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Gov't discontinues paying ground & sea transportation for arriving passengers

- All passengers arriving in VI will also pay for transportation during quarantine period
All passengers arriving in the Virgin Islands are now required to pay the cost of their ground transportation during quarantine, from Day 0 to Day 4. Photo: BVIAA/File
Director of Tourism Mr Clive McCoy has stated that during the next 24 days, the BVI Tourist Board & Film Commission will carry out consultation with tourism stakeholders, the Taxi & Livery Commission and the Government, to determine the best solution for covering the marine transportation costs after April 23, 2021. Photo: GIS/File
Director of Tourism Mr Clive McCoy has stated that during the next 24 days, the BVI Tourist Board & Film Commission will carry out consultation with tourism stakeholders, the Taxi & Livery Commission and the Government, to determine the best solution for covering the marine transportation costs after April 23, 2021. Photo: GIS/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- All passengers arriving in the Virgin Islands are now required to pay the cost of their ground transportation during quarantine, from Day 0 to Day 4.

This was made effective March 25, 2021, according to a press release from the BVI Tourist Board (BVITB) today, March 31, 2021.

Additionally, all arriving passengers that depend on the established marine transportation from Tortola to other islands in the VI will have to cover the costs of marine transportation from Saturday, April 24, 2021. 

According to the BVITB, since the [British] Virgin Islands reopened for tourism on December 1, 2020, the Government of the Virgin Islands has paid the cost of Gold Seal certified ground and marine transportation for all arrivals, to their Gold Seal approved accommodations on Day 0 as well as round trip transfers between their accommodations and the designated testing sites on Day 4.

“Under the BVI’s COVID-19 protocols, the Taxi & Livery Commission coordinates this transportation, utilising only Gold Seal certified vehicles and vessels,” the BVITB stated, adding that the Taxi & Livery Commission will continue to coordinate both ground and marine transportation in an effort to ensure health and safety standards are maintained.

 The BVITB noted; however, that transportation is not covered in the travel authorisation fee paid by each passenger arriving in the Territory, through the BVIGateway Portal for authorisation to enter the Territory. 

It said the $175 Travel Authorisation Fee charged on the portal covers 2 – RT/PCR tests, which is $70 each and fee for the tracking device, which is $35.

Ground Transportation

Ground transportation costs, according to the BVITB, will be calculated based on the official Taxi Tariff.

Passengers, it said, can expect to pay between $5 and $30 per person, depending on the destination and the number of passengers.

“Passengers are expected to pay their driver directly in cash.”

Marine Transportation

Commenting on the change in how transportation costs are covered, Director of Tourism Mr Clive McCoy stated, “During the next 24 days, the BVI Tourist Board & Film Commission will carry out consultation with tourism stakeholders, the Taxi & Livery Commission and the Government, to determine the best solution for covering the marine transportation costs after 23rd April.

“We want to urgently address marine transportation because the cost can be quite significant for persons travelling from Tortola to any of the other islands during this pandemic.  Additionally, it should be noted that all protocols and procedures for transportation remain the same.  The Taxi & Livery Commission will assign the approved ground and marine transportation, hence, travellers will not be allowed to make their own arrangements,” Mr McCoy said. 

