Last updated: 19 Sep 2021

British Virgin Islands

About

Some may be aware that Norman Island, one of over 50 idyllic islands that constitute the archipelago of the British Virgin Islands.

The Baths in Virgin Gorda is a unique rock formation of dimly lit grottoes and caves, most of which can only be reached by foot or boat. Visitors can snorkel amidst the stunning Coral Gardens of Dead Chest National Park. Sea lovers can set sail in the annual BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival or take it easy on a luxury crewed charter.

West Indian houses and a colourful market can be found in Road Town, the capital of the British Virgin Islands.
Capital:  Road Town (Tortola)
Currency:  US Dollar (USD)
Language:  English (Official), Spanish, Creole
Dialling code from SA:  + 1 284
Time Zones: UTC / GMT -4 (6 hours behind South Africa)
Public Holidays 2021:

Jan 1; Mar 7-8; Apr 2, 5; May 24; Jun 12; Jul 1; Aug 2-4; Oct 21; Dec 25-28, 31

Side of the Road: Left (Persons staying in the territory under 30 days are not required to purchase a temporary driver’s license. However, if your stay is over 30 days a license is required.)
Best Time to go: Dec - May
Best For: Island Relaxation , Historical Sites
Plugs: 110 volts, 60 Hz. Plugs are the same as in the US with two-pin flat blades and one with a third round grounding pin.
Drinking Water: Mains water in hotels and towns is safe to drink, but bottled water is recommended for visitors. Outside of the main towns, water may be contaminated.
Health: Medical facilities are very limited. Comprehensive health insurance is recommended and it should include emergency air evacuation coverage.
Customs: Major credit cards are accepted in many, but not all establishments. Smoking is not permitted in public places, or within 50 feet of public places. Beachwear should be confined to the beach or poolside. It is considered impolite to take photographs of the local people without asking their permission beforehand.
Travel Tips / Warnings: Major credit cards are accepted in many, but not all establishments. 
Duty Free: The following goods may be imported by persons over 18 years of age without incurring customs duty:
• 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 230g of tobacco.
• 0.95L of wine or spirits.
Prohibited Imports: Prohibited and restricted goods include firearms, air guns, motorcycles with 125cc engines or bigger, caravans, jet skis, motor vehicles weighing over 5,000kg and video game machines.
Prohibited Exports: The list of prohibited and restricted exports is identical to the list of prohibited and restricted imports.

Travel Alerts

Last updated: 14/09/2021

Entry is permitted for passengers from most countries, with various health measures in place.

Entry restrictions

  • Passengers are not permitted to travel from Brazil or South Africa to the British Virgin Islands.
  • This does not apply to the following passengers:
    • Nationals, Belongers, residents, work permit holders, and other persons permitted to reside in the British Virgin Islands,
    • Diplomats,
    • Passengers employed by Government and Statutory agencies.

Specific regulations for vaccinated passengers

  • Passengers who have been fully vaccinated with the final dose of the vaccine administered at least 14 days prior to travel will be immediately released from quarantine if a negative result is received from their on arrival test. Fully vaccinated passengers travelling with unvaccinated children aged between 5 to 17 years will be released from quarantine together once the test results for the entire group are negative. Unvaccinated children will also be subject to another test on day 4 after arrival.
  • Fully vaccinated persons who have been in the British Virgin Islands for more than 14 consecutive days and return from the U.S. Virgin Islands, Sint Maarten, or Puerto Rico for a period not longer than 24 hours as outgoing day trippers will be exempted from the test on arrival and quarantine, but will be subject to a PCR test on day 7 after arrival. This also applies to children aged between ages 5 to 17 years traveling with parents.
  • Partially vaccinated passengers (having received one dose of a two-dose vaccine, or whose final vaccine dose was administered less than 2 weeks prior to arrival) must quarantine for 4 days on arrival and will also be subject to a PCR test on day 4 after arrival.

Form requirements

  • Passengers travelling to the British Virgin Islands are required to register on the BVI Gateway portal at their own expense between 48 and 24 hours prior to departure here, and must present the completed BVI Gateway Traveller Authorisation Certificate at check-in.
    • This does not apply to passengers travelling to or from the United States Virgin Islands as part of the BVI-USVI Vaccination Bubble Initiative (including passengers accompanying minors aged 17 years and younger travelling to receive a vaccine).

Test requirements

  • Passengers must hold a negative PCR test result obtained within 3 to 5 days prior to departure.
    • Only nasopharyngeal RT-PCR tests are accepted for passengers aged 5 years and over. 
  • Passengers travelling from Brazil or India must hold a negative RT-PCR test obtained within 5 days prior to departure.
    • Only nasopharyngeal RT-PCR tests are accepted for passengers aged 5 years and over.

Quarantine and testing on arrival

  • All passengers will be subject to a PCR test on arrival (at a cost of $50 for vaccinated passengers) and must quarantine until a result is received.
  • Unvaccinated passengers must quarantine for 7 days on arrival. These passengers will also be subject to PCR testing on days 4 and 8 after arrival, and if a negative result is received they will be released from quarantine. This also applies to vaccinated passengers travelling with an unvaccinated passenger.
  • Passengers travelling to the United States Virgin Islands as part of the BVI-USVI Vaccination Bubble Initiative (including passengers accompanying minors aged 17 years and younger travelling to receive a vaccine) are not required to quarantine on return to the British Virgin Islands. Passengers must submit a completed Vaccination Bubble Registration Form and required documents to ministryofhealth@gov.vg and also be able to fund all costs of vaccination, transportation and logistics.
  • Passengers travelling from Brazil or India must quarantine for 14 days on arrival. Passengers will be subject to PCR tests on day 7 and 14 at an expense of $175. If negative results are received, quarantine may end. Passengers must wear a tracking bracelet.

This Information is intended as a Guideline.

Visa Requirements

See details under British Commonwealth Countries.

Travel Health

Compulsory:  None
Recommended Travel Vaccines:  Hepatitis A & B, Typhoid, Tetanus, Polio