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Reopening of seaports to international visitors deferred to April 15, 2021

- BVIPA cites a number of reasons including increased cases in region & new strains of coronavirus
The reopening of the Virgin Islands' seaports to international ferry operations has been further deferred to April 15, 2021. Photo: VINO/File
The Virgin Islands reopened its borders, via the Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport, to international visitors on December 1, 2020. Photo: VINO/File
The Virgin Islands reopened its borders, via the Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport, to international visitors on December 1, 2020. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Citing a number of reasons, including increased numbers of COVID-19 cases in the region and the emergence of new strains of coronavirus in certain countries, the reopening of the seaports to international ferry operations has been further deferred to April 15, 2021.

The last reopening date was set for March 1, 2021, with the date before that being January 21, 2021.

The further delay to the reopening of the seaports was announced by the BVI Ports Authority (BVIPA) today, February 24, 2021.

Increased cases in region & new strain

According to the BVIPA, the reopening of the Road Town Jetty to incoming visitors has been deferred to April 15, 2021, for several reasons including “that islands within the region have reported increased numbers of COVID-19 cases” and the “increased possibility of the introduction of variant strains from international travellers.”

It also said due to the demands of the roll-out of the vaccines and the need to ensure a large percent of the local population is vaccinated, the health personnel normally needed to assist in monitoring procedures at the entry portal is significantly stretched and as such the efficiency to monitor the opening is challenged.

Opportunities

The BVIPA said the new date would also allow the BVIPA to enhance the customer experience through further infrastructural improvements at the Road Town Jetty and other ports of entry in light of COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

“The BVI Ports Authority apologises for any inconvenience caused to residents, industry partners and our visitors. We want everyone to experience an authentic BVILOVE welcome from the moment they begin their journey to our islands and throughout the entire entry process at our seaports,” the BVIPA statement read.

The Virgin Islands reopened its borders, via the Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport, to international visitors on December 1, 2020.

41 Responses to “Reopening of seaports to international visitors deferred to April 15, 2021”

  • Whatever?!! (24/02/2021, 23:15) Like (39) Dislike (3) Reply
    At this point no one cares why don’t they keep it closed till COVID goes away?!!! #sosad!!
    • @ whatever, I agree (25/02/2021, 07:04) Like (33) Dislike (16) Reply
      These Ministers Who were elected to lead need to stop getting paid, because they are not working,,,,
      • @I agree (26/02/2021, 01:21) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
        I am a belonger living in Stt I applaud the govt for trying to keep their residents safe...however where do they draw the line? We have to live with this thing not keep putting up road blocks.. They constructed a new COVID proof wing to the airport in 5 weeks and can’t COVID proof the seaports?!!
        I buried my mom in March of 2020 and can’t even get up there to place her tombstone and or visit my relatives!! What they should have done first was open the seaports then the airport!! But it’s BVI Love right .....pls !!








    • Hrmph (25/02/2021, 07:30) Like (55) Dislike (0) Reply
      The reasons given might be valid, but the truth is that the Ports Authority had not taken a single step to get the ports ready - thus, even if the reasons given had gone away the ports could not have opened. It begs the question as to whether the Ports Authority is fit for purpose. I hope that it has not kept all
      It’s staff on the payroll whilst the ports have been closed - if not then what have they all been doing?
    • Rubber Duck (25/02/2021, 08:42) Like (22) Dislike (2) Reply
      More incompetence and lack of planning.
    • @Whatever (25/02/2021, 09:59) Like (7) Dislike (5) Reply
      At this point, why don’t people get the vaccine now that it’s available.
  • Really?! (24/02/2021, 23:23) Like (29) Dislike (2) Reply
    But what those self same reasons that r being purported doesn’t apply to international visitors via the airport?!!!!
    • Precisely! (25/02/2021, 09:41) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
      One would think that we simply need to employ the same controls that are in place for entry at the airport and perhaps open only one seaport (Road Town) to facilitate limited entries with one ferry run per day. The ferry companies can simply rotate the days of operation equally. Just my dumb idea.
  • whatever (24/02/2021, 23:30) Like (23) Dislike (0) Reply
    & then it will be April 15th 2022.
  • Won my bet (24/02/2021, 23:46) Like (40) Dislike (1) Reply
    That $100.00 was worth it. I bet my husband $100.00 that it was not happening, he said I did not know what I was talking about. You darn skippy I am going to get my money.
    • @won my bet. I lost mine (25/02/2021, 07:00) Like (19) Dislike (1) Reply
      I too did bet,. Just like your husband we couldn't see this bad decision coming,,,, kudos to you and my winner Who said they will find away to blame Covid for their failures,,,,,U all know then well,,,
    • There you go girllll (25/02/2021, 11:40) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      You know how many bets I won with my husband? See, IF A LOT OF HUSBANDS WOULD LISTEN AND THINK ABOUT WHAT THEIR WIVES IS SAYING, THEY WOULD NOT GET PIE IN THE FACE. MY HUSBAND FAMOUS LOL WORDS IS, STOP TRYING TO TREAT HIM LIKE A CHILD, HE IS A GROWN MAN AND HE IS NOT NO BOY I DON’T KNOW WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT YADA YADA. THEN WHEN HE REALIZE WHAT I WAS TELLING HIM SLAP HIM IN THE FACE, HE COME CRYING TO THE SAME PERSON THAT DON’T KNOW WHAT SHE IS TALKING ABOUT FOR ADVICE. I LOOK AT IT AS GOOD THERAPY FOR ME. LOL TO THE LOL.
  • Phony (25/02/2021, 00:02) Like (35) Dislike (3) Reply
    Just say you’re CLOSED! No infrastructure has been prepared at the ports. BVI is not at all prepared. Just own it, BVI is closed to water ports until 202x (2,3) ever!