25 Responses to “Gov't discontinues paying ground & sea transportation for arriving passengers”

  • Jane (31/03/2021, 15:14) Like (29) Dislike (4) Reply
    "Directly in cash" this is a terrible idea. The cost needs to be calculated and paid as part of their gateway fee. Passing cash to the driver is really asking for trouble. Inevitably someone will turn up without the cash, will then need to be taken to a cash machine etc. This needs to be thought through a little more.
  • ???? (31/03/2021, 15:15) Like (6) Dislike (17) Reply
    What about the illegals here, are they going to get vaccine too?
    • James. (31/03/2021, 17:55) Like (6) Dislike (65) Reply
      Just shut the heck up about illegals. Are we not all human beings? Gosh man!!! So sick of this who’s from here and who isn’t.
      • @ james (01/04/2021, 05:16) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
        Just asking for a friend, she’s here illegally and want the vaccine. Stop the ignorance ppl. Smh
    • TORTOLIAN (01/04/2021, 02:24) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      YES BECAUSE WE LOCALS DON'T WANT THE VACCINE SO ALL THE FOREIGNERS WILL TAKE IT. THEY KNOW THE BENEFITS OF TAKING THE VACCINE.
  • Opinion (31/03/2021, 15:27) Like (22) Dislike (0) Reply
    Last week I had friends arrive on island and they indicated that the taxi man harassed them for money claiming that the Government does not pay them. That’s not good for tourism.
    • @Opinion (31/03/2021, 17:56) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      Yes, the same thing happened with my guests.....
    • NezRez (31/03/2021, 18:57) Like (0) Dislike (7) Reply
      They should ask taxi's if they are part of the government payroll first before entering their vehicle. Not all taxi drivers are part of this government program, they are private and must be paid, period. How is it harassment of they deserve to be paid for their service? There are no free rides here!
  • Windy (31/03/2021, 15:29) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    poor people catching more hell!
  • Lily Ann (31/03/2021, 15:40) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    well sah...vincent gon be the DEATH of yall economy
  • Ghost (31/03/2021, 15:43) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    Ok.. I can understand this, but I hope that the fees will be fair as it would be as in taking a regular taxi from the airport or seaport to your destination and not some outrageous and unfair fee.. and this goes for locals and tourists alike for God sees injustices of all kind..
  • Rubber Duck (31/03/2021, 15:44) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    Yes some people were thinking of coming and the government panicked and found something else to put them off.

    Welcome to BVI.
  • what (31/03/2021, 15:58) Like (20) Dislike (3) Reply
    just one more way to chase away the tourism dollar
  • Jane Doe (31/03/2021, 17:33) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    Please put out a list on the charges to your quarantine location. Whether, town, west, east. Because there's no way, for example, I'm paying 30.00 from the ferry terminal to Maria's by the sea. And especially if y'all stating that it has to be in cash. So please fix this madness.
    • come on now (01/04/2021, 12:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ Jane Doe. There are set taxi fees for passengers from any where on the islands. For example from Town to Horse Path and vice versa is US 6.00. That being said, from ferry dock to Maria's could be about US 5.00 and an extra fee for luggage.
      • Jane Doe (01/04/2021, 23:48) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        This I understand, but if it's not posted in the taxi, how would I/we know what is the cost? Soooo, to make things run smoothly, the cost of the fare should be posted so that travelers would know upfront what their fee would be.
  • Its christmas (31/03/2021, 18:33) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    But; if the covid wasn't exists tourists would pay their bus fees to hotels. Soooo
    • Lb (01/04/2021, 09:49) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
      They could take free shuttles to their resorts or yacht charters. Their vehicle rentals could be waiting for them at the airport. This free is also for locals who would have friends or family coming to pick them up or have their own cars at the airport.

      This mandatory government transport forces all arrivals to pay for the transportation now.

      Some will pay up to $50 to get one way to their quarantine. Then another $30 or $40 to get round-trip to do their day 4 test. In to of the $175 fee for the bracelets that do not work. Suppose it is a family of 3-5 persons?

      No consideration for Tourusm. But every minute another consultant getting a contract. That money could be used to subsidize these expenses to incoming guests.
  • Strupes (31/03/2021, 18:35) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    @????. How studying illegal immigrants. Strupes
  • question (31/03/2021, 22:47) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    If my vehicle is parked at the airport, why can’t I
    Drive myself home.
    Things are bad as is and you’ll still trying to rob poor people
    Out of the little they have. When is this going to end.
  • Nothing wrong here (01/04/2021, 00:20) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    From the beginning it should’ve never been state paid.
    When anyone come in they use to get their taxi and or boat ferry yacht.
    Could’ve been added to gateway.
  • WELCOME (01/04/2021, 07:20) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Welcome to the BVIs. Please deposit all cash and valuables in the box provided, and leave on the next plane. Feel free to send more money when you get back home, and have a nice day.
  • vi (01/04/2021, 10:03) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Andrew open the place so we could make some money did you cut your pay if you did let the place shut down
  • Out Island Resident (01/04/2021, 12:02) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    Instead of walking to Trellis Bay and getting in your own boat, you now have to pay for a taxi and water taxi - $120. Then, for the day four test, you have to pay $200 for water taxis (back and forth) and $60 for taxis to Road Town. Plus tips, if you have any money left!

    Or just cancel your trip to the BVI.


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