Welcome back to The Moorings Marina in Tortola!

Please view Tortola’s latest travel requirements in response to COVID-19 below. The Moorings will continue to monitor these updates to keep our guests informed of any changes.

We would also advise that you contact your airline for the most up to date information around entry requirements and re-entry to your home country.

While the BVI are opening their borders for international travellers, certain Policies and Procedures will need to be followed when entering the country, before and during your stay there. Please bookmark this page as travel updates are frequently announced.

Before You Go | Entering the BVI

Travel Advisories

UPDATED Jan. 6, 2022

The British Virgin Islands have recently updated their Travel Requirements to enter the territory, and we at The Moorings continue to monitor these updates to keep our guests informed of these changes. Please see the current policies and procedures below:

Fully Vaccinated Travellers:

  • Must provide results of a negative PCR test or antigen rapid test no older than 48 hours before arrival.

  • Does not have to apply to enter on the BVI Gateway Portal.

  • Must provide evidence that you have received the second dose WHO-approved (Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson&Johnson) Covid-19 vaccine at least two weeks before entry to the Virgin Islands.

  • Travel Insurance is not required for fully vaccinated guests.

  • If you are travelling from the US, your health insurance should cover all things covid. Please speak to your health insurance providers to ensure you are covered.

Fully Vaccinated Guest Travelling with Children:

  • Minors 17 years and under do not have to apply to enter on the BVI Gateway Portal once travelling with a parent or guardian who is fully vaccinated.
  • Unvaccinated travellers over 17 years will still need to fill out the portal.
  • Each minor must present a negative PCR test or antigen rapid test no older than 48 hours before arrival.
  • Once the results are negative, the minor accompanied by the vaccinated parent/guardian will be allowed to board the aircraft or vessel.
  • Minors will be retested on entry even when accompanied with their vaccinated parent or guardian but will be free to leave once they remain with said parent or guardian.

Partially Vaccinated Travellers:

  • Must register and provide the relevant information on the BVI Gateway

  • Must obtain the requisite approval from the Environmental Health Division http://bvimonitor.info/homequarantine if the expectation is to quarantine in a private residence, hotel or vessel

  • Must take a RT-PCR SARS COV-2 test taken 3 to 5 days prior to arrival
  • Must submit the certified RT-PCR SARS COV-2 negative test result to the BVI Gateway Travel Application Portal https://bvigateway.bviaa.com/
  • Must provide evidence (visitors only) of travel insurance which includes minimum approved coverage for:

*COVID-19 medical costs including hospitalization, doctor’s visit and prescriptions

*Medical repatriation

*Quarantine accommodation costs

  • Must submit vaccination certificate or proof of being partially vaccinated
  • Must obtain travel authorisation certificate issued upon approval
  • Must pay an entry fee of $175
Partially vaccinated travellers will not be allowed to enter the Virgin Islands unless they have been given travel authorization which is issued once all of the required information is submitted via the BVI Gateway. Present the travel authorization certificate.
 
Unvaccinated Travellers:
 
  • Register and provide the relevant information required to travel on the BVI Gateway Travel Application Portal https://bvigateway.bviaa.com/
  • Submit the certified RT-PCR negative test result to the BVI Gateway Travel Application Portal 3 to 5 days prior to arrival.
  •  Provide evidence (visitors) of travel insurance policy which includes minimum approved coverage for:

*COVID-19 medical costs including hospitalization, doctor’s visit and prescriptions

*Medical repatriation

*Quarantine accommodation costs

  • Obtain travel authorisation certificate issued upon approval
  • Pay an entry fee of $175

QUARANTINE REQUIREMENTS FOR TRAVELLERS TESTED POSITIVE

  • A person who tests positive upon arrival will be quarantined for a period of 14 days within the confines of an approved property or vessel or be allowed to leave the Territory if approved for medical repatriation.

Arriving in the BVI

Note: Fully Vaccinated travellers no longer need to apply to enter the British Virgin Islands through the BVI Gateway Portal.

  • All Fully Vaccinated Travellers will receive a rapid antigen test upon arrival and will receive their test results prior to leaving the airport or ferry terminal.
  • Fully-Vaccinated Travellers testing outside of 48-hours prior to arrival in the BVI must pre-register for this rapid antigen test via the Hummingbird Portal. This must be done in advance of your trip and can be completed via the links below. Select the link corresponding to your port of entry:
  • If you are able to take your COVID-19 test no later than 48-hours prior to arrival in the BVI, and you are fully vaccinated, you will not be required to be tested for Covid upon arrival, or pre-register via the Hummingbird portal. Note: if your travel is delayed and you miss the 48-hour window, you will be tested on arrival.
  • Partially or Unvaccinated Travellers will receive an RT-PCR COVID-19 test upon arrival in the BVI.
  • Partially or unvaccinated Travellers must apply for entry via the BVI Gateway Portal as outlined above.
  • All Travelers must be prepared to pay a fee for the mandatory testing upon arrival at their port of entry.
  • If you arrive to The Moorings marina ahead of your scheduled boarding time, you are free to move about the marina as your results will be given before you leave the airport or ferry terminal.
  • Partially-Vaccinated and Unvaccinated guests are permitted to leave the marina aboard their yacht, however they must remain at Quarantine-approved anchorages and return to The Moorings Marina to receive an additional Covid test on Day 4 and Day 7 after arrival.
  • In the event a Traveller tests positive during the Entry Test, they will need to return to the marina and remain in quarantine for up to seven (7) days. Guests in quarantine can remain on their yacht or move to a hotel or villa (at their own expense) until a negative PCR test is obtained.

