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3 day test window by ferry? #259432
06/28/2021 03:30 PM
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9 months of the year in Michig...
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Have been told today that the USVI is now requiring covid test be within 3 days not 5 if entering by ferry.
Has anyone else run into this today?


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Re: 3 day test window by ferry? [Re: captmonk] #259433
06/28/2021 03:38 PM
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Just came home yesterday. No issues getting approval for granddaughter off a 5 day test. Here is what the website states from 5 minutes ago.

a COVID-19 molecular (e.g., RT-PCR, viral or nucleic acid amplification) test from a nasal or throat or saliva swab sample taken and NEGATIVE result received (both within five days of commencement of travel to the Territory)

I suspect someone is confusing the arrival by air rules. If you fly to STT you will need a test within 3 days. This is to comply with CDC rules and has nothing to do with the USVI portal.

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Last edited by GeorgeC1; 06/28/2021 03:41 PM.
Re: 3 day test window by ferry? [Re: captmonk] #259439
06/28/2021 04:01 PM
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Their portal is pretty clear. Honestly, I think I'd make a new submission and see what happens.


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Re: 3 day test window by ferry? [Re: captmonk] #259447
06/28/2021 04:29 PM
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I agree with George but the mom has spoken with multiple people including a supervisor and they have all told her the same thing. They are telling her that since he is traveling from a foreign country the 3 day rule applies.


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Re: 3 day test window by ferry? [Re: captmonk] #259448
06/28/2021 04:42 PM
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You could send him over to Penn Medical and have him retested. They are saying 24 turn around.


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Re: 3 day test window by ferry? [Re: captmonk] #259491
06/29/2021 09:05 AM
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Heads up...we finally got this sorted. Seems the boy's mom put on his portal application that he was flying into STT from BVI instead of taking the ferry.
Even after talking with manager at USVI Portal they would not accept the change so resubmitted and was approved within minutes.


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Re: 3 day test window by ferry? [Re: captmonk] #259494
06/29/2021 09:27 AM
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So, just to confirm, if I am taking the ferry to St. Thomas on Friday and was tested on Monday this test will be accepted?

Re: 3 day test window by ferry? [Re: captmonk] #259522
06/29/2021 11:43 AM
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Yes.


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Re: 3 day test window by ferry? [Re: captmonk] #259526
06/29/2021 12:04 PM
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So the requirements for testing are a shorter window for air travel and a longer window for ferry? Why is there any difference at all?


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Re: 3 day test window by ferry? [Re: captmonk] #259529
06/29/2021 12:21 PM
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If you are traveling by air from BVI to the USVI you are subject to the CDC regulations for international air arrivals as the USVI is your first port of entry into the US. These are separate from and supersede the USVI regulations. The US does not have the same regulations in place for international arrivals via sea therefore the USVI regulations apply for sea arrival from BVI.


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