Checked Baggage Fee Will Not Apply To Duty-Free Liquor Purchases In The U.S. Virgin Islands

Exemption issued by American Airlines for St. Croix, St. Thomas airports

St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, June 18, 2008 – The U.S. Virgin Islands has announced that American Airlines will exclude duty-free liquor purchases from new fees charged for checked baggage. According to American Airlines, customers who purchase domestic economy class tickets on or after May 12, 2008, but before June 15, 2008, may check one bag for free and a second bag for $25 each way. Customers who purchase domestic economy class tickets on or after June 15, 2008, will be charged $15 each way for the first checked bag and $25 each way for the second bag.

“It is a great relief and a show of good faith that American Airlines has granted this special waiver,” states Commissioner Nicholson-Doty. “The decision to exclude duty-free boxes of liquor from their checked baggage fee is just another reason for travelers to visit us in America’s Caribbean. This coupled with the fact that no passport is required makes travelling to the USVI easier than ever for our visitors.”

Visitors to the U.S. Virgin Islands continue to enjoy some of the best shopping in the Caribbean. The destination offers duty-free prices, no sales or luxury tax, the ease of paying in U.S. currency, extraordinary selection and, for U.S. citizens, a generous $1,600 duty-free shopping allowance (double that of other Caribbean destinations).

In addition to the shopping opportunities available in St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas, U.S. citizens also enjoy the convenience of no passport requirement when traveling to the U.S. Virgin Islands. U.S. citizens are not affected by the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, which requires that travelers, including U.S. citizens who travel via air to and from the Americas, the Caribbean and Bermuda must travel with a passport in order to enter or re-enter the United States.

Additional information regarding travel requirements to the U.S. Virgin Islands can be found on the State Department’s travel website, www.travel.state.gov, or by calling the U.S. National Passport Information Center: 1-877-4USA-PPT; TDD/TTY: 1-888-874-7793.

For more information about the United States Virgin Islands, visit usvitourism.vi. When traveling to the U.S. Virgin Islands, U.S. citizens enjoy all the conveniences of domestic travel – including on-line check-in – making travel to the U.S. Virgin Islands easier than ever. As a United States Territory, travel to the U.S. Virgin Islands does not require a passport from U.S. citizens arriving from Puerto Rico or the U.S. mainland. Entry requirements for non-U.S. citizens are the same as for entering the United States from any foreign destination. Upon departure, a passport is required for all but U.S. citizens.