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Tuesday, Jul 27, 2021

No test or quarantine for fully vaccinated travellers upon arrival

No test or quarantine for fully vaccinated travellers upon arrival

Health Minister Carvin Malone has announced that effective June 15, fully vaccinated persons travelling from overseas will no longer be subjected to COVID-19 tests upon arrival in the British Virgin Islands.

“Resultantly, no quarantine time will be required save for that ordered by the quarantine officer as a result of their entry screening,” Malone said in a live public broadcast Thursday afternoon, June 10.

Though fully vaccinated travellers will no longer be tested or quarantined when they arrive, they are still required to produce an RT-PCR test result or an approved rapid antigen test within five days of arrival. They will also be required to provide satisfactory evidence of being fully vaccinated.

Significantly reduced fees for the fully vaccinated

“In light of these decisions, Cabinet further decided that the gateway administration fees be reduced from $105 to no more than $35 for fully-vaccinated travellers. For flight and vessel crews who are fully vaccinated, Cabinet decided that these persons will no longer be required to conduct bi-weekly screenings and testings but should self-monitor and report any symptoms of, or recent exposure to COVID-19,” the minister added.

Malone said the government anticipates “processing issues in light of these amendments” therefore ask travellers to be patient as revisions of the entry portal to effect these changes are conducted.

The unvaccinated and partially vaccinated

Partially vaccinated persons travelling from overseas will be required to provide a COVID test result within five days of travel, provide satisfactory evidence of vaccines received so far, subject themselves to a PCR test upon arrival, and be quarantined for four days.

Decisions taken and reported during the government’s last presentation on May 13 still remains in effect.

As such Malone reiterated: “Where fully vaccinated persons are travelling with one or more unvaccinated child (aged 5-17) … [these children] will be tested on arrival. Children will be released from quarantine together with their parents or guardians once the test results for the entire group are negative but must remain within their family bubble. Unvaccinated children will be subjected to a further test on Day 4,” Malone said.


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