Updates from White Bay Villas regarding COVID-19.

Please read the important information below regarding Government Covid-19 related requirements for entry into the BVI. We aim to provide updates as soon as we receive them so you can get back to planning your very much needed Caribbean vacations as soon as possible.

November 29th, 2021 - Update:

Are you a fully vaccinated traveller arriving in the Virgin Islands? You can now test within 48 hours of travel, show your results, your vaccination card and your proof of medical insurance and you are good to go. If you decide to test within five days of arrival you must pre-register for a rapid antigen test via the Hummingbird portal.

West End Ferry Terminal – https://westend.bvi.care/

Road Town Ferry Terminal – https://rtferry.bvi.care/

Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport – https://airport.bvi.care/

Sister Island Ports Will Reopen For Int’l Vessels.

- "The sister islands of Jost Van Dyke, Virgin Gorda, and Anegada will resume/commence operations as international ports of entry in the coming days. Premier Andrew Fahie gave that indication while celebrating the West End Ferry Terminal’s reopening to accept all types of maritime traffic.“With the new COVID travel measures that came into effect 1st October, it is a joy to witness the revitalization of the West End port which reopens as BVI Health Services Authority commenced the administration of antigen rapid tests to fully vaccinated captains, crew and passengers of commercial and private local and foreign registered vessels,” the Premier said in a recent social media post. “The ports of Jost Van Dyke, Virgin Gorda and Anegada have also been designated and approved for entry by fully vaccinated international travelers,” he added.

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Ferry Trips Between USVI and BVI to Increase to Two Daily From Oct 15 - Due to Increase in Bookings

- "Starting October 15 there will be an increase in international ferry trips from the United States Virgin Islands to the British Virgin Islands with two daily round trips.This is according to the BVI Ports Authority (BVIPA) which made the announcement on Tuesday October 5 via a media release.

“Per request from our International Ferry Operators the international ferry passenger schedule between the British Virgin Islands and the US Virgin Islands has been adjusted for the period starting 15th October until 31st October 2021 due to increased bookings,” the BVIPA stated."

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Fully Vaccinated Travelers Exempted From BVI Entry Portal From Oct. 1

- Beginning October 1, all fully vaccinated travelers to the BVI including cruise ship passengers and crew will no longer have to apply to enter the BVI using the BVI Gateway Entry Portal. Premier and Finance Minister Hon. Andrew Fahie made the announcement late September 21 during the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) radio programme. “You don’t have to worry about the portal at all if you are fully vaccinated and go through all these tests. You don’t even have to tell us you are coming, you just show up at the port you are leaving from with a negative test [no older than five days], proof of vaccination and you come and when you land you have to pay for the antigen test, right now its $50 per person,” he said.

“Coming into the territory you don’t have to go through the portal anymore after the 1st October once you are fully vaccinated. Only fully vaccinated persons or any minor that is traveling with a fully vaccinated person. All other persons not in that category going to have to use the portal still, and that is in the process of being updated so it will be more user friendly,” he said. Also, there are heavy fines attached to any passenger or carrier who breach the new rules. The transporter will be fined up to $10,000 per passenger and passengers will be individually fined up to $5000.

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For Unvaccinated Travelers:

- Apply on-line on the BVI Gateway, a separate application for each traveler, no less than 48 hours prior to travel. https://bvigateway.bviaa.com- If you are flying into St Thomas, you will need to apply for the USVI Travel Authorization as well.

- Receive a negative PCR Covid 19 test within five days and no less than 24 hours of travel (vaccinated travelers included).

- Order provisions online no less than one week prior to your arrival so that your provisions may be delivered on time for during your stay with us.

- Upload all documents in a PDF format to the Gateway no less than 24 hours prior to travel. Negative test results, proof of health insurance, travel itineraries, accommodation confirmation, and copy of passport will be required for each traveler.

- Once you arrive in Tortola, you will immediately receive a rapid Covid 19 test.

- You must remain on White Bay Villas property under quarantine. On day 7, you will receive a second Covid 19 test at the clinic in Great Harbor. Once you receive a negative result of your second test, you will be free to go anywhere in the BVI.

- If you are traveling back to the USVI, even if you are just passing through to get home, you will have to apply for travel authorization once more and test within 48 hours of travel. Testing is available on Jost Van Dyke at the clinic in Great Harbor for $70. Please visit the USVI Travel Portal for updated requirements.

- If you are traveling back to the USVI, even if you are just passing through to get home, you will have to apply for travel authorization once more and test within 48 hours of travel. Testing is available on Jost Van Dyke at the clinic in Great Harbor for $70. Please visit the USVI Travel Portal for updated requirements.

- Most restaurants are open for your enjoyment!

Traveling to Jost Van Dyke During COVID-19:

Listen in as one of our guests shares her experience traveling to White Bay Villas during the COVID-19 pandemic -

A personal note:

When I first started going to Jost Van Dyke in the early 1970s, the excitement of going there was everything. Traveling to my personal heaven was a wonderful adventure and a personally transforming experience because I knew what was awaiting me once I arrived. In those days, I had to first get to St. Thomas and then run around for many hours in a van I chartered by the hour to assist me in shopping for supplies. The goal was to get to Jost and have everything I needed - so that once there, I didn’t need to leave.

