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VI closes all airports & seaports to inbound passengers!

- as Gov’t steps up measures to prevent introduction & spread of COVID-19 in VI
Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport on Beef Island in the background. All airports and seaports in the Territory of the Virgin Islands will be closed to inbound passengers for 14 days, effective today, Sunday, March 22, 2020. Photo: VINO/File
The airport and seaport closures and other measures were announced by Premier and Minister of Finance (R1), Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1), following a Special Meeting of the Cabinet of the Virgin Islands today, March 22, 2020. Photo: VINO/File
The airport and seaport closures and other measures were announced by Premier and Minister of Finance (R1), Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1), following a Special Meeting of the Cabinet of the Virgin Islands today, March 22, 2020. Photo: VINO/File
Road Town Ferry Terminal. All seaports in the Virgin Islands will be closed for 14 days from 11:59 pm on March 22, 2020. Photo: VINO/File
Road Town Ferry Terminal. All seaports in the Virgin Islands will be closed for 14 days from 11:59 pm on March 22, 2020. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- As the Government of the [British] Virgin Islands (VI) intensifies its response to the global pandemic, Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), all airports and seaports in the Territory of the Virgin Islands will be closed to inbound passengers for 14 days, effective 11:59 pm, Sunday, March 22, 2020.

Internally, all non-essential gatherings of 20 persons or more are prohibited for the next 26 days.

This was announced by Premier and Minister of Finance (R1), Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1), following a Special Meeting of the Cabinet of the Virgin Islands today.

Closure of airports & seaports

According to Government, Cabinet has decided that effective Sunday March, 22, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. “for a period of fourteen (14) days, in the first instance, all airports and seaports in the Territory of the Virgin Islands be closed to inbound passengers (whether nationals or non-nationals) until Monday, 6 April, 2020 at 11:59 p.m., except as pre-authorised.”

It said the restriction does not apply to freight, cargo or courier craft or vessels.

“International crew members on incoming vessels will be required to remain within the port facility and comply with all Public Health measures in effect.”

No gatherings 20 or more persons

Government also announced Cabinet decided that the Minister responsible for Health issue an Order, in accordance with the Public Health Ordinance (Cap. 194), is “to prohibit all non-essential gatherings of 20 persons or more with effect from Monday, 23 March, 2020 until Friday, 17 April, 2020, in the first instance.”

All businesses to close by 8:00pm

Further, all businesses and services, and all recreational facilities are to be ordered to close by 8:00 p.m. and remain closed until 6:00 a.m. daily with effect from Sunday March, 22, 2020 at 11:59 pm until Friday, April, 17, 2020, in accordance with section 15 of the Public Health Ordinance (Cap. 194), in the first instance.

“These measures are being taken to avert the introduction and active transmission of COVID-19 in the British Virgin Islands, thereby safeguarding the health and wellbeing of all residents and visitors. For more information on COVID-19, visit,” Government stated.

Despite the climb in COVID-19 infections globally, including in the Caribbean and as close as US Virgin Islands (USVI), the Virgin Islands has not recorded any confirmed cases of the virus; however, Government has not been getting complacent in its response.

33 Responses to “VI closes all airports & seaports to inbound passengers!”

  • If you know, you know (22/03/2020, 18:06) Like (73) Dislike (1) Reply
    We see you pushing this agenda too, the average person don’t see what’s going on but there’s a few of us that do there’s gonna be some dark days ahead a lot of y’all will be caught of guard hopefully Yahweh open your eyes to see the forest for the trees before it’s too late

    P.S to all the woke ones, make sure you have seeds, ways of getting water, tools to start a fire, some sort of filtering system and lastly don’t let anyone know what you have they laugh now but they’ll cry later. Best of luck when all is said and done we are the new age Noah’s
    • Winston (22/03/2020, 18:40) Like (20) Dislike (4) Reply
      Great call.
      • Future (23/03/2020, 08:18) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
        We must close this place down completely. Everybody inside except for shopping etc.
    • @If you know, you know (23/03/2020, 08:11) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
      Yea a lot of people on this island will be in for a shock, especially those that believe strongly in the government

