British Virgin Islands requiring vaxxed travelers to take antigen test on arrival

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Fully vaccinated travelers now must undergo a rapid antigen test at the port of entry. Photo Credit: BVI Ministry of Tourism

The British Virgin Islands has adjusted entry procedures for visitors, effective July 19, due to an uptick in Covid-19 cases, according to Carvin Malone, the BVI's minister for health and social development.

Fully vaccinated travelers must undergo a rapid antigen test at the port of entry. The cost of the test is $50, and results will be available before visitors leave the port of entry in approximately 25 to 35 minutes, according to Malone.

Caribbean travel

Most Caribbean islands have reopened to international tourism, and several islands have begun adopting two-track entry regulations for vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers. Here are the latest developments.

Other entry requirements remain the same. All travelers must provide a PCR test or rapid antigen test within five days of arrival, and vaccinated travelers must show proof of vaccination. Travelers partially vaccinated or unvaccinated must quarantine for seven days.

Everyone must show proof of medical insurance that provides coverage for Covid-19 and must register on the online portal within five days of planned travel date to obtain the Traveller Authorization Certificate ($35 for vaccinated travelers, $105 for all others).

When fully vaccinated travelers are with one or more unvaccinated children, the kids between ages 5 and 17 will be tested upon arrival and will get a second test on day four.

A curfew from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. is in effect through July 23, although the date could be extended. All restaurants, including those in hotels and resorts, are restricted to takeout only. All businesses are limited to 65 people at a time and are subject to social distancing protocols. All ferries are restricted to 65 passengers at time. Salons, gyms, bars, clubs and entertainment establishments are closed through July 23, although this date could be extended.

More information is at bvitourism.com and at Travel Weekly's Caribbean reopenings page

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