Foreign travel advice

British Virgin Islands

Important COVID-19 travel guidance

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office currently advises British nationals against all but essential international travel. Travel to some countries and territories is currently exempted.

This advice is being kept under constant review. Travel disruption is still possible and national control measures may be brought in with little notice, so check our travel guidance.

Summary

Travel to the British Virgin Island is subject to entry restrictions

  • Entry to the British Virgin Islands (BVI) is prohibited, with exceptions for returning Virgin Islanders, Belongers, Permanent Residents, naturalised citizens, work permit holders with confirmed employment, work permit exempt holders, students and other specified groups as well as for freight and cargo vessels
  • All eligible travellers arriving to the BVI will be required to quarantine for 14 days after arrival at pre-approved accommodation
  • There is a charge of $3,500 for security if quarantine is requested at a private property and, with effect from 1 October 2020, all qualified persons will be charged $2,500 per person for government quarantine accommodation, 24-hour security and meals

See Entry requirements for more information before you plan to travel.

Preparing for your return journey to the UK

If you’re returning to the UK from overseas, you will need to:

Check our advice on foreign travel during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and sign up for email alerts for this travel advice.

If you’re planning travel to the BVI, find out what you need to know about coronavirus there in the Coronavirus section.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to get travel insurance and check it provides sufficient cover. See the FCD

O’s guidance on foreign travel insurance.

The hurricane season officially runs from June to November although severe storms can occur in the Caribbean throughout the year. The impact of these could be particularly severe in light of the damage caused by the 2017 hurricanes.

You should monitor local and international weather updates from the US National Hurricane Center and follow the advice of local authorities, including any evacuation orders.

The BVI is also close to a major tectonic fault line and is a high risk area for earthquakes and Tsunamis. See Natural disasters

As the BVI is a British Overseas Territory, there is no formal British diplomatic or consular representation and the local authorities deal with all requests for emergency assistance. See Emergency assistance

UK Emergency Travel Documents (ETDs) are processed by the British High Commission in Barbados. ETDs are not valid for travel through the United States of America without a valid US visa. See Entry requirements

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

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