Travel

How to get to Tortola

From North America:
Travelling to the BVI from North America, currently you will find flights to San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU) or St. Thomas (STT). From January 2017, BVI Airways should be operating a direct flight from Miami to Beef Island, Tortola.

From Europe and South America:
When travelling to the British Virgin Islands from Europe or South America, your routes will include flights to San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU), St. Thomas, USVI (STT), St. Maarten (SXM), and Antigua (ANU). From these locations, your options would be Winair or LIAT for a short 1 or 2 hour flight to Tortola. If you send us your flight information, we will ensure there is a taxi to meet you at the airport when you arrive.

Regular commuter flights are available to Beef Island, Tortola (EIS) on Cape Air, Inter-Caribbean Airways, Seaborne, LIAT, VI Airlink and Winair. Private charters are also available with Fly BVI and Island Birds.

Alternatively, if you fly into St. Thomas, you can take a scheduled ferry from Charlotte Amalie to West End, Tortola. The ferry trip will take approximately 45 minutes to West End. Once you have purchased your ticket for the ferry, please give us a call on (284) 494-8811 and we can arrange a taxi on your behalf to meet you at the ferry dock when you arrive.

Visitors to the BVI from some countries may require a Visa to enter the territory. For more information on whether you will require a Visa to enter the British Virgin Islands, please contact your closest British Embassy, High Commission or Consulate. If this is not an option where you are located, please feel free to contact the BVI Passport office on (284) 468-3048.

Immigration and Customs

Visitors will be granted entry into the BVI for a maximum of 30 days provided they have the relevant entry documents including a valid passport, proof of departure from the BVI, and confirmation of accommodation. Visitors wishing to stay in the BVI for longer than 30 days will be required to request extra time from the Immigration Department in Road Town.

You will be required to clear customs to enter the British Virgin Islands using a valid passport. Arrival from some countries may require a Visa or additional documentation. If in doubt about the necessity of a Visa or other entry documentation, please feel free to contact your nearest British Embassy, High Commission or Consulate for more information. If these are not options in your country, you can contact the British Virgin Islands Passport Office on (284) 468-3048.

Electricity

The voltage in the BVI is 110V. Visitors from the United States can use their appliances without need for an adaptor. The hotel does not carry adaptors so please bring your own if required.

Currency

The official currency of the BVI is the US Dollar. Most stores and restaurants on the island accept Visa and MasterCard. American Express is not widely accepted. Cash and travellers checks are recommended.

There are ATM machines in Road Town and at Nanny Cay Marina where you can withdraw cash on a daily basis. If you need to visit the bank, Road Town has branches for Banco Popular de Puerto Rico, First Caribbean National, First Bank Virgin Islands, National Bank of the Virgin Islands, and Bank of Nova Scotia.

Climate

The British Virgin Islands experiences a Tropical climate year round. During the summer, the daily high is approximately 32C (89.6F) and the low is around 24C (75.2F). In the winter, the daily high is around 29C (84.2F) and the low is approximately 21C (69.8F). The hurricane season runs from June to November every year.

Driving

People staying in the territory for less than 30 days are not required to purchase a temporary driving license. A stay longer than 30 days would require the purchase of a temporary license. These can be purchased from your rental car agency or the Department of Motor Vehicles.

In the British Virgin Islands, most vehicles are automatic left-hand drive vehicles. We drive on the left-hand side of the road.

Departure Tax

A $20 departure tax is payable by all visitors leaving the territory at the airport and ferry docks.

Hotel Tax

A 7% Hotel Accommodation Tax is payable by all guests that stay six month or less in hotels, apartments, houses, cottages, villas, and similar accommodations.