Passport / Entry Requirements
Is a passport
required for U.S. Citizens to visit the US Virgin Islands?
Travel Documents for Travel to St.
for U.S. Citizens are NOT required for the U.S. Virgin
Islands, but you must be prepared to show evidence of
citizenship upon leaving the territory (such as a government issued photo
ID or your passport). Citizens of countries other than the
U.S. should follow U.S. travel regulations. To travel outside
the U.S. Virgin Islands requires a birth certificate & ID
or valid passport. Health certificates are not required
if you're entering from the U.S. or Puerto Rico; citizens
entering from other countries should follow the same guidelines
as for the mainland U.S.
***** U.S. Citizens DO NOT need a
Passport to travel to/from St. Croix!!! ****
Information from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Q: Do U.S. citizens to/from U.S. territories need to present a
passport to enter the United States?
No. These territories are a part of the United States.
U.S. citizens returning directly from a U.S. territory
are not considered to have left the U.S. and do not need
to present a passport. U.S. territories include the
following: Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands,
American Samoa, Swains Island and the Commonwealth of
the Northern Mariana Islands. If the traveler also
visited non-U.S. territories, he/she is required to
present a passport.
Although U.S. citizens are not required to present a
passport when departing U.S. territories and traveling
to the mainland, having evidence of citizenship (e.g.,
U.S. passport, birth certificate, Trusted Traveler
Program card) or lawful permanent residence (e.g., green
card) available will help CBP expedite your customs
Additionally, although not required to present a
passport, travelers departing the U.S. territories for
the U.S. mainland are subject to customs and agriculture
restrictions. Travelers are entitled to a $1,600
duty-free exemption, as long as they remained in the
U.S. territories for 48 hours or longer. After the
$1,600 duty-free exemption, travelers will be required
to pay a flat rate of 1.5% on the next $1,000 worth of
CBP officers may also conduct baggage checks or ask
additional questions as part of standard inspections of
outbound passengers, to prevent any non-native species
of plants, pests or plant diseases, which may be present
in one of the islands from being introduced to the
mainland. For example, a pre-departure examination is
performed on all passengers and cargo moving from Hawaii
to the mainland U.S. The purpose of this examination is
to prevent movement of fruit flies and fruit fly host
material. These rules also apply to Caribbean islands,
including the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. For
more information on what agricultural goods can be
brought from U.S. territories and Hawaii, please visit
the USDA website.
Documents You Will Need
to Enter the United States
persons including citizens of the United States traveling
by air between the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and
Bermuda are required to present a passport, Merchant Mariner
Document (presented by U.S. citizen merchant mariners traveling
on official business) or NEXUS Card (NEXUS enrollment is
limited to citizens of the United States and Canada, and
lawful permanent residents of the United States and Canada).
Children will be required to present their own passport.
U.S. Lawful Permanent
Residents (LPRs), refugees, and asylees will continue to
be able to use their Alien Registration Card
(Form I-551), issued by DHS, or other evidence of permanent
resident status or refugee or asylee status to apply for
entry into the United States.
The Western Hemisphere
Travel Initiative (WHTI) does not affect travel between
the United States and its territories. U.S. citizens traveling
directly between the United States, Guam, Puerto Rico, the
U.S. Virgin Islands, America Samoa, Swains Island and the
Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands will continue
to be able to use established forms of identification to
board flights and for entry.
As of January 31,
2008, verbal declarations of identity and citizenship alone
will no longer be accepted. On this date, U.S. and Canadian
citizens entering the U. S. at land and sea ports of entry
from within the Western Hemisphere will need to present
(1) government-issued proof of citizenship, such as a birth
certificate, along with (2) government issued photo ID,
such as a driver’s license. (
Important Change in International Land and Sea Travel Document
While a passport
or other comparable document is not required for entry by
land or sea, U.S. and Canadian citizens are highly encouraged
to carry proof of identity and citizenship. Travelers 19
years and older should also carry government-issued photo
ID. Please visit CBP.gov for the latest information on travel
- Travel Info)
U.S. Immigration and Naturalization
Service - Customs
The U.S. Immigration
and Naturalization Service maintains an office in St. Croix
and is happy to assist visitors by answering any immigration
questions. Their telephone number: (340) 778-6559. At the
airport, their number is (340) 778-1419. You can also call
U.S. Customs at (340) 773-1490 if you have any questions.
When you leave St. Croix by air, give yourself at least
an hour and a half at the airport to go through customs
and immigration checkpoints. At the airline counter you
will be required to show photo identification for security
purposes and check your bags.
through Customs you have the opportunity to shop in the
airport's gift shop and/or get a bite to eat at the small
local restaurant located in the lobby. This is your last
chance to try some local food before you return home!
lobby, proceed to Customs. Present your passport or
other valid ID, to a Customs Inspector.
You then collect your bags from the luggage carousel and
pass through Immigration where you present your identification
and airline tickets. Be prepared to have all your
bags checked thoroughly, inside and out.
Once past Customs
and the airport screening area there are new gates with
comfortable chairs and a small snack bar which serves light
snacks, soft drinks, beer and limited cocktails as well
as a gift shop.