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CDC Issues Warning Against Travel to the USVI, Citing ‘High Risk’ of Covid-19, Limited Medical Resources


(VI Consortium) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a warning to Americans not to travel to the U.S. Virgin Islands if they don’t have to, with the CDC pointing to a high risk of the coronavirus in the territory and limited medical resources for those who contract the disease.

In the warning, the CDC included these key points:

CDC recommends travelers avoid all nonessential international travel to the U.S. Virgin Islands. Travelers at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 should consider postponing all travel, including essential travel, to the U.S. Virgin Islands.

COVID-19 risk in the U.S. Virgin Islands is high.

If you get sick in the U.S. Virgin Islands and need medical care, resources may be limited.
Check with the Office of Foreign Affairs or Ministry of Health of the U.S. Virgin Islands or the US Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs, Country Information page for details about entry requirements and restrictions for arriving travelers, such as mandatory testing or quarantine.

Local policies at your destination may require you to be tested for COVID-19 before you are allowed to enter the country. If you test positive on arrival, you may be required to isolate for a period of time. You may even be prevented from returning to the United States, as scheduled. You might consider getting tested before your trip. If so, see Testing for COVID-19 webpage for more information.

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