//Amber list destinations: British Virgin Islands

Amber list destinations: British Virgin Islands

One of the world’s best sailing destination, the British Virgin Islands is perfect for island-hopping with 60 islands and surrounding cays to explore. The four main islands include party island Jost Van Dyke, laid-back Virgin Gorda, buzzy Tortola and diving paradise Anegada.

Is the British Virgin Islands on the amber list?

The British Virgin Islands will be moved from the UK’s green list to its amber list from 4am on July 19.

Will I have to quarantine?

The government has set up a traffic light system, which ranks countries based on risk alongside the restrictions required for travel. The Department for Transport has included the following key factors in its assessment:

  • the percentage of their population that have been vaccinated
  • the rate of infection
  • the prevalence of variants of concern
  • the country’s access to reliable scientific data and genomic sequencing.

The British Virgin Islands is giving a warm welcome to the fully vaccinated who received their second jab at least 14 days before arrival.

The double-jabbed will not need to take a test on arrival or quarantine, but they will need to show proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken up to five days before arrival, as well as proof of vaccination status in the form of an NHS Covid Pass or NHS letter.

They will also need to buy a BVI Gateway Travel Authorisation Certificate for $35 (£25).

Unvaccinated children aged five to 17 travelling with fully vaccinated parents will be tested on arrival, and will need to return to a testing centre for a further test on day four.

The rules are tougher for unvaccinated travellers who will need to buy a Secure BVI Gateway Travel Authorisation Certificate for $175 (£126); show proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken three to five days before arrival; take a test upon arrival; quarantine for seven days; and take another test on day seven.

Partially vaccinated (received one dose or received both doses less than 14 days before arrival) will need to do the same as unvaccinated travellers, but will quarantine for just four days and must take a test on day four.

On return to the UK, double-vaccinated travellers do not have to quarantine – although they must complete a passenger locator form, take a pre-departure test and another test on or before the second day after arriving in the UK. Travellers who have not received both vaccinations will need to quarantine for 10 days or five days through the Test to Release scheme. Read more on ABTA’s travel hub.

How do I get to the British Virgin Islands?

There are no direct flights to the British Virgin Islands from the UK. Fly via Antigua with British Airways or Virgin Atlantic.