Mosquitoes and no see ‘ums (tiny sandflies) bite throughout the islands, so slather on insect repellent. In addition to being an itchy nuisance, mosquitoes spread Zika virus, which has been reported in the islands and is of particular concern to pregnant women. The islands also see occasional cases of dengue and chikungunya, other mosquito-borne viruses. Check with the US Centers for Disease Control (www.cdc.gov) for further information.
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Before You Go
No immunizations are required for entry to the British Virgin Islands.
It’s essential to purchase travel health insurance if your regular policy doesn’t cover you when you’re abroad. Check www.lonelyplanet.com/travel-insurance for supplemental insurance information.
Some policies specifically exclude 'dangerous activities' such as scuba diving. If these activities are on your agenda, make sure you get a policy that covers them.
In the BVI
Availability & Cost of Health Care
Tortola has a modern hospital. Virgin Gorda, Jost Van Dyke and Anegada have walk-in clinics open on weekdays. Tortola and Virgin Gorda have pharmacies. If you are dependent on a particular medication be sure to travel with it, and with a copy of your prescription. Without health insurance, care in the BVI can be costly. For any major issues you’ll likely be sent to St Thomas in the US Virgin Islands, or to the US mainland.
Tap water is safe to drink, unless specified otherwise.