A Gateway that is not too far at all


Planes fly high, touching down from the light blue sky while ships chart their course over the deep blue sea. No matter how you get to the BVI, we’ll go out of our way to make sure your trip goes smoothly and is first class all the way.


If you’re arriving by air, keep in mind that there are no direct flights from the USA, Canada, Europe or South America to our main airport - the Terrence B. Lettsome Airport (EIS). When booking air travel remember to request flights to Tortola or use the airport code, EIS. The airport code for the Virgin Gorda Airport is VIJ.

If you’re arriving by sea, ports of entry are located in Road Town and the West End on Tortola, Great Harbour on Jost Van Dyke and St. Thomas Bay in Virgin Gorda. All vessels must clear Customs and Immigration immediately upon arrival and a valid passport and boat registration papers may be required.

All roads lead to the British Virgin Islands. Connecting airports surround the BVI, making arrivals and departures an easy part of your travel itinerary.

 

 

ARRIVING BY SEA

 

Arriving by Ferry, Boat or Yacht


Ports of entry are located in Road Town and West End on Tortola, Great Harbour on Jost Van Dyke and St. Thomas Bay in Virgin Gorda. All vessels entering the territory must clear in with BVI Customs and Immigration immediately upon arrival into the territory.   
 
Customs and Immigration offices are located on Tortola in Road Town and the West End, on Virgin Gorda in the Virgin Gorda Airport, St. Thomas Bay Terminal, and the Owen Harrigan Visitors Centre at Gun Creek and on Jost Van Dyke in Great Harbour. 
  
A valid passport and boat registration papers are required for entry into the BVI. Beginning January 31, 2008, U.S. Citizens travelling by sea could be required to present a valid passport or other documents as determined to enter or re-enter the United States. Visitors from some countries may also require a visa for entry. (See information below.) 
  
Entry Requirements for the British Virgin Islands
 
From North America: U.S. citizens travelling by air to Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda must present a passport or other WHTI-compliant documentation to enter or depart from the United States. For Canadian citizens a passport is preferred however you may also use an original birth certificate accompanied by a valid photo ID such as a driver's license. 
  
From Europe: European citizens need a valid passport to enter the British Virgin Islands. However visitors that are residents of certain countries, require a visa in order to enter the BVI. If in doubt about the necessity of a visa, contact the nearest BVI Tourist Board Office, the nearest British Embassy, or contact the Chief Immigration Department, BVI Government at Tel: (284) 494-3471 or 468-3701 ext. 4700. 
  
From the Caribbean: Please note that citizens from some islands may need to obtain a visa to visit the British Virgin Islands. Visitors from these Caribbean islands need to have a visa in order to enter the BVI. If in doubt about the necessity of a visa, contact the nearest BVI Tourist Board Office, the nearest British Embassy, or contact the Chief Immigration Department, BVI Government at Tel: (284) 494-3471 or 468-3701 ext. 4700.

 

 

 

ARRIVING BY AIR

 

Connecting airports surround the BVI, making arrivals and departures an easy part of your travel itinerary. Best of all, from any direction you fly, Blue is always in your flight path.
 
When travelling to the BVI, there are no direct flights from the USA, Canada, Europe, or South America to the British Virgin Islands' main airport, the Terrence B. Lettsome Airport (EIS).
 
All flights must connect through another Caribbean airport on islands such as Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, Antigua, St. Kitts, or St. Maarten/St. Martin. Your travel agent or international airline will be able to assist with booking flights. If you plan to make reservations online, remember that you will have to request flights to Tortola (EIS).
 
If you are travelling on to Virgin Gorda, Anegada, Peter Island, or Jost van Dyke, check with your hotel, resort, or villa to make sure that charter flights or ferry service will be available if you arrive after 4pm. Otherwise, plan to spend a night or two in Tortola before exploring the rest of "Nature's Little Secrets." Boat charters can be arranged via St. Thomas, Road Town or Beef Island.
The most direct way to arrive to the BVI is via San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU). Frequent connecting service is offered by American Eagle, Air Sunshine, LIAT and Cape Air, with occasional service by other airlines and charter flights.
 
If you choose to arrive via St. Thomas (STT), you can schedule a connecting flight via Air Sunshine to Tortola, Virgin Gorda, or Anegada. Most travellers take one of the frequent ferries that travel between downtown Charlotte Amalie or Red Hook, St. Thomas and Tortola. This is very easy - take a taxi at the St. Thomas Airport and ask the driver for the next ferry to Tortola. The ferry will arrive at the immigration station at West End, Tortola. Ferries from St. Thomas to Tortola only operate during daylight hours, so the last ferry is usually around 5pm. Make sure that your flight arrives in time for the transfer to Red Hook (approximately 45 minutes), or make arrangements to stay overnight in St. Thomas and catch the ferry the following morning. Ferry service starts at approximately 7:30am. Click here for the complete ferry schedule. 
 
Travellers from the UK and Canada may find it easiest to travel to Antigua (ANU) and then take a connecting flight to Tortola on LIAT, or private charter flight. Limited service is also available from St. Maarten/St. Martin (SXM) and St. Kitts (SKB) on LIAT and Winair.
 
Charter airline service can be arranged from almost anywhere in the Caribbean. Information for airline charter companies is listed under Inter-Island Aviation in the Getting Around section.
 
Flights via San Juan, Puerto Rico Airport Code [SJU]:
The most direct way to fly to the BVI is via San Juan, Puerto Rico. Frequent connecting service is offered by American Eagle, Cape Air, with occasional service by other airlines and charter flights. Air Sunshine has direct flights from San Juan to Beef Island and Virgin Gorda. 
 
Flights via St. Thomas - Airport Code [STT]
If you choose to arrive via St. Thomas, Air Sunshine has regular flights to Tortola and Virgin Gorda. Most travellers take one of the frequent ferries that travel between downtown Charlotte Amalie or Red Hook, St. Thomas and Tortola. Ferry service is available to Virgin Gorda and Anegada on certain days and to Virgin Gorda every day via West End or Road Town
 
Getting to the next ferry is very easy - just take a taxi at the St. Thomas Airport and let the taxi driver know that you need to take the next ferry to Tortola or Virgin Gorda (with connections to Anegada and Jost Van Dyke). The taxi drivers will know of any schedule changes and make sure you reach the proper terminal for your connection. 
 
Remember that ferries from St. Thomas to Tortola and Virgin Gorda (with connections to Anegada and Jost Van Dyke) only operate during daylight hours - so the last ferry is usually around 5pm. Make sure that your flight arrives in time for the transfer to Red Hook (approximately 45 minutes) or make arrangements to overnight in St. Thomas and catch the ferry the following morning. Ferry service starts at approximately 7:30am. 
 
Flights via Antigua - Airport Code [ANU]
Travellers from the UK (from London, Gatwick) and Canada may find it easiest to travel directly to Antigua by way of the Lester Bird International Airport and then take a connecting flight to Tortola on LIAT, or private charter flights.
 
From other Caribbean Islands 
Scheduled service is also available from St. Maarten/St. Martin, St. Kitts, as are connecting flights from Barbados and St. Croix.