Due to strong travel demand from the Northeast, the Midwest and the South Central regions of the mainland United States, American Airlines is adding flights to the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Beginning in November, American will serve the U.S. Virgin Islands by offering service to St. Thomas with two daily flights from Charlotte; daily flights from Philadelphia; and Saturday service from both Chicago and Dallas-Fort Worth during the first half of the month, followed by daily flights from both cities in time for Thanksgiving. The additional flights will complement the existing thrice daily service between Miami and St. Thomas.

St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands will also have an increase in service from American in November with two flights a day from Miami as well as daily Charlotte flights during the second half of November, up from the existing Saturday service.

“We are readily preparing for this robust increase in flights from our longstanding air partner,” said U.S. Virgin Islands Commissioner of Tourism Joseph Boschulte, in a statement, who added that the service aligns with the rollout of the Territory’s enhanced prescreening travel protocols.

Every traveler aged five and older who enters the U.S. Virgin Islands is required to use the USVI Travel Screening Portal and submit a Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) test result at www.usviupdate.com/travelportal. The recently updated edition of the secure online portal incorporates QR and color-coding technology to process and confirm passengers’ submissions.

U.S. Virgin Islands-bound travelers are required to provide either a COVID-19 antigen (molecular/PCR/rapid) test taken and negative result received (both within five days of commencement of travel to the Territory), or a COVID-19 antibody test taken and positive result received (both within four months of commencement of travel to the Territory).

For more information about the U.S. Virgin Islands, go to VisitUSVI.com. For more updates on new protocols, visit Recommend’s Safe Travels page. Stories about future travel can be accessed at #AmazingDaysAhead. For more insight on how the U.S. Virgin Islands put brakes on travel to battle COVID-19 read here and for information about its reopening here.