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.
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!
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.
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:
Bosnia & Herzegovina
Cape Verde Is.
Central African Republic
China (except Hong Kong)
Occupied Palestinian Territories
Sao Tome & Principle
Turkish Rep. of Northern Cyprus
United Arab Emirates
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!