BVI Customs Clearance
If you plan to enter the British Virgin Islands during your sailing vacation in the Caribbean, you must follow the proper procedures for clearing your yacht and crew with both BVI Customs and Immigration.
The ports of entry and exit for the BVI are located at:
Road Harbour, Tortola
West End Harbour, Tortola
Great Harbour, Jost Van Dyke
St. Thomas Bay, Virgin Gorda
Hours of operation:
Monday to Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm and Saturday 8:30am to 12:30pm.
Closed Sundays and on BVI public holidays.
After-hours clearing may be arranged in advance. Additional fees will apply. Call Customs at 284-494-3475 and Immigration at 284-494-3701 ext. 2538 to make after-hours arrangements.
Your captain may clear all crew, provided he or she has all of the required documentation, including:
• Ships documentation
• Valid passports for each crew member. (In the absence of a passport, Canadian & US citizens need only an original birth certificate or voter's registration card, and at least one piece of photo ID such as a driver's license if travelling between the British Virgin Islands and the US Virgin Islands).
If visiting the USVI, you may clear in at Cruz Bay, St. John or Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas. If you are not either a US or Canadian citizen, and are entering the USVI waters on anything other than a commercial carrier (ferry, airline, etc.), you must obtain a visitor's visa. Visitors from the UK and all other countries should consult their local US Embassy prior to arrival in the British Virgin Islands to determine what is required to obtain the proper visas for crew wishing to exit the BVI by yacht.
BVI Cruising Tax / Permits
A cruising permit is required for all cruising in the British Virgin Islands.
Seasonal Rates: (December 1- April 30) All recorded charter boats - $2.00 per person per day. All non-recorded charter boats - $4.00 per person per day.
Out-of-Season Rates: (May 1 - November 30). All recorded charter boats - $0.75 per person per day. All non-recorded charter boats - $4.00 per person per day.
Dive, day charter, and sport fishing boats should contact the British Virgin Islands Customs Department at 284-494-3475 or 284-468-3701 ext. 2533 for current cruising permit requirements.