COVID19 UPDATES

5/13/20

Hi FlyAway Friends,

As of 5/4/20 the USVI has moved to a status known as “Yellow” or “safer at home”.  In this phase, non essential businesses are able to reopen and we are thrilled to be able to resume our charters for our amazing FlyAway friends and guests.  In addition, beginning June 1st, Governor Bryan is allowing visitors to return to the territory.   While we are excited to have you back, we also recognize the threat COVID 19 still presents.  We always take your safety incredibly seriously, and COVID is no exception.  We are implementing a series of measures to protect both your health and ours:

  • All surfaces of the boats will be sanitized both before your charter and multiple times throughout the day.
  • We will be adhering to social distancing guidelines
  • Group size will be limited
  • Hand Sanitizer is provided aboard
  • A hand washing station provided aboard
  • We ask you to bring your own snorkel gear (which can be rented for the duration of your stay) so no one ever shares gear
  • Complimentary masks are available for guest use
  • Just like normal, all of our charters are private so rest easy knowing you will only be with the folks in your group
  • Have an additional recommendation?  We are all ears!  Let’s all work together to keep safe, sanitary and healthy!

Please stay abreast of updates from our local government for changes and developments.  We have provided a series of links to resources at the bottom of the page for you to keep updated.  If you have ANY questions please reach out to us via email, FB messenger, Insta messenger, or phone.  We are here and are always happy to help with any questions, COVID related or not.  🙂
We look forward to welcoming you and having a great time on the water!!!

Thank you,

Colin, Leah, Baby Thatch (born 5/3!!!) and Scuppers


3/23/20

Hi FlyAway Friends,

With the rapidly changing “current situation” as the Corona Virus-19 pandemic progresses Colin and I (Leah) wanted to reach out.  As of now, 3/23/20, the governor has restricted local travel, suspending any tourist visits for the next 30 days. We understand that this a hard time for everyone and we are all experiencing various impacts of this rapidly changing pandemic.  In all times, but especially now, lets all do all we can to be kind and offer help to others and to build bridges rather than barriers.  Please do all you can to protect everyone’s health, especially those at a higher risk and take the recommendations and rules from local and federal government as well as the CDC.  This is a world wide problem which will take all of us to stop.  But we can!  As we all socially distance there is ample time to fill.  We will be sharing online resources relating to the Virgin Islands, their history and more through our FB and Insta feeds and encourage you to use this time to dive deeper into the wonder of the islands you already love.    Also, we have added a photo album on our FB page as well as a slideshow here of current and past pictures of ours from STJ + VI.  You are welcome to download any you’d like and enjoy the slideshow.  We hope they make you smile and are calming to see.   For more information about the situation in the VI as it develops, please scroll down for resources.  If you have any questions at all about a charter in the future or a previously scheduled charter please email us at flyawaychartersvi@gmail.com.

Lots of love from the whole FlyAway Team!  Be well and wash your hands like CRAZY!!!!!  <3

Colin, Leah (+Baby Hanson in her belly) and Scuppers!

RESOURCES: COVID19

Please always follow the CDC’s direction and recommendations for your health.  You can find their constantly updated COVID19 page here. To see what is going on locally with the governmental response in the USVI, we advise you to follow our Government House   or our VI DOH.  To keep up with what is happening we recommend all of the following news sources:

We also recommend following the blog, News of St. John, to keep up with both current information on a daily basis and more.

  • Summary of Governor Bryan’s address on 3/19/20 can be found here.
  • As of 11 AM on 3/18/20: The ports in the BVI have been closed to all visitors beginning 3/19/20 and will only accept residents, belongers and those with a work permit.  For more information on the COVID19 response in the BVI you can check here.  Our airports and seaports remain open.  For more information on the current status of STJ regarding COVID changes follow News of St. John’s COVID 19 Page, and check here for updates on closings.

Generally Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ about FlyAway Charters, St John, British Virgin Islands
and powerboat trips in the Virgin Islands including the BVI’s and the USVI.

Clearing customs between USVI and BVI?
You do need a passport. During a Virgin Islands charter, you need to clear customs when entering a new country (BVI to USVI or vice versa.) Clearing customs into the BVI can be done at a few different locations in the BVI and we will pick one based on our other destinations for the day.   Clearing customs into the USVI is usually done at Cruz Bay, St. John. The process of clearing customs typically takes 45 minutes but can definitely vary based on the amount of traffic and customs officers. You do need a passport.

Do you do scuba diving?

While we do not provide scuba charters, our dear friends at Busy Bee Charters do!  They are also out of Coral Bay and can take you scuba diving to some beautiful locations!  Not certified yet?  They can take care of that too!  Check them out: Busy Bee Charters

What should we bring aboard?
Towels, environmentally friendly sunscreen (no aerosol sunscreen please), cameras and extra T-shirts are essential but you can also bring special drinks and snacks. Rash guards or UV protection shirts are recommended.

What will be provided?

We will have an ice chest with water and ice, please feel free to bring along any drinks or snacks.

What is the legal drinking age?
18 years old. Note: While an 18 year old on island can buy, order, drink alcohol they can not transport bottles of alcohol back to the US with them.

Internet service available?
In the BVI and USVI there are some WIFI locations and “internet cafes” throughout the cruising area. Internet service is not available in most other cruising areas.

Have a question not listed?

Just ask!  We are happy to help!