Find the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions and the latest governmental guidelines for safe travel to St. Croix during COVID-19. As the US Virgin Islands welcomes visitors and residents returning home, we’ll share the top safety precautions, healthy travel practices, and what you can expect during your stay. Please follow all USVI and US Federal mandates and take responsibility for your own health, as well as the health and safety of those around you.
What will I need to travel to the USVI?
Every international traveler (NOT a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, lawful permanent resident, or traveling to the U.S. on an immigrant visit), 2 years of age or older, who enters the U.S. Virgin Islands (including travel from the BVI) is required to to meet U.S. Federal travel requirements before travel into the Territory to avoid being denied boarding of their flight. Please refer to CDC.gov to stay up to date on the current international travel requirements for the United States.
Currently, in order to travel into the US or USVI from an international destination every international traveler will need to provide:
- A negative antigen (antigen) or NAAT (e.g., RT- PCR) COVID-19 test result. Tests must be taken within 24 hours of travel to the USVI; AND
- Proof of full vaccination status.
Do I have to wear a mask?
The mask mandate has been lifted for most areas, but are still required in and around ports of entry, schools and healthcare facilities. It is also highly recommended that you wear a mask when in crowds to reduce the spread of the virus.
Are there things to do while visiting?
YES! Restaurants, accommodations, retail stores, tours and activities are open. We recommend calling ahead for restaurant reservations, and to book your tours and transportation well in advance.
What is the best place to find travel updates?
For a complete and up-to-date list of the COVID-19 testing and travel requirements, visit usviupdate.com.
Can I get vaccinated while I'm on St. Croix?
Yes! You can book an appointment for a free COVID-19 Vaccination or Booster directly through the USVI Department of Health COVID-19 Vaccine Scheduling Gateway at www.covid19.usvi.care/vaccines. Or, you can make an appointment with the Plessen Medical Center in Orange Grove, appointments recommended but walk-ins available Monday through Friday 8:30am to 3:30pm.
The official website for COVID-19 in the territory is the US Virgin Islands Department of Public Health. We recommend staying up-to-date by checking this website regularly, as well as signing up for local text alerts by texting COVID19USVI to 888777. You can also see how COVID-19 is impacting the territory by visiting the USVI Department of Tourism’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 Updates page.
We also recommend following these national and global health organizations regarding the coronavirus:
- USVI Department of Health
- USVI Department of Tourism
- Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
- World Health Organization
- U.S. Department of State
If you are here on St. Croix and think you may have COVID-19, Plessen Healthcare has established a special protocol at their Orange Grove Medical Campus to protect both patients and healthcare professionals. To make an appointment please call (340) 715-7720, or contact Plessen via their website at www.plessenhealthcare.com/contact. Plessen also offers COVID-19 PCR testing by appointment. Click here to read more about COVID-19, how Plessen is combating this virus, and what you can do to take care of yourself and your loved ones.
The GoToStCroix Team would like to remind you that the best thing you can do during this outbreak is to clean your hands often, avoid close contact, and take basic steps to protect others as recommended by the CDC. Also, please be sure to get your coronavirus news and updates from reputable sources like the CDC, WHO, and the Department of Health. Stay healthy!
-Jennie Ogden, Editor