British Virgin Islands
Welcome to British Virgin Islands
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Need To Know
- Pirates loved the British Virgin Islands. It is said that Norman Island inspired “Treasure Island” and Blackbeard is believed to have marooned 15men on an island now named Dead Chest.
- The British Virgin Islands consist of approximately 60 islands, but just 16 of them are inhabited. The largest island is Tortola.
- The British Virgin Islands were originally inhabited by the Arawak, Carib and Cermic people.
- The highest point in the British Virgin Islands is Mount Sage, standing 1,709 feet high, on Tortola.
- In 2002, the British Overseas Territories Act granted British citizenship to the residents of the British Virgin Islands.
The British Virgin Islands’ official language is English.
When To Go
The best time to go to the British Virgin Islands is between September and November, before the winter holidays. The driest months are February to May. If you are planning on diving, keep in mind that the underwater visibility declines during the summer.
Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport
Passport must be valid at time of entry.
Visa Required By US Citizen?
None for stays of up to one month
The CDC recommends the following vaccines for most travelers when visiting Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba: Hepatitis A and Typhoid. Depending on where you are traveling, you may also need Hepatitis B, Rabies and Yellow Fever vaccines.
Power plugs and sockets: types A and B. Standard voltage: 110V. Frequency: 60Hz.
Official local currency: United States Dollar
Use caution when driving due to limited road signage. Consider renting a four-wheel-drive vehicle for steep and slippery road conditions.
Public transportation consists of minibuses and taxis.
A temporary driver’s license is required.
US Embassy Info
U.S. Embassy Bridgetown
Wildey Business Park
St. Michael BB 14006
Telephone: +(246) 227-4399
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(246) 227-4000
Fax: +(246) 431-0179
Local Visitor Info
Tourism Board Offices
3rd Floor, Eureka Geneva Building
Road Town, Tortola
British Virgin Islands
Local Emergency Phone Numbers
General Emergency: 999
Safety and Security
The crime rate is low in the British Virgin Islands. Occasional crimes include petty larceny, burglary and car break-ins. Use standard precautionary measures.
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