Getting to the British Virgin Islands

By | October 22, 2021

Airplane: According to USPRIVATESCHOOLSFINDER, there are no direct connections to the British Virgin Islands from Germany, Austria or Switzerland, nor from the USA and Canada. Air France, British Airways, Condor and KLM fly to Beef Island via San Juan (Puerto Rico), St. Maarten (Netherlands Antilles) or Antigua and Barbuda.
The airlines LIAT, Air St Thomas, American Eagle, Cape Air, Seaborne Airlines, Fly BVI and Air Sunshine connect the British Virgin Islands with St. Thomas (US Virgin Islands), St. Maarten (Netherlands Antilles) and St. Kitts and Nevis.

Airports:Terrence B Lettsome Airport (EIS) on Beef Island is the main airport in the British Virgin Islands. It is located approximately 9 miles from Road Town, Tortola. An airport bus drives into the city three times a day. There are also taxis and rental cars are also available.
Virgin Gorda Airport (VIJ) is 2.2 miles from Spanish Town, Virgin Gorda. Taxis run into town.
There is also a small airport on Anegada.

Ship: The main ports of the British Virgin Islands are Road Town and West End on Tortola, St. Thomas Bay on Virgin Gorda and Great Harbor on Jost Van Dyke. In the winter cruise season, normally one or two cruise ships anchored in the port of Road Town, including Hapag Lloyd, Seabourn Cruise Line, Aida Cruises and Royal Caribbean Cruises.
The US Virgin Islands are connected to the British Virgin Islands by regional shipping companies. Inter-Island Ferry Services operates between Jost Van Dyke and Red Hook, Road Town Fast Ferry, Native Son and Smith`s Ferry Servicedrive between Road Town and Charlotte Amalie on St Thomas, US Virgin Islands. Speedy’s operates between Virgin Gorda and Charlotte Amalie, Nubian Princess and Inter-Island Ferry Services between West End and Cruz Bay.

British Virgin Islands entry requirements and visa

As a British overseas territory, the British Virgin Islands are part of Great Britain, but the same entry requirements do not apply.

is generally required for entry into the British Virgin Islands. The passport (or the temporary passport) must be valid for at least 6 months after the planned departure. An identity card is not sufficient to enter the British Virgin Islands.

Entry with children
For children traveling with you, the same visa requirements apply to the British Virgin Islands as to their parents. This means that the children’s travel documents must also be valid for at least 6 months after the planned departure date. Minors traveling alone in the British Virgin Islands should have a declaration of consent from the custodian with them.

Germany: You need your own passport for children or a child ID card with a picture. Child ID cards are no longer issued in Germany, existing child ID cards remain valid until the expiry date.

Austria: children need their own passport.

Switzerland: Children need their own passport.

Citizens of EU countries (with the exception of Romania and Bulgaria) and Switzerland do not require a visa for a stay of max. 3 months in the British Virgin Islands. This applies to both tourists and business travelers.

British Virgin Islands – Country Travel

Airplane: To fly between the islands, you must charter an airplane. Fly BVI is often recommended. The company’s planes not only fly within the British Virgin Islands, but also fly to other destinations across the Caribbean.

Ship: Ferries are the main means of transport between the islands in the British Virgin Islands. Inexpensive ferries often run between the islands. You can find timetables in most travel guides.

West End to Jost Van Dyke

New Horizon Ferry operates five times a day between Tortola West End and Jost’s Great Harbor.

Beef Island to North Sound
North Sound Express operates ferries between Trellis Bay on Beef Island and Virgin Gorda. Stops are in The Valley, Bitter End and Leverick Bay. Reservations are required.

Road Town to Spanish Town
Speedy’s operates ferries between Road Town on Tortola and Spanish Town on Virgin Gorda.

Road Town to Anegada
Smith’s Ferry runs three times a week from Road Town, Tortola to Anegada. The boat makes stops in Spanish Town on Virgin Gorda.
Bus: There is no bus transport to any of the islands.

Car: The car is certainly the most convenient way to get to know individual islands, but be prepared for unusual driving conditions. The roads are often steep, winding and very narrow. Chickens, goats and dogs often take to the streets. The British Virgin Islands drive on the left. Most cars are from the US, so the steering wheel is usually on the left side of the vehicle.

There are several good local car rental companies on the islands. High season prices start at around $ 55 per day and can reach $ 90.

Taxis are convenient and an important means of transport if you are not renting your own vehicle. Taxis do not have a taximeter, prices are a matter of negotiation.

British Virgin Islands