Persons wishing to visit the British Virgin Islands are encouraged to verify visa requirements for entry at BVI ports.
Applicants who fall under the requirements for a tourist visa can start the process by downloading a British Virgin Islands Visa Application Form and submitting all supporting documents to the BVI Visa Unit via the contact email address below.
Nationals of the Following Countries listed below require a visa to enter the BVI.
|• Afghanistan||• Guinea||• Pakistan|
|• Albania||• Guinea-Bissau||• Palestine|
|• Algeria||• Guyana||• Peru|
|• Angola||• Haiti||• Philippines|
|• Armenia||• Indonesia||• Qatar|
|• Azerbaijan||• Iran||• Russian Republic|
|• Bahrain||• Iraq||• Rwanda|
|• Belarus||• Israel||• Sao Tome & Principle|
|• Benin||• Ivory Coast||• Saudi Arabia|
|• Bhutan||• Jamaica||• Senegal|
|• Bosnia-Herzegovina||• Jordan||• Serbia|
|• Burkina||• Kazakhstan||• Somalia|
|• Burundi||• Kyrgyztan||• Sudan|
|• Burma||• Korea (North)||• Surinam|
|• Cambodia||• Kuwait||• Syria|
|• Cameroon||• Laos||• Taiwan *|
|• Cape Verdi||• Lebanon||• Tajikistan|
|• Central African Republic||• Liberia||• Thailand|
|• Chad||• Libya||• Togo|
|• China (except Hong Kong SAI)||• Macedonia||• Turkey|
|• Columbia||• Madagascar||• Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus|
|• Comoros||• Mali||• Turkmenistan|
|• Congo (Democratic Republic)||• Mauritania||• Ukraine|
|• Cuba||• Moldova||• United Arab Emirates|
|• Cyprus||• Mongolia||• Uzbekistan|
|• Djibouti||• Morocco||• Vietnam|
|• Dominican Republic||• Mozambique||• Yemen|
|• Egypt||• Myanmar||• Zaire|
|• Equatorial Guinea||• Nepal|
|• Eritrea||• Niger|
|• Ethiopia||• Nigeria|
|• Gabon||• Oman|
Visa Waiver for Taiwanese Nationals:
On 3rd April, 2012, the Honourable Premier and Minister of Finance issued a statement that visas are no longer required for Taiwanese passport holders who wish to visit the BVI for less than six (6) months as tourists, family visitors, business travellers and student visitors. For all other categories, the usual visa requirements will apply. The Premier noted that the British Virgin Islands already has a substantial international business engagement with the Asian region, so exploring into the tourism market is a natural transition. He further stated that beside tourism, the lifting of restrictions will also allow the British Virgin Islands and Taiwan to explore other economic and cultural opportunities. The BVI is the 125th country or region to grant visa-free entry or landing visas to Taiwanese passport holders.
It is imperative to note that all visa applications are subject to approval. Original Documents must be submitted with the application. All documents produced in foreign languages (e.g. Spanish, French etc.) must be accompanied by a certified English translation. All foreign supporting documents should be apostilled (legalized) and notarized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the relevant home country. Please be advised that the Civil Registry & Passport Office reserves the right to request further documentation following review of the application if the need arises.
• Completed BVI Visa Application Form
• Valid Passport
• Two (2) recent passport size photographs on a white, grey or cream background
• Fee of US $175.00 (Non- refundable)
• Any other document(s) that may be required upon request & relevant to visa type
BVI Visa Unit
|Switchboard:||+1(284) 494-3701 Ext 3443|
Cabinet has approved the implementation of the British Virgin Islands(BVI) Visa Exemption Programme which took effect from Thursday, 1st September 2016. The programme will allow nationals of a country that require a BVI visa, but who also hold a United Kingdom (UK), United States of America (USA) or Canadian visa, and are visiting the Territory for work, business, tourism and other related matters, to enter and remain for a period less than six months. The UK, USA or Canadian visa should have more than six (6) months of validity before travel to the Territory, and would only apply to visits of six (6) months or less.
The initiative is part of the labour and immigration reform efforts to further streamline entry and facilitate economic growth for the Territory. It is also part of the Territory’s efforts to facilitate visitors, while at the same time, safeguarding national security.
Visitors entering the BVI, including UK citizens must have a valid passport and if required a valid visa for entry into the Virgin Islands. It is NOT a requirement to hold a passport with at least six months remaining until expiration for entry. Bona fide visitors may be granted entry for up to one month at the ports of entry, provided that they possess:
Persons wishing to extend their stay by up to six months will need to apply for an extension by contacting the Department of Immigration in Road Town.
BVI GATEWAY APPLICATIONS MUST BE COMPLETED WITHIN 24 HOURS OF TRAVEL Effective Immediately
Travellers must BEGIN their application no later than 48 hours before travel
Applications on the BVI Gateway portal BVIGATEWAY.BVIAA.COM must be COMPLETED at least 24 hours before travel date and time
All applicants in PENDING status, who have not completed their necessary requirements 24 hours prior to travelling, will be DENIED
Last updated – May, 8 2021 at 9:41am