Arriving by Sea


Arriving by Sea


Ports of Entry: Tortola—Road Town and West End, Jost Van Dyke—Great Harbour and Virgin Gorda—St. Thomas Bay and Gun Creak. 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 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 - Saturday from 8:30am - 6pm | Sunday & Public Holidays from 8am - 7pm.
Road Town, Tortola: Monday - Sunday & public Holidays from 8:30am - 7:30pm
Great Harbour, Jost Van Dyke - Monday - Sunday & Public Holidays from 8:30am - 4:30pm
Spanish Town, Virgin Gorda - Monday - Sunday 8:30am - 4:30pm | Open late on Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday to accommodate Speedy's Ferry from St. Thomas.  Yacht Clearance from daily 8:30am-3:30pm.
Gun Creek, North Sound, Virgin Gorda: Monday - Friday from 8:30am-4:3pm | Saturday & Sunday from 9am-2pm.

**After-hours clearing may be arranged in advance. Additional fees will apply. Call Customs at 284-494-3475 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: Ships documentation. Prior to leaving the charter base, be sure this item is aboard if you plan to leave BVI waters. Valid passports for each crew member. (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. (See information below.)

For more information on Entry Requirements for the British Virgin Islands

Travel Notice - Chikungunya

The British Virgin Islands Tourist Board is committed to ensuring visitors have an enjoyable, safe, and memorable experience throughout their stay. We also make every effort to keep visitors and residents aware of any health risks or warnings. The Ministry of Health and Social Development has stressed that all persons continue to work to prevent the spread of Chikungunya by taking the necessary precautions, including using insect repellent on exposed skin and spraying homes or accommodations as necessary. The number of cases of Chikungunya in the Territory remain at a low level since first reported in December 2013.

About Chikungunya
Chikungunya is a viral disease that is transmitted by infected mosquitoes and onset of illness occurs usually between three and seven days but can range from two to twelve days. It causes fever and severe joint pain. Other symptoms include muscle pain, headache, nausea, fatigue and rash. The disease is transmitted by the same mosquitoes involved in the dengue transmission. There is no cure for the disease and treatment is focused on relieving the symptoms.

For more information regarding Chikungunya Click Here.


Marinas on Tortola and Virgin Gorda have facilities to accommodate long-term regulars, transients, mega-yachts and live-aboards.


BVI National Parks Trust has installed over 200 mooring buoys (surface buoys attached to stainless steel pins set in bedrock) for day-time use only at many BVI dive sites.


Ports of entry are located in Road Harbour - Tortola, Soper's Hole, West End - Tortola, Great Harbour - Jost Van Dyke, St. Thomas Bay - Virgin Gorda and Gun Creek - Virgin Gorda.


The following yacht clubs are centres for seamanship, marine knowledge, sportsmanship, training, facilities, and of course, social gathering.