Foreign travel advice

British Virgin Islands

Summary

The FCO advise against all but essential travel to the whole country.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all but essential travel to the British Virgin Islands (BVI) following the extensive damage caused by Hurricane Irma and the further impact from Hurricanes Jose and Maria. The local authorities introduced a curfew from 6pm on Monday 18 September, which remains in force. There is widespread damage to infrastructure with a large proportion of homes and buildings very badly damaged. Access to medical supplies, food and water are extremely limited and power supplies have been affected. Communications have been damaged in the region, including mobile phone networks. The security situation remains stable, with minor reports of looting. You should be aware that our ability to provide assistance to you is extremely limited at this time.

The hotline for British people affected or concerned about others is +44(0)20 7008 0000. You should use whatever means you can to confirm to family that you are safe.

The hurricane season in the BVI normally runs from June to November. It’s possible that further storms will affect the Caribbean. The impact of these could be particularly severe in light of the damage already done. You’re advised to monitor updates from the US National Hurricane Centre (http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/) and follow the advice of local authorities. See Natural Disasters.

See this page for more information on the UK government’s response to Hurricane Irma and advice for British nationals. You can also follow the Twitter account of the Governor @GusJaspert for updates on BVI.

As the BVI is a British Overseas Territory, there is no formal British diplomatic representation. Ordinarily, the local authorities deal with all requests for emergency assistance. Following the impact of Hurricane Irma, the UK government is providing disaster relief. See Emergency assistance

UK health authorities have classified the British Virgin Islands as having a risk of Zika virus transmission. For more information and advice, visit the website of the National Travel Health Network and Centre website.

Although there’s no recent history of terrorism in the British Virgin Islands, attacks can’t be ruled out. See Terrorism

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.