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Things to Know BEFORE You Go to the BVI

Essential Information

US, Canadian and EU visitors will not find any Caribbean island which requires an entry visa, although US visitors require special permission to visit Cuba. Travel insurance is recommended for any trip to the Caribbean, particularly emergency evacuation coverage in case airlift is required. Check also that insurance policies cover so-called dangerous activities such as scuba diving.


Made up of over 50 islands, of which only 16 are inhabited. The lush, mountainous islands are a sailing Mecca.

Area: 59 sq miles

Population: 31,912

Capital: Road Town, Tortola

Political: British Overseas Territory

Official website: www.bvitourism.com

Currency US Dollar Passport Passport required.

Visa Needs No visa needed for stays under six months.

Emergency Health Care Peebles Hospital Road Town, Tortola (284-494-3497) serves all the islands. Serious cases flown to Puerto Rico.

Banks & ATMS. ATMs in Tortola and Virgin Gorda

Free WIFI Locations. Can be difficult to find internet access on some islands.

Internet Cafes. A handful of internet cafes in Tortola.

Cell Phones access/Dialing code +284

Safety Tips. Very safe.

Departure Tax $20

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