BVI FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

The BVI

What is the best way to get to the BVI?

Either by air flying into our main airport at Beef Island (airport code EIS) or by ferry from St Thomas, USVI.

BY AIR:

There are no long haul flights into the BVI, so travellers from the USA, Canada, Europe or South America will need to connect through another Caribbean airport such as Antigua, St Thomas, Puerto Rico, St Kitts or St Maarten.

For those travelling from the North America, the best routes are via St Thomas or San Juan, Puerto Rico. For those travelling from Europe flying via Antigua or St Maarten is easiest.

Connecting services are offered by:

Air Sunshine: https://www.airsunshine.com (St Maarten, San Juan)

LIAT: www.liat.com (Antigua, St Maarten)

Inter Caribbean Airlines: https://www.intercaribbean.com (Antigua, San Juan)

Winair: www.fly-winair.com (San Juan, St Maarten)

Seaborne Airlines: https://www.seaborneairlines.com  (St Maarten, San Juan)

VI Airlink www.viairlink.com (Antigua)

Cape Air: https://www.capeair.com (San Juan)

 

BY SEA:

The other option is to fly to St Thomas (STT) in the USVI and then take the ferry from Charlotte Amalie or Red Hook to Tortola. Bear in mind that the last ferry leaves St Thomas around 5pm. It is advisable to contact the ferry company the day before your intended travel as schedules can change. Ferry schedules can be seen here.

If you’re arriving by sea, ports of entry are: Road Town and the West End on Tortola, Great Harbour on Jost Van Dyke and St. Thomas Bay in Virgin Gorda. All vessels must clear Customs and Immigration immediately upon arrival and a valid passport and boat registration papers may be required.

Fares between BVI and USVI do not include USVI Port Fee/$10, BVI Environment Fee/$10 and BVI Departure Tax/$20 ($15 resident). Luggage fees may apply.

Do I need a passport to visit the BVI?

Yes, you must hold a valid passport to enter the BVI. Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay.

Do I need a visa for the BVI?

British and US nationals do not need a visa to visit the British Virgin Islands. For a list of countries that do require a visa, please see here.

What is the currency of the BVI?

The currency of the British Virgin Islands is the US dollar.

What is the weather like in the BVI?

At 18 degrees north of the equator the British Virgin Islands are considered subtropical. It’s warm year-round, but summer months are a little hotter and more humid. Average winter temperatures are 22-28°C (72-82°F) whilst summer temperatures range from 26 to 31°C (79-88°F). Short, sharp showers occur year round, but rainfall is higher in the fall.

The trade winds typically blow at a steady 15-20 knots, although the Christmas winds can be more like 20-30 knots.

Hurricane season lasts from June to November with the majority of storm activity taking place in September.

What taxes are due on hotel stays?

A 7% Hotel Accommodation Tax is payable by guests who stay for six months or less in hotels and holiday rental accommodations.