Tortola COVID-19 Visitor Status

Link to the Latest COVID-19 Statements from the BVI Government

Scroll down the page for the current press releases of the details concerning entry, testing and quarantine requirements.

Here is the link to the Visitor Portal where visitors have to register to begin the process of entry. Click on the Non-Resident button in the upper right hand corner of the page for more information.

Update November 14th, 2020 – you register before arriving, bring the results of a COVID test within 3 days of arrival. Upon arrival, you spend 4 days in quarantine, then take a test.

If all tests are negative, total required COVID testing cost in BVI is just 175 dollars. So this is good as it going to be for now. Quarantine is not so bad at Applesurf Villa on the Beach! Here is the link to the BVI Government’s Official Corona 19 policy issued via the press release of Nov 10th.

Update September 21st, 2020 – British Virgin Islands Corona virus restrictions relaxed! Open for visitors December 1st! Details to follow, hoping for Get a Test, then Relax.

Details to follow. Book, float and relax. Bliss awaits… For the latest information concerning the COVID-19 Pandemic, visit British Virgin Islands government.

Update October 26th, 2020 – Tortola opens phase 1 of the tourist industry, read the statement here.

The BVI has shutdown all travel to and from the country and has began a 24 hour curfew as of March 26th, 2020.

During the curfew, all beaches in the BVI were closed. No surfing or swimming for months!

The country started with the 24 curfew for the first month. On April 25th, the curfew was changed from 24 hours to 17 hours with residents allowed out of their homes from 6 am to 1 pm.

On May 10th, curfew was further reduced to the 12 hours from 7 pm to 6 am . Finally, the public beaches were opened!

The islands are closed to all visitors until September as of this post.

Belongers can come home on special airplane flights only, no water services. All Belongers then go thru a 14 day quarantine where they are tested for COVID-19 before allowed to go home.

To date, they have been 8 cases of the COVID-19 with 1 person passing on.

Feel comfortable to make a reservation for the coming season. Any existing or new reservation at Applesurf Villas that could or would be affected by this pandemic will be credited 100% of their rental charges.

Please email kathi@applesurf.com for details.

Tortola Pelicans Apple Bay

Tortola’s pelicans enjoy fishing, flying and playing along the shore line of Apple Bay on the north shore of Tortola. The birds are distinguished by their large elastic throat pouches. They live mostly on fish by catching them using their pouches as a fishing net.

The Brown Pelican, Pelecanus occidentalis, is the main species on the island.

Tortola Pelican looking for fish in front of Applesurf Villas over Apple Bay Tortola.

It is unique in that it fly’s over the waters looking for schools of small fish and then captures its food by by a spectacular dive bomb plunge from up to 65 feet up in the air.

It is amazing to watch them in the shallow waters along the shore, out in front of the villa, dive and not break their necks going after the fish. Most time they succeed, letting out up to two and a half gallons of salt water and then gobbling up their food with a little shake of their butt feathers as sign of success.

Getting Ready to Dive…
Straight down plunge into the water with dinner waiting below.

The photos for the “Pelicans at Apple Bay” slideshow displayed below were all taken at the Applesurf Villas located at the west end of Apple Bay Beach here in Tortola either off the deck of the Sea Breeze or the patio of the Ocean Mist.

The brown pelican was an endangered species from 1970 to 2009 as DDT decimated them by causing reproductive failures. Since then, they have come back strong. Pelicans raise one brood a year producing 2 to 4 eggs that incubate for 30 days. It takes a couple of months before they can fly and be independent with their parents caring and feeding them via a regurgitated, partially digested fish until that time. Pelican parents will provide an average of 150 lbs of fish per juvenile this way before they can feed themselves.

Pelicans live for 15 to 25 years with a wing span of six to eight feet. The birds are not fazed by human presence for the most part and are fascinating to watch as they interact with each other scouting, dive bombing and eating.

If you walk the shore road towards the Sugar Mill from where Bomba’s was, look up in the trees on the right starting at about 100 feet ahead . You might see pelicans looking out from their nests in the trees.

Slideshow above is of Pelicans diving for food, photos had to be cropped pretty good affecting resolution, so limited size. Gives you idea of the force they hit the water with!