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BVI among countries exempted from UK’s travel quarantine list

The British Virgin Islands has been included among a list of more than 50 countries and territories which have been exempted from the United Kingdom’s mandatory COVID-19 self-isolation protocol.

This is according to a notice published on the UK government’s official website which showed that the UK will be relaxing its COVID-19 travel protocols for countries considered to be “a reduced risk” from the coronavirus.

“From 10 July 2020 you will not have to self-isolate when you arrive in England if you are travelling or returning from one of the countries with travel corridor exemption; have not been to or stopped in a country that’s not on the travel corridors exemption list in the previous 14 days,” the notice said.

This means that all persons travelling from the BVI to the UK will not be required on arrival to self-quarantine for the required 14-day period, as is mandated in the British government’s COVID-19 protocols.

However, persons who may leave the territory en route to the UK and transit through a country not named on the travel corridors exemption list will have to self-quarantine upon arrival.

The notice also said that all persons travelling to the UK — whether visitors or UK residents — will have to complete a passenger locator form at least 48 hours before arrival.

Exempted Caribbean countries and territories

The travel corridor exemption list consists of several countries from the Caribbean to include Grenada, Antigua & Barbuda, Aruba, The Bahamas, Barbados, Curaçao, Dominica, Jamaica, St Barthelemy, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia and Trinidad & Tobago.

It also consists of British Overseas Territories such as Anguilla, Bermuda, the Cayman Islands, Turks & Caicos, and Montserrat.

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  1. Eyes open says:

    They are jealous that we have limited cases so they want to encourage us to visit England in hopes that we get exposed to the Rona and then come back home and infect others in our Caribbean Islands. Misery loves company! Stay woke!

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  2. 2020 says:

    Travel to Antigua then onto Gatwick.

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  3. E. Leonard says:

    This is good news for VI residents and a testament in how the government managed the Covid-19 crisis. The personal and collective sacrifices VI residents endured have earned the VI some Covid-19 dividends. The VI cannot squander those earned dividends; it must used them effectively and wisely.

    Though the VI is a heavily travel dependent destination that depends heavily on tourism, it must go through the delicate balance of reopening its borders cautiously, effectively and safely. Yes, people have to live and eat but public health and safety come before the economy. The economy will rebound but a precious life lost is gone forever. Dan Patrick Lieutenant-Governor of Texas says there is more important things than living. No, not in the secular sphere. The economy is not more important than life. The Lieutenant-Governor also says that seniors may be willing to die to save the economy. One can live and also save the economy.

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  4. America says:

    Most European Countries has put a ban on American Travelers as well. A few of them went over to Italy on their private plane for vacation and they were deny entry. The kicker is Mexico closed their boarders to American Travelers also.

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  5. Moot point says:

    This is actually redundant for anyone traveling from the BVI until there are direct flights from Antigua, Grenada, Barbados, St Lucia to London or via another exempt country. So far, the only way to the UK from the BVI is via the USA or St. Maarten, neither of which is on the exemption list . . .

  6. BA says: advertising twice weekly flights from ANU to LGW from 2 August with flexible change policy for booked flights.

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