ISLAND VIBES - KEY COVID-19 UPDATES ON THE USVI, BVI, & OTHER DESTINATIONS

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At Carefree Yacht Charters, watching out for our clients' best interests has always been our #1 priority. Throughout COVID-19, this has shifted some of our focus towards contract usage and particulars, evolving border updates and testing requirements, plus continued refinement of our key yacht & crew recommendations for a variety of reasons. Now more than ever, our clients can rely on our expertise and guidance.

The Bahamas

The Bahamas has developed travel and entry protocols to ensure that they can remain a safe and clean destination for all to enjoy. Their protocols provide further details regarding testing requirements, the required Bahamas Travel Health Visa Application, plus additional information for vaccinated as well as unvaccinated visitors. View the latest Bahamas press releases plus learn more about The Bahamas COVID-19 Protocols.

PUERTO RICO

Puerto Rico has developed its own set of travel guidelines and requirements for travelers entering any of the Island's three open airports, whether on commercial or private aircraft and whether arriving domestically (from the continental US or USVI) or arriving internationally (from the BVI or elsewhere).

Official Puerto Rico COVID-19 Protocols: The Puerto Travel Guidelines provide testing requirements, details regarding the required use of their Puerto Rico Health Department's Online Portal, plus further information for arrival into or for travel through Puerto Rico.

Additional Puerto Rico Travel Safe Details: Official information from the Government of Puerto Rico that is applicable to any person traveling to Puerto Rico: Puerto Rico Travel Safe Details

Puerto Rico Online Portal: All travelers entering Puerto Rico are required to complete this Travel Declaration Form on the Puerto Rico Health Department's Online Portal.

The USVI (US Virgin Islands)

Since the USVI's initial opening on June 1, 2020, we've had numerous client groups charter within the USVI with rave reviews and without issue, including numerous repeat clients whose itineraries previously included both the USVI & BVI. For a charter in the USVI, the recommended route is a direct flight from the continental US to the USVI and back.

Official USVI COVID-19 Protocols: The USVI's Travel Advisory provides testing requirements and guidance for your arrival into the USVI including the required use of their online Travel Screening Portal. It also provides guidance regarding a return to the continental United States from the USVI: USVI Travel Advisory & COVID-19 Protocols

USVI Online Portal: The use of this online portal is required for each visitor within a 5 day window of any arrival into the USVI: USVI Travel Screening Portal

USVI 5 Day Testing Window: This visual aid is helpful in determining your exact 5 day testing window for your travel to the USVI. It can also be found at the bottom of the USVI Travel Advisory noted above. USVI 5 Day Testing Window

A family that we booked aboard 65' Catamaran Aeolus in the USVI in May 2021 said:

Hi Lynne, The experience was outstanding, everything was phenomenal; the catamaran, the team, service, food and of course the places we visited. We are already talking about our next trip!!!! Thank you for your help and guidance as well.
Jaime R., Florida

The BVI (British Virgin Islands)

For a charter in the BVI, please review all sections below, but more specifically based on your group's vaccination status. Please note that the BVI government tends to add to their requirements and protocols within each update and does not necessarily provide a single comprehensive update. The links below reference various BVI Government web pages and PDF Documents. These web pages and PDF's are provided here for general reference, but they should not be relied upon soley for travel to the BVI. Rather they should be used in tandem with information that Carefree Yacht Charters will provide to their clients with confirmed charters in the BVI.

FULLY VACCINATED GROUPS

Based on current protocols in the BVI, Carefree Yacht Charters does not recommend that any unvaccinated or partially vaccinated adult travellers or their associated charter groups consider a charter in the BVI. Please note in advance that if one adult member of your charter group is unvaccinated, that all members of the charter group will therefore be considered unvaccinated and will be required to follow unvaccinated protocols.

Latest BVI Protocols (Including Protocols for a Negative Test within 48 hours of Entry): Effective November 16, 2021, the BVI announced Updated Arrival Protocols. As further detailed on this BVI Government web page, fully vaccinated travellers are not required to retest upon arrival into the Territory once they present proof of vaccination plus a RT-PCR or approved rapid antigen SARS COV-2 negative test result taken no later than 48-hours before arrival. Failure to present the results for any reasons such as delays and overnight layovers will then mandate that those fully vaccinated travellers undertake a SARS COV-2 test on the day of arrival into the Territory. This Updated Arrival Protocols web page should be reviewed in full.

