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USVI Travel Portal to be discontinued June 1, 2022

The USVI Travel Portal, launched during the Covid-19 pandemic in an attempt to minimise the spread of the virus from individuals entering the US Virgin Islands (USVI), will be discontinued on Wednesday, June 1, 2022. Photo: Getty Images
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CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St Thomas, USVI- The USVI Travel Portal, launched during the Covid-19 pandemic in an attempt to minimise the spread of the virus from individuals entering the US Virgin Islands (USVI), will be discontinued on Wednesday, June 1, 2022, Governor Albert A. Bryan Jr confirmed to the Consortium on Tuesday, May 24, 2022.

The move is significant, as it ends a requirement that many had found vexing, though it was an important tool in the administration's fight against the Coronavirus. 

The decision to discontinue the portal keeps in line with comments the governor made early March when Mr Bryan lifted the indoor mask mandate. At the time, he told the Consortium that the portal would remain in place until June.  

Ending the travel portal requirement further realises the territory's new Covid endemic status, an announcement made two weeks ago. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a disease is endemic when it is a constant presence in a population, follow predictable patterns and occur at an expected, baseline level. "To put it another way, an endemic disease is consistently present, but it spreads at predictable rates that can be managed by communities," said the CDC.

The seasonal Influenza, for example, is an endemic disease in the United States. Malaria is an endemic in many parts of the world, with 229 million cases reported 2019.

Department of Health Infectious Disease Specialist, Dr Tai Hunte-Ceasar, said the territory is "entering into a state of endemicity where Covid-19 will continuously be prevalent throughout the territory and Covid levels will rise depending on the level of activity and variants circulating among the community."

USVI transitioning into state of 'endemicity'

“Our current positivity rate is 15 percent. However, we are seeing a lower level of sickness in our hospitalised patients,” Dr. Hunte-Ceasar said. “We began our transition out of the pandemic into endemicity with the relaxation of Covid-19 restrictions. So, let’s continue to work together and keep each other safe by doing our part.”

Yet while the administration has announced the transition to endemic Covid status, the CDC hasn't made this determination. In its latest update regarding endemic diseases, the agency said that when Covid is finally declared an endemic, this may "translate to continued mask-wearing in places like public transportation, indoor settings, and offices."

Additionally, the CDC stated, "With good community efforts, high vaccination rates, and improved treatments, Covid-19 can potentially become a predictable disease that communities can cope with, much as they do the seasonal flu."

"For now, vaccination efforts remain a key step in ending the pandemic and transitioning to an endemic."

As of Tuesday there were 888 active Covid-19 infections territory-wide, an increase of 90 from Tuesday's 798 cases. St. Croix leads infection rates with 578 active cases, followed by St. Thomas with 277, and St. John with 33, according to the V.I. Dept. of Health. The territory's positivity rate stood at 14.37 percent.

23 Responses to “USVI Travel Portal to be discontinued June 1, 2022”

  • about time (25/05/2022, 13:44) Like (33) Dislike (7) Reply
    Why the BVI always behind in everything?
    • Funny (25/05/2022, 21:57) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply
      behind everything? You cannot enter the USA unless you are fully vaccinated unless you have a US passports who is leading?
      • BVI tourist (27/05/2022, 08:19) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
        @Funny - unless you come in through the southern border... Then the democrats don't care if you have Covid, a passport, etc. Total free for all.
  • what does this mean (25/05/2022, 14:12) Like (21) Dislike (5) Reply
    When can we, unwaxed BVIslanders travel to St. Thomas?
  • Domestic (25/05/2022, 14:52) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is only domestically not for International travelers. Meaning from the US to the US country
  • Ok. Then. That's Nice. (25/05/2022, 15:10) Like (1) Dislike (8) Reply
    The BVI is Jokey.
  • ok (25/05/2022, 15:18) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    Do you still have to get tested for COVID when traveling to the USVI?
  • Rubber Duck (25/05/2022, 15:44) Like (12) Dislike (5) Reply
    When will the ridiculous rules in the BVI be dumped. Last in the world at everything.
    • Ohh (26/05/2022, 05:35) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      You all always complaining. Never see some people who never satisfied.
  • Jojo (25/05/2022, 16:19) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
    It is about time, it was a hassle for older citizens. They were confused because they are not computer savvy. Thanks for that.
  • lol (25/05/2022, 16:51) Like (17) Dislike (2) Reply
    You all asking when the BVI will follow. They following us, shame you don’t keep up. We did away with our portal llong time. Unvaccinated visitors can enter BVI and no longer have to quarantine. Unvaccinated visitors still cannot enter the USA including USVI.
    • look (26/05/2022, 09:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Unvaccinated still have to do the portal to enter BVI. From July first the USVI will have no portal. How hard is that to understand
  • yall (25/05/2022, 16:55) Like (18) Dislike (7) Reply
    Coming back home to BVI is the problem for the healthy unvaxxed
  • Domestic (25/05/2022, 19:47) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    @ok. Yes. The remove of portal is only for the US to the US. Any international travel must still do the portal.
  • Smh (26/05/2022, 09:36) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    The USVI did away with portals and protocols for domestic travel months ago. This applies to international travel. Endemic
  • lol (26/05/2022, 11:11) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Good news. Saving both money and time.
  • unvaccinated (27/05/2022, 00:44) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    So can the unvaccinated go USVI ?
    Vax and unvax sharing catching suffering hospitalized etc from Covid what’s the diff ?


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