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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.
Protocol Details Below Last Updated: July 19, 2022
CDC Rescinds Order Requiring Negative Test Prior to Flight to the US: As of June 12, 2022, the CDC no longer requires air passengers traveling from a foreign country to the United States to show a negative COVID-19 viral test or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before they board their flight. However, international travelers that are neither U.S. citizens nor permanent residents must still present proof of vaccination before boarding. Rescission: Requirement for Negative Pre-Departure COVID-19 Test Result or Documentation of Recovery from COVID-19 for all Airline or Other Aircraft Passengers Arriving into the United States from Any Foreign Country.
Puerto Rico Protocols and Travel Guidelines: The Puerto Travel Guidelines provide information and requirements for arrival into or for travel through Puerto Rico for both domestic and international travelers.
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, 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.
USVI Arrival Protocols: Effective June 1, 2022, the USVI Department of Tourism released updated arrival protocols and will no longer require visitors to complete a USVI travel portal or provide proof of a negative test or vaccination. However, international travelers that are neither U.S. citizens nor permanent U.S. residents must still be prepared to present proof of vaccination when entering the USVI from a foreign country by air (including from the BVI). For return flights to the States and as the USVI is a US Territory and therefore a domestic destination, once visitors are in the USVI, negative tests are not required for a flight from the USVI direct to the continental US. USVI Protocols
A family group that we booked aboard 56' Catamaran Viramar in January 2022 said:
Lynne, First of all, the trip exceeded our expectations in every way. We also do not feel like we gave up anything in not going to the BVI and only sailing the USVI. Yes, there were probably some great things in the BVI, but every day and every stop in the USVI was great. Hopefully, we plan to do another charter - where and when, we do not know - in a couple of years. Lynne, thanks for your help as well. Your communications and understanding of the COVID situation were great.
Jeff T., Washington
Bahamas Protocols and Travel Updates: The Bahamas protocols provide further details regarding testing requirements as well as additional information for vaccinated as well as unvaccinated visitors. View the latest Bahamas press releases plus learn more about The Bahamas COVID-19 Protocols.
The BVI (British Virgin Islands)
The information and “BVI Protocols link” provided below should be reviewed in full but should not be relied upon solely for travel to and from the BVI. Rather, the information below should be used in tandem with information that Carefree Yacht Charters will provide to their clients with confirmed charters in the BVI.
Considerations Based on Vaccination Status: Based on vaccination requirements currently imposed by the majority of the BVI based yachts, the number of BVI based yachts that will currently accept unvaccinated guests is rather limited. However, with the more recent June and July 2022 adjustments to BVI protocols, the vaccination requirements imposed by the majority of the BVI based fleet may begin to ease in the future as well. If you have any unvaccinated guests in your group and are looking to charter in the BVI, it is critical to let us know at the time of your inquiry so that we can match you with the appropriate yacht.
BVI Protocols: Effective July 15, 2022, persons traveling to the BVI, regardless of vaccination status, are no longer required to register for entry clearance or show proof of travel insurance and all testing requirements have been revoked. All visitors to the BVI should carefully review the following protocols in full: BVI Protocols
PREVIOUS BVI PROTOCOL UPDATES (INCLUDED FOR REFERENCE ONLY)
June 15, 2022 Adjusted Public Health Measures: As noted in a June 13, 2022 Statement by Honorable Marlon Penn, Minister for Health and Social Development, persons traveling to the BVI, regardless of vaccination status, are no longer required to register for entry clearance on the BVI Gateway Travel Portal or show proof of travel insurance. In addition, all travelers, age 5 and over regardless of vaccination status, are required to show proof of an approved negative test that was taken within 48 hours of arrival to the BVI.
October 1, 2021 Revised COVID-19 Protocols Update: Effective as of October 1, 2021, BVI entry protocols and use of the BVI Gateway were adjusted based on vaccination status. All visitors were advised to take note of the Hummingbird portal and fully vaccinated visitors were advised regarding required entry documents. October 1, 2021 COVID-19 Protocols Update
June 12, 2021 Adjusted Testing Requirements Update: As noted in a July 5, 2021 Statement by Honorable 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
A multi-repeat client and group of couples that we booked aboard 62' Catamaran Serenity Now in April 2022 said:
Hi Lynne, Sorry for the slow response, it’s been a little difficult to get in the swing of things since leaving paradise! Once again, your recommendation and direction in planning this charter was spot on! Your help in navigating the charter flight to making sure we had all the COVID testing in place, we were well prepared! The BVI’s are just so amazing. I do believe it’s my very most favorite place on Earth. Lynne, I can’t thank you enough for contacting us when the Serenity charter became available. We look forward to many more fabulous charters with Carefree Charters! Thank you again,
Kelley & David M., Texas