British Virgin Islands

British Virgin Islands

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The British Virgin Islands are located between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean and are made up of over 50 islands and islets. The population is approximately 25 million people.

The British Virgin Islands are a British overseas territory with Queen Elizabeth II as chief of state. A governor is appointed by the monarch to be her representative. The head of government is a premier.

The economy of the islands depends heavily on tourism and on the financial sector. Offshore registration is available to international businesses who wish to incorporate in the British Virgin Islands. Tourists are drawn to the beaches, snorkeling around the coral reefs, and the opportunities for sailing. Peter Island and Normal Island have underwater caves that divers and snorkelers can explore.

Currency USD: US dollar
Language English
Capital Road Town
Recent Alerts None
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Diseases To Be Aware Of

The diseases listed below are those which occur most often in British Virgin Islands. Other, less frequently encountered diseases might be displayed within the Travel Alerts section if they have occurred recently.

Hepatitis A

There is a significant risk for hepatitis A virus exposure in the British Virgin Islands.

Dengue Fever

Dengue fever outbreaks have occurred in the British Virgin Islands.

Ciguatera Fish Poisoning

Ciguatera poisoning occurs sporadically in the British Virgin Islands.

Hepatitis B

There is a significant risk of infection with hepatitis B for this country.

Chikungunya Fever

Chikungunya fever has occurred in this country.

Zika Fever

Zika fever has occurred in this country.

Rabies

Rabies may be present in bats.

Typhoid Fever

Unvaccinated people are at significant risk for typhoid through the consumption of contaminated food and water in this country. The risk is greater when visiting smaller cities, villages, or rural areas and staying with friends or relatives.

Vaccinations to Consider

The following is a list of recommended vaccinations for travelling to British Virgin Islands.

Hepatitis A Vaccine

There is a significant risk of exposure to hepatitis A for this country. Therefore, the vaccination is recommended.

Hepatitis B Vaccine

There is a significant risk of infection with hepatitis B for this country. Therefore, the vaccination is recommended.

Typhoid Fever Vaccine

There is a risk of exposure to typhoid fever in this country through consumption of unsafe food and water. Since exposure to unsafe sources is variable within this country, the vaccination against typhoid fever is generally recommended, especially when visiting smaller cities, rural areas, or staying with friends and family.

Rabies Vaccine

Rabies may be present in bats. Vaccination may be considered for travellers who might come in contact with bats.

Medications to Consider

The following is a list of recommended medications for travelling to British Virgin Islands.

None required.

Safety and Security in British Virgin Islands

Emergency Numbers

999

Personal Safety

Travellers to the British Virgin Islands rarely have any serious safety and security problems, although petty crime does occur. Ensure your belongings and valuables are kept safe, do not accept food or drink from strangers, and avoid unpopulated beaches after dark.

Possession of even small quantities of illegal drugs can bring large fines or prison terms.

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