Follow the governmental guidelines for safe travel to St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands during COVID-19. Take responsibility for our own health, as well as the health and safety of those around you. As the US Virgin Islands welcomes visitors, we’ll share the top island wide safety precautions, healthy travel practices, and what you can expect during your stay.
U.S. Virgin Islands Travel Screening Portal
Every traveler (visitors AND residents) age five and older who enters the U.S. Virgin Islands is required to use the USVI Travel Screening Portal AND to submit a COVID-19 test result prior to travel in order to avoid being denied boarding of their flight, enhanced health screenings and/or mandatory self-quarantine. The secure portal can be found at www.usviupdate.com/travelportal.
ALL travelers ages 5 and up coming to St. Croix, by air or sea, including residents returning home, must come with the following:
- A travel certification from the USVI Travel Screening Portal, AND one of the following:
- A COVID-19 molecular test (e.g., RT-PCR, viral or nucleic acid amplification) from a nasal or throat or oral rinse and/or saliva sample taken and a NEGATIVE result received within five days of commencement of travel to the Territory; OR
- A COVID-19 antigen (rapid) test taken from a nasal or throat swab sample taken and a NEGATIVE result received within five days of commencement of travel to the Territory; OR
- A COVID-19 antibody finger stick or blood draw test taken and a POSITIVE result received within four months of commencement of travel to the Territory
- Note: At this time, there is no exemption to the COVID-19 test requirements listed above for those who have been vaccinated.
For a complete and up-to-date list of the COVID-19 testing and travel requirements, visit usviupdate.com.
The USVI Department of Health and the USVI Department of Tourism have partnered to provide a hotline with answers to all COVID-19 related questions for those travelling to the United States Virgin Islands: (800) 372-8784.
Top Safety Precautions
- Masks or facial coverings: “No Mask, No Service” is the current motto here in the USVI for all businesses, accommodations and public areas, so please come prepared.
- Social distancing: All businesses are required to physically distance patrons. Please keep 6 feet away from others both indoors and outdoors, including on the beaches.
- Sanitizing and disinfecting: All businesses are following strict safety and hygiene protocols and frequently sanitizing all frequently touched surfaces. Do your part by washing your hands often, and covering your cough/sneeze with your elbow or a tissue. Use hand sanitizer or hand wash stations wherever they are provided by restaurants, shops, transportation operators, and businesses.
What To Expect on St. Croix
For the highlights, you can download our flyer on what to expect on your trip to St. Croix:
- You will be screened and have your temperature taken at the airport
- You will be required to complete a Travel screening Questionnaire
- Passengers may be screened and quarantined by the Department of Health based on initial screening and questionnaire results
- ALL travelers ages 5 and up coming to St. Croix, including residents returning home, must come with a COVID negative PCR test that was taken within 5 days of travel AND must get travel certification from the USVI Travel Screening Portal.
- All taxis, buses, and limos are operating at only half of capacity (unless passengers are from the same family/group)
- Vehicles are being cleaned and disinfected at frequent intervals
- Drivers are wearing a mask/facial covering
Effective September 18, 2020, hotels, villas, Airbnb accommodations, guest houses, temporary vacation housing, charter vessels and similar businesses may accept new reservations and check in new guests.
Restaurants & Bars:
Restaurants may offer dine-in service at up to 75% of capacity, with the following restrictions:
- No seating of more than 6 persons per table (unless passengers are from the same family/group);
- Tables must be 6 feet apart, and;
- Patrons must wear masks at all times when not eating or drinking;
- All nightclubs must remain closed starting December 17th until further notice.
Retail Businesses & Attractions:
Retail stores and attractions are operating with social distancing and facial covering restrictions. Many stores also offer online shopping, see our Shop St. Croix Online page for more information. Casinos and gaming facilities are reopen.
Healthy Travel Practices
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends travelers exercise the following healthy travel practices whenever traveling:
- Wash hands often, or use hand sanitizer if you are unable to wash your
- Cough/sneeze into your elbow or into a tissue
- Consult with a doctor before traveling when sick
- Stay up-to-date on vaccinations
- Avoid contact with people who are already sick
- Avoid contact with animals while traveling
- Be aware of the latest travel advisories from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. State Department
Travel From the US Virgin Islands
The CDC travel requirements related to COVID-19, which go into effect on January 26, 2021, for all air passengers arriving into the United States DO NOT apply to persons traveling/returning from the USVI to the United States unless required by your State or local government authorities.
Currently New York state is requiring all individuals traveling into NY from the US Virgin Islands to quarantine. Be sure to check with your final destination to find out if you will be required to quarantine or test out of quarantine with a negative COVID-19 test after your stay here on St. Croix.
The new CDC requirements, which go into effect on January 26, 2021, DO apply to passengers arriving in the USVI or US from a foreign country. A foreign country means anywhere that is NOT a state, territory or possession of the United States.
For up-to-date information on US Virgin Islands travel information, please visit usviupdate.com.
While traveling to the US Virgin Islands, we want everyone to please stay safe out there. Whether you are a resident of the island, or traveling to St. Croix for a visit, focus on doing the simple things that will keep you and those around you safe and healthy. As always, safe travels!
-Jennie Ogden, Editor