Entering the BVI

Via Puerto Rico

  • If Entering the BVI via Puerto Rico
  • Passengers in transit for less than 48 hrs are not required to complete the Puerto Rico travel portal.
  • If you are flying to/from Tortola (EIS) and San Juan (SJU) and are staying in Puerto Rico for more than 48 hours, you must complete a traveler declaration form.
  • Print out copies of your Travel Documents.
  • Where possible we recommend allowing 2 hours for connecting flights.
  • Pre-Book your taxi transfer through Sunsail by calling (800) 334-2435.
  • Note: it may be advisable to complete your COVID-19 test 4 days out rather than 5, so should a flight cancellation cause you to stay overnight in San Juan, your test result will not expire. If it does, testing is available at the airport.

VIA ST. THOMAS

  • Every Traveller aged five or older who enters the U.S. Virgin Islands, by air or sea, including anyone in transit to another destination, is required to use the USVI Travel Screening Portal and submit a COVID-19 test result prior to travel. Visit usviupdate.com.
  • Due to COVID-19, ferry capacities have been reduced, and there are 3 ferries per day in operation between the USVI and BVI. Be sure to pre-book your ferry tickets. Visit www.bviports.org/covid-19 for the latest ferry schedule and Book Here: Smith’s, Native Son, Road Town Fact Ferry.
  • All vaccinated travellers traveling home through St. Thomas will need to provide a negative Antigen or PCR test within 72-hours of arriving in St. Thomas from the BVI.
  • Pre-Book your taxi transfer through Sunsail by calling (800) 334-2435.

For questions about travel requirements in Puerto Rico, contact 939-592-5115 or [email protected] For further information, please visit our website and check with your airline on current entry and departure protocols.

Exiting the BVI via St. Thomas

  • All Vaccinated (including those vaccinated in U.S Virgin Islands) and Unvaccinated Travellers must take a Covid-19 test within 24 hours prior to travelling to the U.S Virgin Islands.
  • All International Travellers must submit a negative antigen or NAAT COVID-19 test result. Test requirements depend on vaccination and citizenship status, mode of travel, as well as age.
  • Travel by Air -  All non-U.S. citizens/non-U.S. immigrants must be fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination.
  • Travel by Ferry - Non-U.S. citizens/non-U.S. immigrants traveling for non-essential reasons (e.g. tourism) must be fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination status.
  • All Travellers traveling home through St. Thomas will need to provide a negative Antigen or PCR test within 24 hours of arriving in St. Thomas from the BVI.
  • Further Info Available on www.usviupdate.com

COVID-19 Testing 

Below are testing site and cost information for testing on the islands. The average cost is between $70 and $225 per person, depending on the type of test required.

We offer testing directly at the base through Dr. Emelandu from Emel Medical Centre.

  • Dr. Emelandu from Emel Medical Centre Open 8am- 5pm Mon- Thurs, and 10am - 5pm on Friday's Saturday's and Sunday's (This includes Christmas day and New Years day). To schedule testing, please visit  www.emelmedical.com Emel Medical Center or leave the names and email addresses of all passengers with reception. Cost $100 with results offered within 30 minutes. Tel: 1284 345 3635; Email: [email protected]
  • MD Link concierge testing (the medical nurse that comes to your boat) | Phone: 284-440-3070  | Cost: $225 PCR | Rapid Antigen is $125  
  • BVI's: Penn Medical in Road Town | Phone: 264-495-3299  | Cost: $80 Rapid Antigen | $100+ PCR  
  • Wellness Center Clinic, Tortola Pier Park Schedule: M-F 9-8pm weekends by appt. | Phone: 284-496-0838 | Email: [email protected] - Cost:  $75 Rapid Antigen | $100+ PCR
  • Dr Dougan Private MD, available across Tortola, the doctor does not have access to a boat to be able to service the islands. Phone: +1 (284) 440-3070 
  • What happens if you test positive during exit testing? The covid test will provide the Ministry of Health with a CQ value. This value is directly linked to how contagious you are. The Ministry of Health will issue a quarantine order and a retest date. Based on how high your CQ value is will dictate how long you will need to wait before retesting. You will likely be back at base when you receive your test results and in the first instance you should contact your insurance company to seek advice. If you are still on our yacht and the yacht isn't booked for another charter, we will allow you to remain on the yacht at your own expense until you or your insurance provider can organise hotel accommodation for you.

 

Terms and Conditions

Travel Insurance 

  • All guests must provide proof of travel insurance that protects them in case of cancellation, quarantine requirements, or hospitalisations from Covid-19.
  • We recommend purchasing travel insurance coverage through our partner Redpoint Travel Insurance.

Guest List

  • In preparation for your arrival, we ask that you complete your Guest List, complete with all passenger information for everyone on board your vessel, including yourself. Please submit this at least 30 days prior to departure.

Pre-Provisioning

  • Order food and beverages in advance with our convenient online provisioning store and have your provisions delivered directly to your yacht. Please complete your provisioning order at least 14 days prior to departure.

Reserve Your transfers

  • Arrange for a pre-paid transfer from the Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport (EIS) or the ferry terminal in Road Town to our marina in Tortola.
  • Ferry service from the US Virgin Islands to Tortola has resumed and is currently operating with 3 ferries per day with limited capacity. View BVI Ferry Guide.
  • To fly to Tortola (EIS), you may connect from either Cyril E. King Airport (STT) in St. Thomas, or San Juan Airport in Puerto Rico.
  • Contact a Vacation Planner to make flight or transfer arrangements. Please check with your airline for the most up-to-date information regarding return-flight protocols.

Chart Briefing

  • We require all guests to watch a chart briefing video prior to travel. The captain and first mate must become familiar with the sailing area by reviewing this chart briefing video, and we invite you to do so in the comfort of your own home prior to your scheduled departure date. Watch BVI Chart Briefing.


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Gov.UK and the Government of the Virgin Islands are good sources of information.