British Virgin Islands Removes Testing Requirements for Travelers

virgin gorda mahoe"Villa on the Beach" in Mahoe Bay, part of Virgin Gorda Villa Rentals.

In a major shift, the British Virgin Islands has removed pre-testing requirements for travelers, Caribbean Journal has learned. 

That means travelers no longer have to show proof of a negative test to enter the British overseas territory. 

Travelers are also no longer required to be screened upon arrival for Covid, according to the latest health update from the destination. 

The British Virgin Islands is now following the neighboring US Virgin Islands, which made the same move back in May.

It could be a big boost for the British Virgin Islands, whose tourism industry has struggled significantly since the onset of the pandemic. 

A room at the Anegada Beach Club, the BVI’s top boutique hotel.

“Travelers are urged take appropriate precautions to prevent the infection of the virus where necessary such as general sanitisation and hand washing measures,” the British Virgin Islands’ government said in a statement. “The wearing of face masks/coverings are no longer mandated by law, but are allowed as a matter of choice in public spaces, or as a policy of a business place or other establishment.”

The British Virgin Islands is now part of a growing collection of destinations that require no testing or vaccination proof in order to enter. 

That includes the US Virgin Islands, Grenada, Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao and, most recently, Belize. 

A number of other destinations have dropped testing requirements but continue to require proof of vaccination in order to enter. 

For more, visit British Virgin Islands Tourism.


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