      The Deception has begun
  • Yes (22/03/2020, 18:17) Like (25) Dislike (2) Reply
    Thanks to u Primer
    • @yes (22/03/2020, 19:17) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
      I second the motion. I have been praying for all of us to be protected from this virus (good and bad).
  • eyes (22/03/2020, 18:29) Like (36) Dislike (2) Reply
    Good move these young people not taking this thing serious and the strip clubs not adhering to the orders business owners have to put people over money it only takes one and it's gone from there , people let's be mindful and careful we did it with Irma so let's get serious .one mistake can wipe us out.
    • @eyes (23/03/2020, 00:25) Like (24) Dislike (3) Reply
      I am keeping this real, heard my son father was up in the strip club. Well, he is banned from coming anywhere near his son until this thing calm down. I don’t care what he does but, after being up in a crowded strip club with everyone in such close contact with each other I don’t want him anywhere near his son. He can speak to his son on the phone. As a mother, I have to do what I have to do to protect the safety and well being of my child.
      • WHO no care (23/03/2020, 10:10) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        Strip clubs open and functioning is an indication of Gov selfinteres in this industry . Direct flights continued to and from the DR, the main source of the tools of the industry where there are upwards of at least 72 cases of the virus,not to mention the ongoing high rate of AIDS and other std.
        The peril of citizens of the VI,takes a back seat to personal interests.
  • Pleased (22/03/2020, 18:34) Like (47) Dislike (1) Reply
    Good job, you’re being proactive. Great governance, thank you
  • Sheep’s (22/03/2020, 18:48) Like (17) Dislike (3) Reply
  • -_- (22/03/2020, 18:49) Like (37) Dislike (1) Reply
    stop boat from st thomas and other place from entering the VI✋
  • Right foot (22/03/2020, 18:50) Like (28) Dislike (1) Reply
    Once again the government is on the right foot. Like it or not people's life matter. If all of us will do our part no plague coming in this territory. We sermon the coval 19 to scatter in the name of Jesus. The question where and how is our faith. It can move mountains and cause walls to fall. Hang in there my people dont let fear cripple your minds. Hope thou in God
  • boats (22/03/2020, 19:36) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    Make sure you stop all the boats. Some of them doing Island hopping with no regards to what is happening.
  • no mans land (22/03/2020, 19:43) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
    am in antigua was to come home tomorrow ,i dont have any more money,i am from here.what to do?i was staying in a hotel.i need to come home
    • @no mans land (22/03/2020, 21:29) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Sorry, but all I can say is do the best you can.
    • @ no mans land (22/03/2020, 23:29) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
      Go to the Embassy in Antigua and let them know that you are homeless and stranded in their country. Do not check out of the Hotel until you are secure about a plan after leaving. Be safe.
    • Indy (23/03/2020, 05:36) Like (1) Dislike (11) Reply
      You dont write or even sound like you are a Native of Tortola.
      • @indy (23/03/2020, 07:20) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
        What would that look like? I didn't know everyone in Tortola spoke the same. Friggin ree ree
      • @ indy (23/03/2020, 11:17) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
        You have a point. Supposedly the person is writing from Antigua and wants to come home to VI but soon after writes" i am from here "...naah A Tolian would not be stranded and broke in Antigua and if per chance, would have some common sense of what to do ,including making a tel call for money .
    • @ no mans land.. (23/03/2020, 08:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      I too need to come home... my return flight is Thursday... will the airlines charge us to change our dats? Was this address?
  • god is good (22/03/2020, 20:11) Like (27) Dislike (0) Reply
    Great move!!
  • NezRez (22/03/2020, 20:17) Like (36) Dislike (1) Reply
    I am 100% behind our Premier. He is trying his best to save us all. Anyone who has a problem with it can leave! Plant your veggies in pots ASAP! At least you won't have to go to the supermarket for that. These are serious times my people.
    • Hmmm (22/03/2020, 21:25) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      What about our students (our BVI youth) studying abroad in foreign lands with no family nearby who were trying to get home, and how will exemptions work?
  • Head ache (22/03/2020, 20:34) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    The term Shit is hitting the fan is real
  • Good Decision (22/03/2020, 21:42) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    I support your decision to close the borders coming in honorable premier
    It’s sad that the seriousness of this virus has not sink in with people. Some of our people who have just returned from the U.S. are not self quarantining themselves. And I also know some young people from college who have returned are locked away for 14 days. This is what responsible people do.
  • my thoughts (22/03/2020, 23:36) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    Understand that to date there are zero cases in the VI.
    But have not seen or heard any report of how many and if any tests are being done .
    So are tests and quarantine being done in the VI with its proclivity for lawlessness, carelessness and non enforcements.?
    • A better way (23/03/2020, 08:40) Like (3) Dislike (19) Reply
      I think they should have given all nationals nd resident a 3 days to get home....abroptly like that... Not good.. This would hve been a better way in my opnion.." All bvi port would be closed feffective 23rd March for out going and incoming passengers.. as per incoming we will only accept bvi landers belongers and residence for the next 3 days" . Give people a fair opportunity to get home...there is no place like home...This in my opinion is a better way.
      • @ a better way (23/03/2020, 11:01) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
        To be fair, the government did keep the ports open for the BVI and our residents for an entire week... When the ports were closed to tourists but opened to BVI residents was the government giving its belongers an opportunity to get home. I don't understand why people would want to stay away from home in this kind of situation especially considering that practically everywhere is closing their ports completely.
  • virus (23/03/2020, 03:07) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
  • Lord o (23/03/2020, 08:33) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
    OMG The BVI shut down....Only trust companies nd government workers will have Jobs....Jah... Will all those workers who lose their work get a 3 months payment exemtion from Social security and NHI...As for containers coming in... The goods cnt pck and load themselves, People have to be packing and loading them, this to me is the real hidden risk tht been ignored....
  • @ a better way (23/03/2020, 11:35) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    The writing was on the wall. Any day any hour the possibility was there..a port worker or crew sudden illness , rising infections in the USVI etc
    Moaning and shifting blame is irresponsible and immature.
  • Brace your self (24/03/2020, 00:05) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    @ A better way Brace your self cause you may hit the roof when more information is unfold shortly. I happen to be by a store today and some of our Caribbean brothers was so upset because the premier closed the ports. We have to understand it is not what you want it is what is necessary for this territory.

    The truth is if they dont like what was done it's time to make your way back to your homeland which I'm certain sure they never refused you or did they send you to our homeland. Neither did the British Virgin Islands called you.

    I'm not here trying to be negative but when I listen to these kind of stuff it hurts us deeply. You came here to make a better life, we embraced you and you could just open your mouth like an open sepulcher. All who think this BVI is a jolly ride we got news for you. Brace your self because we are going to clean it up and tighten up our belts. this is the right time to review. Make changes and add laws to protect this territory.

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