USVI General Information
United States Virgin Islands
St. Thomas – 32 Square Miles
St. John – 19 Square Miles
St. Croix – 84 Square Miles
St. Thomas has 52,000 residents
St. John has 4,300 residents
St. Croix has 54,000 residents
Preface all conversations with a greeting first. Customarily, “Good Morning” or “Good Day” will get you prompt service and many smiles. There are many West Indian dialects that you may hear; most of them are predominantly English-based. There are people from all over the Caribbean living here, so if you don’t understand what has been said to you, politely ask for the person to repeat what they have said.
CURRENCY & CREDIT CARDS
The currency of the US and British Virgin Islands is the US Dollar. Major credit cards are accepted in almost all – but not all – establishments. Ask before you make a purchase or order food. ATM machines are located in banks and at other commercial locations.
The following banks operate in the US Virgin Islands:
First Bank Virgin Islands
There is no sales tax in the Virgin Islands. Residents pay income tax to the USVI government. There are no state income taxes. See Customs & Immigration for customs information.
The US Virgin Islands are a territory of the United States and therefore uses the same US Postal Service and US mail rates. You can mail an unlimited amount of locally purchased gifts back to the states, but liquor and tobacco are excluded. These will not count in your total USVI Duty-Free allowance.
We are more than just a beach destination and bathing suits worn elsewhere, especially in the downtown areas, tends to offend the local residents. So, please, wear proper attire (no bare midriffs or chests) in town and public areas away from the beach.
WHAT TO WEAR
Men seldom wear ties or jackets. Raincoats are not needed, nor sweaters, even at night. You can add to your wardrobe, as needed, from our many boutiques. Wide-brimmed hats are recommended for sun protection. Wear lots of sunscreen!!
AT&T, Sprint and Innovative Wireless all have local service and allow you to make calls based on your domestic rate plan. Verizon and T-Mobile may charge for roaming. Check with your provider before your trip for specific rates and coverage.
The St. Thomas Hospital can be reached at 776-8311.For 24-hour medical care, call Red Hook Family Practice at 775-2303 (St. Thomas office) or 776-6789 (St. John office) or call Doctors on Duty 776-7966.
The mongoose looks like a long, skinny squirrel and takes care of our snakes. Iguanas look menacing, but aren’t. They may be attracted to your colorful toenail polish because it looks like the flowers they love to eat. If you are prone to allergies you may have a reaction to various insect bites and stings.
CUSTOMS & IMMIGRATION
When you arrive in the U.S. Virgin Islands you don’t need a passport but if you have one, bring it with you. U.S. Customs & Border Protection officials require proper identification when you return home. The U.S. Virgin Islands is a “port of entry” to the mainland. As such, travelers are officially re-entering the United States when leaving the islands.
If you don’t have a passport, travel with a certified birth certificate and government-issued photo ID. Non U.S. citizens who are permanent residents need to show a certificate of alien registration or green card upon leaving the territory. If you have a green card, keep it with your passport.
Please note that when visiting, and returning from, the nearby British Virgin Islands, you are entering a foreign country and you are required to show a valid passport as proof of citizenship. For additional information, contact U.S. Customs & Border Protection at (340) 774-2510.
You may send gifts to friends and relatives (excluding tobacco and alcohol) but no more than one package per day to the same address – up to $100 in value. These items need not be declared. Those over 21 may return to the mainland with five .75 liter bottles of liquor, duty-free. You are allowed a sixth bottle, if it is produced in the Virgin Islands such as Captain Morgan or Cruzan Rum. Duty on bottles over this quota is usually very low so it may be worth it to take more as long as you have the room.
Island-made items are customs exempt but obtain a certificate of origin if the value exceeds $25. Original paintings, unset precious gems and binoculars are also exempt.
Visitors should exercise the same safety precautions used when traveling anywhere else in the world. Lock your hotel door or car when you exit. Don’t answer the door to your hotel room without verifying whom it is. Place all valuables in the hotel’s safe deposit box. Be aware of your surroundings, particularly after dark, and stay in well-lighted areas.
Year-round temperatures range in the 80’s during the day, in the 70’s most nights with summer a bit warmer. Gentle easterly trade winds keep the humidity low.
We’re on Atlantic Standard Time and do not observe Daylight Savings Time. We are one hour ahead of Eastern Standard Time, the same as Eastern Daylight Savings Time.
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