Last updated July 22, 2021
The white sand beaches, rolling hills and tropical forests, make the U.S. Virgin Islands one of the most amazing getaways in the Caribbean. This collection of about 50 islands is a territory of the U.S. and follows the same laws.
Travel insurance for the U.S. Virgin Islands isn't required in most cases, but always recommended
As of August 2, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control classify the US Virgin Islands at a Level 4 for Covid severity. This is its most severe classification and means that travelers should not travel to the islands. But, if you do decide to travel, use extreme caution.
As a U.S. territory, entry to the U.S Virgin Islands requires the same entry papers, visas and requirements as the contiguous United States. Travel insurance is required for some visas including J1 and J2 for those working, studying or living in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Visitors to the U.S. Virgin Islands should consider travel insurance as healthcare costs can be high. Disruptions to your vacation can result in unexpected expenses, especially during a pandemic. If you're a U.S. resident, you don't need travel insurance as your home medical insurance should cover you within U.S. states and territories.
All travelers to the U.S. Virgin islands can protect their financial investment with Cancel For Any Reason (CFAR) insurance. With CFAR, you can cancel travel plans for any reason with minimal financial loss. See what CFAR insurance can do for you.
COVID-19 in the U.S. Virgin Islands
Cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. Virgin Islands are substantially lower than any U.S. state and some other territories. This is due to the islands' natural seclusion and strict health measures. Masks are required in public places and the territory has a list of requirements for visitors to the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Health & safety tips
The U.S. Virgin Islands are very safe. The biggest threat to travelers are the sun and heat. Be sure to cover up with clothing or sunscreen and stay well-hydrated while on the islands.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) recommend the following vaccinations for the United States (including territories): hepatitis A, hepatitis B, meningitis, polio, MMR (measles, mumps and rubella), Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), chicken pox, shingles, pneumonia and influenza. Rabies vaccination is also recommended if you're likely to come into contact with wild animals.
Visas & documentation
For U.S. citizens and residents, passports aren't required to visit the U.S. Virgin Islands, however proof of citizenship is needed. Many Americans carry their passport, anyway, as it meets entry requirements. Visitors from other countries should follow the usual entry requirements for the United States.
All travelers must follow the Covid-19 requirements in order to enter the U.S. Virgin Islands. These include:
- Using the USVI Travel Screening Portal to submit a negative Covid-19 test result prior to travel or be willing to quarantine upon arrival
- Wearing a mask covering the nose and mouth upon arrival
- Taking a temperature check upon arrival
- Be willing to follow additional screening procedures as requested by the local authorities