Vessels entering the US Virgin Islands need to proceed directly to a port of entry for clearance:
Edward Wilmoth Blyden Marine Terminal
St. Thomas 877.305.8774 | 8 am-5 pm Seven Days a Week
Cruz Bay CBP Terminal
St. John 877.305.8775 | 7 am-6 pm Seven Days a Week
St. Croix 340.773.1011 | 8 am-5 pm Monday-Friday | After Hours: 340.773.1490
Passengers and crew are not allowed to go ashore until properly cleared, and all passengers must present themselves and their documents to US Customs and Border Protection. For clearance you must present the following documentation:
- Documentation of nationality for each passenger/ crew member
- Ship’s documents
- Vessel Entrance or Clearance Statement (CPB Form 1300)*
- Passenger and Crew List (CPB Form I-418)*
- Clearance from the last port of call.
Who needs a tourist VISA prior to arriving in the
US and British Virgin Islands?
You do not want to be stuck at Customs and Immigration longer then you need to be, or be denied entry!
Below are lists of nationals who do and do not require visas prior to arrival to enter the USVI and BVI.
Any persons requiring a visa to enter the US must arrive in the US on a recognized carrier, ie. Ferry Boat or Commercial Air Line. CHARTER BOATS ARE NOT RECOGNIZED CARRIERS.
If your guests are nationals needing a visa to enter the US, you picked them up in non-US waters, and they have not traveled through the US prior to arrival on your yacht, YOU MUST PUT THEM ON A FERRY or PLANE to get them into the United States.
Nationals who may NOT* require a visa prior to entering the United States Virgin Islands.
As of September 05, 2013
- Czech Republic
- The Netherlands
- New Zealand
- San Marino
- South Korea
- United Kingdom
- Unites States of America
- Cape Verdi
- Central African Republic
- China (except Hong Kong SAI)
- Congo (Democratic Republic)
- Dominican Republic
- Equaorial Guinea
- Ivory Coast
- Kora (North)
- Occupied Palenstinian Territories
- Russian Republic
- Sao Tome & Principle
- Saudi Arabia
- Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus
- United Arab Emirates
Arrival / Departure & Inspection Programs
Alternative Inspection Programs for private vessels in Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands:
Local Boaters Option
Participants in this program may report their arrival to CBP by calling one of the locations listed above. Participants in this program may be exempt from reporting for an in-person inspection, unless directed by a CBP officer. Click the button below for more information on this program!
All firearms and ammunition must be licensed and declared to Customs upon entry to the US Virgin Islands. Contact individual customs offices for firearms regulations on neighboring islands before entering the country.
All pets must be declared with US Customs and must have proof of current vaccinations. Puppies younger then 3 months must be confined at a place of the owner’s choosing. They must be vaccinated and stay in confinement for another 30 days.
Crews of a foreign flag must show a C1/D visa in order to pick up and drop off passengers within US waters. Contact US Customs and Border Protection locally at
Tel: 340.774.2510 (STT)
Tel: 340.776.6741 (STJ), and
Tel: 340.773.1490 (STX) for more information.