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BVI Gateway applications must now be completed within 24hrs of travel

-BVIAA says persons with incomplete applications will be denied entry into territory
Persons wishing to travel to the Virgin Islands (VI) must now complete the mandatory BVI Gateway application at least 24hrs before travel and must begin their application no later than 48hrs before same travel, or risk being denied entry into the territory. Photo: VINO/File
The new protocols were announced yesterday, December 11, 2020, and is effective immediately a release from the BVI Airports Authority (BVIAA) said. Photo: Facebook/GIS
The new protocols were announced yesterday, December 11, 2020, and is effective immediately a release from the BVI Airports Authority (BVIAA) said. Photo: Facebook/GIS
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Persons wishing to travel to the Virgin Islands (VI) must now complete the mandatory BVI Gateway application at least 24hrs before travel and must begin their application no later than 48hrs before same, or risk being denied entry into the territory.

The new protocols were announced yesterday, Friday, December 11, 2020, and is effective immediately a release from the BVI Airports Authority (BVIAA) said.

According to the information, “All applicants in pending status, who have not completed their necessary requirements 24hrs prior to travelling will be denied,” the BVIAA social media update stated.

The highly anticipated BVI Gateway Portal to facilitate the registration of persons for authorisation to travel into the Territory from December 1, 2020, went live on Tuesday, November 24, 2020. 

Travellers still need travel certificate to enter VI

Designed to improve efficiency with processing travellers in keeping with COVID-19 re-entry protocols, the portal can be accessed via bvigateway.bviaa.com for both resident and non-resident persons applying to enter the Territory.

At launch, the Premier's office noted, “Each traveller, including each child, must have completed an application to obtain a travel certificate for presentation to the airline authorities,” in order to gain access to the territory. 

Currently, VI is only processing flights through the T.B. Lettsome International Airport as seaports remain closed until January 21, 2021. 

13 Responses to “BVI Gateway applications must now be completed within 24hrs of travel ”

  • fun fact (12/12/2020, 14:17) Like (32) Dislike (7) Reply
    Did you know this is the first time in history that no one got sick from the flu ? Everyone just gets covid instead
  • lol (12/12/2020, 14:18) Like (24) Dislike (2) Reply
    Want to hear a corona virus joke?
    Never mind, you won’t get it.
  • fun facts (12/12/2020, 14:43) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hmmmmmmmmm.......u on it bro ..
  • ladies and gentlemen (12/12/2020, 15:08) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    The goal posted has shifted once again
  • Rubber Duck (12/12/2020, 15:32) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    It is an abysmal screw up. The only way to get round it is if you know someone in immigration or elsewhere in the system. People in government are doing a great job of helping people get past this disastrous software. Well done them.
    • Bigz (12/12/2020, 19:11) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      I agree, the application process is frustrating. If I was not a local, I would not even bother to come here. And I certainly respect whatever rules made. The problem with it is the health side. Stressed out knowing whether you can get on a plane or not down to the wire. If you don’t know someone inside to help you just forget the whole shitz show.
      • forever (13/12/2020, 07:29) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
        They take forever to respond to person but you can only apply 24 hours before your travel. That dont mek sense
  • shantel (12/12/2020, 18:13) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Disaster app, hardly works
  • @fun facts (12/12/2020, 20:33) Like (5) Dislike (5) Reply
    We don’t get the flu virus now because we are washing our hands, keeping our social distances and wearing our masks. Continue doing this and the flu will not survive.
  • Rubber Duck (13/12/2020, 09:51) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Which is it “ within 24 hours of travel “ or at least 24 hours before travel.” Usual screw up.
  • Returninglocal (17/12/2020, 07:42) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    This webapp is incomplete. Once you submit your application, you cannot edit it and they make you pay a fee during the application process. So if your application is rejected (as mines was), are they saying you lose your free? Thank goodness I applied 3 days in advance as full 24hrs has elapsed without someone from Health Authority or Airport Authority responding to me. It’s an inadequate, inefficient and disjointed process. If I wasn’t a returning local, I’d never bother to come here after this experience.
  • Angel_lv (25/12/2020, 04:08) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    It is quite frustrating that the status is still pending within 48 hrs of travel s plus I had a flight change after the submitting the application and there is no way to update or edit when it is in pending status.
    Not sure how one is expecting the application to be completed when it is only says pending for 5 days. I did the best I can do to submit in time.


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