Having lived in the BVI for a number of years I have lots of advice on how to arrive for charter yacht vacation guests travelling from the Canada, USA and Europe. Please do not hesitate to ask me for more information.
All visitors need valid passports (including US citizens) for entry into the BVI. Some countries outside of the USA and Europe require visas check out for more details (info for visas). On entry to the BVI you may be asked to show your return ticket, you will also be asked the name of the yacht and marina where you are embarking. Lets us advise you for all your travel arrangements.
All visitors have to fly via international carriers into either Puerto Rico (SJU), St Thomas (STT), St Maarten (SXM) or Antigua (ANU), these are all the nearest large airports with small regional airlines (see below) which then carry you on to Beef Island (EIS), British Virgin Islands airport, they take about 40 minutes.
If you fly into St Thomas USVI (some visitors from Europe are flying this way via the states) you can be picked up and dropped off in St Thomas by some yachts. We will advise this on booking the vessel as some yachts charge for this service.
If you come to the BVI by ferry, the airport in St Thomas is 10 minutes away by taxi to the ferry terminal in Charlotte Amalie. The last ferry to the BVI leaves approx. 4:30 pm. (see below for ferry contact information). Again, we can advise and give you all the help needed to plan your trip.
For Europeans its quicker and easier to come via Antigua or St Maarten, however if you are shopping around and don’t mind a longer journey then check out the St Thomas, USVI route or via Puerto Rico. If you arrive via Puerto Rico you will either have to fly into USVI (STT) or BVI (EIS) to meet up with the yacht.
We can also give you details of private airline charters and small ferries
Insurance for Charter Yacht Vacations
This is highly recommended for you and your fellow boating passengers, whether for unexpected trip cancellation, extreme weather or medical, it is essential that you are fully covered. Here are some online insurance links
www.insuremytrip.com www.TravelGuard.com www. CASTravelProtection.com
Ferry Services between St Thomas, US Virgin Islands and British Virgin Islands
Road Town Fast Ferry
Tele BVI 284 494 2323 reservations tele 284 340 3976
Tele USVI 340777 2800 www.roadtownfastferry.com
Native Son Inc
BVI – Tortola Tele 284 494 5674 Email email@example.com www.nativesonferry.com/schedule
USVI – Charlotte Amalie Tele 340 774 8685 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
BVI – Tortola Tele 284 494 4454
USVI – St Thomas Tele 340 775 7292 Email email@example.com www.bviferryservices.com
Water Taxi Services between St Thomas, US Virgin Islands and British Virgin Islands
Island Time Water Taxi is a convenient choice for water taxi particularly if your destination is in Nanny Cay. Their are very competitive and try and give the best prices. As a BVI registered vessel, Island Time Powerboats can pick up in the USVI and take you directly to your final destination in the BVI (Moorings, Sandy Ground, Sun Sail, Peter Island, etc.) Some USVI Taxi services can only take you to the port of entry and drop you off there, they are not able to proceed past the port of entry, then you have to find other modes of transportation to your final destination.
Island Time’s boats are in full compliance with BVI Shipping Registry’s and USCG’s safety requirements, as well as being registered and insured in the British Virgin Islands.
Tele: 1 207 201 5012
Regional Airlines Flying To BVI from Puerto Rico
Seaborne Airlines American Eagle no longer operating from March 2013
Air Sunshine Cape Air
Regional Airlines Flying to BVI from St Maarten and Antigua
Private Charter is available throughout the Caribbean
Fly BVI Tele BVI 284 495 1747
BVI Office 284 495 2002
US Toll Free 877 515 5066