BVI drops COVID-19 entry test requirement

By Rumi Samuel Published on July 15, 2022
BVI drops COVID-19 entry test requirement

From today, anyone seeking entry into the British Virgin Islands will no longer need to supply a negative coronavirus (COVID-19) test to gain entry to the territory.

The decision to amend the COVID-19 Control and Suppression (Entry of Persons) Regulation was taken at the July 13 meeting of the cabinet.

In a statement, Minister of Health and Social Development Marlon Penn said the territory could relax its COVID-19 suppression measures due to the reduced impact of COVID-19 and the move from pandemic to endemic.

Penn said: “Currently, the statistics are revealing that the virus is having a very minimal impact on those affected, and the mortality rates have decreased significantly. That is why we feel at this stage we can re-open the borders and return to pre-COVID normal regarding travel to the Territory.”

Despite the relaxing of measures, Penn is urging Virgin Islanders to remain vigilant and continue to practice good hand hygiene and wear a mask when in crowds to reduce the risk of exposure.

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