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, there are no direct flights from the USA, Canada, Europe, or South America to the British Virgin Islands' main airport, the Terrence B. Lettsome Airport (EIS).
All flights must connect through another Caribbean airport on islands such as Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, Antigua, or St. Maarten. 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).
The most direct way to arrive to the BVI from North America is via San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU). Frequent connecting service is offered by Cape Air and Seaborne and interCaribbean Airways, with occasional service offered by other airlines and charter flights. Charter airline service can be arranged from almost anywhere in the Caribbean. See our Inter-Island Aviation section for more information on airline charter companies.
Flights via St. Thomas - Airport Code [STT]
If you choose to arrive via St. Thomas, you can catch regular flights to Tortola on Cape Air and Seaborne. Antilles Helicopter Services and Caribbean Buzz Helicopters also offer airport transfers to/from Beef Island [EIS] and STT.
Most travellers take one of the frequent ferries that travel between downtown Charlotte Amalie or Red Hook, St. Thomas and the BVI. Ferry service is available to Tortola every day via West End or Road Town. Getting to the next ferry is very easy - just take a taxi at the St. Thomas Airport and let the taxi driver know that you need to take the next ferry to Tortola.
Please note: Ferries from St. Thomas to Tortola only operate during daylight hours - so the last ferry is usually around 4:30/5pm. Make sure that your flight arrives in time for the transfer to Charlotte Amalie (approximately 10 minutes) or Red Hook (approximately 45 minutes) or make arrangements to overnight in St. Thomas and catch the ferry the following morning. Ferry service starts at approximately 7:30am. Click here for more information on ferry schedules.
Flights via Antigua - Airport Code [ANU]
Travelers from the UK may find it easiest to travel directly to Antigua. Connecting flights to Tortola can be booked with LIAT a regional airline. interCaribbean Airways and VI Airlink (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays) offer non-stop flights for passengers on Virgin Atlantic and British Airways with Coast to Coast World Wide Travel. Private charter flights are also available. Check each airline’s website for any fares and schedules.
US citizens require a valid passport to enter the British Virgin Islands with proof of a return or onward ticket.
European citizens require a valid passport to enter the British Virgin Islands with proof of a return or onward ticket. Visitors from some countries may require a visa - if in doubt please check with your nearest BVI Tourist Board. If you are traveling to the BVI via the United States of America you will need to be in possession of a machine-readable passport.
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.