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How to get to the British Virgin Islands

The British Virgin Islands (BVI) are located northeast of the US Virgin Islands and 97km east of Puerto Rico. There are no direct flights to any of the British Virgin Islands from North America or Europe, but BVI is easily accessible by sea and air from the US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Antigua.

Getting to BVI

The main island of Tortola is located 6km northeast of the US Virgin Islands and 97km east of Puerto Rico. Virgin Gorda is situated 19km east of Tortola and 41km east of St Thomas. Anegada, the most northerly of the Virgins, lies 48km east of Tortola.

There are no direct flights to any of the British Virgin Islands from North America or Europe, but you can make easy connections to Tortola from St Thomas and St Croix, US Virgin Islands, San Juan, Puerto Rico and Antigua.

Beef Island Airport, Tortola is the closest airport; you can also fly into nearby Charlotte Amalie on St. Thomas, which offers more international and US flights than Beef Island.

By boat, you can take the public ferry from Charlotte Amalie to Road Town on Tortola, a 45-minute trip.

By cruise ship, Road Town Harbour, Tortola is a major port-of-call for many cruise companies.

From Australia: The most convenient flights are with Qantas or Air New Zealand to Los Angeles connecting with American Airlines to Tortola via San Juan, Puerto Rico.

New Zealand: The most convenient flights are with Qantas or Air New Zealand to Los Angeles connecting with American Airlines to Tortola via San Juan, Puerto Rico.

From the UK: From London Gatwick, British Airways operates direct flights to Antigua connecting on Liat to Tortola. British Airways also offers flights via Miami connecting with American Airlines to Charlotte Amalie.

From the USA: From New York, Miami and Los Angeles, the most convenient flights to Tortola are on American Airlines via San Juan, Puerto Rico; JetBlue also offers flights from New York.

Flight time to British Virgin Islands (BVI)

Brisbane to BVI is 34 hr 22 min, with connecting flightˆ
Sydney to BVI is 34 hrs 57 min, with connecting flightˆ
Melbourne to BVI is 30 hrs 47 min, with connecting flightˆ
Perth to BVI is 41 hrs, with connecting flightˆ

Auckland to BVI is 29 hrs 7 min, with connecting flightˆ
London to BVI is 12 hrs 25 min, with connecting flightˆ
New York to BVI is 5 hrs 28 min, with connecting flightˆ
Los Angeles to BVI is 8 hrs 35 min, with connecting flightˆ
Miami to BVI is 3 hrs, 57 min, with connecting flightˆ
(ˆIncludes layover time.)

Flying in

Terrence B. Lettsome Airport (or Beef Island Airport) sits on Beef Island, a tiny island connected to Tortola by the one-lane Queen Elizabeth Bridge, around 14km from Road Town. Taxis meet all flights and hotels can arrange transport by prior arrangement.

Entry requirements

All visitors must hold return/onward tickets, plus proof of sufficient funds, and all visitors must hold passports which are valid at least six months after entry. No visa is required for a stay of up to 30 days.

Getting around

On foot. Taxis, buses and cars for hire are all avialable. There are also frequent daily ferries between Tortola and St Thomas and to St John in the US Virgin Islands. Ferries also link Tortola with Virgin Gorda, Jost Van Dyke and Peter Island.


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Latest update: How to get to British Virgin Islands: 18 November, 2018


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