Welcome back to The Moorings Marina in Tortola!

Please view Tortola’s latest travel requirements in response to COVID-19 below. The Moorings will continue to monitor these updates to keep our guests informed of any changes. Until further notice, sailing between the US and British Virgin Islands is prohibited.

We would also advise that you contact your airline for the most up to date information around entry requirements and re-entry to your home country.

While the BVI are opening their borders for international travelers, certain Policies and Procedures will need to be followed when entering the country, before and during your stay there. Please bookmark this page as travel updates are frequently announced.

Before You Go | Entering the BVI | Covid Testing

Travel Advisories

The British Virgin Islands have recently updated their Travel Requirements to enter the territory, and we at The Moorings continue to monitor these updates to keep our guests informed of these changes. Please see the current policies and procedures below:

All travelers over the age of 5, regardless of vaccination status will have the following entry requirements:

  • Present a negative rapid antigen test or a RT-PCR taken up to 48 hours before entry.
  • Alternatively, a person may present a document issued by a licensed medical professional certifying COVID-19 recovery within 90 days prior to arrival, in place of a negative test.
  • If unable to present a test or recovery certificate, the person will be tested on arrival.

All Travelers:

  • Any persons traveling to the BVI, regardless of vaccination status, will no longer need to register for entry clearance on the BVI Gateway Travel Portal and will no longer be required to show proof of travel insurance.
  • Any persons transiting through the BVI for less than 24 hours or have been away for less than 24 hours will no longer need to present a COVID-19 test result upon arrival.

Arriving in the BVI

All Travelers:

  • The wearing of face masks or face coverings, whether indoors or outdoors, will no longer be mandated by law, but will be allowed as a matter of choice in public spaces.

COVID-19 Testing 

Below are testing site and cost information for testing on the islands. The average cost is between $70 and $225 per person, depending on the type of test required.

We offer testing directly at the base through Dr. Emelandu from Emel Medical Centre.

  • Dr. Emelandu from Emel Medical Centre Open 8am- 5pm Mon- Thurs, and 10am - 5pm on Friday's Saturday's and Sunday's (This includes Christmas day and New Years day).  To schedule testing, please visit  www.emelmedical.com Emel Medical Center or leave the names and email addresses of all passengers with reception. Cost $100 with results offered within 30 minutes. Tel: 1284 345 3635; Email: [email protected]
  • MD Link concierge testing (the medical nurse that comes to your boat) | Phone: 284-440-3070  | Cost: $225 PCR | Rapid Antigen is $125  
  • BVI's: Penn Medical in Road Town | Phone: 264-495-3299  | Cost: $80 Rapid Antigen | $100+ PCR  
  • Wellness Center Clinic, Tortola Pier Park Schedule: M-F 9-8pm weekends by appt. | Phone: 284-496-0838 | Email: [email protected] - Cost:  $75 Rapid Antigen | $100+ PCR
  • Dr Dougan Private MD, available across Tortola, the doctor does not have access to a boat to be able to service the islands. Phone: +1 (284) 440-3070

All testing facilities will be open across the holidays including Thanksgiving and Christmas.

  • What happens if you test positive during exit testing? The covid test will provide the Ministry of Health with a CQ value. This value is directly linked to how contagious you are. The Ministry of Health will issue a quarantine order and a retest date. Based on how high your CQ value is will dictate how long you will need to wait before retesting. You will likely be back at base when you receive your test results and in the first instance, you should contact your insurance company to seek advice. If you are still on our yacht and the yacht isn't booked for another charter, we will allow you to remain on the yacht at your own expense until you or your insurance provider can organize hotel accommodation for you.

Terms and Conditions

Travel Insurance 

  • All guests must provide proof of travel insurance that protects them in case of cancellation, quarantine requirements, or hospitalizations from Covid-19.
  • We recommend purchasing travel insurance coverage through our partner Redpoint Travel Insurance.

Guest List

  • In preparation for your arrival, we ask that you complete your Guest List, complete with all passenger information for everyone on board your vessel, including yourself. Please submit this at least 30 days prior to departure.

Pre-Provisioning

  • Order food and beverages in advance with our convenient online provisioning store and have your provisions delivered directly to your yacht. Please complete your provisioning order at least 14 days prior to departure.

Reserve Your transfers

  • Arrange for a pre-paid transfer from the Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport (EIS) or the ferry terminal in Road Town to our marina in Tortola.
  • Ferry service from the US Virgin Islands to Tortola has resumed and is currently operating with 3 ferries per day with limited capacity. View BVI Ferry Guide.
  • To fly to Tortola (EIS), you may connect from either Cyril E. King Airport (STT) in St. Thomas or San Juan Airport in Puerto Rico.
  • Contact a Vacation Planner to make flight or transfer arrangements. Please check with your airline for the most up-to-date information regarding return-flight protocols.

Chart Briefing

  • We require all guests to watch a chart briefing video prior to travel. The captain and first mate must become familiar with the sailing area by reviewing this chart briefing video, and we invite you to do so in the comfort of your own home prior to your scheduled departure date. Watch BVI Chart Briefing.


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Travel.state.gov, The BVI Tourist Board and the Government of the Virgin Islands are good sources of information.