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UPDATE: VI travellers to USVI must submit negative PCR tests taken within 48 hrs of travel

- as USVI government announces new travel protocols due to COVID situation in VI
In a pleasant but stern disposition, Governor of the US Virgin Islands (USVI) Albert A. Bryan Jr, through a live press conference, has warned travellers from the Virgin Islands who do not have a negative COVID-19 test in 48 hours that they would be arrested as of Monday, July 19, 2021. Photo: Facebook
The US Virgin Islands (USVI) will not be restricting the capacity of ferries operating between it and the Virgin Islands (VI). Photo: VINO/File
The US Virgin Islands (USVI) will not be restricting the capacity of ferries operating between it and the Virgin Islands (VI). Photo: VINO/File
Governor of the United States Virgin Islands (USVI) Mr. Albert Bryan Jr. will today, July 15, 2021, announce new travel protocols for persons traveling between the USVI and [British] Virgin Islands. Photo: Internet Source
Governor of the United States Virgin Islands (USVI) Mr. Albert Bryan Jr. will today, July 15, 2021, announce new travel protocols for persons traveling between the USVI and [British] Virgin Islands. Photo: Internet Source
CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St Thomas, USVI- In a pleasant but stern disposition, Governor of the US Virgin Islands (USVI) Albert A. Bryan Jr, through a live press conference, has warned travellers from the Virgin Islands who do not have a negative COVID-19 test taken within 48 hours of travel that they would be arrested as of Monday, July 19 2021.

His warning came following his announcement on Thursday, 15 July 2021, that there were changes for persons travelling from the VI because of the high active cases of COVID-19. There are now 1559 active COVID-19 cases in the VI.

“Effective Monday, anyone entering the USVI from the BVI will have to submit a negative test within 48 hours of departure. We are still accepting the positive antibody test as we are doing with all our regular portal travel for other places, but we are going to be taking extra caution, and please don’t try to game the system. We have already made one arrest, and we will make others for people trying to forge their way into the USVI,” he remarked.

Previously, persons travelling to the USVI from the VI were required to submit a negative PCR test taken within 5 days of travel.

Commenting on the ferry capacity, Governor Bryan said they thought seriously about reducing it, but “we thought better of it because all the people who are coming should have had a test within 48 hours of their departure.”

Our newsroom clarified with Government House in the USVI whether the PCR tests uploaded to the USVI travel portal have to be for a test taken within 48 hours and they have confirmed this to be so.

USVI residents wanted payback!

“A lot of people have called me and try to say now is the time to get even with the BVI for what they do to our sailors, our fishermen but now is not the time for that, now is the time to be responsible as global citizens to our community friends and family over in the BVI,” Governor Bryan stated.

“So I am asking the people who are coming over whether it is on water taxis or whatever, captains, we will arrest you if you don’t have a negative COVID-19 test, please do not enter our waters. We are not playing. We are one people, but we have to protect the Virgin Islands and the people who are coming and going from the USVI to our British brothers and sisters.”

Prayers up!

“Let us all take some time today, whatever religion you are, to pray for our brothers and sisters in the BVI. It is not an easy thing to deal with. Let us pray for their leadership, that they would have the wisdom, the discernment, to guide their people through this most difficult time,” he said in parting words.

He reminded persons that anyone making it to the USVI are eligible for vaccines at no cost to them but warned travellers “who are going over to the BVI our suggestion to you is stay safe if you are vaccinated, that is one thing… but we are not encouraging people to go over to that situation.”

The USVI has just over 120 active COVID-19 cases.

See previous article published July 15, 2021

USVI Governor to announce USVI/VI interisland travel protocols today

-Press conference will be carried like on CBN 90.9 FM and Flow channel 101 

Governor of the United States Virgin Islands (USVI) Mr Albert A. Bryan Jr will today, July 15, 2021, announce new travel protocols for persons traveling between the USVI and [British] Virgin Islands.

The announcement will come during a press conference at the Public Finance Authority conference room on St Thomas at 1:00 pm and will be streamed online via Facebook and in the Virgin Islands on CBN 90.9FM and channel 101 Flow TV.

