quarantine?

Yes, you can, through approved suppliers. Our advice is to ensure you have everything you need for the duration of your quarantine, to avoid unnecessary expenses.

Do I need a covid test to exit?

Yes. The US requires the test 3 days before arrival. You can do it in Virgin Gorda, Tortola and Jost van Dyke. The cost is $70. You will need to book an appointment. You can send a request to [email protected], call +1 (284) 852-7650 or the covid hotline +1 (284) 441-2384. A form will be emailed back with details needed for the appointment.

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. 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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Penney is in charge of operations in the British Virgin Islands.


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