Charter Destination Protocols

Easy-Travel Destinations

No Test Required*:

  • British Virgin Islands
  • US Virgin Islands
  • Puerto Rico
  • Belize
  • Antigua
  • St. Martin (with booster shot)
  • St. Lucia
  • St. Vincent
  • Grenada
  • Tahiti
  • Seychelles (with booster shot)
  • Greece
  • Croatia
  • Thailand

*Full protocols by destination are listed below. Some destinations require tests for unvaccinated travelers.


BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS | Easy-Travel Destination
Boarding in Tortola – BVI Itinerary

BVI SAILING VACATIONS -->

Link to: Official BVI Website

As of July 15, 2022 all entry protocols are dropped. No tests required, and vaccination not required!

Ferry reservations are requiredSee Ferries & Water Taxis.

Departure Testing:

Effective June 12, 2022 – US citizens are no longer required to show a negative COVID-19 test to return to the USA. Non-US citizens must show proof of vaccination to enter the USA. If you are traveling to another country after you charter (not US), please be sure to check that country’s entry protocols.


US VIRGIN ISLANDS | Easy-Travel Destination
Boarding in St. Thomas – USVI itinerary

USVI SAILING VACATIONS -->

Link to: USVI Official Website

No entry or exit protocols for US citizens!

Non-US citizens must show proof of vaccination to enter the USA.


BAHAMAS 

BAHAMAS SAILING VACATIONS -->

Link to: Bahamas Official Website

All travelers 2 years and older will need a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to your arrival time and Bahamas Travel Health Visa approval prior to travel.

Tests approved to meet pre-travel 72 hours or less testing requirement:

  • Fully Vaccinated visitors can get either a Rapid Antigen or a PCR test.
  • Unvaccinated visitors 12 years and older must get a PCR test.
  • Unvaccinated visitors 2-11 years old can get either a Rapid Antigen or a PCR test.

Departure Testing:

Effective June 12, 2022 – US citizens are no longer required to show a negative COVID-19 test to return to the USA. Non-US citizens must show proof of vaccination to enter the USA. If you are traveling to another country after you charter (not US), please be sure to check that country’s entry protocols.


BELIZE | Easy-Travel Destination

BELIZE SAILING VACATIONS -->

Link to: Official Belize Website

Fully vaccinated travelers must show proof of vaccination for entry. No testing requirement!
Required to purchase Belize Travel Health Insurance for $18/person – Purchase Mandatory Insurance Here.

Unvaccinated travelers or travelers who are unable to show proof of vaccination are required to present a negative result of a COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of travel or a negative result from any approved Antigen Rapid Test taken within 48 hours of travel. If no test is presented, a COVID-19 test will be administered at the airport for a fee of USD $50 per passenger. Children under the age of 5 years are exempt. All visitors to Belize are required to purchase Belize Travel Health Insurance for $18/person – Purchase Mandatory Insurance Here.

Departure Testing:

Effective June 12, 2022 – US citizens are no longer required to show a negative COVID-19 test to return to the USA. Non-US citizens must show proof of vaccination to enter the USA. If you are traveling to another country after you charter (not US), please be sure to check that country’s entry protocols.


ANTIGUA | Easy-Travel Destination

ANTIGUA SAILING VACATIONS -->

Link to: Antigua Official Website

Fully Vaccinated travelers have no test requirement!
Unvaccinated children 5-18 years old traveling with vaccinated adults must present a negative certified RT-PCR result taken no more than three (3) days or a Rapid Antigen Test taken no more than 24 hours prior to arrival.
Children younger than 5 years old are exempt from the testing requirement.

Unvaccinated adults are required to provide a negative test and quarantine for 10 days prior to boarding a yacht.

Departure Testing:

Effective June 12, 2022 – US citizens are no longer required to show a negative COVID-19 test to return to the USA. Non-US citizens must show proof of vaccination to enter the USA. If you are traveling to another country after you charter (not US), please be sure to check that country’s entry protocols.


ST. MARTIN | Easy-Travel Destination

ST. MARTIN SAILING VACATIONS -->

Link to: Official St. Martin Website

  1. Travelers from the USA and Canada, Covid-19 test requirements based on the vaccination status:
    ~Fully vaccinated with booster shot received. Booster shot should be at least 2 weeks old and not exceed 9 months since administered: No COVID-19 test required.
    ~Fully vaccinated 18 yrs. and older without booster shot: COVID-19 test required – either RT-PCR within 48 hours of departure or Ag Rapid Test within 24 hours of departure.
    ~Fully vaccinated older than 5 and younger than 18 years without booster shot: No COVID-19 test required.
    ~Not vaccinated: COVID-19 test required – RT-PCR within 48 hours of departure.
  2. All visitors, regardless of vaccination status, must complete a pre-travel application: EHAS Pre-Travel Authorization. This includes proof of a negative COVID-19 test result if applicable, information on the vaccination status and the purchase of the mandatory COVID-19 insurance (St. Maarten’s Visitor Protection Plan). Children must have the online health form filled out by their parents.
  3. Applicants will receive confirmation of their accepted application. 
  4. If health authorization is pre-approved, you will receive a (printable) pre-authorization PDF via e-mail, which must be presented at check in and to the health and immigration authorities upon arrival. This PDF will also contain a QR Code which will show the vaccination status and COVID test result when scanned.

