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USA & UK lift travel ban on VI following Hurricanes Irma & Maria

-United Kingdom mentioned passage of the Recovery & Development Agency Act as a reason people should travel to VI!
Following the hurricane of September 2017, the United Kingdom (UK) and the United States of America (USA) placed a travel ban on the Virgin Islands (VI). However, as of April 10, 2018, the travel ban has been lifted. Photo: Internet Source
After sustaining damages on September 6, 2017, Peebles Hospital has been fully functional. Photo: VINO/File
After sustaining damages on September 6, 2017, Peebles Hospital has been fully functional. Photo: VINO/File
The dusty road at Sea Cows Bay, Tortola was recently paved following hurricane Irma that destroyed the road infrastructure throughout the territory. Photo: Team of Reporters
The dusty road at Sea Cows Bay, Tortola was recently paved following hurricane Irma that destroyed the road infrastructure throughout the territory. Photo: Team of Reporters
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Following two powerful category 5 killer storms Irma and Maria that hit the Virgin Islands (VI) in September of 2017, the United States of America (USA) where some 75 percent of tourists to the British Overseas Territory comes from placed on its Department of State webpage a travel ban on the VI.

The US government at the time told the world not to travel to the VI because the islands had faced a natural disaster that made roads impassable, security comprised, many areas without water, food and electricity, now suggested to its citizens to travel there.

"Travel to VI"- Department of State

Following months of lobbying by the Smith Administration and providing evidence of much-improved conditions in the islands, the American State Department last week Tuesday, April 10, 2018, lifted the band and are now telling American citizens to travel to the VI as only normal preconditions apply.

The USA has a system from 1 to 4 in its travel advisory. 1 is the green light to travel, 2 ask its residents to exercise increased caution, 3 reconsider travel and 4 red alerts, do not travel. The State Department in lifting the travel ban has given the Territory a 1.

United Kingdom lifts ban

A check today on the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) travel warning webpage updated April 12, 2018, stated that “Good progress has been made and the Recovery and Development Agency Act has been passed, which paves the way for financing the long-term recovery.”

It is unclear if this was a condition to lifting the travel ban to the Territory. British officials did not respond immediately to our phone calls and emails on this question.

However, the British stated, "Electricity has been restored on Tortola and its sister islands of Virgin Gorda, Anegada and Jost Van Dyke to more than 99 percent of the pre-hurricane network. Most roads are passable and work is ongoing to repair the remainder. The main port is fully functioning, the local shops are open and there are no restrictions on available food items. Peebles Hospital is fully functioning."

Double standards?

The UK gives its overseas Territory a good report encouraging its citizens to travel to the VI. It’s unclear how other places like Canada has responded and why the USA never placed Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands (USVI) on its travel ban, two islands in some cases more devastated than the VI. 

12 Responses to “USA & UK lift travel ban on VI following Hurricanes Irma & Maria”

  • yakee (17/04/2018, 20:09) Like (6) Dislike (25) Reply
    thank you Trump
    • Kingfish (18/04/2018, 06:56) Like (118) Dislike (0) Reply
      @yakee< Trump had nothing to do with the matter, Trump does not know where the VI is, remember he meet with the President of the USVI last year.
  • Gumption.Offical (17/04/2018, 21:12) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    Good for business. Business is profits, profits is only good if it’s in the right direction of helping/funding something positive. I’m happy for this news after months. I wish all the BVI welled from here on.
  • Yassuh (17/04/2018, 21:37) Like (7) Dislike (21) Reply

    Come on down folks. Don’t mind the lack of electricity or water or the senseless shootings or the general S$%& country we are trying to be. All good here.

  • Hmm (17/04/2018, 21:44) Like (3) Dislike (13) Reply
    Well we know america is owned by the UK..... so could it be that unless we signed this so call act into order in favor of the UK they would have not lifted the ban? Did they threaten to blackliat the bvi as a tourist destination if we sis not sign?
  • one eye (17/04/2018, 22:41) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Blah blah blah blah blah
  • Boo (18/04/2018, 07:18) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    They had us by the balls. Now that we comply they stop squeezing a little bit
  • Really (18/04/2018, 11:07) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    When was the effective dates of this ban cause I travel to the VI in Jan and had no issues.
  • Belonger With A Broader Perspective (18/04/2018, 21:32) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Don't BVI and USVI both make up ""THE VI"?


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