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BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

"nature's little secret"...

With some of the finest sailing in the world, settled protected anchorages and enchanted underwater treasures, the British Virgin Islands are a sailor’s paradise. The steady trade winds offer favorable sailing conditions, while the line of sight navigation and calm shimmering waters makes sailing or motoring a pleasurable and invigorating experience.

 

TRAVEL INFORMATION

Getting to the British Virgin Islands

There are no direct flights to the British Virgin Islands from USA, Canada or Europe; however the British Virgin Islands can be reached from Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, Antigua, St. Kitts, St. Maarten, and Barbados.  

There are three airports in the British Virgin Islands. The main airport is Terrence B Lettsome International Airport , located on Beef Island which is just east of Tortola, these two islands are connected by a small bridge.  The other two smaller airports are located on Virgin Gorda and Anegada.

The main international airlines serving the Caribbean are: American Airlines, US Airways, Continental Airlines, Caribbean Airlines, Delta Airlines, Cayman Airways, Air Jamaica, Air Canada, British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, BMI, Air 2000/First Choice, Britannia Airways, BWIA, Lufthansa, Air France, KLM, Air Europe, Lauda Air, LTU Martinair, Holland Excel and Corse Air.

The local airlines that service the BVI’s are: American Eagle, Caribbean Sun, Caribbean Star, Winair, Cape Air and Liat.  

British Virgin Islands

There are also private charter flights that can work out cheaper than scheduled flights if you are arriving as a large group. The following airlines provide this service:  Air Sunshine Inc, Caribbean Wings, Flight Adventures International Ltd, Fly BVI Ltd, Island Birds and Island Helicopter Int.

Ferries are also available and run frequently between Islands.

Entry Requirements 

Travellers need a valid passport, return or onward ticket and all the documents required for their next destination. Except: Canadian passport holders require a valid passport or original birth certificate together with an official photo ID.

NOTE: American travellers also require a valid passport; this change took effect from 23 January 2007. From the 1st January 2008 all entry to the BVI’s will require a valid passport.

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Language

English is the official language of the British Virgin Islands.

Health

Always check with your doctor before travelling which vaccinations you will need.

The British Virgin Islands have a reverse osmosis water system and so the water is safe to drink. If you have any droughts it is advisable to drink bottled water.

Sunscreen is always advisable as the sun is strong.

Manchineel trees are very poisonous; the fruit is know as a Manchineel Apple and smells and looks like small apples. DO NOT touch or eat this fruit.

When in the sea take care not to touch anything, just look. Be careful not to stand on a Sea Urchin, if you do and the spines are protruding from your skin, remove them with care. If the spine is beneath the skin do not try to remove as they will eventually dissolve. Soak with vinegar or some form of antiseptic to stop infection.

Jellyfish arrive in the summer months and can give a nasty sting.  If you are stung, leave the tentacle in place, use Vinegar or alcohol on the sting to neutralize. Use an antihistamine cream to stop itching. Never rub the sting.

 

the sights..
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Safety

Petty theft does occur in the BVI. 
Visitors should take common-sense precautions against petty crime.
Avoid carrying large amounts of cash and use safety deposit facilities if available. 
Do not leave valuables unattended on the beach or in cars. 
Always lock up boats when going ashore. 

Taxes and Service Charges

Departure tax     - $15.00/person plus a $5 security fee (Must be paid in cash)
Hotel Tax           - 7%
Service Charge    - 10%, this is often added to the bill so check before you leave further gratuity.
Gratuity is discretional, usually 10 – 15% depending on the level of service.
Cruising Tax: Seasonal rates (December 1st – April 30th) = $2.00 per person per day.
Out of season (May 1st – November 30th) = $0.75 per person per day.

Restrictions

The removal of any marine life from British Virgin Island waters is illegal without a recreational fishing permit.  A temporary one month license can be purchased for $35.

Boats must use the National Parks Trust mooring buoys at designated reef and diving areas, the mooring are for day use only and the payment for this is the purchase of a Marine Conservation Permit.

The colour coding for the buoys are as follows:
Yellow               = Commercial dive boats only.
Large yellow       = Commercial, or day sailing vessels over 55 feet.
White                = Dive used for non commercial vessels. 90 minutes time limit.
Orange/Red       = Day use for non diving boats
Blue                  = Dinghies only, day use.

Diving, fishing and snorkelling are not permitted at the Horseshoe Reef Marine Protected Area, Anegada.

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BVI Flag

Currency

British Virgin Islands currency is the US Dollar.
ATMs are available at banks in Road Town, Rite Way grocery in Purcell, East End, Sopers Hole, West End and at Spanish Town, Virgin Gorda.
Credit cards are widely accepted in hotels, bars, restaurants and larger supermarkets. The smaller local shops do not accept credit cards and it is always wise to check payment methods before shopping.  Credit cards may also have an additional processing charge.
Cheques and Travellers Cheques are accepted but are subject to a 10¢ stamp duty.

Time Zone

BVI are in the Atlantic Standard time zone.  GMT  -4. Daylight Saving Time is not observed.

Electricity

110 volt A.C. electricity system. The standard electrical plug is the same two flat blades and a rounded grounding pin.

Communication

International dialing code: +1(284)
Island wide, fully automatic telephone system through Cable and Wireless
VHF  used on most islands
Internet access available

 

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