How to get here?
Connecting airports surround the BVI, making arrivals and departures an easy part of your travel itinerary. When travelling to the BVI, you will have to stop in a Caribbean hub and then, it will be a quick hop to the British Virgin Islands' main airport, the Terrence B. Lettsome Airport (EIS).
All flights must connect through one of the key hubs:
- Puerto Rico [SJU]: direct flights from the US, incl. Miami, Dallas, New York, etc.
- Santo Domingo [SDQ]: direct flights from Panama and South America, Jamaica, etc.
- Antigua[ANU]: direct flights from the UK, US
- St. Maarten [SXM]: direct flights from France, Netherlands
Your travel agent or international airline will be able to assist with booking flights. If you plan to make reservations online, remember that you will have to request flights to Tortola (EIS). Please do not hesitate to contact us to assist deciding on the best route for you: firstname.lastname@example.org
For groups of people, it may be cheaper and better to charter a flight from one of the hubs. Pleaase do get in touch if you would like to investigate this option.
- St. Thomas - Airport Code [STT]
St. Thomas is another hub to get to the BVI from the US. From St. Thomas, you can catch regular flights to Tortola or helicopter services as well as frequent ferries.
Please note: Ferries from St. Thomas to Tortola only operate during daylight hours - so the last ferry is usually around 4:30/5pm. Please ensure that your flight arrives in time for the transfer to the ferry docks.
Most person simply require a valid passport to enter the British Virgin Islands with proof of a return or onward ticket. e.g. EU or US citizens.
Visitors from some countries may require a visa - if in doubt please check with your nearest BVI Tourist Board.
Work Permit Requirements
Class of Persons Exempt from Work Permit:
"Persons conducting, participating in (whether as legal counsel or representative of a party or as a witness or expert witness) or providing support services for the conduct of Arbitration or Mediation including arbitrators, mediators, legal counsel, parties, parties; representatives, witnesses (whether at the request of one of the parties or summoned to appear), translators, stenographers, writers, interpreters, transcript writers, tribunal secretaries, tribunal and party nominated, experts, representatives of arbitral institutions and other associated persons."
Period of exemption: 60 days in the first instance with extensions based on a request for extension
Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA)
International travelers who are seeking to travel to/from the British Virgin Islands via the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) are now subject to enhanced security requirements and will be required to pay an administrative fee. Applications can be made online.
ESTA application Please remember to bring a printout of the authorisation with you.
The BVI has established a Visa Exemption Program which allows nationals of a country that require a BVI visa, but who also hold a United Kingdom, United States of America or Canadian Visa and are visiting the Territory for business, tourism and other related matters, to enter and remain in the BVI for a period less than six months. See additional entry requirements information.