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BVIPA temporarily suspends services @ select ports

The BVIPA is temporary closing select Ports and suspending its Ambassador Service Program at all Ports of entry amidst COVID-19 concerns. Photo: Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - While there have been no reported cases of COVID-19 in the British Virgin Islands, after carefully reviewing the clearance procedures at our Ports of Entry and in the best interest of our employees, we are proceeding with the temporary closure of select Ports and suspending our Ambassador Service Program at all Ports of entry.

In an effort to assist with the proper surveillance of Port clearance measures and ensuring that frontier service teams are safeguarded, the BVIPA would like to notify the public that all foreign vessels will be cleared at the following locations only until further notice:

  • ·         Road Town Ferry Terminal
  • ·         Port Purcell Cargo Terminal (Cargo Vessels)
  • ·         Sopher’s Hole, West End

Acting Managing Director of The British Virgin Islands Ports Authority (BVIPA), Mr John Samuel indicated that “The BVIPA has temporarily suspended acceptance of foreign vessel traffic at various ports in accordance with Governments decision. This will allow consolidation of the resources required to effectively support the clearance processes including additional COVID-19 screening requirements in these challenging times “.

He further stated that “The BVIPA is guided by its internal Pandemic Procedures Plan and the advice of the Ministry of Health and other relevant bodies”. 

These temporary closures take effect from Saturday 14th, March until further notice.


2 Responses to “BVIPA temporarily suspends services @ select ports”

  • tola (15/03/2020, 05:07) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    What about the other front line staff Dock masters and Security. IT goes to show the lack of care and respect BVIPA has for it workers and lack of communication we had to hear about this on the streets and then news outlets..
  • Service minded (16/03/2020, 12:03) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    It's not like the Ports Authority actually does anything at the Customs Houses other than stand there, hands out, awaiting payment for no services rendered.

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