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Citizenship Basics and Immigration Visas: Traveling to and From the Virgin Islands

August 29, 2012

Although the U.S. Virgin Islands are a territory of the United States, U.S. citizens need to be wary of travel requirements to make travel to and from the U.S. Virgin Islands as smooth as possible.

Travel to the U.S. Virgin Islands for U.S. citizens is like traveling to any domestic location. For citizens arriving from the mainland or Puerto Rico, a passport is not required for entry. For non-U.S. citizens, requirements for entry into the U.S. Virgin Islands parallel those for non-citizens entering the United States from any foreign destination.

Although U.S. citizen travelers are not required to present a passport for entry into the U.S. Virgin Islands, it is a good idea to bring one. Because the U.S. Virgin Islands are considered a port of entry, U.S. citizens are required to prove their citizenship before returning to the United States. This can be done with a passport, certified birth certificate and photo identification, or certificate of naturalization.

U.S. citizens may return with $1,600 of duty-free imports. Citizens traveling with family members who live within their household may make a joint declaration (i.e. a husband and wife traveling to the U.S. Virgin Islands from the United States may return with $3,200 of duty-free imports).

For non-U.S. citizens traveling from the U.S. Virgin Islands to the mainland or Puerto Rico, the requirements for exit depend on whether the traveler’s country of citizenship participates in the Visa Waiver Pilot Program. If the traveler is a citizen of a country that participates in the Visa Waiver Pilot Program, he must have a Green I-94W, or a valid non-immigrant visa and white I-94. If the traveler is a citizen of a country that does not participate in the Visa Waiver Pilot Program, he needs a valid, non-immigrant visa with the white I-94.

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