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VILLA MAYA - USEFUL INFO

Entry Requirements

Visitors may be granted entry for up to one month at the ports of entry, provided that they possess a valid passport, return (or ongoing) tickets and pre-arranged accommodations during their stay. Visitors wishing to stay longer will need to apply for an extension.

From North America: U.S. citizens travelling by air to Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda must present a passport or other WHTI-compliant documentation to enter or depart from the United States.

Canadian Citizens: a passport is preferred however you may also use an original birth certificate accompanied by a valid photo ID such as a driver’s license.

From Europe: European citizens need a valid passport to enter the British Virgin Islands. However visitors that are residents of certain countries, require a visa in order to enter the BVI. If in doubt about the necessity of a visa; contact the nearest BVI Tourist Board Office, the nearest British Embassy, or contact the Chief Immigration Department, BVI Government at Tel: (284) 494-3471 or 468-3701 ext. 4700.

From the Caribbean: Please note that citizens from some islands may need to obtain a visa to visit the British Virgin Islands. Visitors from these Caribbean islands need to have a visa in order to enter the BVI. If in doubt about the necessity of a visa, contact the nearest BVI Tourist Board Office, the nearest British Embassy, or contact the Chief Immigration Department, BVI Government at Tel: (284) 494-3471 or 468-3701 ext. 4700.

For more information on whether you require a visa and how to obtain one, please check the Foreign & Commonwealth Office or the Deputy Governor’s Office of the British Virgin Islands.

Credit Cards

Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted in most hotels, shops and larger restaurants. American Express being the least popular. Some establishments often pose a $25 minimum transaction.

Sales Tax

There is no sales tax in the British Virgin Islands

Accommodation Tax

In the British Virgin Islands there is a 7% Hotel Accommodation Tax payable by guests who stay for six months or less in hotels, apartments, houses, cottages, villas and similar accommodations

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!

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.

Driving

A valid driving license is required by all those seeking to drive in the British Virgin Islands.

Persons staying in the territory under 30 days are not required to purchase a temporary driver’s license. However, if your stay is over 30 days, a license is required. A temporary BVI driving license can be obtained from the Traffic Licensing Office or Car Rental Agencies provided a valid driver’s license is produced from another country

Driving is on the left-hand side of the road throughout the islands and the minimum age for renting a vehicle is 21 years.

Language

English

Telephone

The International Dialing Code for the British Virgin Islands is +1-284 followed by a 7-digit number.

Time Zone

Atlantic Standard Time (AST): 4 hours behind GMT and 1 hour ahead of EST.

Voltage

The electrical current is 110 volt, 60 cycles

Marriage

For information on requirements for getting married in the British Virgin Islands, contact the Registrar’s Office, Road Town. Tel: (284) 468-3701.

Pets

Pets are allowed entry into the Territory only after an import permit is issued by the Department of Agriculture. For regulations governing animal importation, contact the Department of Agriculture, Paraquita Bay, Tortola, British Virgin Islands. Tel: (284) 495-2532 or Fax: (284) 495-1269.

Smoking

Please be aware that smoking in public spaces is strictly prohibited according to a law passed by the Legislative Council. This includes bars, restaurants, nightclubs, airports, offices and arenas, and within 50 feet of any public area.

British Virgin Islands Emergency Contacts

Police, Fire & Ambulance 999 or 911
Virgin Islands Search & Rescue (VISAR) 767 (SOS)