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 Sea

You may arrive by sea via the following ports of entry: Road Town, Tortola; West End, Tortola; Great Harbour, Jost Van Dyke; St. Thomas Bay, Virgin Gorda; Gun Creak, Virgin Gorda. All entering vessels must clear in with BVI Customs and Immigration immediately upon arrival into the territory, and retain a valid passport and boat registration papers.

Customs & Immigration
Customs and Immigration offices are located on Tortola in Road Town and the West End, on Virgin Gorda in the Virgin Gorda Airport, St. Thomas Bay Terminal, and the Owen Harrigan Visitors Centre at Gun Creek and on Jost Van Dyke in Great Harbour. U.S. citizens travelling by air to Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda must present a passport or other WHTI-compliant documentation to enter or depart from the United States. Visitors from some countries may also require a visa for entry. 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 Officer, Immigration Department, BVI Government at: Tel: 284-494-3471 or 284-494-3701 Ext. 4700.

Yacht Clearance
If you plan to exit and then re-enter the British Virgin Islands during your sailing vacation, please be certain to follow the proper procedures for clearing your yacht and crew with both BVI Customs and Immigration.

Hours of Operation
West End, Tortola: Monday - Sunday from 8:00a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Road Town, Tortola: Monday - Sunday from 8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Great Harbour, Jost Van Dyke - Monday - Sunday from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Spanish Town, Virgin Gorda - Monday - Sunday 8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Gun Creek, North Sound, Virgin Gorda: Monday - Sunday from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
**After-hours clearing may be arranged in advance. Additional fees will apply. Call Customs at +1 284 468 6800 or 6801 or 6802 or 6803 and Immigration at 284-494-3701 ext. 4700 to make after-hours arrangements.

Your captain may clear all crew, provided he or she has all of the required documentation, including the ship’s documentation and valid passports for all crew members. Prior to leaving the charter base, be sure these items are aboard if you plan to leave BVI waters. In the absence of a passport, Canadian & US citizens need an original or notarized copy of their birth certificate and at least one piece of photo ID such as a driver's license if travelling between the British Virgin Islands and the US Virgin Islands. Be sure you clear into the territory you plan to visit. Don't forget to stop off again at any of the above listed BVI ports of entry on return to the British Virgin Islands. If visiting the USVI, you may clear in at Cruz Bay, St. John or Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas.

If you are not either a US or Canadian citizen, and are entering the USVI waters on anything other than a commercial carrier (ferry, airline, etc.), you must obtain a visitor's visa. Visitors from the UK and all other countries should consult their local US Embassy prior to arrival in the British Virgin Islands to determine what is required to obtain the proper visas for crew wishing to exit the BVI by yacht.

As of January 31, 2008, U.S. Citizens travelling by sea may be required to present a valid passport or other documents as determined to enter or re-enter the United States. Visitors from other countries may also require a visa for entry.



Statement Regarding Zika Virus (ZIKV)

In response to the CDC interim travel precaution list now including BVI

The Ministry of Health in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) has provided official confirmation that there are confirmed cases of Zika virus in the Territory.  Efforts to combat the spread of the virus in the Territory continue.  This includes disseminating repellant to visitors at the ports of entry, which began earlier this year and providing information to the public on steps to be taken by individuals to protect themselves in addition to eliminating possible mosquito breeding sites.

The BVI Tourist Board will intensify its ongoing communication with the tourism community to ensure that the impact on guests to the Territory is minimized.  These actions include the dissemination of key health information on Zika, reiterating the steps to be taken to minimise the impact of the virus.

The BVI Tourist Board is working closely with the Ministry of Health in the British Virgin Islands along with regional organizations such the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) and the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), and will relay all relevant updates 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. 

 

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