According to elaineqho, the United States Virgin Islands (English: U.S. Virgin Islands, American Virgin Islands, USVI) is an overseas territory of the United States of America, located in the Caribbean Ocean (North America). Together with the British Virgin Islands, it forms the Virgin Islands. The US Virgin Islands consists of dozens of islands, of which Saint Crox (Saint Cross), Saint John (Saint John), Saint Thomas (Saint Thomas) and Water Island are the largest. The capital of the US Virgin Islands is Charlotte Amalie. Another great place in the US Virgin Islands is Anna’s Retreat.
The US Virgin Islands are known as a beach destination with everything that goes with it. The US Virgin Islands have a coastline with many white sandy beaches, clear waters and a colorful underwater world. The waters around the US Virgin Islands are ideal for diving, snorkeling and other water sports. According to globalsciencellc, the capital is known as a tax-free city (including shops and restaurants) and as a berth for luxury cruise ships. In addition, the US Virgin Islands are also known for the many ruins of sugar plantations and Fort Christian.
Where are the US Virgin Islands located?
Travel information of US Virgin Islands
Official name: United States Virgin Islands
Continent: North America
Area: 347 km²
Capital: Charlotte Amalie
Country code: VI, VIR
Population: 87,146 inhabitants (2020)
Government: Owned by the United States of America
Highest point: 474 m (Crown Mountain)
Distance (Amsterdam – Charlotte Amalie): 7,086 km
Flight time: approximately 13 hours
Current status: Attention, safety risks.
Current color code: Yellow.
Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), there may be (temporary) measures in place in the US 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 US Virgin Islands, please visit Countryaah.
On our travel offer page you will find an overview of reliable travel organizations that offer complete trips and holidays to the US Virgin Islands. In addition, you will find an overview of separate travel components (car rental, hotels and airline tickets) with which you can compose your ideal trip yourself.
Travel guides and maps
Are you looking for a travel guide, map, hiking map, cycling map, book or DVD about the US Virgin Islands?
Excursions, activities and day trips
With the help of Countryaah you can reserve an excursion, activity, tour, entrance ticket and/or day trip for your stay in the US Virgin Islands at a discount. This way you are assured of a place, in some cases you can skip the queue and you can already plan your travel program.
Weather and climate
The US Virgin Islands have a tropical climate. The temperatures are between 25 and 30 degrees all year round. Hurricanes can occur in August and September.
The current weather (weather forecast) and a weather forecast for the US Virgin Islands can be found on our extensive weather page.
Detailed information about the climate of the US Virgin Islands can be found at Climate info.
Best time to travel
January, February, March and April are the best months to travel to the US 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 US 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 still valid when you leave the US Virgin Islands.
A visa is not necessary if you travel with a transport company that works with the ‘visa waiver program’ and stays shorter than 90 days.
Since January 12, 2009, travelers traveling to the US under the Visa Waver Program must register at least 72 hours prior to arrival in the US Virgin Islands. This registration consists of completing a questionnaire via the internet: esta.cbp.dhs.gov. The fee of USD 14 per person must be paid by credit card.
Embassies and consulates
Below is an overview of relevant diplomatic representations, including addresses and contact details.
Dutch consulate in the United States of America (also for the US Virgin Islands): netherlandsworldwide.nl.
US Embassy and Consulate in the Netherlands: rijksoverheid.nl.
For urgent assistance, you can contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24/7 on +31247247247.
Before visiting the US 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 US Virgin Islands, payment is made with 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 US Virgin Islands can be found on our ATMs page.
The prices in the US Virgin Islands are a lot higher than in the Netherlands. The price difference with the Netherlands is +19% on average. Some examples are: restaurants (3% cheaper), food (39% more expensive), imported beer in catering (8% more expensive), cigarettes (47% cheaper) and public transport (34% cheaper). Please note that the price difference in tourist areas, especially during high season, may vary.
In the US Virgin Islands it is customary to give a tip of approximately 15%.
During our daylight saving time, it is 6 hours earlier in the US Virgin Islands.
During our winter time it is 5 hours earlier in the US Virgin Islands.
The US Virgin Islands has no difference between winter time and summer time.
The local time, date and time zone for the US Virgin Islands can be found on our time difference page.
Traffic and route You must drive on the left
in the US Virgin Islands. With the Google route planner you can compile a route description from, to or within the US Virgin Islands.
In the US 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 US 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: 911
– Fire: 911
– Ambulance: 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 US Virgin Islands can be found on Google news.
You can find an overview of the newspapers from the US Virgin Islands at Abyznewslinks.
Websites from the US Virgin Islands end in.vi.
Official websites of the US Virgin Islands: vi.gov and visitusvi.com.
The country code (international access code) to call someone in the US Virgin Islands is 001340 or +1340.
Do you want to call the Netherlands from the US 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 US Virgin Islands.
Company details can be found in the US Virgin Islands Yellow Pages.
Photos and videos
On Flickr you will find a nice collection of photos from the US Virgin Islands.
On Youtube you will find a nice collection of videos from the US Virgin Islands.
Reviews and travel experiences
On Zoover and TripAdvisor you will find reviews from travelers about accommodations (eg hotel), restaurants and destinations on the US Virgin Islands, supplemented with photos, videos and places of interest.
Are you looking for a travelogue about the US Virgin Islands?
Here you will find travel reports and experiences of travelers who have previously visited the US 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) on the US Virgin Islands can be found on Protected Planet.
The US Virgin Islands are not on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Places of interest
A number of well-known and much-visited places of interest in the US Virgin Islands are as follows:
– Virgin Islands National Park
– Trunk Bay
– Buck Island Reef National Monument
– Honeymoon Beach
– Cruzan Rum Distillery
– Annaberg Plantation
– St. George Village Botanical Gardens
– Extreme Zipline St.Thomas
Do you want to know how much you are allowed to import and export when traveling to the US 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. In addition, on this website you will find the laws and regulations regarding the importation of pets and a list of everything that may not be imported into and/or exported from the US Virgin Islands.
Below you will find relevant laws and regulations that you may encounter during your visit to the US 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…
…A number of place names are still reminiscent of the Danish colonial era?
…The US Virgin Islands were originally inhabited by Indians?
…Most cars on the islands have left-hand drive while driving on the left?
…Most of the inhabitants are descended from African slaves?