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The Department of Tourism looks forward to welcoming you to the U.S. Virgin Islands! Our recovery from last year’s storms has been very strong. Power has been restored, beaches and attractions have reopened, restaurants are serving up extraordinary dishes, and the USVI spirit is as warm and inviting as ever. Airlines and cruise lines have returned to our shores, and many hotels, bed and breakfasts and condominiums are available to overnight visitors even as our rebuilding work continues. The USVI yachting industry is unrivaled, and we have wonderful villas to accommodate groups large and small. More hotels will open near the end of 2018, and we are confident we will have an even better tourism product. Please contact your airline, accommodations provider and/or travel advisor for specific updates before you travel. The best way to continue help the Territory is to visit us! Also, please visit usviupdate.com for more details. #USVIStillNice

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Driving

Motorists drive on the left side of the street. All U.S. drivers can drive for up to 90 days with a current driver's license. Driver and front seat passengers must wear seat belts at all times.

Cell Phones & Driving

Virgin Islands law prohibits the use of cell phones without an earpiece while driving. Please use an earpiece or you will be ticketed.

Dress Code

Dress is casual, but proper attire (shirts and shoes) should be worn in public areas. Bathing suits are worn at the beach and pool only.

Street Smarts

Visitors should exercise the same safety precautions used when traveling anywhere else in the world. Lock your hotel door or car when you exit. Don't answer the door in a hotel without verifying who it is. Place all valuables in the hotel's safe deposit box. Be aware of your surroundings, particularly after dark, and stay in well-lighted areas.

Problems While Visiting

Emergency: 911
Department of Tourism Helpline:
St. Croix (340) 772-0357
St. John (340) 776-6450
St. Thomas & Water Island (340) 774-8784

Sun Protection

Although constant tradewinds help to keep you cool it’s very important to protect yourself from the intense Caribbean sun.  Be sure to apply sunscreen frequently and wear a hat and sunglasses to protect your head, skin and eyes.