Beginning May 15, 2021, fully vaccinated passengers arriving in the British Virgin Islands will be free to explore the destination after returning a negative arrival (Day 0) test result. This news was announced by minister for health and social development, Honourable Carvin Malone on Friday, April 23.
The minister confirmed that fully vaccinated persons arriving from overseas will be required to take a PCR test within five days of travel to the territory, provide proof of full vaccination, and take a PCR test upon arrival. Once they receive a negative test result from that test, they will be free to enjoy their vacation throughout the territory; this means that they will be able to forgo the four-day quarantine still required for arriving passengers that have not been fully vaccinated.
Director of tourism Clive McCoy in reacting to the news said in a written statement: “This is great news and timely, as more guests are arriving fully vaccinated and many in our industry have stepped forward to take the vaccine in support of economic rejuvenation. The territory already has an enviable record for health and safety during the pandemic and have continued with its strategy of gradual reopening based on international conditions and the local situation. Any progress in that direction augers well for tourism and for the economy, and this is a very significant step.”
Under this updated protocol a person is deemed to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after they have received both doses of an approved two-dose vaccine, such as Oxford/AstraZeneca, Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine or one shot of a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson. Meanwhile the Ministry of Health continues its drive to vaccinate up to 70 percent of the resident population, so far vaccinating over 9,000 persons.
This article originally appeared on www.travelagentcentral.com.