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Locals trapped abroad must fill out registration form for ‘controlled re-entry’

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”.

An excerpt from Premier Fahie’s May 21 statement.

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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  1. vip heckler says:

    The VIP ministers family and friends will top the list, any bets? One of their top advisors does fly in from st.kitts via private plane all the time without being quarantined.

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    • Nope says:

      No bets. That’s a sucker wager. You are 100% correct. The entire world is opening up. Hotels, restaurants, airlines but the BVI remains sealed. All of your tourism is from the US. Whether it originates there or they travel through there it ALL comes from the US. Either open up or let the economy die. Not too hard to figure out.

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    • say it how it is says:

      why don’t you say who it is??
      D**** man always had his way….remember when he wanted to be a politician?? what a joke more skeletons in his closet than anyone.. time he spend up Balo… what a joke but he got money now so he have influence…

    • Thought says:

      A lot of you’ll thoughts will come to life because that’s what you’ll are praying for. You’ll too negative that’s why you’ll never win then say it’s Bias

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  2. Wise upn says:

    Why are we letting persons in?unless we want more cases here in the BVI,we already have this under control.out stay out-in stay in.SIMPLE

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    • Tongue Fu says:

      @ Wise up.

      Amazing how we tout how patriotic we are but when in times of crisis every man for himself. You expect the people to stay out til thy kingdom come?

      This is a more reasonable approach. Very belated I might add. Please those returning be responsible and adhere to the quarantining requirements. I hope that the Quarantine monitor systems are in place and the persons who infringe are fined to the fullest extent of the law! People please report them if you see them. Government should release names so if we see them we report them.

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  3. Get This straigh says:

    Anyone returning will be medically screened and tested on arrival. Then quarantine for 14 days and retested and screened after those 14 days. Is this right? if this is not the protocol we will be opening up ourselves to the virus.

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    • hm says:

      Well that should be the plan but you know how things go here. A lot of them will go into “voluntary isolation”. Whoever these people will be free to move around and have visitors because there will not be any protocols in place to monitor them.

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  4. BVIslander says:

    As a BVIslander this virus has thought me many things. For one, how ignorant we are as a people, how selfish we are, how faithless we are even with all our religious beliefs, and most of all how fearful we are. Fear is our greatest enemy and it’s sad to see who fearful we are as a people. Put faith in God above fear.

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  5. Facts says:

    Bulls**t a room filled with some of the smartest ppl and this the s**t they came up with we have no hope.

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  6. Bob says:

    How will they be effectively quarantined? They land at the airport and then what? We are all fearfull of a second lockdown. What is the plan?

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  7. Sad says:

    Suicidal decision, IBH don’t follow rules and Law, all good done so far is gone with one bad decision

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  8. BuzzBvi says:

    People here can’t follow the rules…. You think people from the outside arogant world with the added “I born here you can’t tell me what to do” attitude are going to stay separate for 14 days. S**t!! We all going back to lockdown. Soon Come.

  9. Iife says:

    People life must go on.

  10. des says:

    RELEASE THEIR NAMES SO THE COMMUNITY CAN HOLD THEM ACCOUNTABLE IF SEEN! NAMES AND PICS. WE AIN’T PLAYING THAT!

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