Marine Clearance

nannycayCustoms and Immigration Special Times

Tel: (284) 394-2512
VHF: Channel 16 / 68
VHF Channel 16

Customs and Immigration will be available for clearance:

Ports of Entry:

Road Harbour, Tortola; Great Harbour, Jost Van Dyke; West End Harbour, Tortola; St. Thomas Bay and new is Gun Creek, Virgin Gorda.

Regular Hours:

Monday – Friday: 0830 – 1630 hours Saturday: 0830 – 1230 hours

Overtime Hours:

Monday – Friday: 1630 – 0830 hours Saturday: 1230 – 0830 hours
Sundays and Public Holidays – Overtime

Vessels entering the BVI should proceed directly to a port of entry. Because space at the jetties is limited, vessels are allowed to anchor in the harbour before making Customs Entry.  Please note that marina operators are obliged to ensure that vessels tied up at their marinas have duly cleared in at Customs. Depending on the nationality of the crew, the Captain can usually deal with clearance procedures on behalf of the crew and passengers.

Documents needed include:

  1. Ship’s papers
  2. Valid passports for all crew and passengers. U.S. and Canadian citizens can enter with an authentic birth certificate or voter’s registration card if they don’t have a passport.
  3. All passengers must accompany the Captain of the vessel when checking in.

Visitors are welcome for up to one month, with a return or on-going ticket, evidence of adequate means of support and pre-arranged accommodations. Visitors must not seek employment whilst in the Territory.

Additional information regarding boating procedures in the British Virgin Islands is available in the BVI Marine Guide published by Shore Side Services Ltd. Their contact information is as follows:


As of January 2007, US Citizens whom are flying back into the US are required to have a US Passport. Please reconfirm passport information requirements with your travel agent or local government office.