British Virgin Islands

Thursday, Feb 25, 2021

BVI Gateway applications must now be completed within 24hrs of travel

Persons wishing to travel to the Virgin Islands (VI) must now complete the mandatory BVI Gateway application at least 24hrs before travel and must begin their application no later than 48hrs before same, or risk being denied entry into the territory.

The new protocols were announced yesterday, Friday, December 11, 2020, and is effective immediately a release from the BVI Airports Authority (BVIAA) said.

According to the information, “All applicants in pending status, who have not completed their necessary requirements 24hrs prior to travelling will be denied,” the BVIAA social media update stated.

The highly anticipated BVI Gateway Portal to facilitate the registration of persons for authorisation to travel into the Territory from December 1, 2020, went live on Tuesday, November 24, 2020.

Travellers still need travel certificate to enter VI


Designed to improve efficiency with processing travellers in keeping with COVID-19 re-entry protocols, the portal can be accessed via www.bvigateway.bviaa.com for both resident and non-resident persons applying to enter the Territory.

At launch, the Premier's office noted, “Each traveller, including each child, must have completed an application to obtain a travel certificate for presentation to the airline authorities,” in order to gain access to the territory.

Currently, VI is only processing flights through the T.B. Lettsome International Airport as seaports remain closed until January 21, 2021.

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