KNOW BEFORE YOU GO!
Do I need a passport to visit the U.S. Virgin Islands?
If you are a U.S. citizen a passport is not required, but it still serves as the best identification when traveling. Otherwise, you must be prepared to show evidence of citizenship when departing the islands, such as a raised-seal birth certificate and government-issued photo ID.
If you are not a U.S. citizen, then a passport issued by your country of origin is required.
If you are not sure of your status, please contact the U.S. Customs & Border Protection agency (www.cbp.gov).
What kind of weather can I expect during my vacation?
The U.S. Virgin Islands enjoys warm sunny weather year-round. The average winter temperature is 77ºF (25ºC), and the average summer temperature is 82ºF (28ºC).
Tip: The Caribbean sun is intense, cotton clothes are the best choice for staying cool and remember to drink plenty of water and wear sunscreen.
What is the currency in the U.S. Virgin Islands?
As a U.S. territory, the currency is the U.S. dollar. Automated teller machines (ATMs) can be found throughout all three islands. Most establishments accept credit cards and traveler’s checks. The most widely accepted credit cards are Visa and MasterCard.
Tip: Remember when you’re traveling to put some cash and cards in a safe place as backup.
When is the best time to visit the U.S. Virgin Islands?
The U.S. Virgin Islands is a year-round destination; however, you may find the best bargains on hotels and attractions during the summer months.
Tip: 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.
Can I travel with my pet?
The islands are very pet-friendly. However, only a few hotels allow pets, so check with your hotel beforehand. There are no quarantine regulations, but airlines do require a health certificate from your veterinarian (certifying that shots are up to date). Most certificates are issued for a 30-day period. If your travel will extend beyond a 30-day period, you should visit one of our local veterinary offices for recertification prior to departure.
How can I stay in touch with news, work and friends and family back home?
Radio stations, network affiliates, cable TV, satellite TV and Internet providers keep you connected with the rest of the world. Internet cafés are conveniently located around the islands where you can socialize and check your inbox. If you travel with your cellphone, most carriers do have signals in the USVI. Remember your earpiece: it is illegal to drive while speaking on your cellphone.
Can I drive in the U.S. Virgin Islands?
We drive on the left side of the road. A valid U.S. or foreign license is accepted for 90 days. Seatbelts are required by law, and it is illegal to drive while speaking on your cellphone.
Do I need to bring an adapter for my electronics?
Standard 120-volt current is used in the U.S. Virgin Islands. No adapters are required.
What kind of sunscreen can I use while in the USVI?
Please Use Only Mineral Sunscreen. It’s the Law in the U.S. Virgin Islands! Please help preserve the glorious beaches and stunning underwater world that lure you to our shores so that you and your loved ones can enjoy them for years to come! Avoid sunscreens that contain the “Toxic 3 Os” of oxybenzone, octinoxate and octocrylene – they are prohibited in the United States Virgin Islands. Wear rashguards, hats and use only non-nano mineral sunscreen containing zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, the only sunscreen ingredients deemed safe and effective by the FDA. Always read the ingredient label to avoid sunscreen containing oxybenzone, octinoxate and octocrylene. There are so many options to choose from. For a selection of recommended non-nano mineral-based sunscreen lines, please click here.
Are there health facilities in the U.S. Virgin Islands?
Good hospitals with well-trained doctors and medical professionals are available on St. Croix and St. Thomas. The Governor Juan F. Luis Hospital on St. Croix and the Roy Lester Schneider Hospital on St. Thomas are both centrally located. The Myrah Keating Smith clinic on St. John is available for patient care. If extensive medical care is needed, patients are transferred by medical boat to St. Thomas. Medical evacuation services are also available. The CDC recommends vaccines for travelers to the USVI, check their website for more information.
Tip: It is always a good idea when you are traveling to bring any necessary medications with you.
What language is spoken in the U.S. Virgin Islands?
English is the official language, but you can definitely detect the sound of colorful dialects and expressions that may take time to get accustomed to. Spanish is also commonly spoken.
Tip: The USVI is a territory of the United States, but it has its own culture. It is always best when exploring new cultures to be respectful and mindful.
What is the time zone?
Atlantic Standard Time. During the spring and summer months we are on the same time as the U.S. East Coast. When the clocks fall back in the autumn and winter, the USVI remains an hour ahead.
Problems While Visiting
Department of Tourism Helpline:
St. Croix (340) 772-0357
St. John (340) 776-6450
St. Thomas & Water Island (340) 774-8784