The man — a citizen of Dominican Republic — was reportedly refused entry at the airport on December 20 and placed under quarantine at Lambert Beach.
Transportation was arranged for him to be taken to the airport and leave the territory on December 21.
However, the authorities did not see him when they checked his room.
According to a statement from Minister Wheatley, the Immigration Department and the assistance of the Joint Task Force are undergoing extensive operations to locate the gentleman.
“It is also my hope that you the public will assist in sharing any information you may have pertaining to the whereabouts of the individual, or anyone that you think has information or is harbouring him,” Wheatley’s statement said.
According to the minister, the incident has brought a level of unrest and fear to the public, especially considering the possibility that COVID-19 could be transmitted to members of the community.
But Wheatley said BVI authorities carried out routine tests when the escapee arrived at the airport.
“I would like to reduce those fears by informing you that upon arrival, the passenger did undergo the on-arrival PCR testing which I can report was a negative result. While this negative test result may bring some level of relief, the fact that he has broken the law and remains at large is still of great concern for us as a government as it should be for you as a people,” Wheatley said.
Persons with information are being urged to call 468-4705, or 468-9601 immediately.