It always came to pass that I arrived in the dark to JVD, in a small boat, and usually very wet from the sea. But, it didn’t matter, because it was well worth it. The freedom of being on Jost, away from the hustle and stresses of the rest of the world, was my salvation. Decades later, the feeling I have when arriving on Jost Van Dyke is the same. I hope we can find a way to communicate to our guests that once they settle in their Villa, experience the beauty of nature, peace of mind, incredible views, and crystal clear waters of White Bay, they will be so happy for dealing with some inconveniences. We are confident you will feel that the travel adventure is part of the mystique of Jost Van Dyke.

- John Klein, Owner of White Bay Villas

Frequently Asked Questions

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Can I still travel to Jost Van Dyke (JVD)?

No. All ports of entry into JVD and all the BVI are closed until at least June 1, 2020 to everyone EXCEPT British Virgin Islands (BVI) “Belongers”, “residents”, and those with BVI work permits. But, strictly enforced “stay at home” orders remain still in place in JVD and all the BVI.

Where can I find updated information as to when “ports of entry” to both the USVI and BVI will reopen?

We here at White Bay Villas will post updates on our website as we get them. Otherwise, please check both the USVI and BVI government websites - click here for USVI COV-19 updates or click here for BVI COVID-19 updates.

What if we arrive on JVD by private yacht? Can we still stay at White Bay Villas (WBV)?

NO private yachts and other vessels can enter the BVI and the government is patrolling and monitoring to ensure that. Only approved BVI ferries can travel, and even they are very restricted. All passengers will be screened and their temperatures taken. When allowed by government, only BVI “Belongers”, “residents”, and those with BVI work permits will be allowed to travel and only by authorized ferries within the BVI and onto JVD.

White Bay Villas is currently “closed”. When will WBV reopen?

WBV will reopen when 1) the BVI government allows businesses to reopen, and 2) when we believe that it is safe again for our staff and guests.  It is possible, and even optimistically, that the BVI might open again September 1 to non-residents. Currently, the BVI is in lockdown until June 1.

What happens to White Bay Villas staff while WBV is closed?

We have invited staff to live at WBV, and we have ensured their safety.We are using the closure of WBV to work on special projects, deferred maintenance projects, adding more renewable energy projects and even more resiliency, and doing early (and normal) hurricane season preparations. 

All villas are being deep-cleaned and disinfected, and then we close them up tight. We still check on the units weekly and do tasks such as flushing toilets, run water from faucets, turn ceiling fans on and off, test air conditioners, etc. We want to be ready to open as soon as we are allowed and guests can again travel.

Are there any active COVID-19 cases on JVD? Were any past guests or staff exposed to COVID-19 prior to WBV closing?

World-wide the situation is fluid. As of this moment on 4/18/20, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 on JVD, but there are several positive cases on Tortola, including one death. WBV will postany changes as soon as we know them. For up to the moment information, it’s best to check with both the USVI and BVI government websites (links below):

USVI COV-19 updates   BVI COVID-19 updates

NO past WBV guest or staff member has been exposed to COVID-19.

Are any businesses still open on JVD?

The BVI government has enforced that all hospitality businesses (e.g. hotels, Inns, vacation rental homes) and restaurants must close. No groups greater than 2 can be together. There are only a few grocery and other food retail shops that remain open on JVD, but have restrictions. Residents and Belongers are able to get some supplies from Tortola, but they must abide by strict curfews, social distancing, and travel rules which keep changing.

What are the residents of JVD doing during these tough times?

There is a strictly enforced “stay-at-home” order.  People on JVD are doing whatever they can to stay safe. The beaches are closed, but no one is even allowed to go in the sea. There are few if any jobs that are available, as most all the businesses on JVD and other BVI have now closed.  JVD is totally dependent on tourism. But life still goes on as best as it can. Some residents might be able to work virtually from home depending on the Internet access.

JVD is currently like a ghost town, and all you can hear are the waves, the wind, the birds, and the wild goats. Only a couple private boats are in White Bay, and they belong to BVI residents who live on their boats.  JVD feels like it did 40 years ago with the entire beach to yourself.  Wild goats are roaming down from the hills as no one is around to scare them. 

Is WBV still accepting new reservations for 2020 and beyond?

Yes! In fact, we are offering special deals with reservation and deposit protection. See our online reservations and/or call us. We are hoping (and praying) that by the fall we will be able to accept visitors and guests.

What if I have an existing reservation for WBV and I can no longer go?

Call us at 1-800-778-8066 or to Lucy at 1-340-642-4484. You can rebook for another time and at the same rate.  Please view our cancellation policy.  There are no penalties, late fees, or rebooking fees. We will do everything we can to protect your deposit and help you to rebook for a later date. 

Can you change an existing WBV reservation?

Yes. Call us at 1-800-778-8066 or to Lucy at 1-340-642-4484. You can rebook for another time and at the same rate. Please view our cancellation policy. There are no penalties, late fees, or rebooking fees. We will do everything we can to help you rebook for a later date.

Are there any penalties or rebooking fees if we change our WBV reservation?

There are no penalties, late fees, or rebooking fees. We will do everything we can to help you including to rebook for a later date.  Any reservation with White Bay Villas can be moved to a future date of your choice with no fees or penalties.

I understand that WBV also has properties in St. Thomas USVI. Can we still make a reservation to stay there?

WBV does have sister properties on St. Thomas. We are not currently taking any reservations for those properties. Unfortunately, travel into the USVI also has significant restrictions.  Only USVI residents are currently allowed into the USVI at all its ports of entry including the STT and STX airports.

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