Persons wishing to visit the British Virgin Islands are encouraged to find out whether a Tourist Visa is required. Applicants who fall under the requirements for a visitors’ visa and reside outside the Caribbean should first apply via the UK Visas & Immigration website and selecting your country of residence. Further information is provided via the website for registration, procedures and applicable forms.
When submitting an application for a British Overseas Territory Visa (BOT) please select the visa type from the drop down menu as follows:

Reason for visit: Other
Visa type: Overseas Territory & Commonwealth
Visa Sub Type: Overseas Territory Application


BVI Visa Exemption Programme

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.

If you are in a region where it is not possible to apply for a British Virgin Islands visa please contact the BVI Visa Unit via the details listed below:
BVI Visa Unit

Direct: +1(284) 494-3443
Switchboard: +1(284) 494-3701 Ext 3443


Entry Requirements

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:

  • Return (or ongoing) tickets
  • Evidence of adequate means of support and
  • Pre-arranged accommodations during their stay

Persons wishing to extend their stay by up to six months will need to apply for an extension by way of an interview via the Department of Immigration in Road Town

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