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Departure & Customs

AT THE TIME OF THIS WRITING – US Passports are NOT required for US Citizens visiting the USVI. Most state driver’s licenses are acceptable forms of identification, but I would CHECK FIRST before traveling.

Strange as it may sound, you WILL be required to clear US Customs & immigration when you are returning to the US mainland (or Puerto Rico) from the USVI. The good thing is that you will clear customs here in the USVI. I know, I know, it shouldn’t be this way, but that’s the way it is.

At least you no longer have to fill out the blue customs declaration form! If you are on a 737 or larger, get to the airport 1.5 to 2.0 hours BEFORE your flight.

Duty Free Exemption – US$1,600.00 Per Person:

U.S. citizens, including children, can return with up to $1,600.00 worth of duty-free merchandise every 30 days from the U.S. Virgin Islands. The duty free allowance is $800 from elsewhere in the Caribbean.

Alcoholic Beverages:

U.S. residents 21 years of age and older can return to the mainland with four liters of liquor, duty free. Add a 5th liter duty free if it is a product made in the U.S. Virgin Islands! Compare this to the one-liter-per-person duty free limit outside the U.S. territory, including stores on board cruise ships.

Tobacco Products:

U.S. citizens age 21 or older are allowed up to 100 cigars (not of Cuban origin) and up to 5 cartons, or 1,000 cigarettes duty free, per person, if purchased in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

DISCLAIMER: This information was downloaded from the internet in April 2013. It’s always best to check current regulations. Here’s a good place to do that:

http://www.iatatravelcentre.com/VI-Virgin-Islands-customs-currency-airport-tax-regulations-details.htm

Safe Travels!