I have just learned of at least two cruising boats who were sttraying through BVI waters (with no intention of landing) who were stopped by BVI coast guard boats, escorted to a BVI port, and held in quarantine while charges were filed and $20,000 fines levied. These boats were apparently detained until payment made. All in response to Covid laws prohibiting foreign vessels from entering.
I have written to the BVI to express my disgust at their draconian treatment of these people, the life's blood of the BVI. I will not sail ir visit there again until and unless they apologize to those individuals and cruisers in general, the fines are rescinded, and their policy softened to allow for a simple warning for the first offense.
If you feel the same, I recommend that you let them know as well.
Kent & Iris