USVI Tourism Department Is Pursuing Tourists Wherever It Can Find Them
CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The U.S. Virgin Islands started to welcome back leisure travelers on June 1, but closed its borders once again on August 19 and reinstated stay-at-home orders for locals after a surge in coronavirus cases.
After cases dipped, leisure travel officially resumed once again on September 19, with entry testing requirements expanded to include all travelers five years and older.
As of yesterday, there have been 1,326 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 20 resulting deaths across the U.S. Virgin Islands, according to data from the Johns Hopkins University. Here’s what we know about traveling to the U.S. territory right now.
Test and health screening requirements
After closing for a month, the USVI is requiring all travelers five years and older to submit proof of a negative COVID-19 antigen (molecular/PCR/rapid) test taken within five days prior to arrival. The government is also accepting positive antibody tests taken within four months prior to travel. All test results must be uploaded to the USVI Travel Screening Portal before departure.
Upon arrival, travelers must produce their original test results and the travel certification received from the portal. Travelers who can’t produce negative test results will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days at their own expense.
How to get to the USVI
For the current airlift to the USVI from the continental United States, the tourism board is updating a Google document with relevant flight details.
What is open now
The tourism board is also updating a different Google document with information on hotels and resorts that are open now.
Restaurants can resume indoor dining as long as they limit capacity to 50 percent or 50 customers—whichever is less—and require employees to wear face masks all the time.
Customers need to wear face masks whenever they are not seated at their tables.
Nightclubs and bars remain entirely closed, and beaches are closed between 4 p.m. until 6 a.m. Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays.
For more information, visit usviupdate.com