Everything About Visa Requirements For The British Virgin Islands And Its Application Process

By Dhruvalakshmi Paithankar on Feb 27, 2019
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The volcanic archipelago of the British Virgin Islands, popularly known as BVI, represents the true Caribbean beauty. Known for its reef-lined beaches and lush green rainforests, and loved for its perfect laid-back holiday vibes, this place is undoubtedly a wonderful holiday destination. Interested in planning a vacation to the famous BVI? Wondering ‘do I need a visa to visit the British Virgin Islands’ already? Want to know all about visa requirements for the British Virgin Islands? Read on and you will understand which countries need a visa and which countries are exempted and how to apply for a BVI tourist visa before you start packing your bags!

1. Which countries do not require a visa to visit the British Virgin Islands? 

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  • Australia
  • Canada
  • British passport holders
  • The United States
  • European Union citizens

If you are a visa holder of any of these countries, you will be able to explore the British Virgin Islands for at least 1 month without a visa. This BVI visa exemption can also be extended for up to 6 months but is decided by the Chief Immigration Officer.

It is applicable only if you are traveling directly from your country to the British Virgin Islands.

2. Which countries require a visa to visit the British Virgin Islands? 

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Here is a list of countries that need to apply for a visa (tourist or business) to visit the British Virgin Islands-

Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Benin, Bhutan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Burkina, Burma, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verdi, Central African Republic, Chad, China (except Hong Kong SAI), Columbia, Comoros, Congo (Democratic Republic), Cuba, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Georgia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, North Korea, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Macedonia, Madagascar, Moldova, Mali, Mauritania, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Russian Republic, Rwanda, Sao Tome & Principle, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Slovakia, Somalia, Sudan, Surinam, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Togo, Turkey, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Vietnam, Yemen, Yugoslavia, and Zaire.

3. Which countries are offered visa-on-arrival in the British Virgin Islands? 

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If your country is not mentioned in the list of countries that require visa beforehand, then you will probably be on the list of ‘visa on arrival’ countries. But, the permittable duration varies from 30 days to up to 183, depending upon the type of visa and your country.

People from the list of British Virgin Islands visa-free countries will also have to check the official website as people who are visiting BVI for any other purpose than tourism may have to apply for a visa.

4. How to apply for the British Virgin Islands tourist visa? 

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There are only a couple of countries that can apply for an e-Visa. All the other countries need to contact the nearest British Embassy or the High Commission or Consulate to apply for the British Virgin Islands visa.

If there is no British Embassy in your region, you will have to contact the British Virgin Islands Passport Office for more information.

5. What are the requirements for the British Virgin Islands visa? 

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Required Documents are-

  • Valid passport.
  • Fully-filled BVI visa application form.
  • 2 recent passport-sized photographs with a white/cream/grey background.
  • Documents that may have been requested additionally and are relevant to the type of visa you are applying for.

The best thing about the British Virgin Islands visa requirements is that it does not ask for a passport that is valid for more than 6 months. If you are staying here for 2 months and your passport is valid for that duration, you are welcome in the country.

Even though a passport is required for everyone to enter the BVI, the Canadian residents may provide a birth certificate and a photo ID instead. But, it is always recommended to carry a valid passport.

You will also need to provide proof of a pre-booked return ticket along with pre-booked accommodation for your entire stay in BVI. It is necessary to provide evidence that you can support yourself financially throughout your stay in the British Virgin Islands.

It usually takes 3 to 5 business days to process British Virgin Islands visa application.

6. How much is the British Virgin Islands visa Fee? 

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  • The British Embassy usually charges approximately USD 177 for each visa for receiving, handling, and forwarding documents. This fee is non-refundable.
  • If you are coming to the British Islands by plane or a boat, you will need to pay BVI entry fee of USD 10 as an environmental and tourism levy.
  • The US departure tax and the US security charge of USD 20 is applicable per person. It may change depending upon the mode of transport as the taxes are different for airlines and ferries. In most of the cases, it is included in the price of your ticket itself.

Keep in mind that this information is applicable for a tourist visa for BVI only and not for people who are visiting the British Virgin Islands for business, education, or any other purpose. You will have to check the official websites and contact the British Embassy for any updated details.

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