Companies and organisations can now begin to register as part of Phase two of the Virgin Islands’ Restricted Border and Controlled Re-Entry Plan.
The registration process will continue to be facilitated on the online portal www.bvitravel.vg which will allow for owners or employers to register their company and/or organisation and the employee who they wish to travel back into the Territory.
Phase two of the Virgin Islands’ controlled border reentry process allows for several new categories to be permitted into the Territory including Work Permit Holders; Existing Work Permit Exemption Holders; Residing Entry Permits such as Retirees and Home owners; students of locally based Medical Schools and the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College; persons employed by the Government of the Virgin Islands Bodies, Agencies, Boards and teachers whether public and private; Dependents of Belongers, Permanent Residents, Work Permit Holders and Work Permit Exemption Holders, persons desirous of conducting business in the Territory; and diplomats deemed as Business Visitors.
Phase 2 also allows for the entry of aviation crew, maritime crew, healthcare practitioners/medical staff, emergency maintenance, repair and other technical personnel; and other essential specialised workers in the Territory for no longer than 5 days.
Companies that employ work permit holders, that are outside of the Territory must create an account online as part of the process. They should also search to verify if the company has been listed in the registry and if not, should proceed to the registration process. Upon submission of the online form and required documents, a team comprised of members from the Immigration and Labour Departments will review the information submitted to approve or dismiss. Registrants are advised that the process will take a minimum of two weeks which does not guarantee approval prior to confirming travel arrangements.
Virgin Islanders, Belongers, Permanent residents and Naturalised citizens can continue to register through the same online platform as well to be certified and go through pre-checks by Immigration, Public Health Division and Environmental Health Division.
For more information and assistance on Phase Two of the registration process, employers and interested persons can email email@example.com.