Sailing to St. Barths from French St. Martin, then to Dutch St. Martin has no additional protocols. However from Dutch St. Martin to French St. Martin, the above protocols apply.

Anguilla has a testing requirement for vaccinated visitors depending on whether or not boosters have been received – see more details at Anguilla Tourism Website. Unvaccinated visitors are required to test and quarantine.

Departure Testing:

Effective June 12, 2022 – US citizens are no longer required to show a negative COVID-19 test to return to the USA. Non-US citizens must show proof of vaccination to enter the USA. If you are traveling to another country after you charter (not US), please be sure to check that country’s entry protocols.


MARTINIQUE

MARTINIQUE SAILING VACATIONS -->

Link to: Official Martinique Website

Fully vaccinated travelers must have a COVID-19 PCR test done within 72 hours of departure to Martinique or an approved Rapid Antigen test done with 48 hours of departure. You will be asked to show your proof of vaccination on arrival.

Unvaccinated travelers must have a COVID-19 PCR test or an approved Rapid Antigen test done with 24 hours of departure to Martinique. Unvaccinated adults are required to quarantine for 7 days.

Departure Testing:

Effective June 12, 2022 – US citizens are no longer required to show a negative COVID-19 test to return to the USA. Non-US citizens must show proof of vaccination to enter the USA. If you are traveling to another country after you charter (not US), please be sure to check that country’s entry protocols.


ST. LUCIA | Easy-Travel Destination

ST. LUCIA SAILING VACATIONS -->

Link to: Official St. Lucia Website

Fully vaccinated travelers must show proof of vaccination for entry. No testing requirement!
All visitors 18 years and older must submit an online travel registration for to receive Travel Authorization. Complete Travel Registration Form Here

Unvaccinated travelers 5 years and old must have a COVID-19 PCR test done 5 days or less from arrival in St. Lucia. All visitors 18 years and older must submit an online travel registration to receive Travel Authorization. Complete Travel Registration Form Here

Departure Testing:

Effective June 12, 2022 – US citizens are no longer required to show a negative COVID-19 test to return to the USA. Non-US citizens must show proof of vaccination to enter the USA. If you are traveling to another country after you charter (not US), please be sure to check that country’s entry protocols.


ST. VINCENT | Easy-Travel Destination

ST. VINCENT SAILING VACATIONS -->

Link to: St. Vincent and the Grenadines Official Website

The islands of St. Vincent & the Grenadines: Bequia, Mustique, Canouan, Union Island, Young Island, Mayreau, Palm Island, Petit St. Vincent and the Tobago Cays.

Fully Vaccinated visitors (and minors traveling with them) must show proof of vaccination for entry. No testing requirement!
Unvaccinated visitors must show a negative COVID-19 test result of either a RT-PCR test no more than 72 hours prior to arrival or a Rapid Antigen test no more than 24 hours prior to arrival. Unvaccinated visitors who are required to quarantine in approved land accommodations for 5 days before boarding a yacht.

Departure Testing:

Effective June 12, 2022 – US citizens are no longer required to show a negative COVID-19 test to return to the USA. Non-US citizens must show proof of vaccination to enter the USA. If you are traveling to another country after you charter (not US), please be sure to check that country’s entry protocols.


GRENADA | Easy-Travel Destination

Link to: Grenada Official Website

No entry protocols!

Departure Testing:

Effective June 12, 2022 – US citizens are no longer required to show a negative COVID-19 test to return to the USA. Non-US citizens must show proof of vaccination to enter the USA. If you are traveling to another country after you charter (not US), please be sure to check that country’s entry protocols.


PUERTO RICO | Easy-Travel Destination

PUERTO RICO SAILING VACATIONS -->

Link to: Puerto Rico Official Website

No entry or exit protocols for US citizens!

Non-US citizens must show proof of vaccination to enter the USA.


SEYCHELLES | Easy-Travel Destination

SEYCHELLES SAILING VACATIONS -->

Link to: Seychelles Official Website

Fully vaccinated plus boosted adults, and fully vaccinated children ages 12-18 years old have no testing requirement!
The booster vaccine is required for adults if the primary vaccination series is more than 6 months from travel. Children are not required to have the booster vaccine after the primary vaccination series. All visitors to the Seychelles are required to apply for Travel Authorizaton- Apply Here. And are required to have travel / health insurance to cover COVID-19 related quarantine, isolation or treatment.

