Exploring the Virgin Islands: What You Need to Know

As a territory of the United States, travel to the U. S. Virgin Islands does not require a U. passport.

From the moment you arrive, you'll find yourself following the rhythm of the U. heartbeat. Enjoy our rich culture and history, pristine beaches, turquoise waters, natural diversity, and friendly, smiling people who are eager to welcome you warmly to the Caribbean paradise of the United States. It's the law in the U.

Virgin Islands that you must have a valid form of identification when leaving the islands, such as an embossed birth certificate and a government-issued photo ID. If you're not an American citizen, then a passport issued by your country of origin is required. The currency in the U. Virgin Islands is U.

dollars and most establishments accept credit cards and traveler's checks. The most accepted credit cards are Visa and MasterCard. English is the official language, but you can definitely detect the sound of colorful dialects and expressions that can take time to get used to. We drive on the left side of the road and a foreign license is accepted for 90 days.

Seatbelts are required by law and it's illegal to drive while talking on a cell phone. The Virgin Islands enjoy a warm and sunny climate all year round with an average temperature in winter of 77°F (25°C) and an average temperature in summer of 82°F (28°C). The standard 120-volt current is used in the U. Virgin Islands, but only a few hotels are pet friendly, so check with your hotel beforehand.

There are no quarantine regulations, but airlines do require a health certificate from your vet (certifying that the vaccines are up to date). Most certificates are issued for a period of 30 days, so if your trip will extend beyond a 30-day period, you must visit one of our local veterinary offices to obtain recertification before departure. When exploring new cultures, it's always best to be respectful and aware of local customs and laws. There is currently no notice in effect for the U.

Virgin Islands, but check with your doctor at least one month before your trip to get any vaccines or medications you may need for travel abroad. Make sure you are up to date with all your routine vaccines before every trip, including measles (rubella), hepatitis A, COVID-19 vaccines (if eligible), and rabies (if working directly with wildlife). The Caribbean sun is intense, so cotton clothing is the best option to stay cool and remember to drink lots of water and use sunscreen when outdoors. Clothing is informal, but appropriate clothing (shirts and shoes) should be worn in public areas and swimsuits are worn only on the beach and pool areas.

When you travel, remember to store your money and cards in a safe place as a backup and bring any necessary medications with you just in case. Food and water regulations in the U. Virgin Islands are similar to those in the United States; however travelers visiting rural or remote areas that have unregulated water sources should take special precautions to ensure the safety of drinking water.

Juanita Pinkleton
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