A media release from the Immigration Department on Wednesday outlined the measures that must be taken by both employers and employees to ensure a smooth return into the territory.
“Companies that employ work permit holders that are outside of the territory must create an account online as part of the process. They should also search to verify if the company has been listed in the registry and if not, should proceed to the registration process,” the release said.
“The registration process will continue to be facilitated on the online portal www.bvitravel.vg which will allow for owners or employers to register their company and/or organisation as well as the employee whom they wish to travel back into the territory,” it added.
Once the online submission with all the required documents is completed, a joint team from the Immigration and Labour departments will review the application and either approve or deny the applicant.
The departments are also advising applicants that the process will take a minimum of two weeks and warned persons not to make any travel arrangements before receiving official approval.
During Phase II, the persons permitted entry into the territory include work permit holders, work permit exemption holders; residing entry permits such as retirees and homeowners; students of locally-based medical schools and the H Lavity Stoutt Community College and persons employed by the government of the Virgin Islands bodies, agencies, boards and teachers whether public and private.
Dependents of Belongers, permanent residents, work permit holders and work permit exemption holders, persons desirous of conducting business in the territory, and diplomats deemed as business visitors are also permitted entry.
Also allowed temporary entry in the territory for a maximum of five days during this period are aviation crews, maritime crews, healthcare practitioners/medical staff, emergency maintenance, repair and other technical personnel and other essential specialised workers.