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Safe Travel Practices


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 TerritoryOR
  • Fully vaccinated travelers who were vaccinated in the USVI may be exempt from submitting an acceptable COVID-19 test result for travel from the U.S. mainland and/or from another U.S. Territory, if the Official Vaccination Record can be successfully retrieved. To qualify for this exemption, “fully vaccinated” travelers must have been vaccinated in the USVI, with the officially required dosage(s) in the USVI, and have passed the two-week immunity-building period.
  • Note: At this time, there is no exemption to the COVID-19 test requirements listed above for visitors who have been vaccinated.

Passengers Traveling from the British Virgin Islands

Due to the recent spike of COVID cases in the neighboring British Virgin Islands (BVI), effective July 24, 2021, passengers traveling from the BVI to the U.S. Virgin Islands must provide evidence of:

  • A travel certification from the USVI Travel Screening Portal; AND,
  • A COVID-19 antigen or PCR test taken and negative result received (both within 48 hours of commencement of travel to the Territory) 
  • Note: Results from COVID-19 antibody tests will no longer be accepted for passengers from the British Virgin Islands.

Arriving International Air Passengers

All passengers two years of age or older boarding a flight to the United States, including U.S. citizens, permanent residents and fully vaccinated individuals, are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result no more than three days before travel (viral test that is either an antigen test or a nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT)) or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 3 months.

This applies to air passengers arriving in the U.S. Virgin Islands from a foreign country. A foreign country means anywhere that is NOT a state, territory or possession of the United States. More information on the July 6, 2021 CDC requirement can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-air-travel.html

These requirements DO NOT apply to persons traveling/returning from the U.S. Virgin Islands to the United States. Visit www.usviupdate.com for more details.

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:

Upon Arrival:

  • You will be screened and have your temperature taken at the airport
  • 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.

Transportation Services:

  • All taxis, buses, and limos are operating at 75% of capacity (unless passengers are from the same family/group)
  • Vehicles are being cleaned and disinfected at frequent intervals
  • Drivers and passengers are wearing a mask/facial covering

Accommodations:

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 4 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 went 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.

Those CDC requirements 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

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