Capital: Road Town
Time zone: GMT – 4
Telephone services: Country Code: 1 284
Outgoing Code: 001
Emergency telephone numbers: Police 114, Ambulance 112.
Tourist information: British Virgin Islands Tourist Board, PO Box 134, Waterfront Drive, Roadtown, Tortola, British Virgin Islands Tel: 43134 Fax: 43866.
Passport information: A valid passport is required by all. Return Ticket required. Requirements may be subject to short-term change. Contact embassy before departure.
Visa information: Nationals of Great Britain, Australia, Canada, the USA, and Japan may stay up to 6 months, including nationals of EU countries (except nationals of Austria, Ireland and Portugal who do require visas, and nationals of Germany who may stay for up to 30 days) without a visa.
Health information: Polio, Typhoid: Vaccination recommended
Food & drink: Water is untreated and not safe to drink.
Currency: US Dollar (US$) = 100 cents.
All major credit cards are accepted. Travellers cheques, preferably in US dollars, are accepted
ATM availability: 6 locations.
Cost of living: Generally expensive and may prove difficult for the budget traveller.
Weather: Tropical climate with cooling winds. Low rainfall and comfortable night temperatures.
Electricity: 110/60 volts AC 60 Hz. American 2 pin plugs are used.
Post: Up to 1 week.
Transport: ROAD: There is a good road network. TAXI: Usually operate according to fixed rates. CAR HIRE: There are 9 car hire companies. DOCUMENTATION: A temporary British Virgin Islands licence is required which will be issued for a small fee on production of a valid foreign licence.
Special information: Backpacking is actively discouraged. Beachwear should be kept for the beach or pool. Sixty islands to explore.