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 British Virgin Islands - General Info

Time Zone

UTC -4

Electrical Supply

Voltage: 115V

Frequency: 60 Hz

Money

US dollar (US$)

Communications

International dialing code for British Virgin Islands is +1 284

Modern GSM mobile phone and 3G wireless broadband services are available throughout the islands.

CCT Global Communications
Geneva Place , Road Town , Tortola, BVI
Tel:(284) 494 3825
Mobile and wireless internet services.
Digicel
5th Floor, Jayla Place , Wickham's Cay 1 , Road Town, Tortola, BVI
Tel:+1 (284) 300 0001/1000 Fax:1 (284) 494 0111
Flagship Store (Road Town) Hours: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm Store Phone: +1 (284) 300 2500

Transport

Air Travel
Tortola, the main island of the British Virgin Islands, is the location of the BVI’s only major airport, the Beef Island Airport (EIS)) at Tortola’s adjoining Beef Island on its East End. There are also two smaller airstrips on Virgin Gorda and Anegada. Tortola’s Beef Island Airport does not accommodate major jets, only 70-80 seat turboprops and small jets.

Airlines flying into the BVIs include:
American Eagle: +1 (284) 495 2559
LIAT: +1 (284) 495 1187
Air Sunshine: +1 (284) 495 8900
Cape Air: +1 (284) 495 2100

Ferry Services
Between the US and British Virgin Islands:
Native Son Inc. Tel: (284) 495 4617
Smiths Ferry, Tel: (284) 495 4495
Nubian Princess, Tel: (284) 495 4999
Inter-Island Services, Tel: (284) 495 4166
Speedy’s Ferry, Tel: (284) 495 5240
Roadtown Fast Ferry, Tel: (284) 494 2323

Diplomatic Missions

Foreign Embassies in British Virgin Islands

United States Embassy, Bridgetown, Barbados (also responsible for the BVI): +1 246 436 4950.

Canadian High Commission, Bridgetown, Barbados (also responsible for the BVI): +1 246 429 3550.

Australian High Commission, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago (also responsible for BVI): +1 868 628 0695.

United Kingdom
Governor's Office , Waterfront Drive , Road Town, Tortola
Tel:284 494 2345 / 2370 Fax:284 494 5790
Opening hours: 8.30am - 4.30pm (Mon-Fri)

Events

Easter Festival, on Virgin Gorda

BVI Spring Regatta, on Tortola, March-April

BVI Music Festival, late May

Jost van Dyke: Foxy's Wooden Boat Regatta, late May

BVI Festival in Road Town, early August

Nanny Cay Nations Cup, December

Emergencies

British Virgin Islands - Emergency Telephone Numbers

Fire: 999/911
Police: 999/911
Ambulance: 999/911

Emergency: dial 999 or 911

Virgin Islands Search & Rescue: VISAR
Emergency Centre Operations (284) 494-4499, http://www.visar.org
Virgin Islands Search and Rescue (VISAR) is a voluntary organisation dedicated to saving life at sea. It is the officially recognised search and rescue service in the British Virgin Islands, where it provides 24-hour cover every day of the year in close co-operation with the Royal British Virgin Islands police, fire and ambulance services

Foreign cell phones can call emergency services by dialing 767 or 911.

Publications

IMRAY AND ADLARD COLES PILOT BOOKS are available at a discounted price for Noonsite.com users via World Cruising Club

A Thinking Mans Guide to Voyages South - the many facets of Caribbean Cruising
Author: Frank Virgintino
Published: 3rd Edition January 2013
Available as a Kindle version at www.amazon.com as well as other EPub bookstores.
The latest edition of this route planner is larger than ever. For more details see this report

2011/2012 Cruising Guide to the Virgin Islands
By Nancy & Simon Scott
Publisher: Cruising Guide Publications; 15th Edn.(2011)
www.cruisingguides.com
ISBN-13: 978-0944428863
Completely revised and updated edition with full color sketch charts, these guides have been indispensable companions for sailors and visitors to these islands since 1982. Covers both British and US Virgin Islands.
Information includes:-
•Anchoring and mooring information and fees.
•Customs, immigration and National Parks regulations.
•Particulars on marina facilities and the amenities they offer.
•Water sports - where to go and where to rent equipment.
•Shore-side facilities, restaurants, beach bars, shops, provisions, Internet connections.
•Alphabetical - by island - Directory of goods and services.
Everything you will need to help make your vacation an enjoyable and memorable experience in a concise easy-to-use format.

