How to open safely for visitors


For the first time since March, the British Virgin Islands (BVI) is open to international tourism .

With visitors allowed to enter from December 1, 2020, new health and safety measures include testing, contract tracing, social distancing and tourism industry staff training have been put in place.

Comprehensive protocols were created to allow visitors to experience a safe, luxurious vacation supported by tracing technology and strict testing guidelines.

All visitors to the BVI need to show this documentation at the airport:

  • Negative test results from an RT-PCR COVID-19 test taken through a certified CLIA laboratory within five days of the flight.
  • Proof of travel insurance that includes COVID-19 medical care.
  • BVI Gateway Travel Authorisation Certificate.

The BVI requires all tourists to take another RT-PCR test once they arrive at the local airport, and make an appointment for yet another RT-PCR test on the fourth day of the trip. Until that final test all travellers must quarantine at their hotel or resort.

To ensure quarantine rules are followed, all must activate the BVI Gateway App contract tracing system on their phone and wear a wristband to monitor movements. Visitors must pay US$175 per person to cover the costs of all RT-PCR tests, the wristband and contract tracing services, and to receive a BVI Gateway Travel Authorisation Certificate.

Once the results of the final RT-PCR test are in, tourists can move around the islands. Anyone who tests positive must quarantine for at least 10 more days at their own expense.

These protocols must be carried out by visitors from any nation, regardless of pre-existing visa agreements between the two countries.

The British territory has revised its legislation, improved its medical facilities and made adjustments to daily life on the islands, such as mask wearing, social distancing and installing hand washing stations. Most hospitality businesses are Gold Seal Certified and ready for tourists.

For tourism businesses to be approved to serve international visitors, the government has three requirements:

  • All staff undergo Gold Seal COVID-19 training
  • All businesses pass the Gold Seal COVID-19 environmental health inspection
  • All businesses nominate a COVID-19 Officer


Do you have some news or a press release that you’d like to share with the medical travel industry?

Publish for FREE on IMTJ.


Related News

Romania’s first medical city

24 February, 2021

Enayati Medical City opens

Recovery: learning from China

22 February, 2021

Collaboration will be key for travel recovery

Global healthcare trends

16 February, 2021

What will dominate healthcare in the next decade?

India health tourism

12 February, 2021

Push to promote Ayurveda tourism

Promoting health tourism to Greece

11 February, 2021

Enterprise Greece and Elitour join forces