The British Virgin Islands will be reopening its borders to tourists in December — nine months following its closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This announcement was made by Premier Andrew Fahie on Monday during the launch of the BVI Tourists Board’s rebranding campaign initiative entitled BVI Love.
He said: “Every country that reopened to tourists and travellers alike faced their own challenges with the coronavirus. However, we can be very optimistic because we are vigorously preparing for our reopening to welcome back our tourists among others on the 1st December 2020.”
“We have two full months to prepare and we must get it right and we must get it done. All of us working together, government, private sector, the public working together with BVI Love,” he added.
Premier Fahie said a number of measures will be used to ensure the safe reopening of the territory’s borders come December.
Presently only approved persons allowed entry
The territory is presently in Phase II of the Restricted Border & Controlled Re-Entry Plan, which allows only approved categories of persons into the territory.
The persons permitted entry into the territory include work permit holders; work permit exemption holders; residing entry-permit holders such as retirees and homeowners; students of locally-based medical schools and the H Lavity Stoutt Community College; persons employed by the government and its statutory bodies, agencies and boards; and teachers in the public and private sector.
Diplomats deemed as ‘business visitors’, dependents of Belongers, as well as dependents of permanent residents, work permit holders, work permit exemption holders, and persons desirous of conducting business in the territory are also permitted entry.
Also allowed temporary entry in the territory for a maximum of five days during this period are aviation crews, maritime crews, healthcare practitioners/medical staff, emergency maintenance, repair and other technical personnel and other essential specialised workers.
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