British Virgin Islands
Update on the COVID-19 situation in the BVI as of September 22st, 2020
We are delighted to advise that the BVI is opening its borders to international visitors on 1st December 2020! Further information on protocols to follow soon!
Update on the COVID-19 situation in the BVI as of September 1st, 2020
Further to our press release from April 20th, 2020, we are updating you on the pandemic with regard to Horizon Yacht Charters in the British Virgin Islands. At that time, the Government of the BVI suggested that our borders will remain closed to tourists and visitors until September 1st, 2020. As this is the height of hurricane season and Horizon is usually closed at that time anyway, we have decided not to reopen our charter operation until November 1st, 2020.
As it is now September, we are unable to give you a definitive response to the question “when will the BVI be reopening its borders to tourists and visitors”? The Government has made no announcements, and in fact we are under strict curfew orders from 1pm to 5am daily until mid-September due to a spike in Covid-19 cases in the territory. Horizon in the BVI is still hoping to open up our doors again in November, but truthfully, we have no idea if this will now be a possibility due to the current situation.
We are still taking bookings and just requesting a $200 non-refundable deposit as outlined below (which is our admin fee for cancellations) so that you can reserve your sailing time and yacht of your choice, and when we know more about how tourists will be allowed back into the territory, we will then contact clients to discuss further payments towards their charters. Until then, you can reserve your November, December 2020 and 2021 charter practically risk-free with Horizon.
If you already have a charter booked for November or December 2020, and you would prefer to move your booking to a future date, we are happy to accommodate you. Please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org – our phones are only manned intermittently due to our current curfew and stay at home orders, so email is definitely the best method to reach us at this time as we are working remotely from home.
We can’t wait to welcome you back to our beautiful islands to enjoy some much-needed vacation time. Until then, we hope you all stay safe and well.
Update on the COVID-19 situation in the BVI as of April 20th, 2020
Further to our press release from April 6th, 2020, we are updating you on the pandemic with regard to Horizon Yacht Charters in the British Virgin Islands. As we neared the end of our two-week complete 24/7 Curfew, it came to light that a fourth COVID-19 case was identified, and unfortunately the patient succumbed to her illness. Our condolences go out to her family and friends. This has resulted in the BVI Government extending our 24/7 Curfew until Saturday, April 25th while they continue contact-tracing and containment. We are still working remotely from our homes, albeit with limited access.
The Government of the BVI also suggested that our borders will remain closed to tourists and visitors until September 1st, 2020. As this is the height of hurricane season and Horizon is usually closed at that time anyway, we have decided not to reopen our charter operation until November 1st, 2020.
If you have a charter booked up to November 1st, 2020, here’s what we can do to assist you:
- If your charter falls within our 90 days cancellation period (which will be up to July 20th as from today’s date April 20th), all monies paid are non-refundable and we will extend the period allowed for rescheduling for up to one year from your charter start date. The terms and conditions highlighted below will still apply (scroll down to see our March 18th policy statement)
- If your charter is outside our 90 days cancellation period, you have the option to cancel your charter and receive a full refund, less our $200 administration fee
- If you would like to make a new charter booking after November 1st, 2020 then we are just requesting the non-refundable $200 administration fee at this time, so you can secure the yacht of your choice in anticipation of travel opening up again. The balance of the deposit will be due when world events unfold, and we know that we can travel and sail once again.
We sincerely hope that each and everyone one of you remains safe and well, and we will continue to update you on the COVID-19 latest regarding our company in the BVI. Thank you for your continued support, understanding, and patience as we work through these difficult times.
Update on the COVID-19 situation as of April 6th, 2020
Further to our press release from March 25, 2020, we are updating you on the pandemic with regard to Horizon Yacht Charters in the British Virgin Islands. The Government of the BVI just announced today that we still only have 3 cases of Covid-19 in the BVI. Our complete lockdown and self-isolation to our homes has been extended to April 19th, 2020. No-one is allowed out of their homes, unless in an emergency. During this time, we will endeavour to assist you with your future charters remotely … but we are suffering extremely slow internet service with the increased traffic from home schooling and remote workers, so please do bear with us. We will be monitoring email@example.com as usual. We continue to hope you stay safe and please stay home to prevent the spread of this virus.
