British Virgin Islands
Important COVID-19 travel guidance
Travel in your area, including international travel, may be restricted because of domestic regulations. Different rules apply in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Follow all the rules that apply to you.
Other countries may close borders, restrict movement or bring in new quarantine rules with little warning. Check our advice on things to consider, and be prepared to stay overseas longer than planned.
Before you return to the UK you must provide your journey and contact details. Also check if you need to self isolate.
Local laws and customs
The BVI is a separate legal jurisdiction to the United Kingdom and has its own laws.
Don’t get involved with illegal drugs, including marijuana. Possession of even small quantities can lead to large fines or imprisonment. Drug trafficking is a serious offence. Pack your own luggage yourself and don’t carry items that do not belong to you.
Observe customs regulations on the import and export of agricultural products and the protection of marine and animal life. There are a number of marine and animal specimens that may not be taken from the island. If in doubt, check with the local customs authorities or the Government’s Chief Conservation & Fisheries Officer before buying, or attempting to import or export such items.
A grounded vessel that has sustained “material damage affecting her seaworthiness or efficiency”, must notify the Virgin Islands Shipping Registry within 24 hours of the accident.
Spear fishing isn’t permitted in the BVI. The use of scuba equipment, explosive, poison or other noxious substance to capture or remove any marine animal or coral is against the law (this includes dead coral and shells). Fishing within the boundaries of any marine park is strictly forbidden. Commercial, sport and pleasure fishing requires a fishing license and the boat you are fishing from must be registered. You can get a temporary permit from the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries:
Department Of Agriculture And Fisheries
Tortola, Virgin Islands (British) VG1120
General Office – Paraquita Bay and Virgin Gorda – 8:30am to 4:30pm
Abattoir – 7am to 3pm
Airport – 7am to 10pm
Email Address: [email protected], [email protected]
General Office (Paraquita Bay) – 1(284) 468-6123/6124
Veterinary Unit – 1 (284) 468 – 6197
Virgin Gorda Office – 1(284) 468-6506/6507
Airport Office – 1(284) 468-6449
Homosexuality is legal under BVI law. There’s no provision for marriage or civil partnerships between same-sex couples. Attitudes in the main tourist destinations are tolerant. Throughout BVI, hotels and resorts are generally welcoming regardless of sexual orientation. Outside the tourist areas local attitudes can be conservative and some people may not approve of public displays of affection between same-sex couples. See our information and advice page for the LGBT community before you travel.
Latest travel advice for British Virgin Islands, including how to stay safe during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and information on returning to the UK.
BVI marijuana industry on hold until Governor responds to the bill
Governor of the British Virgin Islands Augustus Jaspert is yet contemplating over the Cannabis Licensing Act which was previously passed in the House of Assembly.
The Act which was enacted two months ago put the framework for the establishment of a medical marijuana industry in the territory.
The marijuana bill can’t be written into law until its agreed to by Governor Jaspert.
Because the constitution doesn’t give a stipulated time outline for the government to permit to the Bill concerns have been lifted about the chance of the medicinal marijuana bill being put on hold until next year.
Premier Andrew Fahie formerly declared that the cannabis industry is expected to insert at least $30 billion into the economy when established.
The government also plans to distribute half-acre plots of land to 100 residents to be used to cultivate marijuana.
All plans are put on hold until Governor Jaspert responds to the Bill.
West Indies and Caribbean News: Your home for the latest Caribbean and global news. Breaking stories on what matters most.