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Travelers from USVI & Puerto Rico Exempt From New US Entry Rules

Travelers from the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, who are returning to the US mainland, will not have to submit a negative PCR or antigen coronavirus (COVID-19) test for entry.

This was confirmed by US Virgin Islands Tourism Commissioner Joseph Boschulte.

New travel rules, which came into effect on Monday to prevent travelers from importing the omicron COVID-19 variant into the US, require all inbound international travelers, regardless of nationality, to test for COVID-19 within one day of their flight to the US.

It replaces a three-day-old test requirement that came into effect in early November when the Biden Administration scrapped country-specific travel bans.

The U.S Commissioner explained that travel to St Croix, St John, St Thomas or Water Island is within the United States’ domestic jurisdiction.

Boschulte said international travelers including those from the BVI, into the USVI, via air, must also show proof of a negative COVID-19 test (either antigen or PCR) taken within one day of departure. Immigrants must be fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination.

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