Non-Belongers who own homes in the BVI may now stay up to 10 months in the territory if they wish.
Under the Non-Belongers Land Holding Regulation Act, non-Belongers who own homes and property in the BVI can stay in the territory for a maximum of six months per year.
But on December 15, Immigration Minister Vincent Wheatley told the House of Assembly that Cabinet has given approval for this time to be extended to 10 months.
“Also, tourists in the past could only stay up to 30 days maximum. We have also changed that. You can stay up to about 60 days. Very simple process — write to the Immigration Officer seeking permission. It will be granted,” Wheatley assured.
“We got several requests so far. Persons want to spend two months, three months. We welcome you here. We need you here right now to kick-start the economy. But please, please, please, help to keep us safe. Follow the protocols,” Wheatley said.
Back in November, the Immigration Minister had said his ministry was exploring longer stay for non-Belongers and tourists as a way to attract longer-stay visitors and revive the COVID-hit economy.
Many Caribbean countries are exploring this option as they seek to get tourists to stay longer in their jurisdictions as visitor-arrivals have plummeted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.