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general information

airport
Terrance B Lettsome International; airport code: EIS

area
94 sq miles, comprised of 16 inhabited and more than 30 uninhabited islands; includes the islands of Tortola, Anegada, Virgin Gorda, Jost van Dyke

banksTerrance B Lettsom International airport (EIS)
See Tortola Banks and Virgin Gorda Banks

capital
Road Town

currency
US Dollar

credit Cards
Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted in most hotels, shops and larger restaurants; American Express is accepted in some establishments. Smaller establishments do not accept credit cards.

customs
All imports are subject to varying rates of duty. Imports entering the BVI temporarily are not subject to duty.

dress code
Dress code on the islands is casual (shorts & t-shirts) and only the most exclusive restaurants require elegant clothing. The wearing of swimsuits is considered offensive if worn around town or in residential areas. Please cover up.

driving
A valid driving license is required by all those seeking to drive in the British Virgin Islands. Driving is on the left-hand side of the road throughout the islands. Minimum age for hiring a rental car is generally 25 years.

drugs
The possession, sale, use or distribution of illegal drugs constitutes a criminal offence punishable by law resulting in fines and jail sentences.

emergency
Police, Fire or Ambulance - dial 999; VISAR (Virgin Islands Search & Rescue) dial 999 or ch 16.

hospital
Peebles Hospital, Lower Main Street, Road Town, Tortola. Tel: (284) 494-3497, 24-hr Accident & Emergency Department. Ambulance services with surgical, laboratory and x-ray facilities available.

language
English

location
The British Virgin Islands are located in the Caribbean Sea, Latitude 18.25 degrees North and Longitude 64.36 degrees West - approximately 90 miles east of Puerto Rico.

marriage
For information on requirements for getting married in the British Virgin Islands, contact the Registrar's Office, Road Town. Tel: (284) 468-3701

passport
A valid passport is required to enter the British Virgin Islands with proof of a return or onward ticket. Visitors from some countries may require a visa - if in doubt please check with your nearest BVI Tourist Board.Map of British Virgin Islands

population
25,383 (2011 est)

tax - departure
By air - $20
By sea - $5


tax - hotel
In the British Virgin Islands there is a 7% Hotel Accommodation Tax payable by guests who stay for six months or less in hotels, apartments, houses, cottages, villas and similar accommodations.

tax - sales
There is no sales tax in the British Virgin Islands

telephone
The International Dialling Code for the British Virgin Islands is +1-284 followed by a 7-digit number.

time zone
Atlantic Standard Time (AST). GMT -4, EST +1.

tourist information
The BVI Tourist Board is located on the 2nd floor, AKARA Building, Wickhams Cay 1, Road Town. Tel: (284 )494-3134

travel insurance
Trip interruption and cancellation insurance is strongly advised.

voltage
The electrical current is 110 volt, 60 cycles.

weather
The average temperature is 29°C/84°F in summer and 27°C/80°F in winter. Average annual rainfall is approx 45 inches.
See weather forecast


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