With a number of regional countries requesting COVID-19 test results before accepting visitors to enter, the BVI Health Services Authority (BVIHSA) has announced that it will be offering a paid service for those who request COVID-19 testing for travel purposes.
A media release from the BVIHSA said the initiative is part of their wider plans to increase testing within the territory.
“At BVIHSA, we acknowledge the rippling effects that this ‘new normal’ has dictated in reshaping how we live. Therefore, we are extending COVID testing to include persons needing a test for elective procedures and travel,” Director of Primary Health Care, Dr Natasha Frett stated.
The BVIHSA further said persons desirous of utilising the service will have to take their test a minimum of 10 days before the time the result is needed.
This testing will allow a traveller with a negative result to be exempted from the mandatory 14-day quarantine period that is part of the COVID-19 safety protocols for most Caribbean countries.
Caribbean countries allowing pre-testing
Such countries that require visitors to produce COVID-19 test results before their travel include Aruba, Bahamas, Jamaica, St Lucia, and Barbados.
The BVIHSA, in the meantime, said persons interested in taking the elective COVID-19 test can call the BVI’s medical hotline at 284-852-7650 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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