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BVI Bound #255664
05/14/2021 09:02 PM
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Submitted our travel request through the BVI travel portal today. Paid the $175/ person. Of course they update the site shortly after. I'll give some updates as we hopefully navigate to the BVI on Monday. duel

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Re: BVI Bound [Re: xrayman67] #255829
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Received approval for BVI entry this morning while in air to Atlanta. My wife received hers around midnight last night.

Re: BVI Bound [Re: xrayman67] #255834
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Good luck, xrayman67. Thanks for posting your experience. It's very helpful as we depart 5/29 for our charter.

Re: BVI Bound [Re: xrayman67] #255888
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We rode the 4 pm Smiths Ferry today. 50 passengers. Things processed surprisingly quickly. We were on our boat at 6pm. Sunsail

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Re: BVI Bound [Re: xrayman67] #255889
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Originally Posted by xrayman67
We rode the 4 pm Smiths Ferry today. 50 passengers. Things processed surprisingly quickly. We were on our boat at 6pm. Sunsail


That is very encouraging to hear after the nightmare stories this weekend! Thanks for reporting!

Re: BVI Bound [Re: xrayman67] #255893
05/17/2021 09:26 PM
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Glad to hear it, fingers crossed that you get your day 0 test in a timely manner!


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Re: BVI Bound [Re: xrayman67] #255895
05/17/2021 10:21 PM
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We are hopeful ! The boat next to us arrived by ferry last night and received their final approval about an hour ago. They were still at the dock for their own reasons. We plan to sail out in the AM!

Re: BVI Bound [Re: xrayman67] #255900
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Adrian, have a great time. Thanks for the ferry update. Certainly better than the past weekend.


Go Irish!!

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Re: BVI Bound [Re: xrayman67] #255907
05/18/2021 09:55 AM
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Were they giving tracker devices to fully vaxxed guests?


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Re: BVI Bound [Re: JasonHelmbrecht] #255908
05/18/2021 10:08 AM
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Originally Posted by JasonHelmbrecht
Were they giving tracker devices to fully vaxxed guests?

Yes, phones. No armbands. Still have to return to police once cleared.

Re: BVI Bound [Re: xrayman67] #255939
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Sitting in Benures Bay in quarantine.

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really nice...hope to be there June 14th but nor for long...:)

Re: BVI Bound [Re: xrayman67] #255948
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Kim and I just got released from quarantine 26 hours!

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Re: BVI Bound [Re: xrayman67] #255951
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Nice...we arrive on a Monday as well and hopefully it will be that quick...

Re: BVI Bound [Re: bailau] #255952
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Originally Posted by bailau
Nice...we arrive on a Monday as well and hopefully it will be that quick...

We're here until 5/30. Hope to see you here!

Re: BVI Bound [Re: xrayman67] #255956
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I just want to thank everyone who contributes to this forum and the staff at Sunsail! I have been stressed to the limit reading the horror stories on fakebook! This forum always gave me hope! Looking forward to our time in de lions! Thank you again!!!!

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Re: BVI Bound [Re: xrayman67] #255957
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Monday Jun 14th....so we have time. thanks again

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Be down on Saturday. Curious how many other boats were in Q with you at Benures Bay. And thanks for the great picture!

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3 others boats. Plenty of balls available. Water is crystal clear.

Re: BVI Bound [Re: xrayman67] #255977
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All great information and thank you for sharing, Heading down there tomorrow.
A few tips on the BVI Gateway authorization procedures.
If possible, do not start your application until you have ALL the necessary documentation because you can Not just go back in and Add your RT-PCR test results. You have to wait until someone reviews your info. and at that point they send you a link to go back in and add your test results. This part took 36 hours. If you get into a bind time wise, Lynette Harrigan w/ the BVI Tourist board is a Godsend! The woman works day & night and there isn't anything she cant remedy via email. We'll be on one of the Moorings 53PC's until 5/29, hope to meet some of you during our travels.

Re: BVI Bound [Re: xrayman67] #255978
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Thanks...I look forward to your review of the 53PC and how you find Moorings base camp

Re: BVI Bound [Re: Nanchip] #255979
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Thanks for the info, Nanchip. We leave 5/29. Do you have Lynette Harrigan's email address? Hopefully we will not need her help, but would appreciate having her email address handy.

Re: BVI Bound [Re: MKGrey] #255980
05/19/2021 11:29 AM
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Originally Posted by MKGrey
Thanks for the info, Nanchip. We leave 5/29. Do you have Lynette Harrigan's email address? Hopefully we will not need her help, but would appreciate having her email address handy.

She responds very quickly to her Facebook Messenger requests. I'd recommend using that instead of expecting her to monitor something additional.


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Re: BVI Bound [Re: JasonHelmbrecht] #255981
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she sounds like an angel! and I see people tagging her and messaging her at all hours and even Sunday's, she needs a raise!

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Originally Posted by JasonHelmbrecht
Originally Posted by MKGrey
Thanks for the info, Nanchip. We leave 5/29. Do you have Lynette Harrigan's email address? Hopefully we will not need her help, but would appreciate having her email address handy.

She responds very quickly to her Facebook Messenger requests. I'd recommend using that instead of expecting her to monitor something additional.


Completely agree especially after watching what she and 1 other lady are doing for the islands

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I received my first response within minutes of emailing her, that is her preferred mode of communication.
She had my issue remedied and my authorization in hand within 5 hours, she's amazing!
Lynette Harrigan, Email: lharrigan@bvitourism.com
Tel: +1 (284) 494-3134

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Hi bailau-I'm not sure of the Moorings base camp in the BVI's but we chartered (2) of their 51's out of St. Lucia last year and while the base was fine, the equipment not so much. I'm a strong believer in 2nd chances though so we're giving them another shot, that and their 53 is quite intriguing. We've been working with Marine Max for the past 5 years in the BVI's and I can say without a doubt they are a top notch outfit.

