British Virgin Islands

Wednesday, Jun 16, 2021

Tourist influx account for largest share of all holiday arrivals

Tourist influx account for largest share of all holiday arrivals

Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie has revealed that some 2,315 persons came to the territory since the December 1, 2020, re-opening of VI’s borders, the single largest share being tourists.

Hon Fahie made the announcement on Thursday, December 24, 2020, in a statement on the territory moving forward with the pandemic as the holiday season takes precedent in the lives of Virgin Islanders.

466 residents returned during period


As of December 23, 2020, Hon Fahie said, “The numbers consists of 1,081 tourist visitors, 121 work permit holders, and 466 residents. The interest has been high for persons wanting to come to the BVI and the outlook remains for a positive trend in 2021 as long as we maintain our control over the Coronavirus situation on our shores.”

Speaking on the gains of the territory regarding navigating the COVID-19 pandemic, the Premier said what the VI achieved over the past nine months and continuing is the direct result of collective efforts among all Government agencies, business operators and citizens.

“This is so, whether it is through the development and implementation of health protocols or the simple acts of wearing face masks, washing and sanitising hands, maintaining physical distancing or managing the size of gatherings.”


The Premier made the announcement on Thursday, December 24, 2020, in a statement on the territory moving forward with the pandemic as the holiday season takes precedent in the lives of Virgin Islanders.

All should be proud of what VI achieved - Premier


He said given the gains, all in the VI deserve to feel proud at the accomplishments of the Government and its people.

The Premier noted that at the Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport, measures remain in place to ensure the health and safety of the people and the economy is on the forefront, pointing to the newly opened Welcome Centre, which serves as an in-transit lounge for persons.

“As you know, we have a controlled process for persons arriving into the Territory, and there is continuous monitoring of the lounge to ensure that those patronising the facility have a wonderful experience and that people are moving swiftly through the lounge.”

Hon Fahie reminded that COVID-19 did not come with a playbook and that every country is writing its own playbook, as is the case with the VI identifying what protocols and processes work in its unique situation.

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