Customs Regulations

  • You can bring in food (but no meat). Officially you're required to pay 5% to 15% import duty on the value, but it isn't often enforced. One liter of alcohol is permitted duty free.
  • Determining what you can take home depends on your country of origin. Check with your country's customs agency for clarification. US Customs and Border Protection (www.cbp.gov) has details for citizens of the United States.
  • Save your receipts, as a customs agent may ask to see them along with the items purchased.

Passports

Everyone needs a passport to enter the BVI (except Canadians, who can use a birth certificate and photo ID).

Whether arriving by air or sea, you’ll go through BVI immigration and customs. Officials might ask to see a return ticket and proof of funds, though that’s rare. It can take half an hour or so to clear customs. There’s no reason why, other than it’s just a slow-moving process. If you’re arriving on a ferry, you’ll clear through a customs house (www.bviports.org) near the dock.

Visas

Visitors from most Western countries do not need a visa to enter the BVI for 30 days or less. Check www.bvitourism.com/visas for a list of nationalities that do require a visa. If your home country does not qualify for exemption, contact your nearest British embassy to obtain a visa.