The Livestream for the event can be accessed via the USVI Government Facebook page at facebook.com/GovernmentHouseUSVI

56 Responses to “UPDATE: VI travellers to USVI must submit negative PCR tests taken within 48 hrs of travel”

  • A so it go (15/07/2021, 13:11) Like (23) Dislike (22) Reply
    Here comes the first of many travel restrictions for non vaccinated BVI residents..... No Vaccine = No Travel.
    Vaccine + Negative test = Entry

    • Sara (15/07/2021, 14:45) Like (49) Dislike (3) Reply
      He said a Negative COVID test within 48hrs, no mention of vaccinated or un vaccinated... please stop the divison
      • Albert (15/07/2021, 16:16) Like (9) Dislike (13) Reply
        Except for the fact you may be lucky to get a negative test if you are not vaccinated.
        • Almin (15/07/2021, 21:24) Like (7) Dislike (4) Reply
          I’m not vaccinated and I got two negative tests. What’s you point?
    • omg (15/07/2021, 15:06) Like (35) Dislike (7) Reply
      “A lot of people have called me and try to say now is the time to get even with the BVI for what they do to our sailors" THAT SAYS A LOT
      • Peng (15/07/2021, 15:36) Like (29) Dislike (11) Reply
        and all the time you though they were your friends....well there you have it...u must get your own airport, seaport and coalpot...never depend on anyone or country for your growth.
        • Bandit (15/07/2021, 20:52) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
          Didn't the BVI totally restricted travel from the USVI before. At least you can still travel there if you have a negative test. The same applies to people coming from the US mainland so why you think it should be different for the BVI??
      • @wow (16/07/2021, 11:08) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
        It says alot , and it was in poor taste for Mr Bryan to say that . What did the BVI do to your sailors and fishermen exactly Mr Bryan? As I recall they breached our borders blatantly. They had US Senators threaten our officials when they were apprehended by our legal system. The US and USVi tried t o slander the BVI for trying to protect itself. get even you say, we should get even, if every person in the BVI stop shopping in the USVI, flying through the USVI etc, they will go belly up, the VI made the USVI and that is something they always forget. History reveals that. Mr Bryan should have not said that it taints his so called message of Good will, and makes us watch him with a side eye.
        • Bandit (16/07/2021, 12:39) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
          @wow. BVI people haven't been coming two the USVI for over a year to shop. They haven't been passing through the airport for that same period of time and the stores and the airport are still in business. What makes you think that the USVI actually needs the BVI. Stop chat stupidness
          • @Bandit (18/07/2021, 21:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
            Excuse me Bandit obviously you from the wanna be Vi aka the Danish West Indies so let me school you so your chat can be enlightened. First we are the original and only Virgin islands from the second voyage of Columbus they stole our name in 1917 as the US steals everything. The people of Tortola, Virgin Gorda, JVD, Peter Island , Anegada BUILT THEM UP ( every bonified USVI roots from one of those islands) if it wasn't for the VI there would never be a USVI, we might not have gone to shop physically, but have you not seen all the Cargo being brought up to Tortola in the past year? obviously not. The businesses did not stop, but they did not , however, they did not prosper as they normally would, The Point remains there are some petty foolish ignorant people in the Danish West Indies ( aka USVI) to have said that to the Governor and he was an utter fool to have repeated it. The real and original VI will prosper and bounce back as we always have and will. so Bandit shut it and tell you wanna be VI back off, and tell Gov he will never have the sense of Gov Mapp, as rude as Mapp was he had some sense.
    • Tongue Fu (15/07/2021, 16:41) Like (21) Dislike (1) Reply
      @ A so it go.
      Would you all stop! The ship is sinking and allyuh pointing fingers! Where did he say vaccinated or unvaccinated? Every man jack in the same boat. We just fostering division when there should be more unity!

      Bryan and the USVI is playing tit for tat after how we treated them when we slammed the borders shut on them. Some called St. Thomas Corona city.

      The BVI like the UK Government only has one solution: Vaccination. The difference is the UK has the health care system if that solution fails but what we have?

