March 30th, 2020
BVI Traveller has researched the latest information on the Coronavirus Pandemic and how it is affecting the British Virgin Islands. In addition, the British Virgin Islands has announced a series of measures aimed at protecting the territory from the spread of coronavirus.
The Government of the Virgin Islands has received a donation of over 10,000 pieces of protective gear including medical masks, gowns, gloves, glasses and temperature measurers from the Bank of Asia to assist in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
In order to insure the safety of persons in the BVI and to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the Premier has announced that the Territory is now under curfew from 8PM-6AM until Friday night. As of 8pm Friday night on 3/27 the curfew will be 24/7 until 6 AM on April 2nd with exemption for essential workers.
On 3/25/20 Premier Andew A. Fahie made a Statement On the FIRST CASE OF Coronavirus Disease COVID-19. He said, “Good day and God’s blessing to all. Thank you for joining us today for what is an important development with the Coronavirus Disease COVID-19. I wish to officially announce that the British Virgin Islands today has confirmed its first (two) imported cases of Coronavirus Disease COVID-19.”
On 3/22/20 the BVI Government announced new measures to avert the introduction and active transmission of COVID-19 in the British Virgin Islands, thereby safeguarding the health and well-being of all residents and visitors.
3/23/20 – All Airports and Seaports are Closed to All Inbound Passengers
Effective Sunday, 22 March, 2020 at 11:59 p.m., for a period of fourteen (14) days, in the first instance, all airports and seaports in the Territory of the Virgin Islands be closed to inbound passengers (whether nationals or non-nationals) until Monday, 6 April, 2020 at 11:59 p.m., except as pre-authorised. (The restriction does not apply to freight, cargo or courier craft or vessels. International crew members on incoming vessels will be required to remain within the port facility and comply with all Public Health measures in effect.)
3/23/20 – Gatherings Limited to Under 20 People
That the Minister responsible for Health issue an Order, in accordance with the Public Health Ordinance (Cap. 194), to prohibit all non-essential gatherings of 20 persons or more with effect from Monday, 23 March, 2020 until Friday, 17 April, 2020, in the first instance.
3/23/20 – All Businesses, Services and Recreational Facilities Must Close Daily by 8PM
All businesses and services, and all recreational facilities be ordered to close by 8:00 p.m. and remain closed until 6:00 a.m. daily with effect from Sunday, 22 March, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. until Friday, 17 April, 2020, in accordance section 15 of the Public Health Ordinance (Cap. 194), in the first instance;
On 3/18/19 Premier and Minister of Finance Honourable, Andrew A. Fahie has outlined comprehensive measures approved by the Cabinet of the Virgin Islands to protect the Territory against the deadly COVID-19 disease. In addition, they have put measures in place so that the BVI has the capabilities to test for the virus.
3/19/20 ALL Visitors Cannot Enter the BVI
Cabinet endorsed that entry into the British Virgin Islands by sea or air be prohibited with effect from Thursday, 19th March, 2020 for all passengers, who are not nationals, Belongers, Work Permit Holders or persons ordinarily resident in the Territory, or their dependents. The travel restriction will not apply to flight crews, diplomats or freight, cargo or courier craft or vessels.
3/14/20 – All Cruise Ships Have Been Banned from Entering the BVI
On March 14th, citing the World Health Organization (WHO) declaring COVID-19 a pandemic, the Government of the Virgin Islands announced the immediate closure of the Tortola cruise port, allowing no cruise ships to call on the territory for a 30 day period in an effort to protect the Territory from potential contamination.
3/16/20 – Ports of Entry To BVI Have Been Reduced to Three
The three ports that remain open are Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport, Road Town and West End Ferry Terminals, and one cargo port of entry – Port Purcell. All pleasure vessels will only be cleared at the West End ferry terminal until further notice. The Road Town ferry terminal will be utilized for ferry vessels only.
3/13/20 – Anegada and Virgin Gorda Airports Have Been Closed to International Flights
The BVI Airports Authority Limited in consultation with the Premier, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie and its Board of Directors chaired by Mr. Bevis Sylvester has decided to close its two (2) outer Airports, namely Auguste George Airport, Anegada and Taddy Bay Airport, Virgin Gorda to international flights effective today, Friday 13th March 2020 for thirty (30) days in the first instance.