As of 6 / 16/ 2021
As New York and California have celebrated a return to normal life, we expect that by the time of the 2022 Gay Armada, travel to the USVI and BVI - which is still functional today, may continue to ease restrictions further. Nonetheless, we are considering the current requirements to be a baseline and will march forward planning to adhere to them until we hear otherwise with more of a return to normalcy in the islands, too.
Below is a quick outline of how things work right now, and here is the quick summary:
tl;dr: GET VACCINATED!
There are some minor processing things to do, and you'll take a rapid COVID test before coming, as well as one of the last days to allow your easy return to the USA. If you have travel insurance, any unexpected delays or illness will be supported and covered.
If you have NOT been vaccinated... You're going to risk a mess for your group and some giant expenses for yourself. You need to get to the BVI a week early to be tested and cleared before you can join us at Armada events and locations. (All at your own expense, and not covered by insurance)
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UNVACCINATED PEOPLE: FOLLOW THE EXTENSIVE GUIDELINES PUBLISHED
If you are not vaccinated (likely due to health or medical situations), there is a process you can follow for all steps of the way, published by the Moorings. (CLICK HERE for list)
Please note: You will NOT (repeat NOT) be allowed to check into your yacht if you are under quarantine restrictions still from the BVI government, nor will other people be held up in limited quarantine anchorages during the trip while you await testing and results.
THE REST OF THIS PAGE ASSUMES THAT TRAVELERS HAVE BEEN VACCINATED, OR WILL HAVE BEEN PRIOR TO FEB. 2022
ENTRY INTO THE USVI: FLYING INTO ST. THOMAS FOR FERRY TRANSPORT
As of now, there is a pretty simple pre-clearance system online for St. Thomas-bound travelers, however everyone MUST have a negative COVID test within five days of your arrival into St. Thomas and have proof of it, which you will upload into the pre-clearance system online. (This applies to everyone, regardless of vaccination status).
If your test is positive (even if vaccinated), you will not be allowed into St. Thomas (or to the BVI) and will miss the trip, so make sure you have travel insurance to protect yourself
END OF THE TRIP: RETURNING TO ST. THOMAS VIA FERRY
Once again, to enter the USVI (for the return flight home), you will need to be tested again for COVID-19 during the trip, within five days of your return to the USVI en route home (Saturday) after the sailing ends
We will likely do this in groups on Wed/Thurs, and then you will do the same routine as before and enter your information into the USV travel portal, along with the negative test results from the BVI (where they are used to this process and do it continuously)
WHY IT MATTERS: HOW VACCINE USE RELATES TO SAILING AND LIFE SAFETY
We expect that all Gay Armada sailors will be vaccinated for the COVID virus for their own health, for the health of others, for the good of the community, and as a demonstration of the basic levels of decision-making skills, judgment, and responsibility that are also needed to ensure safety onboard a yacht.
Other than rare medical exceptions, a generally healthy guy who simply doesn't want this vaccine is not a good fit for this (or any) sailing trip. A commitment to group safety and supporting & protecting each against danger and risk has been core to sailing for centuries.
ENTRY TO THE BVI:
COMING OFF THE FERRY TO THE MARINA + YACHTS
The BVI also has a similar online clearance system that you will enter your information into prior to arrival, but theirs is more heavily focused on vaccination.
Fully-vaccinated travelers are able to move freely throughout the BVI upon arrival, and do not need to take any COVID tests for the BVI government (though any non-vaccinated sailors would be held up for quarantine and further testing)
BACK HOME: FLYING TO MAINLAND US AIRPORTS VIA ST. THOMAS
No additional testing is necessary to fly back to the U.S. mainland from St. Thomas. Once cleared by the USVI, you are medically clear to return home to the United States.
There may be additional requirements for foreign citizens who do not hold U.S. Green Card or other residency, and we defer to travelers to consult appropriate DHS and State Dept. sources for their particular requirements for entry to the USA or beyond