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Easy Way to Enter the US Virgin Islands

By Sue Richards last modified Mar 15, 2012 08:12 PM

Published: 2012-03-15 20:12:39
Countries: British Virgin Islands , US Virgin Islands

With reference to article Making use of the US Visa Waiver for entry into the USVIs.

Posted 15 March 2012

Subject: Yacht Entry on Visa Waiver into US Waters through St Thomas USVI

Last year I asked if it was possible to enter the USA via St Thomas Charlotte Amalie USVI on a Yacht on a Visa Waiver gained by first going as foot passengers on the ferry from Tortola in the BVI.

There was so much doubt that we did not attempt this and the vessel was delivered to Charlotte Amalie by someone with a full US visa and we went as foot passengers to Charlotte Amalie in order to transfer to the airport.

However when we arrived at immigration we asked the senior person there if we would have been able to enter on the yacht having first visited by ferry to get the visa waiver and then returned to Tortola to collect the yacht. We were assured that this is an acceptable method to gain entry on a privately owned yacht but not acceptable for charter vessels.

This was early April 2011.

Andrew Jones

Posted 15 December 2011

I just came back from the US Virgin Islands with a French boat. For us there were 2 solutions. The first one was to go to Barbados to get a visa b1 b2, but it's an incredible amount of work to do it and you need to go there by plane with an appointment at the US embassy.

Or you have the second solution which is very easy. You go with your boat to Tortola in the British Virgin Islands. You leave your boat in a marina and you take a taxi to West End to take the ferry to St. John. You pass the US Customs with your passport and you go back to take your boat to go to St. John to make the formality with your boat. You are ok for 90 days.

The USA just want you to come first by a commercial means and after you can go where you want in the USA for 90 days with your boat.

Frederic Borne (Professional Captain)
SY Junior