Nationals and other permanent residents still trapped abroad will be required to fill out a registration form to gain re-entry when the BVI’s borders reopen to locals starting June 2.
This requirement is part of the government’s Restricted Border Reopening Plan which outlines the protocol for “controlled re-entry of nationals and permanent residents” during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Premier and minister responsible for ports, Andrew Fahie said in a public statement on Thursday that the registration form will go live on the government’s website on May 25.
“Cabinet decided that from June 2 up to June 15, 2020, the first priority will be given to the re-entry of nationals, belongers, holders of permanent residence and naturalised citizens, who upon registration and certification by the Environmental Health Division, are deemed to have approved private quarantinable accommodation for occupancy for at least a 14-day-period,” Fahie stated.
Priority will also be granted to persons who left the territory to seek medical attention, the Premier stated.
Starting June 15, 2020, consideration would then be given to the re-entry of other persons “with approved registration and certification with respect to available government quarantine spaces”.
Conditions for entry
In the meantime, Health Minster Carvin Malone said given the ‘unrelenting nature of this pandemic,’ the border reopening process requires that the territory consistently implement a comprehensive range of measures to detect, contain, mitigate and manage the disease.
“In simple terms, this means that every person coming into the territory will be subject to pre-arrival screening, health screening on arrival, ongoing monitoring during a 14-day mandatory quarantine period, and testing to confirm their COVID-19 status,” he explained.
He said the accommodations of persons allowed quarantine at home must first be inspected and approved by the Environmental Health Division.
Those who will be approved for quarantine in a non-governmental facility, they will be required to adhere to the established quarantine guidelines and the individual or family being quarantined must be housed separately from other persons.
Visitors will be prohibited to the private dwelling homes or quarantine location.
“Instructions will be provided for individuals to self-monitor their health for the next 14 days and immediately report to their Surveillance officer if they develop symptoms suggestive of COVID-19. This will be followed up with many calls from the health surveillance teams,” Malone explained.
“Each individual will be tested on day 14 and will be discharged from quarantine provided they have not come into contact with a COVID-19 case and laboratory test results are negative. Once cleared, the individual will be provided with the Quarantine Release Certificate and if necessary a Return to Work form,” he added.
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