The BVI announced the official re-opening protocols yesterday, October 26th. With big fanfare about how they are going to be welcoming visitors back the government has specified the following protocol (Phase One reopening)
1. A negative PCR test (up to 5 days before arrival) 2. Register with a website and get clearance to travel 3. Staggered arrival of planes at Beef Island airport, no more than 90 pax 4. 2nd COVID test at airport 5. Install tracking app on phone or get GPS tracker 6. Must have travel insurance that covers COVID 7. Quarantine for 4 days at your own expense at an approved place 8. 3rd COVID test at the end of 4 days 9. If negative, movement is limited to designated areas 10. All restaurants and shops are required to take your temp and document with your name and date/time 11. 4th COVID test on the 8th day 12. If all 4 previous test are negative, you are now free to move around the islands
So far I've been told that each test is going to be about $250. The government accommodation for quarantine is estimated to be $2500. Without food. Charter guests cannot quarantine on the boat.
One can draw one's own conclusion about how busy it is going to be, considering the majority of visitors are from the USA and only have a week of vacation time available to them.
- the "approved place" can be an approved hotel/resort for the first 4 days. One isn't restricted to the room and I believe if the resort has a beach then that can be visited - Tracking app costs $150/device - Tests 2,3 and 4 can be done at the approved hotel/resort if they have staff
But the protocols for bareboating are now out and are just as restrictive.
As we know from experience, what the government publishes and what is put into practice are two wholly different things.
I haven't booked my tickets although I want to rescue my boat from the yard and get her back into the water!