Before Arriving

With a destination as pristine and secluded as the British Virgin Islands, you’ll want to put extra time into planning a perfect arrival by sea or air, no matter where you’re embarking from.
Arriving by Air

Connecting airports surround the BVI, making arrivals and departures an easy part of your travel itinerary. When travelling to the BVI, there are no direct flights from the USA, Canada, Europe, or South America to the British Virgin Islands' main airport, the Terrence B. Lettsome Airport (EIS).

All flights must connect through another Caribbean airport on islands such as Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, Antigua, or St. Maarten. Your travel agent or international airline will be able to assist with booking flights. If you plan to make reservations online, remember that you will have to request flights to Tortola (EIS).

If you are travelling on to Virgin Gorda (VIJ), Anegada, Peter Island, or Jost van Dyke, check with your hotel, resort, or villa to make sure that charter flights or ferry service will be available if you arrive after 4pm. Otherwise, plan to spend a night or two in Tortola before exploring the rest of "Nature's Little Secrets." Boat charters can be arranged via St. Thomas, Road Town or Beef Island. 

The BVI’s additional major airports are Auguste George Airport, Anegada (NGD); and Taddy Bay Airport, Virgin Gorda (VIJ). Regular service from San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU) to Virgin GOrda (VIJ) is available with Cape Air. VI Airlink offers both commercial and charter flights from Beef Island, Tortola to Anegada (NGD). Many charter airlines also offer service to Anegada. Visit our Inter-Island Aviation section for more information.

The most direct way to arrive to the BVI from North America is via San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU). Frequent connecting service is offered by Cape Air and Seaborne, with occasional service offered by other airlines and charter flights. Charter airline service can be arranged from almost anywhere in the Caribbean. See our Inter-Island Aviation section for more information on airline charter companies.

Flights via St. Thomas - Airport Code [STT]
If you choose to arrive via St. Thomas, you can catch regular flights to Tortola and Virgin Gorda on Cape Air and Seaborne. Antilles Helicopter Services and Caribbean Buzz Helicopters also offer airport transfers to/from Beef Island [EIS] and STT.

Most travellers take one of the frequent ferries that travel between downtown Charlotte Amalie or Red Hook, St. Thomas and the BVI. Ferry service is available to Virgin Gorda on select days and to Tortola every day via West End or Road Town.
Getting to the next ferry is very easy - just take a taxi at the St. Thomas Airport and let the taxi driver know that you need to take the next ferry to Tortola or Virgin Gorda (with connections to Anegada and Jost Van Dyke). The taxi drivers will know of any schedule changes and make sure you reach the proper terminal for your connection.

Please note: Ferries from St. Thomas to Tortola and Virgin Gorda (with connections to Anegada and Jost Van Dyke) only operate during daylight hours - so the last ferry is usually around 4:30/5pm. Make sure that your flight arrives in time for the transfer to Charlotte Amalie (approximately 10 minutes) or Red Hook (approximately 45 minutes) or make arrangements to overnight in St. Thomas and catch the ferry the following morning. Ferry service starts at approximately 7:30am. Click here for more information on ferry schedules.

Flights via Antigua - Airport Code [ANU]
Travellers from the UK (from London, Gatwick) may find it easiest to travel directly to Antigua by way of the VC Bird International Airport. Connecting flights to Tortola can be booked with LIAT a regional airline.  InterCaribbean Airlines (Sundays only) and VI Airlink (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays) offer non-stop flights for passengers on Virgin Atlantic and British Airways with Coast to Coast World Wide Travel. Private charter flights are also available. Check each airline’s website for any fares and schedules.

From other Caribbean Islands:
Scheduled service is also available from St. Maarten via Winair

For further information about the airlines and their routes, please click the following links:
Caribbean Flight Information (English) - Summer 2016
Czech Republic Flight Information - Summer 2016
France Flight Information - Summer 2016
Germany (Western Europe) Flight Information (Deutsch) - Summer 2016
Italy Flight Information - Summer 2016
Latin American Flight Information (Espanol) - Summer 2016
Puerto Rico Flight Information (Espanol) - Summer 2016

 

**BVI Airways - Non-Stop Service from Miami to Tortola Coming Soon!
BVI Airways will be offering non-stop Avro RJ-100 jet service from Miami to Tortola towards the end of 2016.  The flight time will be approximately 2.5 hours, so getting to the BVI from the United States will be easier and faster than ever before.  Travelers from Europe and South America will also enjoy shorter travel times and more flexibility in connecting through Miami compared to the current intermediate destinations. The planes will have 75+ seating capacity with extra legroom and comfortable seats, and they’ll even have Premier Class service - another first.  With far more flights into Miami than either San Juan or St. Thomas, BVIA will bring more people from more places to the BVI in comfort and in style.  BVI Airways expects that tickets will go on sale through their website, as well as online services such as Expedia, in early Fall for service beginning in late Fall/early Winter 2016. For updates, check out BVIA’s Facebook page or their website - www.gobvi.com.

British Virgin Islands Tourist Board – Statement Regarding Zika Virus (ZIKV)
 
The British Virgin Islands Tourist Board is committed to ensuring visitors have an enjoyable, safe, and memorable experience throughout their stay. We make every effort to keep visitors and residents aware of any health risks or warnings. To-date, there have been no reported cases of Zika virus in The British Virgin Islands. Knowing the virus has reached other parts of the Caribbean, the BVITB is working closely with the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) and the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), and relaying all relevant updates from CARPHA as they become available.
 
We continue to work to prevent the spread of Zika by encouraging residents and visitors to take the necessary precautions, including using insect repellent on exposed skin and spraying homes or accommodations as necessary. CARPHA’s Zika guidelines for travelers can be viewed here and guidelines for hotels and guesthouses can be viewed here. - See more at: http://www.bvitourism.com/arriving-air#sthash.w5wybQjj.dpuf
British Virgin Islands Tourist Board – Statement Regarding Zika Virus (ZIKV)
 
The British Virgin Islands Tourist Board is committed to ensuring visitors have an enjoyable, safe, and memorable experience throughout their stay. We make every effort to keep visitors and residents aware of any health risks or warnings. To-date, there have been no reported cases of Zika virus in The British Virgin Islands. Knowing the virus has reached other parts of the Caribbean, the BVITB is working closely with the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) and the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), and relaying all relevant updates from CARPHA as they become available.
 
We continue to work to prevent the spread of Zika by encouraging residents and visitors to take the necessary precautions, including using insect repellent on exposed skin and spraying homes or accommodations as necessary. CARPHA’s Zika guidelines for travelers can be viewed here and guidelines for hotels and guesthouses can be viewed here. - See more at: http://www.bvitourism.com/arriving-air#sthash.w5wybQjj.dpuf

 

British Virgin Islands Tourist Board – Statement Regarding Zika Virus (ZIKV)
 
The British Virgin Islands Tourist Board is committed to ensuring visitors have an enjoyable, safe, and memorable experience throughout their stay. We make every effort to keep visitors and residents aware of any health risks or warnings. To-date, there have been no reported cases of Zika virus in The British Virgin Islands. Knowing the virus has reached other parts of the Caribbean, the BVITB is working closely with the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) and the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), and relaying all relevant updates from CARPHA as they become available.
 
We continue to work to prevent the spread of Zika by encouraging residents and visitors to take the necessary precautions, including using insect repellent on exposed skin and spraying homes or accommodations as necessary. CARPHA’s Zika guidelines for travelers can be viewed here and guidelines for hotels and guesthouses can be viewed here. - See more at: http://www.bvitourism.com/arriving-air#sthash.w5wybQjj.dpuf

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