Are the BVI open for day charters?
The rules have somewhat been relaxed starting October 1st for vaccinated travelers but there still are testing requirements for entering BVI and re-entering USVI that make it unpractical for day charters. We will continue to monitor the situation and update you here.
Effective 1st October 2021
Fully vaccinated travelers with recent test (max 5 days) can enter the BVI but still have to take test upon arrival (50$). The test from entry should then also be good to re-enter the US. So with the normal customs fees you are looking at about 125-150$ extra per person to go to the BVI for the day. The problem is if anyone tests positive (can be false positive) you have to quarantine in the BVI for 14 days or until negative test (so you would need very good travel insurance to cover these costs of staying in the BVI for you and your family but also the boat and captain). The full rules are below and you can check the official update here: http://bvi.gov.vg/travel-protocols
Where captain & crew are fully vaccinated:
A person is deemed to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after they have received both doses of an approved two-dose vaccine such as AstraZeneca, Pfizer, or Moderna, and one shot of a single-dose vaccine such as Johnson & Johnson.
Fully vaccinated persons will not be required to complete the portal.
Present on arrival negative results of a PCR or approved Rapid Antigen test taken no more than 5 days prior, along with proof of vaccination.
Subject to a Rapid or PCR test on arrival. Where a rapid test is taken you will await results at the port of entry.
Fully vaccinated travelers with children:
Children (between 5 and 17) traveling within a group of fully vaccinated adults (as above) will be subject to testing on arrival. They will be immediately released from quarantine along with their fully vaccinated parent or guardian. They must remain within their ‘bubble’.
Present on arrival negative results of a PCR test taken no more than 5 days prior.
USVI Charter Options
While we continue to monitor the situation about day charters, we would love to show you a good time in the USVI on a half day, 3/4 day, full day or sunset cruise and you can also add fishing to the charter. For food stops there is Pizza Pi the Pizza Boat (re-opening in November), Lovango Cay (re-opening December 20th) and Lime Out the Taco boat which has already re-opened for the season. Check out the options here.