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Entry & Exit Formalities

Customs Regulations

  • Determining what you can take home depends on your country of origin. Check with your country's customs agency for clarification.
  • US citizens (including children) can bring home, duty-free, 5 liters of alcohol and US$1600 worth of goods total from the Virgin Islands, though at least US$800 in items and one of the alcohol liters must be from the USVI. US Customs and Border Protection (www.cbp.gov) has details.
  • You do not clear customs entering the USVI if you're coming from the United States.
  • You cannot take fruits or vegetables out of the USVI.
  • Save your receipts, as a customs agent may ask to see them along with the items purchased.

Passports

US citizens do not need a passport to visit the US Virgin Islands, but all other nationalities do. Note that when departing the USVI, everyone must clear immigration and customs before boarding the plane. US citizens will be asked to show photo identification (such as a driver’s license) and proof of citizenship (such as a birth certificate). If traveling to any other Caribbean country (besides Puerto Rico), US citizens must have a valid passport to reenter the US.

Visas

  • Visitors from most Western countries do not need a visa to enter the USVI if they are staying less than 90 days.
  • This holds true as long as you can present an electronic passport (with digital chip) and are approved under the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta). Note that you must register for ESTA at least 72 hours before arrival, and there’s a US$14 fee for processing and authorization (payable online).
  • If you do need a visa, contact your local US embassy. The US State Department (www.travel.state.gov) has the latest information on admission requirements.