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 ( 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.


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 ( near the dock.


Visitors from most Western countries do not need a visa to enter the BVI for 30 days or less. Check 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.