Please read the important information below regarding updated statuses during the ban on international travel and what we are doing to keep our staff and community safe. We will 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.
May 10th, 2021 - Update:
Quarantine to Be Reduced to 12-24 Hours - Beginning May 15th, 2021 - Visit White Bay Villas with a greatly reduced quarantine period.
Fully vaccinated travelers will take one test upon arrival into the BVI and as soon as they receive their results, they are free to go anywhere in the BVI.
"...Fully vaccinated persons will be quarantined until a negative test result is received from the BVI Health Services Authority..." Read more here via the BVI Government.
Travel Authorization is Required for Entry
- Apply on the BVI Gateway, a separate application for each traveler, no less than 48 hours prior to travel.
- Receive a negative PCR Covid 19 test within five days and no less than 24 hours of travel (vaccinated travelers included).
- Order provisions online to be delivered to your villa no less than one week prior to travel.
- Upload all documents in PDF form to the Gateway no less than 24 hours prior to travel. Negative test results, proof of vaccine (if available), proof of insurance, travel itineraries, accommodation confirmation, and passport will be required for each traveler.
- Once you arrive in Tortola via Ferry or Flight, you will receive a PCR Covid 19 test immediately.
- You will be transported directly to your villa by Gold Seal Certified taxi’s and water taxi’s. We can assist with arrangements. Cash will be required to cover the cost directly to the transportation providers.
- For unvaccinated travelers: You will remain on White Bay Villas property. On day 7, you will receive a second PCR Covid 19 test at the clinic in Great Harbor. Once you receive the results of your second, you will be free to go anywhere in the BVI.
- For vaccinated travelers: You will remain on White Bay Villas property until your test results are emailed to you. Once you receive the results, you will be free to go anywhere in the BVI.
Traveling to Jost Van Dyke is much easier and safer than you think.
Follow our Reservations and Guest Manager, Lucy, step by step as she travels from St. Thomas all the way to her White Bay Villa in this short video. Plus, you can now enter the BVI at the ferry terminal in Roadtown Tortola directly by taking a ferry from Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas. This can dramatically lower travel cost by flying into St. Thomas. Check out the details for the updated Covid-19 protocol.
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.