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Wednesday, Jan 20, 2021

Work permit holders prohibited from entering the BVI for 30 days

Work permit holders prohibited from entering the BVI for 30 days

Work permit holders currently not in the territory are among a special category of persons who will remain temporarily barred from entering the British Virgin Islands, even after the government-imposed curfew period is lifted on April 19.

This according to the updated Immigration and Passport (Prohibition of Entry) Order which came into effect on Tuesday, April 7.

As stated in subsection 2 of the Order, persons who are neither Belongers or ordinary residents of the BVI will be prohibited from entering the territory for a period of 30 days. This 30-day period runs from April 7 to 11:59 pm on May 7.

Other categories prohibited

Apart from work permit holders, other persons subject to this 30-day prohibition includes non-nationals who have work-permit exemptions and persons employed on contract in service of the government.

It also includes persons enjoying relevant diplomatic, consular or similar privileges by virtue of any Act, or in accordance with recognised international practice.

Husbands, wives, children or dependents of any of the aforementioned persons listed — whether travelling separately from these persons — will also be prohibited from entering the BVI during the 30-day period.

The Order also noted that this period could be extended by the Governor upon consultation with the Immigration Minister.


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