Unvaccinated & vaccinated adults without booster are required to present a negative result of a COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours before departure or a negative result from any approved Antigen Rapid Test taken within 24 hours before departure. Children under the age of 12 years are exempt. All visitors to the Seychelles are required to apply for Travel Authorizaton- Apply Here.
And are required to have travel / health insurance to cover COVID-19 related quarantine, isolation or treatment.

Departure Testing:

Effective June 12, 2022 – US citizens are no longer required to show a negative COVID-19 test to return to the USA. Non-US citizens must show proof of vaccination to enter the USA. If you are traveling to another country after you charter (not US), please be sure to check that country’s entry protocols.


GREECE | Easy-Travel Destination

GREECE SAILING VACATIONS -->

Link to: Greece Official Website

No entry protocols!

Departure Testing:

Effective June 12, 2022 – US citizens are no longer required to show a negative COVID-19 test to return to the USA. Non-US citizens must show proof of vaccination to enter the USA. If you are traveling to another country after you charter (not US), please be sure to check that country’s entry protocols.


CROATIA | Easy-Travel Destination

CROATIA SAILING VACATIONS -->

Link to: Croatia Official Website

No entry protocols!

Departure Testing:

Effective June 12, 2022 – US citizens are no longer required to show a negative COVID-19 test to return to the USA. Non-US citizens must show proof of vaccination to enter the USA. If you are traveling to another country after you charter (not US), please be sure to check that country’s entry protocols.


TAHITI | Easy-Travel Destination

TAHITI SAILING VACATIONS -->

Link to: Tahiti Official Website

Fully vaccinated plus boosted adults, and fully vaccinated children ages 12-18 years old have no testing requirement!
The booster vaccine is required for adults if the primary vaccination series is more than 9 months from travel. Children are not required to have the booster vaccine after the primary vaccination series.

Unvaccinated & vaccinated adults without booster are required to present a negative result of a COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours before departure or a negative result from any approved Antigen Rapid Test taken within 48 hours before departure. Children under the age of 12 years are exempt. 

Departure Testing:

Effective June 12, 2022 – US citizens are no longer required to show a negative COVID-19 test to return to the USA. Non-US citizens must show proof of vaccination to enter the USA. If you are traveling to another country after you charter (not US), please be sure to check that country’s entry protocols.


THAILAND | Easy-Travel Destination

Link to: Thailand Official Website

Fully vaccinated travelers, including unvaccinated minors traveling with them, are required to apply for a Thai Pass and receive travel authorization – Apply Here. Requirements include proof of vaccination and COVID-19 insurance (See Recommendation). No testing requirement!

Unvaccinated travelers are required to apply for a Thai Pass and receive travel authorization- Apply Here. Requirements include a negative RT-PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival date and COVID-19 insurance (See Recommendation).

Departure Testing:

Effective June 12, 2022 – US citizens are no longer required to show a negative COVID-19 test to return to the USA. Non-US citizens must show proof of vaccination to enter the USA. If you are traveling to another country after you charter (not US), please be sure to check that country’s entry protocols.


Why Choose a Sailing Vacation: 

There are numerous reasons to consider a yacht charter at this time:

Traveling to the majority of charter destinations is almost the same experience as pre-COVID. With just a few extra steps in some cases, traveling to these easy-travel destinations is a breeze! When choosing a fun and safe vacation, know that yacht charters check all the boxes! 

  • Limited Contact with Crowds

A yacht charter provides the best privacy and seclusion. Once you are on board, there is limited contact with crowds. You are literally in your own space with just your family and friends (and the crew members on a crewed yacht.)

Enjoy socially distanced activities such as water toys, games on board, and snorkeling.

  • Cleanliness and Hygiene 

Staff and yacht crews work hard to sanitize and clean the boat prior to your arrival. This includes sanitizing all bedrooms/bathrooms, deck spaces, and dining areas. 

When possible, our partners are offering virtual check-ins and briefings for a contactless experience. Distancing protocols will be followed for any contact that cannot be eliminated. 

 

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Frequently Asked Questions: 

Below is a list of answers to some of the most immediate questions you may have. 

How is Virgin Island Sailing® Responding to Coronavirus? 

Transparency and responsibility are some of the cornerstones of Virgin Island Sailing®.

We are actively participating in hospitality meetings and providing feedback for governments, especially the BVI, to consider in their safety protocols and decisions.

We are taking the initiative to inform clients of any additional insurance that is available for flexibility and once your charter is booked, we’ll notify you right away of any protocol changes.

Can I Book a Charter Now?

Yes! Because of the many rescheduled charters and pent up demand, it’s crucial to make your reservation as soon as possible to ensure availability. 

Virgin Island Sailing® is happy to discuss any COVID-19 risks with making a reservation now and will ensure you are fully aware of your options for cancelling or rescheduling.

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