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.
August 19th, 2021 - Update:
Travel Authorization is Required for Entry to the BVI.
- 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. https://usvitravelportal.com
- 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 vaccination
(if available), 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.
- Fully vaccinated travelers will be free to explore the BVI immediately.
- For unvaccinated travelers: 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.
- The government has implemented a new later 11:00 PM curfew.
- 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.