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British Virgin Islands

The British Virgin Islands (BVI) are a British overseas territory, and part of the British West Indies, which are about 60 miles east of Puerto Rico. There are about 50 islands in the BVI, many of them uninhabited. Tortola is the main island; other islands include Virgin Gorda, Jost Van Dyke, and Anegada. Tourist facilities are widely available. Read the Department of State Background Notes on the United Kingdom for additional information.

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 COUNTRY OVERVIEW
Country Name: British Virgin Islands
Continent: Caribbean
Capital City: Road Town
Boundary Countries:
Recommended Hospitals in Capital:

B & F Medical Complex, Bougainvillea Clinic, Eureka Medical Clinic, Peebles Hospital (all in Road Town)

Main Cities:

Road Town

Country Size: 153 sq km
Population: 23,552

 

COUNTRY GENERAL INFORMATION
Language:

English (official)

Currency: US Dollar (USD)
Predominant Religions:

Protestant 86% (Methodist 33%, Anglican 17%, Church of God 9%, Seventh-Day Adventist 6%, Baptist 4%, Jehovah's Witnesses 2%, other 15%), Roman Catholic 10%, other 2%, none 2%

National Holidays: Territory Day, 1 July (1956)
Economic Status:

The economy, one of the most stable and prosperous in the Caribbean, is highly dependent on tourism, generating an estimated 45% of the national income.

Security:

None, defense is the responsibility of the UK.

US Presence:

The US Embassy covering the BVI is located in Bridgetown, Barbados in the Wildey Business Park in St. Michael, Barbados. The Consular Section can be reached by telephone at 1-246-227-4193, by fax at 1-246-431-0179, or contacted by e-mail. After hours, the Embassy duty officer can be reached by calling 1-246-227-4000. Visit the U.S. Embassy in Barbados online for more information. Hours of operation are 8:30A to 4:00P, except Barbados and US holidays.

Document Requirements:

The Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 requires all travelers to and from the Caribbean, Bermuda, Panama, Mexico and Canada to have a valid passport to enter or re-enter the United States. US citizens must have a valid US passport if traveling by air, including to and from Mexico. If traveling by sea, US citizens can use a passport or passport card. We strongly encourage all American citizen travelers to apply for a US passport or passport card well in advance of anticipated travel. American citizens can visit travel.state.gov or call 1-877-4USA-PPT (1-877-487-2778) for information on how to apply for their passports.
In addition to the above documentary requirements, US citizens should also present onward or return tickets, and proof that they have sufficient funds for their stay in the BVI. Upon initial entry, a stay of no more than 30 days will be granted. At the end of 30 days, visitors must report to the Immigration Department's main office in Road Town, Tortola to request an extension. The length of extensions are at the discretion of the Immigration Officer, subsequent to an interview and document review.
Visitors entering the BVI by yacht during daylight hours are required to proceed directly to a port of entry and BVI clear immigration controls. Visitors arriving by yacht outside of normal business hours should register with Immigration at the opening of business the following business day. Failure to comply with these regulations can lead to heavy fines or imprisonment.
Visit the Embassy of the United Kingdom’s website for the most current visa information.
Information about
dual nationality or the prevention of international child abduction can be found on our web site. For further information about customs regulations, please read our Customs Information sheet.

Major Airports:

Airports:  3,  Airports with paved runways:  2

Beef Island - Terrance B Lettsome International Airport (TUPJ)
Tortola, Virgin Islands (UK), Po Box 4416, Road Town, Tortola, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS
Tortola, Virgin Islands (UK), Beef Island, Tortola, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS
Tel: +1 284 852 9000, (Operations) +1 284 852 9033
Fax: +1 284 852 9048
Website: www.bviaa.com

Servicing Airlines:
Risks and Precautions:

Thefts and armed robberies do occur in the BVI.  Visitors should take common-sense precautions against petty crime.

Mortality Statistics:

Infant MR total:  16.13 deaths/1,000 live births
Life expectancy at birth:  TOTAL 76.86 years (male 75.71/female 78.07)

Immunization Indicators:

Required: None
Recommended: Hep A & B, Typhoid
Boosters: MMR & DPT

Infectious Disease Concerns:

Cutaneous larval migrants is a risk for travelers with exposures on beaches and leptospirosis is common in many areas and poses a risk to travelers engaged in recreational freshwater activities.  Such activities may include whitewater rafting, kayaking, adventure racing, or hiking. Endemic leptospirosis is reported in Jamaica.
Anthrax is hyperendemic in Haiti but has not been reported on most of the other islands.

Overall Quality of Medical Services:

Medical care in the British Virgin Islands consists of a small general hospital with an emergency room staffed 24-hrs/day by physicians, several clinics on Tortola, and one clinic in Virgin Gorda.  Both islands are served by ambulances staffed with paramedics. There are no medical facilities on the other islands.

Providers in Network:
Direct Payment: 1
Referrals: 4
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Recent Medical Threats/ Concerns/Warnings:

Dengue epidemics have occurred on many of the Caribbean islands. Most islands are infested with Aedes aegypti, so these places are at risk for introduction of dengue. Protecting yourself against insect bites (see below) will help to prevent this disease.
In 2006, malaria (falciparum) was confirmed in travelers to Great Exuma, Bahamas, and Kingston, Jamaica, areas where malaria transmission typically does not occur. An outbreak of eosinophilic meningitis caused by Angiostrongylus cantonensis occurred in travelers to Jamaica. Outbreaks of ciguatera poisoning, which results from eating toxin-containing reef fish, have occurred on many islands.
Endemic foci of histoplasmosis are found on many Caribbean islands, and outbreaks have occurred in travelers.

Communications Info:

Country Calling Code:  1 + local number (no international calling code)
Internet Country Code:  .vg

 



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