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Travelers to the British Virgin Islands are no longer required to present a negative COVID-19 test to gain entry, effective today, Friday July 15, 2022. 

The decision to lift the entry requirement is based on the reduced impact of the virus and its shift from a pandemic to an endemic phase. The move comes one month after the government announced that visitors were no longer required to show proof of travel insurance and register on the BVI Gateway Travel Application Portal prior to arrival. Last month, the government also dropped the mask mandate for indoor and outdoor spaces.  

“Currently the statistics are revealing that the virus is having a very minimal impact on those affected and the mortality rates have decreased significantly,” said Marlon Penn, the Minister for Health and Social Development, in a press statement. “That is why we feel at this stage we can re-open the borders and return to pre-COVID normal with regards to travel to the Territory.”

Although the testing requirements have been lifted, Penn strongly encourages residents of and visitors to the British Virgin Islands remain vigilant and continue to wash their hands and wear masks in “questionable environments.” 

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