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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 east of Puerto Rico.

The main island of Tortola is 6km (3.7mi) northeast of the US Virgin Islands and 97km (60mi) east of Puerto Rico. Virgin Gorda is situated 19km (11.8mi) east of Tortola and 41km (25mi) east of St Thomas. Anegada, the most northerly of the Virgins, lies 48km (5mi) east of Tortola.

There are no direct flights to 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.

The most convenient route to the British Virgin Islands is by air to Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport (EIS), previously known as Beef Island Airport.

The airport sits on Beef Island, a tiny island connected to Tortola by the one-lane Queen Elizabeth Bridge, and is around 14km (8.6mi) from Road Town.

Alternatively, you can fly to Cyril E. King Airport (STT) in Charlotte Amalie on St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands, and then take a 45-minute ferry ride to Road Town on Tortola.

The larger Cyril E. King Airport (STT) offers more international and US flights than Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport (EIS), and may offer less-expensive air fares.

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


Flight times to British Virgin Islands

The following are the most convenient and quickest routes to Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport (EIS), British Virgin Islands.

From the United States: American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, Air Sunshine, Spirit Airways, Cape Air, Seaborne Airways and Jet Blue Airways offer the most convenient scheduled flights to British Virgin Islands.

Atlanta to British Virgin Islands is 6 hrs 5 min, with connecting flightˆ
Boston to British Virgin Islands is 6 hrs 7 min, with connecting flightˆ
Chicago to British Virgin Islands is 5 hrs 50 min, with connecting flightˆ
Dallas-Fort Worth to British Virgin Islands is 7 hrs 45 min, with connecting flightˆ
New York to British Virgin Islands is 5 hrs 50 min, with connecting flightˆ
Miami to British Virgin Islands is 4 hrs 30 min, with connecting flightˆ
Los Angeles to British Virgin Islands is 11 hrs 25 min, with connecting flightˆ
San Francisco to British Virgin Islands is 12 hrs 10 min, with connecting flightˆ


From Canada: Air Canada, Sunwing Airlines, WestJet, Delta Air Lines, Seaborne Airways and Cape Air offer the most convenient scheduled flights to British Virgin Islands.

Toronto to British Virgin Islands is 6 hrs 7 min, with connecting flightˆ
Montreal to British Virgin Islands is 9 hrs 5 min, with connecting flightˆ
Vancouver to British Virgin Islands is 12 hrs 45 min, with connecting flightˆ


From Australia: Qantas, Air New Zealand, JetBlue Airways, American Airlines, United Airlines and Delta Air Lines offer the most convenient scheduled flights.

Adelaide to British Virgin Islands is 32 hrs 55 min, with connecting flightˆ
Brisbane to British Virgin Islands is 29 hrs 25 min, with connecting flightˆ
Sydney to British Virgin Islands is 31 hrs 15 min, with connecting flightˆ
Melbourne to British Virgin Islands is 30 hrs 35 min, with connecting flightˆ
Perth to British Virgin Islands is 34 hrs 30 min, with connecting flightˆ


From New Zealand: Air New Zealand and United Airlines offer the most convenient scheduled flights to British Virgin Islands.

Auckland to British Virgin Islands is 27 hrs 57 min, with connecting flightˆ


From Singapore: KLM, Singapore Airlines and United Airlines offer the most convenient scheduled flights to British Virgin Islands.

Singapore to British Virgin Islands is 28 hrs 20 min, with connecting flightˆ


From the United Kingdom: British Airways and InterCaribbean Airways offer the most convenient scheduled flights to British Virgin Islands from London Gatwick (LGW).

London to British Virgin Islands is 12 hrs 55 min, with connecting flightˆ


From France: Air Caraïbes and Air Sunshine offer the most convenient scheduled flights to British Virgin Islands from Paris Orly Airport (ORY).

Paris to British Virgin Islands is 11 hrs 50 min, with connecting flightˆ

(ˆincludes layover time.)


Flying in

Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport (EIS, previously known as Beef Island Airport, sits on Beef Island, a tiny island connected to Tortola by the one-lane Queen Elizabeth Bridge, around 14km (8.6mi) 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: 8 June, 2019


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