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Online portal: Visitors must apply for BVI Gateway Certificate to enter

Premier Andrew Fahie. (GIS photo)

Persons wishing to travel to the British Virgin Islands when the territory reopens to tourism in December are required to apply through the government’s newly-implemented online portal, BVI Gateway, to gain authorisation.

Premier Andrew Fahie who is also the minister responsible for tourism, made that announcement during a national broadcast late Monday.

He said: “Approval for travel takes the form of a BVI Gateway Traveller Authorisation Certificate which will be obtained via an online portal, called BVI Gateway. The portal is being set up at bvigateway.bviaa.com, and is projected to be live on Monday, 2nd November 2020.”

“Prospective travellers would be required to register on the BVI Gateway portal, and to upload their relevant documents. The application must be completed at least 48 hours prior to the intended flight,” he added.

A low-touch, high-tech environment

According to the Premier, the online portal will ensure the respective government agencies operate in what he described as a “low-touch, high-tech environment”.

As for BVI Gateway’s Traveller Authorisation Certificate, the Premier said it streamlines the process at the territory’s air and seaports and removes the need to fill out the paper versions of the same form. 

“Immigration and Customs forms and all supporting documentation would be readily available online to the relevant authority by merely entering the certificate ID,” he explained.

Geofencing to detect unauthorised movement

In the meantime, Fahie said the system will also be able to facilitate “geofencing so that if a person ventures outside of the location authorised for their movement, this can be detected”.

The BVI Gateway portal, which is accompanied by a mobile app and wearable technology were all developed by Amber Group Limited — global technology company based in Jamaica. It operates in 23 countries, including India, parts of Africa, the Caribbean, the Americas, and Canada.

“Their system has been tried and tested in a number of jurisdictions. This system is being managed by the BVI Airports Authority, which has entered into an agreement with the Amber Group, on behalf of the BVI,” Premier Fahie said.

 

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  1. Fools says:

    Visitors wishing to visit…

    NOBODY will visit the BVI for a while, who are you kidding?

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    • VICKIE says:

      IS THIS MAN SERIOUS WHY HE DO NOT GET THIS STRAIGHT TELL ME WHO SO STUPID TO SPEND THEIR EARN MONEY TO COME HERE UNDER THIS NONSENSE.THERE IS NO ONE TO TELL THIS MAN STOP PUTTING OUT THIS NONSENSE.

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    • Help says:

      The only hope is for the Brits to intervene and place an interim government. The BVI is on less than shaky ground financially which gives the aBrits the right to intervene. Not asking for the Brits to stay but they are the only hope with what this Di****or is doing. Bring in the Royal amarines!! Governor where are you? Please help!!! This cannot go on.

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    • December Trip Canceled says:

      Idiots! I feel for the people while f** man eats well, looking down on all.

  2. tourist leggo says:

    Bye bye BVI

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  3. well sah says:

    Its easier to go to heaven than to get to the BVI

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  4. Dman says:

    Managed by the BVI Airports Authority. What could go wrong ?

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  5. Oh Boy says:

    This whole plan is a mess. I wonder how this got approved in Cabinet…How could so many intelligent people can be convince to vote for this darkness..

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    • @Oh Boy says:

      Your first mistake was saying there are intelligent people in the government. These protocols prove that there is no one intelligent. They worry only about their rich sorry a**es. They are fraud they will catch Covid and you have no medical personnel to handle it. Where are they going to go? Cuba?

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  6. VICKIE says:

    IS THIS MAN SERIOUS WHY HE DO NOT GET THIS STRAIGHT TELL ME WHO SO STUPID TO SPEND THEIR EARN MONEY TO COME HERE UNDER THIS NONSENSE.THERE IS NO ONE TO TELL THIS MAN STOP PUTTING OUT THIS NONSENSE.

  7. Just my 2 cents says:

    Not surprising at all but the real paradigm shift of Covid 19 begins to unroll. Human monitoring and control. Soon many foolish governments will make it mandatory to be vaccinated as a prerequisite for travel.

    Are we so blind and gullible? All in the name of covid prevention…but then again, better to be safe than sorry once we remain in our ignorance.

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  8. Idiot says:

    Hahaha
    Any BVI Islanders that agree with this man is stupid just like him
    Goodbye to tourism in the bvi
    Welcome to Africa where ppl are begging for food
    Someone needs to tell this man that the bvi doesn’t not export anything the depend on tourism to bring in revenue

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  9. Yusuf Abibu says:

    I was even trying to come are live over there

  10. Sad says:

    Im glad I dont live in the BVI. Its unfair what one person can do to a territory. So sad friends 🙁

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  11. Sailor says:

    You’ll see all of the bigger charter companies shift their boats to the USVI. They’ll build new bases there and all of that income will shift to the US islands. Easier flights in as well. Once the BVI’s open back up (for real this time) it’ll be too late to entice the charter companies back. All people will need to do is clear customs to enter the BVI from the US side, which the charter companies will have mapped out by that point.

    The only income for the BVI’s will come from whatever people spend while visiting, which pales in comparison to the $8,000-12,000 they’ve spent in the US for their charter…

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    • Charter no mas says:

      Well said. This is already happening. We had a charter set up for the 5th of December and we said thanks but no thanks after the PM announcement. Beyond ridiculous entry protocols and movement restrictions being required. The charter company offered to over the boat to the USVI. Sad day indeed.

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  12. C slike says:

    And after my second covid test,it will be time for me to go home.😡

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    • S cow says:

      B.v.i government dont think befor they act they only trying to keep people out of a depending country a country that dont provide for it self but time will tell mister governments . I only happy to now that i never waist my years living there god is good

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  13. Government of b.v.i you are suchs a fools dont tink before u act just trying to keep pople out of a country the dependent but time will tell u hall will see the run down inbetween time says:

    👎

  14. S cow says:

    B.v.i government dont think befor they act they only trying to keep people out of a depending country a country that dont provide for it self but time will tell mister governments . I only happy to now that i never waist my years living there god is good

  15. just a visitor says:

    What a joke, who’s going to put up with all of these restrictions. You would have to stay for at least 2 weeks for a trip to the BVI to make sense. Paying for insurance, testing, the wrist bands for tracking and being held up at the airport makes no sense to even consider traveling to the BVI at this point. And this doesn’t take into consideration any connecting flight issues to even get there and to leave. Who’s flying into the BVI from San Juan or St. Thomas on December 1st or after, and at what frequency?

  16. Smells like Corruption says:

    This has become a fraud and these officials need to be prosecuted. Just canceled our charter. Florida is easier.

  17. Kim says:

    So its November 3rd and I’m still waiting for the bvi gateway to be launched so I can actually get a contact email address to make some inquiries so I can plan my trip to the bvi………waiting …..

  18. Bruce says:

    Where I s this portal???

  19. 12 days and counting says:

    BVI GATEWAY TRAVELLER’S AUTHORIZATION PORTAL
    Coming Soon – Check Back Later

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