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.

July 15th, 2022 - Travel Update:

Virgin Islands To Discontinue COVID-19 Test Entry Requirements

Effective Friday July 15, persons visiting the Virgin Islands will no longer be required to present a negative COVID-19 test to gain entry.

The Cabinet of the Virgin Islands passed an amendment to the COVID-19 Control and Suppression (Entry of Persons) Regulation on July 13 that revokes COVID-19 testing requirements.Minister for Health and Social Development Honourable Marlon Penn said that further relaxation of the COVID-19 Suppression measures is based on the reduced impact of the disease and the move from pandemic to endemic.

Honourable 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 with regards to travel to the Territory.

”The Minister for Health is further urging persons to remain vigilant and continue to practice good hand hygiene and wear a mask when in questionable environments to reduce the risk of exposure.

The Government of the Virgin Islands is committed to improving the health of the people of the Virgin Islands.

See original press release here.

Traveling to Jost Van Dyke During COVID-19:

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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