Laura, you are 100% correct in regard to Lynette working at all hours. That poor woman emailed me at 9p yesterday and also advised me she works until 1am nightly, she wasn't even complaining about it.
Cheers to Saint Lynette-

Re: BVI Bound [Re: xrayman67] #255987
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Went to police station in Road Town today and turned in the tracking phones. Process took about 5 minutes. They just wanted to see our passports and email of quarantine release on our phones. Headed to Peter Island today.

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Originally Posted by xrayman67
Went to police station in Road Town today and turned in the tracking phones. Process took about 5 minutes. They just wanted to see our passports and email of quarantine release on our phones. Headed to Peter Island today.

were you able to go to the station across from the ferry dock or the one a little out of town next to a school?


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Re: BVI Bound [Re: Nanchip] #255989
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Originally Posted by Nanchip
Hi bailau-I'm not sure of the Moorings base camp in the BVI's but we chartered (2) of their 51's out of St. Lucia last year and while the base was fine, the equipment not so much. I'm a strong believer in 2nd chances though so we're giving them another shot, that and their 53 is quite intriguing. We've been working with Marine Max for the past 5 years in the BVI's and I can say without a doubt they are a top notch outfit.

Laura, you are 100% correct in regard to Lynette working at all hours. That poor woman emailed me at 9p yesterday and also advised me she works until 1am nightly, she wasn't even complaining about it.
Cheers to Saint Lynette-


Never been to St Lucia but are frequent flyers at Moorings BVI and the 514 PC and for better or worse Moorings is the devil we know. Just curious as to if BVI Moorings base is back up to speed as they let go of a lot of people and just brought them back...have a good trip

Re: BVI Bound [Re: JasonHelmbrecht] #255996
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Originally Posted by JasonHelmbrecht
Originally Posted by xrayman67
Went to police station in Road Town today and turned in the tracking phones. Process took about 5 minutes. They just wanted to see our passports and email of quarantine release on our phones. Headed to Peter Island today.

were you able to go to the station across from the ferry dock or the one a little out of town next to a school?

We went to the station by the school.

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Re: BVI Bound [Re: xrayman67] #255997
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Lynette Harrigan also monitors the BVI Alive group on Facebook and so tagging her on a post there will often get a quick response.
Another resource is Henrietta Alexander - she monitors activity on the BVI Abroad group on Facebook and has also been a lifesaver.
I think they both must work incredibly long hours and they have been truly amazing.

Re: BVI Bound [Re: xrayman67] #256100
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Update:
Arrived today. Entry is still a bit convoluted but they’re working out the creases. A full nasal lobotomy, lots of documentation and an hour later we were able to leave EIS.
Even though you’ve received your BVI Gateway auth. Be sure to bring your RT-PCR results, you’ll be asked for them a few times.
For those who are vax’d but paid the $175 entry fee online, they will either refund your $70 upon arrival or you can use it for the exit test. I emailed the Covid response team before we left the US and already have our exit test scheduled.

The scoop on the tracker band= they really are paper concert bands, the tracker itself is provided very nonchalantly in a small wet bag. We were told to just keep it aboard and plugged in...

Now for the good news, they told us to just return the tracker itself to the airport when we head home. No need to make an extra trip to the police station!!
Moorings base camp- 4-5 Q boats on our dock with lots of empty slips. All in all, boatloads of Very content travelers.

Re: BVI Bound [Re: xrayman67] #256101
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Seems like it's different depending on who or where you come in. We arrived Monday via ferry. They were very straightforward that the phone- tracking devices must be returned within 24 hrs. to a police station. The accompanying paperwork stated we would be fined $25/day for not complying that would be charged to the card on file.

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Originally Posted by Nanchip
Update:
Arrived today. Entry is still a bit convoluted but they’re working out the creases. A full nasal lobotomy, lots of documentation and an hour later we were able to leave EIS.
Even though you’ve received your BVI Gateway auth. Be sure to bring your RT-PCR results, you’ll be asked for them a few times.
For those who are vax’d but paid the $175 entry fee online, they will either refund your $70 upon arrival or you can use it for the exit test. I emailed the Covid response team before we left the US and already have our exit test scheduled.

The scoop on the tracker band= they really are paper concert bands, the tracker itself is provided very nonchalantly in a small wet bag. We were told to just keep it aboard and plugged in...

Now for the good news, they told us to just return the tracker itself to the airport when we head home. No need to make an extra trip to the police station!!
Moorings base camp- 4-5 Q boats on our dock with lots of empty slips. All in all, boatloads of Very content travelers.



Thanks..>I would be curious as to your wifi. Moorings is indicating they now have Wifi on the boat. I have always (unfortunately) needed and got the Renport upgraded one. Can you let me know what you have and how good it is? Trying to figure out if it is on par with Renport upgrade

Re: BVI Bound [Re: xrayman67] #256103
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We are on a Sunsail. At Cooper now. Wifi on boat is included last 2 trips. Been streaming music for 3 days!

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Which boat...LOL

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Dark n story! Wife got an Old Fashion! Great drinks and service at Cooper! Headed to VG tomorrow. Everyone is very happy people are here!

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Cool...I was thinking which boat in the picture I sent of the Cooper Webcam. Great name for a boat

Have a great time my friend

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Originally Posted by bailau
Which boat...LOL

Thanks

Flag pole is pointing at us! LOL! Happy hour at Cooper. Wife got a little shopping done. Bacon cheeseburgers on the the boat! Headed to VG tomorrow. Long Bay or North sound, we'll see. Having a great time!!!

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