I've heard this as well. Especially the part about "...and their belongings..." is going to cause chaos if they do require all and sundry to lug their baggage into the small office spaces at Jost, West End, Spanish Town or Gun Creek!
I'll wait for the dust to settle and see what the actual rule
is going to be. Considering that the USA has always required that all aboard go to customs
& immigration this isn't completely new - although no other islands in the Caribbean
have that rule
This is, I believe, less about curbing smuggling and crime and more about making things more complex for charter
industry boats based in the USVI going to the BVI. Basing boats in the USVI is cheaper and the BVI might be trying to "get back" at the money
bleeding from their islands.