|The Virgin Islands have seen thousands of visitors in the month since opening to tourist traffic. The department of tourism believes that the Travel Screening Portal to screen for COVID-19 and the established guidelines for visitors. |
“The Travel Screening Portal has been a game-changer for us as it has given us the technological capability to prescreen and certify travelers before they arrive in the Territory, enhancing our ability to ensure that visitors and residents are asprotected as possible from COVID-19 infection,” stated Commissioner Boschulte,adding that the Department of Tourism is actively preparing for the launch ofan updated, upgraded Travel Screening Portal (version 2.0), an extension of its crisis communications plan to safeguard the public health reputation of the destination.
The current version of the Travel Screening Portal, which since its late July launch has processed close to 25,000 travelers, offers a user-friendly front-end system to walk travelers through the submission process, and a secure, state-of-the-art back-end system that allows administrators to seamlessly process submissions, and airport andseaport personnel to efficiently process travelers upon arrival. It also features mobile-optimized functionality. “
The technology undergirding the Travel Screening Portal has been designed to be the most user freindly possiable and allowing a faster mobile experience. The portal email generation system will also provide vital information to the passenger before traveling. The goal is that Artificial Intelligence will automate and increase the efficiency of the entire back-end process.
“The Department of Tourism is continuously balancing the need to promote safe and healthy travel to the U.S. Virgin Islands, while employing and deploying new and innovative technologies to carry out essential prescreening of all travelers. The healthof everyone in the Territory remains our highest priority,” noted the Commissioner, who lauded the strong communications, marketing and public relations efforts that are continuing to keep the U.S. Virgin Islands “top of mind” with travelers not only from the mainland United States, but around the world.
“Demand for travel to our islands continues on an upward trend, with inquiries and conversions to bookings encouraging, especially during this typically slow period of travel to the Caribbean. We are also pleased with the increased airlift scheduled for the coming months. We believe we have something very special to offer visitors, especially those who are seeking an escape from the pandemic lockdown that has all but crippled travel to many other destinations.”
The USVI Travel Screening Portal 2.0 is expected to launch in November, making it even easier for travelers to go through the necessary steps prior to traveling to theTerritory.
The portal is available at www.usviupdate.com/travelportal.