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Luxury Villas & Yacht Charters in the British Virgin Islands

British Virgin Islands
General Information
The following useful information is listed in alphabetical order
Man at carnival in Tortola
Tortola Carnival
Flamboyant Tree in Road Town
Flamboyant Tree in full flower
Beef Island airport
Terrence B Lettsome Airport, Beef Island
Area: British Virgin Islands
Banks: See Tortola Banks and Virgin Gorda Banks
Capital: Road Town
Currency: US Dollar
Credit Cards: Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted in most hotels, shops and larger restaurants; American Express is accepted in some establishments. Smaller establishments do not accept credit cards.
Customs: All imports are subject to varying rates of duty. Imports entering the BVI temporarily are not subject to duty.
Dress code: Dress code on the islands is casual (shorts & t-shirts) and only the most exclusive restaurants require elegant clothing. The wearing of swimsuits is considered offensive if worn around town or in residential areas. Please cover up.
Driving: A valid driving license is required by all those seeking to drive in the British Virgin Islands. Driving is on the left-hand side of the road throughout the islands. Minimum age for hiring a rental car is 25 years.
Drugs: The possession, sale, use or distribution of illegal drugs constitutes a criminal offence punishable by law resulting in fines and jail sentences.
Emergency: Police, Fire or Ambulance - dial 999; VISAR (Virgin Islands Search & Rescue) dial 999 or ch 16.
Hospital: Peebles Hospital, Lower Main Street, Road Town, Tortola. Tel: (284) 494-3497, 24-hr Accident & Emergency Department. Ambulance services with surgical, laboratory and x-ray facilities available.
Language: English
Location: The British Virgin Islands are located in the Caribbean Sea, Latitude 18.25 degrees North and Longitude 64.36 degrees West - approximately 90 miles east of Puerto Rico.
Marriage: For information on requirements for getting married in the British Virgin Islands, contact the Registrar's Office, Road Town. Tel: (284) 468-3701
Passport: A valid passport is required to enter the British Virgin Islands with proof of a return or onward ticket. Visitors from some countries may require a visa - if in doubt please check with your nearest BVI Tourist Board.
Population: 25,383 (2011 est)
Tax - Departure: By air $20/person
By sea $15/person (residents $10/person)
Tax - Hotel: In the British Virgin Islands there is a 10% Hotel Accommodation Tax payable by guests who stay for six months or less in hotels, apartments, houses, cottages, villas and similar accommodations.
Tax - Sales: There is no sales tax in the British Virgin Islands
Telephone: The International Dialling Code for the British Virgin Islands is +1-284 followed by a 7-digit number. Phone calls using credit card is available as well as the purchase of phone cards.
Time Zone: Atlantic Standard Time (AST): 4 hours behind GMT and 1 hour ahead of EST.
Tourist Information: The BVI Tourist Board is located on the 2nd floor, AKARA Building, Wickhams Cay 1, Road Town. Tel: (284)494-3134
Travel Insurance: Trip interruption and cancellation insurance is strongly advised.
Voltage: The electrical current is 110 volt, 60 cycles.
Weather: The average temperature is 29°C/84°F in summer and 27°C/80°F in winter. Average annual rainfall is approx 45 inches.
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