The British Virgin Islands No Longer Requires a Pre-Departure COVID-19 Test

For the first time in over two years there are no restrictions to visit the islands.

Aerial of Nanny Cay, Tortola, British Virgin Islands
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The British Virgin Islands is relaxing its entry protocols, making it easier to visit for everyone.

As of July 15, visitors to the British Virgin Islands will no longer be required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test or show proof they contracted COVID-19 and recovered within 90 days of their trip, according to the government.

In June, the protocol for travelers to be tested on arrival was terminated. The islands also ended the requirement to register on the BVI Gateway Travel Portal or show proof of travel insurance.

"We were very encouraged by the continuing trend towards milder COVID-19 infections, fewer cases of severe disease, and reduced hospital admissions," Marlon Penn, the British Virgin Islands' minister for health, said in a statement released to Travel + Leisure. "All of these metrics suggest that we have transitioned away from an acute, or emergency phase of the pandemic. If these trends continue, this virus will eventually become endemic in the Territory."

In addition to the new entry rules, the BVI relaxed its mask mandate on Wednesday, June 15, allowing businesses and other establishments to implement their own mask-wearing policies and no longer mandating face masks be worn either outdoors or indoors.

"As we move from emergency mode to a more sustainable management of COVID-19, and enjoy fewer restrictions on daily life, we must remain vigilant and prepared," Penn said. "New variants can emerge and spread fast, and it may become necessary to reinstate certain measures that have been relaxed – the pandemic is not yet over."

The British Virgin Islands' relaxed entry rules come as several countries have eliminated pre-arrival testing and other pandemic-era rules, including the United Kingdom and the United States.

Alison Fox is a contributing writer for Travel + Leisure. When she's not in New York City, she likes to spend her time at the beach or exploring new destinations and hopes to visit every country in the world. Follow her adventures on Instagram.

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