      We had 2 years to prepare for this eventuality and we claimed we spent tens of millions so where the money gone? We need to get medical experts on board to help us in these times and quit the pussyfooting with people's lives. Gimme break!
      • Scientist (16/07/2021, 07:17) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
        Don’t need more medical expertise. The answer lies in getting people vaccinated. In the meantime, wear the mask indoors. Maintain social distance outdoors if you’re not wearing a mask. Stay away from crowded places. Isolate if you have symptoms and tell others why you’re doing this. Get medical help quickly if the symptoms deteriorate. It’s nothing too complicated. It’s everyone civic duty if we want to get past this.
    • Jamal (15/07/2021, 20:10) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      Yeah thats what it is and its right. They don't want to die like Tola people u idgit
  • homeboy (15/07/2021, 13:25) Like (21) Dislike (28) Reply
    I am glad to see the usvi putting measure to control the spread of this virus. I do hope that this government learn from this.If the usvi control their boarders you tourism going to suffer. Do you how long this place need their own international airport?From the time Noah bill the ark.feed up with our leaders.
    • John (15/07/2021, 14:48) Like (10) Dislike (6) Reply
      This place need an International Airport since Whappy Killed Philo and saltfish was used to shingle rooftops. All these politicians in the BVI surnames are " Chambers" Democrats ALL duncy.
  • 48 hours (15/07/2021, 13:38) Like (22) Dislike (0) Reply
    Basically you have to submit a negative test taken within the last 48 hours onto the USVI portal.
    • Bandit (15/07/2021, 20:55) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
      Same policy for people traveling from the U.S. mainland to the USVI. EXCEPT its 5 days coming from the states.
  • omg (15/07/2021, 14:45) Like (21) Dislike (0) Reply
    So its does not matter if you are vaccinated! Present your negative test.
  • g (15/07/2021, 14:51) Like (22) Dislike (1) Reply
    Here takes 72 hours so....
  • Boarder Help?? (15/07/2021, 15:01) Like (15) Dislike (3) Reply
    So...we need not expend any monies on boarder protection platforms (barges) as proposed by one government consultant as our USVI neighbors gonna help with that. At least with regards to marine traffic from that end of our territory. Good news eh?
    • BORDER (15/07/2021, 16:38) Like (16) Dislike (5) Reply
      Ffs. The boarder is the guy lives in the spare room and services your wife.
  • How is this going to work? (15/07/2021, 15:17) Like (31) Dislike (3) Reply
    We have been told this week that it will take 72 hours to get results for any PCR tests due to the volume of tests being done, but the USVI require a test within 48 hours...... They may as well CANCEL the ferries because nobody will be able to comply....
    • hmmm (15/07/2021, 16:15) Like (23) Dislike (0) Reply
      Can you blame them, why should they be made to suffer when the government up here doing s$?!. Time for the BVI to get it together or we will lose more lives
      • @ hmmm (15/07/2021, 19:43) Like (10) Dislike (2) Reply
        I totally agree with you.

        I see why they call us stupid in the BVI. During the first week of July the BVI accepted ferry loads of vaccinated visitors to our shores and they were allowed to walk free into the territory with the foolish notion that vaccinated people cannot spread COVID.
        The ferrys were allowed full to capacity, zero social distancing. Now see the monster it has created. Visitors from the SVI helped to escalate our Covid cases here, now they setting restrictions. I really cannot blame them.

        All I have to say is where there is no vision the people perish.
        • @@hmmm (16/07/2021, 07:28) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
          There you go with the allegation that vaccinated visitors somehow brought the disease. Covid arrived here when the borders were supposedly closed. Where did that go? Do you believe that somehow a highly infectious disease that is asymptomatic in 50%+ of cases is just going to disappear just like that? It’s a nice thought but this doesn’t seem to be happening anywhere else. Just look over at the USVI. About 80% of positive cases are close contact and community transmission. The remainder is ascribed to travelers many of whom are locals returning from the mainland.
    • Methinks (15/07/2021, 17:17) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      The 72 hour timeframe will probably be able to be decreased as cases go down and the outbreak is contained. Honestly, 48 hours isn't unreasonable. Just that we don't have it together to be able to comply unfortunately.
  • XYZ (15/07/2021, 15:57) Like (37) Dislike (1) Reply
    “ Effective Monday, anyone entering the USVI from the BVI will …”

