Foreign travel advice

British Virgin Islands

Important COVID-19 travel guidance

Under current UK COVID-19 restrictions, you must stay at home. You must not leave home or travel, including internationally, unless you have a legally permitted reason to do so. Check the rules that apply to you in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

If you intend to travel to England, Scotland, or Wales from abroad, including UK nationals returning home, you must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result taken up to 3 days before departure. If you do not comply (and you do not have a valid exemption) your airline or carrier may refuse you boarding and/or you may be fined on arrival.

Before you return to the UK you must provide your journey and contact details. You must self-isolate when you enter the UK from any foreign country except Ireland, unless you have a valid exemption.

If you are legally permitted to travel abroad, check our advice on your country of destination. Some other countries have closed borders, and may further restrict movement or bring in new rules including testing requirements with little warning.

Entry requirements

Entry rules in response to coronavirus (COVID-19)

Entry to the British Virgin Islands

Entry to the Territory is only permitted through the T B Lettsome International Airport. Ferry ports for vessels from outside of the Territory are due to re-open on 1 March 2021.

Everyone entering the Territory will be subject to pre-approval and testing and quarantine protocols.

Testing / screening on arrival

All travellers except those travelling from the UK and the Dominican Republic, including residents, belongers, work permit holders and tourists will be subjected to the following testing and quarantine protocols:

  • All travellers will need approval prior to entry. This can be obtained through the online BVI Portal
  • A certified COVID-19 negative test within five days prior to arrival for all travellers from all countries
  • A test on arrival, which if negative, allows controlled movement within the confines of an approved property or vessel for four days
  • A further test after the four days which if negative, allows full movement within the Territory
  • A positive test at any time after arrival will result in a mandatory 14 day quarantine
  • All arriving passengers will be issued with and required to wear a tracking bracelet for at least 8 days
  • A charge of $175 per person will be collected from all passengers to cover the cost of in-Territory testing and the BVI Portal app.

Further information can be found at the website of the Government of the Virgin Islands

All persons permitted to travel from the UK and the Dominican Republic (nationals, belongers, residents, work permit holders, persons permitted to reside in the territory, diplomats and persons employed by BVI Government and Statutory Agencies) will be subjected to the following testing and quarantine protocols:

  • All travellers will need approval prior to entry. This can be obtained through the online BVI Portal
  • A certified rt-PCR negative test within five days prior to arrival
  • Quarantine in an approved location for a period of 14 days
  • Tests on arrival, day 7 and day 14 and if all are negative be allowed full movement within the Territory
  • All arriving passengers will be issued with and required to wear a tracking bracelet
  • A charge of $175 per person will be collected from all passengers to cover the cost of in-Territory testing and the BVI Portal app.
  • Further information can be found at the website of the Government of the Virgin Islands

Regular entry requirements

Visas

British nationals don’t need a visa to visit the BVI. It’s normal practice for BVI immigration authorities to issue you with a one-month entry stamp on arrival. You may also be granted an extension for one further month. Extensions for up to 6 months are granted on the discretion of the Chief Immigration Officer provided that the individual can show proof of independent financial means. You may need to provide evidence of accommodation and your plans to leave the BVI at the end of your stay.

For all other immigration and labour matters, including work permits, contact the BVI authorities:

Immigration Department
Chief Immigration Officer
Government Offices
Road Town
Tortola
BVI
Telephone: 001 284 494-3471 or 001 284 468-3701 extension 4700/4770
Fax: 001 284 494-4399

Labour Department
Geneva Place
Road Town
Tortola
BVI
Telephone: 001 284 468 3701 extension 4708-4713 or 001 284 494 3451
Fax: 001 284 494 3027

Passport validity

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

UK Emergency Travel Documents

UK Emergency Travel Documents (ETDs) are accepted for entry, transit and exit from the BVI.

If you’re travelling via the USA on an ETD, you will need to get a valid US visa.

As the BVI is a British Overseas Territory, there is no formal British diplomatic or consular representation. UK ETDs are processed by the British High Commission in Barbados.

Departure tax

There is a US$50 tax for all passengers, payable on leaving the BVI by air ($15 departure tax, $5 security charge departure tax and a US$30 airport development fee) for all passengers, payable on leaving the BVI by air. This is generally included in the ticket price. If you’re departing the BVI by ferry, a departure tax of US$20 per person or US$15 for residents is payable.

Visitors arriving by air or sea are also charged an Environmental and Tourism levy of US$10 on arrival.