United States Virgin Islands

Travel Advisory

Updated March 7, 2022 – Please carefully read the following advisory. If you have any further questions, email info@usviupdate.com 

  • All domestic travelers 5 years of age or older and all international travelers 2 years of age or older who enter the U.S. Virgin Islands by air or sea are required to use the USVI Travel Screening Portal and get cleared to travel to the USVI.
  • Without travel clearance from the portal, passengers may not be able to board an aircraft or vessel to the territory. Digital or printed documents are acceptable.
  • Travelers are required to present their travel clearance (email with green QR code) from the USVI Travel Screening Portal and acceptable documentation of their COVID-19 test status and/or vaccine status (if required), to local officials upon arrival in the Territory. 
  • Travelers are required to present their travel clearance (email with green QR code) from the USVI Travel Screening Portal and acceptable documentation of their COVID-19 test status and/or vaccine status (if required), to local officials upon arrival in the Territory.
  • Travelers should follow the testing and travel guidance in one of the categories noted in Information for Leisure Travelers.
    • Individuals arriving from the mainland United States or a U.S. Territory (domestic travel)
      • Individuals who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and are traveling from the U.S. mainland or another U.S. Territory
      • Unvaccinated individuals that are traveling back from the U.S. mainland or another U.S. Territory
    • Individuals traveling from international destinations, including the British Virgin Islands
  • USVI Travel Screening Portal
    • Submissions to the Travel Screening Portal are processed seven days a week, 365 days per year. Every effort is made to expedite review and processing for individuals with impending travel.
    • You may track your submission by using this link: https://usvitravelportal.com/tracking-application
    • You may also email travelportal@usvitravelportal.com with any questions or concerns; kindly include the Tracking ID code you received upon successfully completing your submission.
    • If you are within 24 hours of your planned travel and have not yet received a response, please check your Junk, Spam or Promotions folders and contact us so that we can be of assistance.
  • The laboratory that performs the COVID-19 test must be certified under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment (CLIA). You can check a lab’s certification status here: https://www.cdc.gov/clia/LabSearch.html.  
  • Travelers originating outside of the United States should use COVID-19 testing facilities that are formally approved in their departure country. Many countries comply with IS015189 or ISO/I EC17o25 standards. Notwithstanding, the USVI reserves the right to reject any test result and/or require a traveler to re-test upon arrival in the Territory.
  • Failure to comply with the airline requirements may subject the traveler to criminal penalties under 42 USC 271 and 42 CFR 71.2, in conjunction with 18 USC 3559 and 3571. Willfully giving false or misleading information to the government may result in criminal penalties under 18 USC 1001.
  • Submission of a fake, forged, falsified, or otherwise altered test result is subject to prosecution and fine under Executive Order(s) of the Office of the Governor, USVI Department of Health regulations and/or pursuant to criminal code 14 V.I.C. § 843 and 795 of Title 14 entitled “False and Fraudulent statements upon the Government”. Penalties may include fines of $500-$1,000 and/or imprisonment of two to five years.
  • Quarantine:
    • Travelers who are required to self-quarantine for any reason are responsible for all quarantine costs, as advised by the USVI Department of Health and the Office of the Governor. This includes costs associated with the COVID-19 test, transportation, accommodations, food and beverage, and medical care.
    • Per the Department of Health, every person ordered to self-quarantine shall proceed directly from the airport or seaport to their home, vessel, or booked accommodations provider. The self-quarantine period shall last for 10 days from the time of entry into the Territory, or until the traveler is able to receive the required health authority clearance while in the Territory. 
  • Facial Masks:
    • All arriving passengers MUST wear a mask or facial covering that fits snugly and completely covers the mouth and nose upon disembarkation. This requirement is enforced by a fine. Children under two, persons unable to remove a mask without assistance and persons with a disability who cannot wear a mask, or cannot safely wear a mask, because of the disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (42 U.S.C.12101 et seq.) and further defined by https://www.cdc.gov/quarantine/masks/mask-travel-guidance.html, are exempt. Individuals with chronic respiratory conditions should seek advice from their primary care physician for alternative types of masks and avoid crowds. All travelers must also comply with social distance requirements.
    • Despite the May 16, 2021, CDC guidelines that relax mask-wearing for certain fully vaccinated individuals, the Government of the U.S. Virgin Islands has not changed or removed local masking requirements. All individuals, whether fully vaccinated or not, are required to comply with local rules. Individuals and business establishments found in violation of the mandatory masking guidelines will be subject to administrative fines and penalties. 
  • Upon arrival into any U.S. Virgin Islands port, all travelers are subject to the Territory’s screening procedures, outlined below. By reading this Travel Advisory, all travelers by embarkation on an arriving aircraft or vessel grant their consent to these procedures.
  • Upon aircraft or vessel arrival, a representative will advise passengers about the current screening procedures. Upon exiting the aircraft or vessel, all passengers will be escorted to the Virgin Islands Port Authority temperature check-point. 
  • Travelers may be subject to COVID-19 health screening protocols, enhanced screening, including temperature and thermal scans, and COVID-19 testing (or retesting) upon arrival, per the Department of Health.
  • Travelers departing from the U.S. Virgin Islands are advised to check with their intended destination to determine what, if any, COVID-19 travel or testing requirements are in place. A list of facilities in the Territory that offer COVID-19 testing can be found here: http://bit.ly/usvitesting.   

Visitors and residents who have travel or tourism-related inquiries are asked to email info@usviupdate.com or call the Department of Tourism at 340-774-8784 (St. Thomas-St. John District), 340-772-0357 (St. Croix) or toll-free 1-800-372-USVI (8784). The USVI Travel Screening 

Portal is located at www.usviupdate.com/travelportal.

USVI Sunscreen Law

Please Use Only Mineral Sunscreen. It’s the Law in the U.S. Virgin Islands!

Please help preserve the glorious beaches and stunning underwater world that lure you to our shores so that you and your loved ones can enjoy them for years to come! Avoid sunscreens that contain the “Toxic 3 Os” of oxybenzone, octinoxate and octocrylene – they are prohibited in the United States Virgin Islands. Wear rashguards, hats and use only non-nano mineral sunscreen containing zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, the only sunscreen ingredients deemed safe and effective by the FDA. Always read the ingredient label to avoid sunscreen containing oxybenzone, octinoxate and octocrylene. There are so many options to choose from.

For a selection of recommended non-nano mineral-based sunscreen lines, please scan here:

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