    Anyone includes US citizens too …
    • Bandit (16/07/2021, 12:43) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      You dont understand what anyone means. Right now you cant enter into the main land US from a foreign port if you dont have a negative results. And that includes U.S. citizens.
  • Are you a good neighbor? (15/07/2021, 16:00) Like (11) Dislike (2) Reply
    So that’s what it coming to. Bvi need wake up told you guys we the real VI look how them ova yonder behaving. Love how them showing they colors.
    • Bandit (15/07/2021, 20:58) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
      You showed yours first when you closed the borders entirely before. How short is your memory. Hmmm
  • Rapid Testing Needed (15/07/2021, 16:12) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    How ia the BVI prepared to process the tests in less than 2 days? They were struggling when they had 3 days? Rapid testing would really help this situation.
  • omg (15/07/2021, 16:16) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    That’s if you even get back your results in time.
  • Huh? (15/07/2021, 16:37) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    I believe the governor's arrest comment is pertaining to submitting forged test results.
    • Bandit (15/07/2021, 21:00) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      Believe it. They have arrested people coming from the mainland US with fake test results.
  • BuzzBvi (15/07/2021, 17:11) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    Oh dear. Did nobody tell them that BVI now say it takes 72 hours to get results back so no one can go anywhere. Never be able to go to USVI with a 48 hour window.
  • Escape (15/07/2021, 17:42) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    No more leaving the BVI by sea from next Monday 19 June because of the BVI's slow 72 hr. test results when a 48 hr. negative test result is required to enter the USVI. Once again the only escape route from the BVI now is through the airport on planes to other islands except the USVI. Hope that PR, St. Martin and other islands don't change their negative entry test result to 48 hrs. or we are all trapped here. At least the local ferries had a couple of months of business before this surge. Staycation or confinement; what's the difference now!
  • homeboy (15/07/2021, 17:55) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
    No more brotherly love between the usvi and bvi for years only when it benefit the usvi. We consider as one vi.The bvi government is so blind to this.like the usvi is their God.
    • One VI? (15/07/2021, 19:55) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
      What one VI? There is only one country with the official name of The Virgin Islands and that’s us. The Virgin Islands of the United States (formerly known as the Danish West Indies) have taken our name for themself and we have accepted a name that isn’t even ours I.e BVI
      • !!!! (15/07/2021, 21:28) Like (23) Dislike (1) Reply
        Facts! In the press conference the Governor of the USVI had the audacity to called them the VI and us the “British” Virgin Islands multiple times! Yet, we continue to call ourself the “BVI” and promote this One VI propaganda.
        • Bandit (16/07/2021, 12:49) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
          Please BVI official do the same when they refer to the USVI. Stop sweating
      • Yep (15/07/2021, 21:38) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
        Kudos!!!! Educate them
      • Bandit (16/07/2021, 12:47) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
        And the BVI was formerly the British west indies reporting to Antigua
        • Bandit needs to shut it (18/07/2021, 21:50) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          Bandit take you Danish wish you were the real deal VI and shut up
          Time to show the Danish West Indies who made them. FYI all the Ferries are VI ( Tortola Based , including Native Son, who parks their boats in Baughers Bay and their founder roots are from Tortola) . We built them, the first president of UVI was a Tortolian, lot of the prominent people in the Danish West Indies from Tortola, Anegda, JVD, VG. you have no clue of what you speak. You are as incompetent as one term Bryan
  • Hmm (15/07/2021, 18:02) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    They just need to do rapid PCR testing for people exiting that’s the only way I see they can get results to people’s within 48hrs.
  • .... (15/07/2021, 18:39) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
    them man ram us from the back with no Vaseline now they aint want we come back lol
  • Rubber Duck (15/07/2021, 19:19) Like (6) Dislike (41) Reply
    I avoid the place anyway. Gangsta infested rat hole with nasty people everywhere you go.
  • Dante (15/07/2021, 19:35) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    I only go st.Thomas funerals. So Bryan could
  • The tourists have figured it out (15/07/2021, 19:36) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Tourists figured out how to deal with this months ago. Bring your own test kit with you when you come to the BVI. Don’t waste your time trying to get tested here where you may wait days for results, no one answers emails or phone calls and you risk getting trapped and missing a flight. Tourists are using the Binax tests and bringing them here. Sadly you can’t order one as they have to be sent to a US address.
  • Jamal (15/07/2021, 20:02) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    This rich. Those strippers came from St Thomas and gave us the virus in the first place.
    • ok (15/07/2021, 23:56) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      An you imagine. This is crazy funny. Leave them people and their strippers alone.
  • uizztregfdfds (15/07/2021, 20:53) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
  • City boy (15/07/2021, 23:09) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Wow , the BVI shut down its borders for almost a year , no one could come from the USVI, what the hell you expect the governor to do , he didn’t say you can’t go to the USVI, all the man say come with a negative test within 48hours,some of you people are so stupid to try and divide the islands with you nonsense, Get the damm vaccine.
  • St. Thomian (15/07/2021, 23:59) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I was born and grew up in St. Thomas. I never live anywhere other than St..Thomas. As far back as I can remember Tortola was St. Thomas bread and butter. The governor tough talk was insensitive and demeaning in my opinion. Yes, he has a responsibility to protect the USVI but the over board tough talk was totally unnecessary. Tolians own some of the biggest houses in St. Thomas and did more to build St. Thomas than our own. Tortola peoples trust God. Every dog has his day.
    • Bandit (16/07/2021, 21:49) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      What do you mean byTortola was st Thomas's bread and butter. Tolalians made the choice to migrate to st thomas to seek a better life for themselves and their families. Whatever big houses they built, the built them with monies that was made in st thomas. They didn't bring any money with them. They didn't do st thomas any favors they were handsomely paid for whatever they built.
  • Saying without saying it (16/07/2021, 03:36) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    He does not want the BVI slanders coming there. Y’all think he doesn’t know it takes 72hrs or longer for the results. He’s trying his best not to come out and say” we don’t want you guys to come over and cause a spread”. I see no wrong in that as he is protecting his ppl it’s only right. The BVI would do the same if they had crazy high numbers as well. The way some ppl in the BVI think is why your in this position now. Everything is not always just about you... think of others. I really wish those stuck in old times will get with the time. People are dropping dead daily and all you see in the comments is unvaccinated be vaccinated. It sounds absolutely silly. It’s like the blind leading the blind down there... officials stop trying to appease to everyone and make stern rules. Everybody is too Lax. This is a serious epidemic and ppl worried about bussin a lime. Whatta country...smh.


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