Travel Details

Immigration
Visitors may be granted entry for up to one month at the ports of entry, provided that they possess return (or ongoing) tickets, evidence of adequate means of support, and pre-arranged accommodations during their stay. Visitors wishing to stay longer will need to apply for an extension from the Immigration Department in Road Town, Tortola, or at the Government Administration Building in Virgin Gorda.

A valid passport is the principal requirement for entry into the British Virgin Islands. Be sure to travel with a passport if traveling through the US or wanting to visit the USVI during your stay.

How To Get Here
Traveling from North America, you’ll find flights to either San Juan, Puerto Rico or to St. Thomas, USVI. If traveling from Europe or South America, you’ll find flight options to San Juan, St. Kitts, St. Martin or Antigua. Reliable commuter airlines flights are available to Tortola’s Beef Island Airport in less than one hour from each of these connections.

Cape Air, Tel: 800-352-0714 or 1-508-771-6944
www.capeair.com

Seaborne Airlines, TOLL FREE: 866-359-8784
http://www.seaborneairlines.com/

Alternatively, you could charter your own small plane with Island Birds. They will be awaiting your arrival at any International Caribbean airport you choose even if your commercial flight is delayed. Island Birds is known for their service and reliability. For a fast and friendly turnaround, let Island Birds fly you directly to and from the British Virgin Islands. Check-in time for your charter return is only 15 minutes prior to departure.

Island Birds, Tel: (284) 495-2002 or Email: info@islandbirds.com

There are scheduled ferries that run from St. Thomas to Road Town, Tortola as an alternative; however, they only operate during daylight hours – so the last ferry is usually around 5pm. Make sure that your flight arrives in time for the transfer to the dock (approximately 45 minutes to the furthest ferry dock from the airport) or make arrangements to overnight in St. Thomas and catch the ferry the following morning. Ferry service starts at approximately 7:30am.

Your travel agent or International airline will be able to assist booking flights. If you plan to make your own reservations on the internet, remember that you will have to request flights to Beef Island, Tortola or type the airport code which is EIS.

North America
As of December 31, 2006, US & Canadian citizens will need a valid passport to re-enter the United States. Visit the U.S. Passport office (http://travel.state.gov/) for more information.

Europe
European citizens need a valid passport to enter The British Virgin Islands. However visitors that are residents of certain countries, require a visa in order to enter The BVI. If in doubt about the necessity of a visa, contact the nearest BVI Tourist Board Office, the nearest British Embassy, or contact the Chief Immigration Department, BVI Government at Tel: (284) 494-3471 or 468-3701 ext. 4700.

Caribbean
Please note that citizens from some islands may need to obtain a visa to visit The British Virgin Islands. Visitors from these Caribbean islands need to have a visa in order to enter The BVIs. If in doubt about the necessity of a visa, contact the nearest BVI Tourist Board Office, the nearest British Embassy, or contact the Chief Immigration Department, BVI Government at Tel: (284) 494-3471 or 468-3701 ext. 4700.

Electricity
110 volts, 60 cycles

Currency
The U.S. dollar is the official currency of the British Virgin Islands.

Climate
The BVI has a sub-tropical climate with a temperature range of 77-85 degrees F (25-29 degrees C) and enjoys cooling North East Trade winds. Nights are cooler. Rainfall averages 40 inches (102cm) per year along with the coastal areas reaching over 70 inches (178 cm) in the mountainous area. The wettest months are from September to December with February to April, the driest.

Medical
An International Vaccination Certificate is not mandatory in The British Virgin Islands. Peebles hospital has surgical, x-ray and laboratory facilities and an emergency department; there is a private plastic surgery clinic as well several private medical centres.

Driving
A valid British Virgin Islands Driving License is required by all those seeking to drive in The British Virgin Islands for 1 month or more. A temporary British Virgin Islands Driving License can be obtained from the Traffic Licensing Office or Car Rental Agencies with a valid Driver License from another country. Driving is on the left-hand side of the road in The British Virgin Islands. Minimum age for Car Rentals is 25.

Fishing Permits
The removal of any marine organism from British Virgin Islands waters is illegal for non-BVIslanders without a recreational fishing permit. Contact The Ministry of Natural Resources & Labour, Tel: (284) 468-3701 ext. 2147 for information.

Sales Tax
There is no Sales Tax in the British Virgin Islands.

Departure Tax
$20.00 per person leaving by air, $5.00 leaving by sea and $7.00 for cruise ship passengers.

Hotel Tax
In the British Virgin Islands there is a 7% Hotel Accommodation Tax payable by guests who stay for six months or less in hotels, apartments, houses, cottages, villas and similar accommodations.