Many of our day trips from St. John (Jost van Dyke, Virgin Gorda, Norman Island etc.) are to the British Virgin Islands, they are British overseas territory. The fourteen British Overseas Territories (BOT) are territories under the jurisdiction and sovereignty of the United Kingdom; they do not, however, form part of it.
BVI Customs and Immigration
The following measures are to be adhered to by all non-British Virgin Islanders entering the Territory: Bona fide 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 North America: 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.
Canadian Citizens: a passport is preferred however you may also use an original birth certificate accompanied by a valid photo ID such as a driver’s license.
From 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.
From the 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 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.
For more information on whether you require a visa and how to obtain one, please check the UK Border Agency or the Deputy Governor’s Office of the British Virgin Islands. Click here to see a list of countries that require a visas to visit the British Virgin Islands.
There are 6 ports of entry to the British Virgin Islands:
- Road Harbour , Road Town , Tortola (Ferry Boats and private, charter and cargo vessels
8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.)
- Sopers Hole, West End, Tortola (Ferry Boats and private and cargo vessels
8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. )
- Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport , Beef Island, Tortola (Airborne vessels
7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.)
- Taddy Bay, Virgin Gorda:Airborne vessels
8:00 a.m. to sunset
Spanish Town, Virgin Gorda
Ferry Boats and private, charter and cargo vessels
Tel: (284) 495 5621 ext 6520/6521
- Great Harbour, Jost Van Dyke (Ferry Boats and private and charter vessels
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
- George Augustine Airport, Anegada (Airborne vessels 8:30 a.m. to sunset)
BVI Customs Information
You will require a valid passport or passport cards to BVI destinations. If you have a large party and want provide the below information in advance via email for every passenger it will speed up our check-in process!
FAMILY NAME FIRST NAME/Initial DATE OF BIRTH NATIONALITY PASSPORT #
e.g. Stuart Mary A. 5/21/1955 US 21239809890
BVI Customs Fees
While our prices include captain and fuel, the BVI Customs fees have to be paid separately on the day of charter and in cash. They keep changing but are currently running at about 70-95$ per person. It’s not a fixed fee there is a fee for boat and park permit and entry and departure tax and surcharge on holidays so the above figure is what you pay on average when we break down the total per person. It is slightly more per person for a small party of 2 and slighly less per person for a party of 6