    Stop paying the government employees ANY money/salary and see how fast things re-open from this foolishness.

    Have there been more deaths from mental issues/violence since this started or COVID. HMMMM?

    • @ Phony, They are really phony (25/02/2021, 08:05) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
      I agree 1000%. You hit the nail on its head,,, Our leaders aint ready yet,,,,Restaurant and Hotel workers and owners continue to suffer..lord have mercy on us..
  • not so fast (25/02/2021, 00:06) Like (18) Dislike (1) Reply
    Why people keep thinking being vaccinated means you’re immune to the virus...

    Saw a post with someone jokingly saying they got vaccinated and are ready to sneeze in faces.

    If Vaccinated:

    1. You can still get the virus
    2. You can still spread the virus
    3. You may not know you have the virus and although you may not become severely ill there is no guarantee
    • @not so fast (25/02/2021, 06:45) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
      If you see the lady say I’m joking why you still come here talking not it. Try go find something to do
    • Have to close my Restaurant, (25/02/2021, 07:09) Like (19) Dislike (2) Reply
      Its been ruff all year, I was waiting to see what was going to happen with the SeaPort opening, I cant continue,,,,, Why isnt St Johns and St Thomas make the same excuses our leaders continue to make and shut down their ports, No they are not making silly excuses, they are living and enjoying the benedit of our failed leadership....Good thing is its just 4 yrs and only 2 left.
      • Albert (25/02/2021, 08:29) Like (10) Dislike (3) Reply
        Th USVI economy is booming and their virus numbers are not out of control. It is impossible to find an available villa or charterboat . Surely there must be some kind of compromise between what they are doing and what we are doing.

        It is going to be a very long climb back for the BVI . While we are over here watching Netflix they are building their tourism product. We are doomed.
  • clowns (25/02/2021, 01:02) Like (18) Dislike (11) Reply
    The VIP are a bunch of jokers
  • chupes (25/02/2021, 04:03) Like (19) Dislike (6) Reply
    Utter BS
    When you fail to plan....... that’s all
  • vi (25/02/2021, 06:17) Like (19) Dislike (9) Reply
    Mr premier you really don’t like people are you going to help pay bills and food on my family table
  • Ok now (25/02/2021, 06:36) Like (18) Dislike (14) Reply
    Really Andrew?
    This is not helping our economy in any way at all, this is not what you were placed there for.
    • dumb (25/02/2021, 08:09) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      The Aitp
      • I hate liars (25/02/2021, 08:59) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
        The Covid excuses are no longer excuses. They are now blatant lies. Bold face lies...Why not Shut the Airport down if you truly believe in the reasons you are giving to keep the port closed....Time to stop lying to the people. Come on. Stop it. Honesty and character matter...
  • Randomly (25/02/2021, 06:55) Like (3) Dislike (11) Reply
    Custom officers should not work at them ports they are very under paid and being laugh at daily for that they were promise a extra allowance for the joint task force one year gone already they never got a dime while their heads just buying properties
  • Vision (25/02/2021, 08:17) Like (10) Dislike (11) Reply
    This is a good move if u all want the port to open sooner take the vaccine.
  • Dont Make Sense (25/02/2021, 08:34) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    1. Increase in cases from the region: regional travel is via the airport.
    2. Increased possibility of increasing new variant strain from international travellers: this also applies to the airport.
    3. Need to get a large percentage of population vaccinated: this is a joke as so far there is only vaccine for 4,000 with some 30,000 plus still to go. There is no way 20,000 will be vaccinated by Apr. 15th.

    4. No work yet on fixing the port.

    POOR planning = PISS poor performance, while the people suffer.
  • tola (25/02/2021, 08:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Sad
  • one eye (25/02/2021, 08:58) Like (6) Dislike (20) Reply
    In a couple months you all will thank Andrew Fahie for this trust me
  • CHAK. (25/02/2021, 09:37) Like (4) Dislike (16) Reply
    keep it closed, if open back now the hospital would be full.
  • usvi (25/02/2021, 09:59) Like (10) Dislike (3) Reply
    I REALLY FEEL SORRY FOR YOU GUYS IN THE BVI. I WORK AT A HOTEL IN ST.THOMAS AND SO MANY OF OUR TOURIST WANTED TO GO OVER TO TORTOLA AND VIRGIN GORDA. MOST OF THEM WANTED TO VISIT THE BATHS AND SOME WANTED TO SEE THE OLD PRISON IN ROAD TOWN.
    • Yes I see them, they don't wear masks. (25/02/2021, 11:21) Like (3) Dislike (7) Reply
      Well you could direct them to the multitude of islands in the USVI. Oh that's right, you don't have what we have. I guess USVI realizes how much of their economy is based on the BVI.
  • SMH (25/02/2021, 10:10) Like (3) Dislike (6) Reply
    You’ll complaining you’ll ain’t got no money; yet all of a sudden have money to travel but can’t pay you’ll rent. Dead people can’t complain.
  • Where is the respect (25/02/2021, 12:19) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    Okay they decided not to reopen the seaports. They had to have known they would not reopen on 1st March all along.it would be respectful to not wait til the last minute to let the public know. Businesses made plans and people planning to travel already booked accommodations and flights. It’s the lack of respect and consideration that is more bothersome
  • Ghost (25/02/2021, 15:03) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Not surprised.. expected it!...
  • watching (25/02/2021, 15:11) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Only strippers and prostitutes can come and go . Facts !
  • Terryg (28/03/2021, 11:16) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why not just comply with other well known protective standards. If you have a recent negative test and vaccination proof, the risk of transmitting is under 99%. Time to stop hurting safe tourists and local commerce/lively hoods.


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