Many of you have spoken to our Reservations and Guest Manager, Lucy, for reservations, answering questions about WBV, JVD, travel, and recommendations. The BVIs are now open, and we're getting many questions like: Is it safe to go to JVD now? Is the hassle worth it? What's it really like?
Well, follow along as Lucy travels to Jost Van Dyke to show you a first-hand experience of flying into BVI, commuting to JVD, and all the steps required in order to visit our Caribbean paradise.
Visit and follow our Facebook Page here to join Lucy as she travels to give you an experiential trip to White Bay Villas!
We hope this will help answer your questions and address your concerns. Lucy will be traveling to JVD from St. Thomas and back and following all the U.S. and BVI COVID-19 guidelines, paperwork, processes, and 4-day quarantine. She will document her travel with videos and photos every step of the way so you can see and experience what she sees and feels. Once on JVD, she will walk you around the island, give you a tour of the White Bay Village compound, show you our new Beach Club, and even interview some JVD restaurateurs, locals, and guests.
Lucy's Travel Itinerary -
February 14, 2021 - Travel Day:
- Fly from St Thomas STT to Beef Island EIS
- COVID-19 Test at airport
- Travel to WBV via Gold Seal Certified Transportation
- 4 Day Quarantine begins - Lucy will be able to explore our 20-acre property and private beach area during the 4 days.
February 18, 2021 - Final COVID-19 Test
February 19, 2021 - Release date!
- Once Lucy tests negative, she is free to explore the whole island, visit the many open restaurants, and converse with the other JVD residents (all of which have tested negative for COVID-19).
February 22nd or 23rd, 2021 - Travel Day:
- Lucy will make her way back to the main island via ferry or water taxi.
Pictures from Lucy's Trip -
We can't wait to see you in paradise! Feel free to contact us regarding any questions you may have about BVI travel requirements and if you need any help with planning your trip to 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.
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.