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The British Virgin Islands is a British territory in the Caribbean. There are 5 main islands (Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada, and Jost Van Dyke), as well as 50 smaller islands and cays. In total the islands comprise 56 square miles.
This popular tourist destination is known for its many beaches, making it easy to find your own area. On warm, sunny day you can sail from island to island, enjoying the cool ocean breeze and clear waters. Those who are a bit more adventurous may want to go scuba diving and see fish, turtles, or even sunken boats. Others may want to go surf, kiteboard, windsurf, or fish.
After a long day on the beach, relax by shopping for local-made treasures and have a fresh seafood dinner. Wash it all down with the rink of choice, rum, at one of the many local bars. Make sure to choose one with live music for a truly local experience. Finally, rest in a bungalow or luxury hotel and repeat everything again the next day.
Yes, some vaccines are recommended or required for British Virgin Islands. The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccines for British Virgin Islands: typhoid, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, rabies, and influenza.
Dengue and Zika are both present in the British Virgin Islands. Make sure to bring and use mosquito repellent. Zika is a larger risk for women who are pregnant or may become pregnant. Consider changing travel plans and take extra precautions if you are in this group.
See our vaccinations page to learn more about these infections and vaccines. Ready to protect yourself? Book your travel health appointment today by calling or schedule online now.
A visa is not required for stay in the British Virgin Islands of less than one month. Travelers must have a valid passport upon entry.
For more information contact a Passport Health Passport and Visa specialist by calling 1-844-366-8472 or by filling out our online form.
The British Virgin Islands has a tropical rainforest climate. There are warm temperatures year-round and trade winds blowing cool air.
The temperature stay in the 70’s to 80’s year-round. January through March have the coldest temperatures and August and September the warmest.
There is a great deal of rain, with the islands receiving about 43.5 inches of rain each year. The wettest months are September through November and the driest are February and March. Between June and November, there is the threat of hurricanes.
Travel only in well-lit areas and avoid travelling alone if possible. Do not leave valuable items in public areas and consider using a hotel safe, if available.
Petty crime, such as pick-pocketing or bag-snatching, can also occur. Travelers should avoid carrying unnecessary valuables with them. Avoid demonstrations or large gatherings, as they are good opportunities for pick-pocketing.
If you’re looking for a gorgeous, sandy spot away from the crowds, Devil’s Bay National Park is the ideal spot.
A dirt road that is well-traveled may not be the best first impression. Warm sand and blue waters will greet you upon entering the Bay. There are tall trees that provide plenty of shelter from the son and serve as an excellent spot to lounge under.
If you bring your snorkeling gear to explore the beautiful rocks and colorful fish in the waters nearby. If you just want to rest, the water there is calm and perfect for closing your eyes and floating. After playing in the water for a while, head to the Beach Bar for a Piña colada to cool you off.
A trip to the British Virgin Islands is a must for many travelers. Make sure you have everything you need for your trip:
When traveling it is very helpful to find out exactly where the U.S. embassy or consulates are located. Keep the address written down in case you have a legal problem, you lose your passport, or you want to report a crime. Be sure to keep a copy of your passport with you in case you lose the original.
There is no U.S. Embassy on the British Virgin Islands. The embassy in Barbados serves this area:
U.S. Embassy Bridgetown
Wildey Business Park
St. Michael BB 14006
Phone: (246) 227-4000
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