As the global coronavirus pandemic continues, the British Virgin Islands has now imposed travel restrictions on more than three dozen countries.
This is according to the territory’s updated and Passport (Prohibition of Entry) Order which came into effect on Tuesday, April 7.
The Order prohibits persons travelling from or through its list of 38 flagged countries from entering the territory for a period of 11 days — which expires on April 18 — unless extended by the Immigration Minister.
The countries listed have all reported a high number of confirmed COVID-19 cases and include China, France, the United Kingdom and the United States, Spain, Germany, Canada, Iran and Italy. Collectively, those countries account for more than 85 percent of overall cases globally.
Regional countries — some of which have citizens who frequent the BVI — have also been listed and includes the neighbouring US Virgin Islands, the Dominican Republic, Martinique, Puerto Rico, and Guadeloupe. The list of flagged regional countries also includes Cuba, who is shipping 30 doctors to the territory to assist with the BVI’s fight against COVID-19.
Crew members of aircrafts and ships allowed limited entry
The Order, however, makes provisions to allow limited entry to crew members of an aircraft or ship who have travelled to, from, or through any of the 38 flagged countries with the last 14 days.
These crew members “may be permitted to enter the territory, provided that all international crew members shall remain on the aircraft or ship and comply with all relevant public health measures”.
The Order replaces the previous Immigration and Passport (Prohibition of Entry) (No. 2) Order which has since been revoked.
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