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Persons 'trying to beat the system' @ travel portal- Premier

- said Gov't will have to look @ increasing fines
Premier and Minister of Finance Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has told reporters the territory has experienced a number of cases where persons have tried to submit fake documents to the travel portal. Photo:
The Government of the Virgin Islands is looking at further increasing fines for COVID crimes, Premier Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has said. Photo: VINO/File
The Government of the Virgin Islands is looking at further increasing fines for COVID crimes, Premier Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has said. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Government of the Virgin Islands is making further moves to deter persons from committing “COVID” crimes in the territory by increasing already high fines.

On Friday, September 3, 2021, during a press conference, Premier and Minister of Finance Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) addressed the issue of persons being caught submitting false documents to the BVI Gateway portal, including fake vaccination cards.

Premier Fahie said, “We will be looking to see how to raise that $10,000 up, I can tell persons that from now, because for anybody to get involved in that behaviour knowingly, intentionally doing it, can cost us our economy, so we will be reviewing that and some other measures very soon, because that [fines] may have to increase.”

'Persons trying to beat the system'

Hon Fahie told reporters the territory has experienced a number of cases where persons have tried to submit fake documents to the travel portal.

“You would like to say you hope those things don’t happen but, like anything in life, you would have those persons trying to beat the system. The only problem with this is when you try to beat the system, you destroy the system and everyone in it, in and around it because this is COVID-19. If you lie about being negative and you are not, you lie about being vaccinated and you are not, you put a lot of persons' lives in danger.”

Premier Fahie also complimented the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) for imposing the $10,000 maximum fine recently on one person who was found breaking mandatory quarantine order on Tortola.

14 Responses to “Persons 'trying to beat the system' @ travel portal- Premier”

  • peace (06/09/2021, 19:23) Like (19) Dislike (1) Reply
    Please people do the right thing don't make a fool of your self and spoil the rest of community.. if your not vaccinated don't say you do & if your test not negative Please show the right thing & quarantine your self Please protect the community cause if u don't u maybe end u making innocent ppl lose their life.. Lord cover your people
  • SHAME (06/09/2021, 19:29) Like (12) Dislike (4) Reply
    Dear Government of the BVI, when you speak so you listen? I suggest you go back and review all your speeches and interviews. I think you will be enlightened and informed.
    • Poorly structured (07/09/2021, 07:04) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
      Sir Mr. Premier l am not surprised people are submitting fake information on the portal. It is poorly structured and waste of time. I don't know if it was created for bthe thousands of jobs in a thousand days that you promised but it's not working. I pray whoever created that portal for the government please ask for a refund please. Then it's another waste of time to go through the COVID process at the to ferry terminal...not good Mr. Premier and Mr. Malone.
  • Loss revenue (06/09/2021, 19:39) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    We are expecting, that as there is already a statutory fine of $10,000 in place and as reported herewith that persons have been caught trying to beat the system, that we will learn of more charges and fines imposed. If we fail to implement the protective measure at $10,000 we cannot expect better by simply raising the amount of the fine.
  • Have any fines been issued? (06/09/2021, 19:53) Like (8) Dislike (3) Reply
    So you know people have been submitting fake ish to the portal but you haven’t issued any fines or arrest anyone for this? Great sounds like BVI laws as usual. NO ENFORCEMENT.
  • Crs (06/09/2021, 20:29) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    If only one person has been fined the 10,000 then why bother raising the fine?
  • hgfhfdggfdfds (06/09/2021, 21:45) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
  • Badroads (06/09/2021, 23:18) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    It have covid crime now. What about bad road crimes for all these taxts we paying.
  • Bullcrap (07/09/2021, 04:56) Like (12) Dislike (3) Reply
    All by design. No one is coming in with false paperwork the vaccine passport is the new world order document. Mark of the beast. Can't buy or sell without it.
  • Upgrade the Vax Card (07/09/2021, 06:26) Like (4) Dislike (7) Reply
    The fully Vax ID card need a picture of the holder on it and a BVIHS stamp...
  • Read (07/09/2021, 07:07) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    @SHAME...The Premier stated "They were trying to beat the system." That means they were intercepted prior to entry. That is a good thing. My understanding from his statement; is that they were denied entry and the ones making it to the BVI will be apprehended and fined and or Jailed. Then Deported.
  • I'm TRANSVACCINATED (07/09/2021, 07:49) Like (15) Dislike (2) Reply
    I can understand lying about being negative when you are positive that is a crime. How is lying about being vaccinated or not is a crime, who am I endangering because a vaccinated person is more of a danger to an unvaccinated person. fact you can't debate.
    • Thoughtful Sailor (07/09/2021, 12:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      You are certainly correct that there is no debate, but.....the position opposite to yours is the one proven correct.
  • Madussa (07/09/2021, 10:25) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    I would like to know if I am fully vaccinated, am I obligated to take the booster every 6 months. Putting too much into my body is my biggest fear.

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