Required Hummingbird Portal, BVI Gateway Use & Required Entry Documents: As published in the October 1, 2021 Revised COVID-19 Protocols Update, BVI entry protocols and use of the BVI Gateway have been adjusted based on vaccination status. All visitors should take note of the required Hummingbird portal and fully vaccinated visitors should ensure they have the required entry documents. This Update should be reviewed in full.

Required Hummingbird Portal for BVI Entry Antigen Test: As noted in the October 1, 2021 Update above, all visitors must pre-register for a rapid antigen test via the Hummingbird portal, based on the location of your arrival into the BVI. All visitors should be prepared to pay $50 for any required entry tests and Carefree Yacht Charters recommends use of this portal even for those with negative tests within a 48 hour window:

Required BVI Entry Documents: As noted in the October 1, 2021 Update above, fully vaccinated travellers must provide the following documents in order to gain entry to the BVI. Carefree Yacht Charters recommends that you hand carry these documents per guest and have documented proof of the travel insurance per guest:

  • Results of a negative PCR test or antigen rapid test no older than five (5) days
  • Proof of vaccination (card or otherwise)
  • Travel insurance (visitors only) which includes minimum approved coverage for:
    1. COVID-19 medical costs including hospitalisation, doctor’s visit and prescriptions
    2. Medical repatriation
    3. Quarantine accommodation costs
       

UNVACCINATED OR PARTIALLY VACCINATED ADULT TRAVELLERS & THEIR CHARTER GROUPS

Based on current protocols in the BVI, Carefree Yacht Charters does not recommend that any unvaccinated or partially vaccinated adult travellers or their associated charter groups consider a charter in the BVI. Please note in advance that if one adult member of your charter group is unvaccinated, that all members of the charter group will therefore be considered unvaccinated and will be required to follow unvaccinated protocols.

BVI Gateway: All unvaccinated or partially vaccinated visitors to the BVI will be required to apply for Travel Authorization through the BVI Gateway. Please visit the BVI Gateway in advance to familiarize yourself with all of the information provided, but do not start your application until you have all required documents in hand.

PREVIOUS BVI PROTOCOL UPDATES

June 12, 2021 Adjusted Testing Requirements Update: As noted in a July 5, 2021 Statement by Honourable Carvin Malone, Minister for Health and Social Development, the "Cabinet further decided that, in addition to existing measures, all vaccinated persons be subject to a rapid test upon arrival, effective 12th July, 2021, at a fee of $50.00."

June 10, 2021 Adjusted Travel Requirements Update: Released May 10, 2021 and effective starting June 15, 2021, the following BVI Government update provides adjusted details based on vaccination status: June 10, 2021 Update.

May 7, 2021 Travel Requirements Update: Released May 7, 2021 and effective starting May 15, 2021, the following BVI Government update provides details based on vaccination status: May 7, 2021 Update.

Original BVI Protocols: Released December 9, 2020, the following BVI Government COVID-19 Protocols are the original version used exclusively through May 15, 2021. They should still be referenced for general details in tandem with both updates noted above and the BVI Gateway. December 9, 2020 Protocols

BVI Quarantine Anchorages: The following chart provides the BVI Quarantine Anchorages to be used by partially or unvaccinated visitors. Based on the June 15 update noted above, visitors that fall in these categories and are therefore required to quarantine must use approved anchorages throughout the duration of the quarantine. During quarantine, the vessel, guests, the entire party, and the 30 foot radius around the vessel make up a “mobile bubble" allowing guests to swim and enjoy the Territory. BVI Quarantine Anchorages

A family that we booked aboard 58' Catamaran Port to Vino with Chef Caitlin & Captain Jeff in the BVI in May 2021 said:

Lynne - thanks for all your help. Your services were especially helpful at this time and Caitlin/Jeff also commented on that. Thank you!!!!
Ken H., Minnesota