Update on the COVID-19 situation as of March 25th, 2020
Further to our press release from March 18, 2020, we are updating you on this situation with regard to Horizon Yacht Charters in the British Virgin Islands.
As of Monday, March 23rd, 2020 the Government of the BVI has closed all borders and no-one at all can enter the BVI. As of writing this, the Premier has announced today that there are two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our country, and we will be going into total lockdown from Friday evening until April 2nd at which point there will be a review.
To this end, we are closing our office down completely at Nanny Cay Marina to allow all our staff to self-isolate and stay safe. A few staff members will be working remotely during this time, and firstname.lastname@example.org will be manned for a couple of hours daily. We encourage you to defer your questions and emails as we self-isolate so that we can adjust to this new norm. Christalen and Courtney, our amazing charter coordinators, will do their best to try and assist you from their homes, but if your query can wait, this would be much appreciated.
Please refer to our policy below, and we are trying our best to reschedule charters where we can. In the meantime, we hope that you insured your travel and encourage you to talk to your insurers about your options. We thank you very much for your continued support during these very difficult times, and we hope you and your families stay safe.
Update on the COVID-19 situation as of March 18, 2020
We, at Horizon Yacht Charters here in the British Virgins Islands, understand how important your upcoming vacation is to you and your group. In these uncertain travel times, we know you will have questions and we hope to be able to provide you with some reassurances if you are holding reservations with us already, or would like to come and sail our beautiful waters.
We work with the very well-renowned Trip Cancellation Insurance company World Nomads, and we strongly encourage you to protect your holiday investment by insuring your vacation. Please find out more by visiting our Travel Insurance Page.
To remind you of our Cancellation Policy; any charters outside of 90 days prior to arrival date can be cancelled and refunded with only a $200 admin fee retained. Any charter deposits and balances you have paid within the 90 days’ timeframe are Non-Refundable as per our Charter Contract terms and conditions. The good news is, the British Virgin Islands is still deemed to be at low risk for travel health concerns. The Government of the British Virgin Islands is taking very proactive measures to ensure our small territory is screened to the highest level – you can find out more on what arrangements are in place by visiting the Government’s website at: https://bvi.gov.vg/
At Horizon, we are also taking extra precautionary measures in further training of our staff, sanitizing our yachts and ensuring standards of hygiene are kept to the maximum levels, as well as working with our local Environmental Health Department for the best sanitization methods to adopt. Each yacht is meticulously cleaned and sanitized after each charter. It is commonly surmised by the medical and scientific professions that viruses on surfaces breakdown in warmer climates much faster than in colder climates. Horizon always instigates a minimum 24-hour turnaround period between each charter, unlike most other companies that have a “same day” turnaround policy.
What if you have paid your deposit but not paid your balance due and your charter is starting within 90 days? If you are still unsure about whether you want to make the choice to travel to the BVI or not, Horizon is waiving the balance due rule of 45 days prior to start date for charters commencing up to May 1st, 2020. Instead, we are requiring that you pay the balance due only 14 days prior to your charter start date, giving you the flexibility to leave your choice until nearer the time of your charter start. If you decide not to travel, your deposit will be non-refundable.
What if you would like to book a charter for later in the year? As previously mentioned, charters outside of the 90 days’ timeframe are fully refundable (apart from the admin fee) so you can book with confidence, and if you also insure your vacation by using World Nomads Travel Insurance you will have the peace of mind that your vacation is covered even within the Cancellation period (please read the Policy wording carefully as each individual’s needs/terms vary). In addition, for new bookings made up to April 15th, 2020, Horizon is reducing its deposit requirements to just 25% of the charter fee to hold the yacht of your choice. The remaining 25% will be due 90 days prior to start date, and the balance will be due 45 days prior to arrival for all charters starting after May 1st, 2020.
If your charter becomes affected by travel restrictions, please consult your Trip Cancellation Insurance provider and airline representatives to enquire about your options. We cannot stress enough that Trip Cancellation Insurance should be taken for all future vacations to avoid financial distress. Please contact us if you do not have insurance as we hope we can reschedule your charter to a later date, depending on availability. The BVI is being placed under a non-essential travel ban as from March 19th, 2020.