Clearing into the US Virgin Islands
Vessels entering the US Virgin Islands need to proceed directly to a port of entry for clearance pursuant to 19 CFR 4.2 see 19 U.S.C. 1433). An application to lawfully enter the United States must be made in person to a CBP officer at a U.S. port-of-entry when the port is open for inspection pursuant to 8 CFR 235.1.
Passengers and crew are not allowed to go ashore until properly cleared. All passengers must present themselves and their documents to US CBP including the following:
- Documentation of nationality for each passenger / crew member
- Ship's documents
- Vessel Entrance or Clearance Statement (CBP Form 1300)
- Passenger and Crew List (CBP Form I-418)
- Clearance from the last port of call
Clearance Ports in the Virgin Islands:
- Edward Wilmoth Blyden Marine Terminal, St. Thomas 877.305.8774 8am - 5pm Seven Days a Week
- Cruz Bay CBP Terminal, St. John 877.305.8775 10 - 5pm Seven Days a Week
- Red Hook Ferry Terminal, St. Thomas 8 - 5pm by foot only (excluding lunch 12 - 1pm) berth at American Yacht Harbour or anchor in Vessup Bay and utilise the AYH dingy dock
- Gallows Bay, St. Croix 340.773.1011 8 - 5pm Mon - Fri, after hours 340.773.1490
See the list of nationals who do and do not require visas prior to arrival to enter the USVI and BVI. The fee is $160.00 for the online non-immigrant visa form, DS-160, with a 2-3 day processing time.
- Visa info for the British Virgin Islands: http://www.bvitourism.com/entry-requirements
- Visa info for the US Virgin Islands: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel.html
Any persons requiring a visa to enter the US must arrive in the US on a recognized carrier, i.e. Ferry or Commercial Airline. Charter boats are not recognized carriers. If you picked guests up in non-US waters and they require a visa to enter the US but have not travelled through the US prior to arrival on your yacht, the guests must enter the US by ferry or plane.