Passport and VISA Requirements for Boating in the British Virgin Islands

You’ve booked your tickets to the US Virgin Islands. You’ve started reading up on things to do in the Virgin Islands.

The one thing that keeps coming up: renting a boat to go to the British Virgin Islands.

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Boating to the British Virgin Islands

 

We agree completely, a day of boating is a must-do when visiting the Virgin Islands! You’ve read about Soggy Dollar, White Bay on Jost Van Dyke, Sandy Spit, a floating bar named the Willy T, infamous characters like Sir Foxy, gorgeous views, incredible snorkeling: you’re ready to book!

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Clearing Customs in West End, Tortola

There is one thing that can get in the way of this day of sun and fun on the water in the British Virgin Islands: paperwork. When we go from St. Thomas or St. John to Tortola, Norman Island, Jost Van Dyke or any of the other British Virgin Island, we have to clear customs into another country. For most visitors, this is simple.

When boating to the British Virgin Islands, bring your passport!

If you are a US Citizen and have your passport card, that also gets you into the BVI via boat. If your passport is from another country, please check the list below for the countries not allowed into the British Virgin Islands without a VISA from the British Embassy.

B.V.I. Visas

Nationals of the following countries require a visa to be issued by a British Embassy to enter the British Virgin Islands. Please note, there is no British Embassy in the British Virgin Islands.

Visas are required by nationals of:

Afghanistan
Albania
Algeria
Angola
Armenia
Azerbaijan
Bahrain
Belarus
Benin
Bhutan
Bosnia & Herzegovina
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Burma
Cambodia
Cameroon
Cape Verde Is.
Central African Republic
Chad
China (except Hong Kong)
Colombia
Comoros
Congo
Cuba
Djibouti
Dominican Republic
Egypt
Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea
Ethiopia
Gabon
Georgia
Guinea-Bissau
Guyana
Haiti
Indonesia
Iran
Iraq
Israel
Ivory Coast
Jamaica
Jordan
Kazakhstan
Korea (North)
Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan
Laos
Lebanon
Liberia
Libya
Macedonia
Madagascar
Mali
Mauritania
Moldova
Mongolia
Montenegro
Morocco
Mozambique
Myanmar
Nepal
Niger
Nigeria
Occupied Palestinian Territories
Oman
Pakistan
Phillippines, The
Peru
Qatar
Russian Republic
Rwanda
Sao Tome & Principle
Saudi Arabia
Senegal
Serbia
Somalia
Sudan
Surinam
Syria
Taiwan
Tajikistan
Thailand
Togo
Turkish Rep. of Northern Cyprus
Turkmenistan
Ukraine
United Arab Emirates
Uzbekistan
Vietnam
Yemen
Zaire

Now that you’re 100% sure that paperwork won’t be an issue: it’s time to book your day of boating!

Do you or a guest not have a passport or have a passport from one of the countries listed? Book us for the US Virgin Islands boat trip!

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