According to topmbadirectory, the British Virgin Islands is a British Crown Colony of the United Kingdom and, together with the United States Virgin Islands, forms the United States Virgin Islands. The British Virgin Islands consists of several dozen islands scattered in the Caribbean Sea (North America). The largest islands of the British Virgin Islands are: Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada and Jost van Dyke. The capital of the British Virgin Islands is Road Town.
The British Virgin Islands are known for their elaborate cuisine and as a beach destination with all that goes with it. The British Virgin Islands have a coastline with many white sandy beaches, clear waters and a colorful underwater world. The waters around the British Virgin Islands are ideal for diving, snorkeling and other water sports. The interior is mostly unspoilt and is largely determined by green hill ranges. The islands are often visited by luxury cruise ships. See clothesbliss for climate in central and South America.
Where are the British Virgin Islands?
Travel information of British Virgin Islands
Official name: British Virgin Islands
Continent: North America
Area: 151 km²
Capital: Road Town
Country code: VG, VGB
Population: 30,030 inhabitants (2019)
Form of government: British Crown Colony
Highest point: 521 m (Mount Sage)
Distance (Amsterdam – Road Town): 7,021 km
Flight time: approximately 13 hours
Current status: No special security risks.
Current color code: Green.
Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), there may be (temporary) measures in place in the British Virgin Islands that you as a tourist may have to deal with. For the most up-to-date corona travel advice, please refer to our special coronavirus travel advice page. For the number of current corona infections, number of deaths and various corona-related graphs of the British Virgin Islands, please visit Countryaah.
At the moment there are no travel organizations that offer travel to the British Virgin Islands. If you want to put together your own trip or are looking for separate travel components such as hotels, airline tickets and a rental car, please visit our travel offer page.
Travel guides and maps
Are you looking for a travel guide, map, walking map, cycling map, book or DVD about the British Virgin Islands?
Weather and climate
The British Virgin Islands have a tropical climate. The temperatures are between 25 and 30 degrees all year round.
The current weather (weather forecast) and a weather forecast for the British Virgin Islands can be found on our extensive weather page.
Detailed information about the climate of the British Virgin Islands can be found at Climate info.
January, February, March and April are the best months to travel to the British Virgin Islands. In these months there is the least precipitation, you have no chance of hurricanes and you have the most pleasant temperatures.
English is the official language in the British Virgin Islands.
Would you like to translate from or into English for free? Use the Google translator for this.
You must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months upon arrival in the British Virgin Islands.
A visa is not necessary.
You must pay a departure tax of approximately USD 20 per person upon departure from the British Virgin Islands.
Embassies and consulates
Below is an overview of relevant diplomatic representations, including addresses and contact details.
Netherlands Embassy in Trinidad and Tobago (also for the British Virgin Islands): netherlandsworldwide.nl.
Embassy of the United Kingdom in the Netherlands (also for the British Virgin Islands): ukinnl.fco.gov.uk.
Before visiting the British Virgin Islands, it is advisable to get one or more vaccinations.
For extensive vaccination advice and to make a vaccination appointment at home, please visit Thuisvaccinatie.nl. You can also see here whether your health insurance reimburses the vaccination(s).
Money and Currency
In the British Virgin Islands, the currency is the US dollar (USD).
The current position of this currency (currency, currency) can be found on our exchange rate page.
An overview of all ATMs in the British Virgin Islands can be found on our ATMs page.
Prices in the British Virgin Islands are much higher than in the Netherlands. The price difference with the Netherlands is +80% on average. Some examples are: restaurants (43% more expensive), food (119% more expensive), imported beer in catering (52% cheaper), cigarettes (24% cheaper) and public transport (63% more expensive). Please note that the price difference in tourist areas, especially during high season, may vary.
It is customary to tip in the British Virgin Islands. If no service costs have been calculated yet, a tip of approximately 15% is given.
During our summer time, it is 6 hours earlier in the British Virgin Islands.
During our winter time it is 5 hours earlier in the British Virgin Islands.
The British Virgin Islands has no difference between winter time and summer time.
The local time, date and time zone for the British Virgin Islands can be found on our time difference page.
Traffic and route
You must drive on the left in the British Virgin Islands.
With the Google route planner you can compile a route description from, to or within the British Virgin Islands.
In the British Virgin Islands you need a travel plug. In addition, in some cases you need an inverter.
More information about common plugs and sockets in the British Virgin Islands can be found on our electricity page.
If you need help from the police, fire brigade and/or ambulance in an emergency, you can use the emergency numbers below.
– Police: 999 or 911
– Fire Department: 999 or 911
– Ambulance: 999 or 911
It is not recommended to drink water from the tap.
If you are unable to buy bottled water, use a water purifier to purify the water or boil the water for 5 minutes. After this you can safely use it as drinking water and for things like brushing teeth, cleaning lenses and washing vegetables and / or fruit. More information about drinking water and/or the purchase of water purification products can be found on our drinking water page.
News and newspapers
The latest news related to the British Virgin Islands can be found on Google news.
An overview of the newspapers from the British Virgin Islands can be found at Abyznewslinks.
Websites from the British Virgin Islands end in.vg.
Official websites of the British Virgin Islands: bvi.org.uk and bvitourism.com.
The country code (international access code) to call someone in the British Virgin Islands is 001284 or +1284.
Do you want to call the Netherlands from the British Virgin Islands? Then use the Dutch country code 01131.
(If you use a country code, you must leave out the first 0 of the number to be called.)
Telephone numbers can be found in the Telephone Directory of the British Virgin Islands.
Company details can be found in the Yellow Pages of the British Virgin Islands.
Photos and videos
On Flickr you will find a nice collection of photos from the British Virgin Islands.
On Youtube you will find a nice collection of videos from the British Virgin Islands.
An overview of all public holidays in the British Virgin Islands can be found on Beleven.org.
Reviews and travel experiences
On Zoover and TripAdvisor you will find reviews from travelers about accommodations (eg hotels and holiday homes), restaurants and destinations on the British Virgin Islands, supplemented with photos, videos and places of interest.
Are you looking for a travelogue about the British Virgin Islands?
Here you will find travel reports and experiences of travelers who have previously visited the British Virgin Islands. It is also possible to keep a free diary of your trip for family and/or friends.
Nature and world heritage
An overview of the protected nature areas (including national parks, reserves and wildlife parks) in the British Virgin Islands can be found on Protected Planet.
The British Virgin Islands are not on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Do you want to know how much you are allowed to import and export when traveling to the British Virgin Islands? On the IATA website you will find an overview with the maximum quantities of cigarettes, alcohol, money and perfume, among other things. If you stick to these quantities, you don’t have to declare anything to customs. You will also find the laws and regulations regarding the entry of pets on this website.
Below you will find relevant laws and regulations that you may encounter during your visit to the British Virgin Islands.
– Alcohol: Buying and/or drinking from the age of 18.
– Alcohol and traffic: The maximum permitted alcohol content is 0.8.
– Tobacco: Buying and/or smoking from the age of 18.
– Smoking ban: In public places.
– Homosexuality: Allowed
Did you know that…
…The British Virgin Islands are mainly home to the descendants of slaves?
…The British Virgin Islands is a tax-free area?
…Tourism in the British Virgin Islands accounts for 45% of national income?