Area Code - The area code for the US Virgin Islands is 340

Currency - U.S. currency is used in both the U.S. and the British Virgin Islands.

Customs - You are permitted to return to the U.S. mainland with $1,600 of tax and duty-free merchandise per person.

Immigration - No Passport required for U.S. Citizens.

Driving Rules - Driving on the left is standard in both the U.S.V.I. and the B.V.I.

Electricity - like the U.S. mainland, electricity used is 110 volts AC, 60 cycles.

Embassies & Consulates - There are no embassies or consulates in the Virgin Islands. Local police stations are located at the center of government agencies on all islands.

Emergencies - Call 911.

Internet Access - All hotels, villas, and Inns offer wi-fi services (perhaps at a minimum charge), and various internet cafes and coffee houses offer free wi-fi to patrons.

Alcohol Laws - To purchase alcohol in a store or restaurant you must be 18 years of age or older.

Time Zone - The Virgin Islands are on Atlantic Standard Time - 1 hour ahead of Eastern Standard Time. As the islands do not observe daylight saving time the Virgin Islands and the East Coast of the U.S. are on the same time during the summer months. If arriving by cruise ship, note that some ships do not re-set their clocks to the local time zone when they arrive.

Useful Phone Numbers - U.S. Dept. of State Travel Advisory (202) 647-5225 (manned 24 hr.)
U.S. Passport Agency (202) 647-0518
U.S. Center for Disease Control International Traveler's Hotline (404) 332-4559

Visas - Those visiting the U.S. Virgin Islands from other countries should have a U.S. visa and an onward ticket may also be required.

For more information on visa requirements visit http://travel.state.gov

Water - Most of our visitors drink the local tap water with no harmful symptoms. Anyone with a sensitive stomach may want to choose bottled water instead.