Visitors to the U.S. Virgin Islands remain exempt from the passport requirements outlined in the latest phase of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative
ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands, June 4, 2009 – The U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism reminds Americans that travel to the Territory remains passport-free for U.S. citizens arriving from Puerto Rico and the U.S. mainland. Americans enjoy all the conveniences of domestic travel when visiting the U.S. Virgin Islands of St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas.
As of June 1, 2009, the final phase of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) requires stricter regulations for U.S. citizens traveling between the United States and other Caribbean destinations. The U.S. Virgin Islands remains exempt from these regulations and continues to welcomes travelers as a passport-free destination. Upon departure, U.S. citizens simply provide a photo ID card and a birth certificate with a raised seal. Entry requirements remain the same for non-U.S. citizens entering the United States from foreign destinations. Upon departure, a passport is required for all but U.S. citizens. For more information about the United States Virgin Islands, go to VisitUSVI.com.
In addition to the convenience of traveling without a passport, the USVI remains one of the most accessible destinations in the Caribbean with daily, nonstop flights from numerous mainland markets. Go from city to beach in no time with direct flight service from NYC, Newark, Baltimore, Atlanta, Miami, Philadelphia, Boston, Charlotte, Detroit, Chicago and Fort Lauderdale.