Virgin Islands Corona Response
Cases overview in the Virgin Islands
USVI Coronavirus news
(St Thomas, St Croix and St John)
Since Wednesday, March 25, St Thomas closed its borders to all tourists for 30 days.
A screening at the airport is conducted by public health workers to take the temperatures of incoming passengers. If arriving passengers show symptoms after being tested, including a dry cough and fever, they will be asked to self-quarantine for 14 days. Incoming passengers may also be asked to self-quarantine if they are coming from a hotspot of the Virus. Cruises are not permitted until May..
Basic hygiene is enhanced: avoid close contact with people who are sick, cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, avoid touching your face, wear a cloth face covering over your mouth and nose when in public, stay at home when you are sick, except to get medical care, wash your hand often, clean and disinfect object and surfaces often.
What's next? The governor of tne US Virgin Islands announced the return of the "Safer at home" phase, starting from September 8, 2020.
- Non-essential businesses open
- Bars remain closed
- Hotel reservation systems are closed
- Indoor/Outdoor recreation facilities are open, but no food or drink
- Facial coverings are required in all commercial entities
- Social distancing of at least 6 feet between people not residing in the same household remains in place
- Thermal scanners are installed at the airports, and other measures are in place to track visitors and their health
- No gathering greater than 50 (facial coverings and social distancing required)
- Beaches closed at 4PM on weekends and on Holidays
- Taxis, safari buses and limos are limited to 50% capacity
- Tours, attractions and activities are operating with social distancing and facial covering restrictions
- Restaurants may offer dine-in service, with the following restrictions: no serving of alcohol at bar counters; no seating of more than 6 persons per table; tables must be 6 feet apart; patrons must wear masks at all times when not eating or drinking.
- A negative COVID-19 test received within 5 days prior to travel or a positive antibody test taken within four months prior to travel will be required for any state with a positivity rate greater than 10%. A positive COVID-19 antibody test result received within four months prior to travel to the USVI is also possible. This requirement applies to passengers aged 15 and older. Travellers unable to produce the required test will be subject to quarantine for 14 days or until they are able to receive the required test result while in the Territory.
- The Departement of Tourism launched a technology platform for travellers to upload their information and test results prior to arrival in the Territory: www.usviupdate.com/travelportal.
- Upon exiting the aircraft or vessal arrival, all passengers will have their temperature taken.
- All arriving passengers must wear a face mask. Violator of the masking order will be subject to a $50 fine for the first offense and $100 fine for each additional offense.
For more information, you can check the U.S. Virgin Islands Travel Advisory.
British Virgin Islands Coronavirus response
(Virgin Gorda, Tortola, Beef Island and Jost Van Dyke)
All bars and night club are closed until further notice. Restaurants are to offer take out service only.
The ban on the movement of boats within the BVI waters has now been lifted.
What can we do to help the Virgin Islands?
The Virgin Island’s tourism industry is in danger, the islands are suffering from an immense economic downturn, putting many people out of work and under incredible strain. A way to help the locals is to consider rescheduling your travel plans instead of cancelling bookings and asking for refunds.
When it’s safe to travel again, and if you can permit it, explore more of the region than you may have previously considered. St Thomas, St John, St Croix, Virgin Gorda, Tortola, Beef Island and Jost Van Dyke are all within easy reach of each other and offer something unique and worth experiencing. You can learn more about the region to help plan your trip on our dedicated BVI Travel Guide and USVI Travel Guide pages.
Virgin Islands Ferry services news:
Ferries are an essential part of day to day travel for people and goodse throughout the USVI and BVI, however all ferry services are currently restricted to Domestic use only until further notice. The BVI is on full lockdown, no ferry services to the islands from the USVI are operating.
If you had a fast boat booking for travel in the next few months or for other destination-related questions, feel free to contact us directly if you wish to reschedule your trip. We also invite you to consult our Terms and Conditions if you have any questions regarding a cancellation.