Yachtsman's Guide to the Virgin Islands & Puerto Rico
Editor - Meredith Helleberg Fields
Publisher Tropic Isle Publishers Inc
ISBN - 9780937379004

Cruising Guide to the Caribbean
By William T. Stone and Anne M. Hays
Publisher: Sheridan House. Rev Rep edition (August 21, 1998)
ISBN-13: 978-0924486579

Virgin Anchorages
By Nancy and Simon Scott
Publisher - Cruising Guide Publications; Rev edition (Jun 2000)
ISBN-13: 978-0944428504
Excellent companion to the Cruising Guide to the Virgin Islands, featuring stunning, color, aerial photography, it captures 46 of the most popular anchorages in the Virgin islands. Graphic illustration overlays aid in navigation to show you where the reefs and rocks are and where you will find safe passage.

Grenada to the Virgin Islands Pilot
By Jaques Patuelli
Publisher Imray, Laurie, Norie & Wilson Ltd
ISDN 0-85288-680-2
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Cruising Guide to the Leeward Islands
By Chris Doyle
Publisher Cruising Guides Publications
ISDN 13: 9780944428870

Leeward Anchorages
By Chris Doyle
Publisher Cruising Guides Publications(2002)
ISDN 13 978-0944428573

Routes and Waypoints
By Captain Pieter D. Brown
Publisher Baico Publishing Consultants Inc., Ontario, Canada (2011) ISBN: 978-1-926596-83-9
A Navigational & Piloting Guide of Suggested Routes with Waypoints from Eastern Canada to Grenada including: the Canadian & USA E. Coasts, Bahamas, Turks & Caicos, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Leeward & Windward Islands.
Read Review here

BVI Yacht Guide
#7 Road Reef Plaza, , Road Town, Tortola, , BVI, VG1110
Tel:(284) 494 7788
An on-line publication.

Online Cruising Guide
Free guide for sailors with lots of useful info. and updated charts.

www.bvitourism.com
Official website for the BVI Tourist Board.

www.bareboatsbvi.com/british_virgin_islands
Useful photo gallery with over 500 photos and maps of the individual islands.

BVI Cruising Guide.
A guide to the islands harbours and day anchorages along with tips for each that are the result of over a decade of chartering in the BVI.

Caribbean Weather

Weather Links for the BVIs

www.britishvirginislands.com
Online guide with basic anchorage and marina information.

www.bviwelcome.com
Another online guide including some interesting info. on anchorages for yachts.

Update History

November 2013: Details of Cruising permit and Park permits fees checked.
April 2013: Formalities checked.
March 2012: Gun Creek added as new Port of Entry.

Noonsite welcomes information and updates especially regarding clearance, customs and immigration procedures from cruisers visiting this country.

Please E-mail noonsite with any new information, updates or corrections. Even just a short email confirming that the current data is accurate would be most helpful.

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kenbrook
kenbrook says:
Nov 25, 2013 05:25 PM

This year, for the first time ever, I was asked by Custom, when checking in, if I needed a National Parks permit. They had no documentation on the park locations. I was told the fees are US$6/day/person or US$50/week/boat of 4 people. Which means US$360 on the daily rate for two cruisers staying the 30 day max allowed or only US$200 for four weeks on the weekly rate. At www.bvinpt under "Mooring Bouy System" I found "To use the mooring bouys you are required to purchase a Parks Permit". So I assume if you do not plan to use Parks mooring bouys (which are day use only - no overnight) you do not need a permit. But "Foreign vessels are required to purchase permits at Customs" which means you need to be prepared to answer the question when you check in.

gts1544
gts1544 says:
Jan 10, 2014 12:57 PM

You can purchase a calendar year long permit in Road Town at the National Parks Trust for $150, including the decal which must be affixed to the base of the mast. Caveat: Our USCG documented boat is based (temporarily, read permanently) in the BVI's by paying $200 annually for a "temporary importation permit" good for the same calendar year. So, for $350, you could stay in the BVI's for a year and use all of the diving mooring balls for that same period. Getting an Immigration Department extension from the main office in Road Town is no problem as long as you are not trying to work there and have the means to support yourself.

Chase Jazzborne
Chase Jazzborne says:
Mar 08, 2014 04:15 PM

DO YOU NEED PROPANE? Click the Road Harbour link and look for propane comment at the bottom for directions.

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