Language

The main language spoken is English.

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Money

The British Virgin Islands’ official currency is the US dollar. Many places accept major credit cards and traveler’s checks. You can find ATMs on Tortola and Virgin Gorda.

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Communications

The British Virgin Islands’ international country code is 1284. To call another country from the islands, dial 011 followed by the appropriate country code. Hotels and Internet cafes are provide Internet access all over the islands.

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Tipping

Tipping 10 percent for good service is customary. Hotels usually add a 10 to 12 percent service charge, which you don’t need to add to. Tip bellhops and porters $1 per piece of luggage. You don’t need to tip taxi drivers.

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Safety

Crime rates are very low but you should still use your common sense and keep valuables hidden, especially on beaches.

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Health

Tap water is usually safe to drink, but drinking bottled water is recommended. Dengue fever is a risk. Hospital facilities are limited, and you should make sure you’re covered by health insurance.

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Electricity

The islands’ electrical current is 110 volts, 60Hz and uses US-style plugs.

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Melisse Hinkle
A New England native but explorer at heart, Melisse has lived in four U.S. cities, spent a summer in Hawaii, made her way through wine-producing regions in Australia and New Zealand, and traveled around Europe while studying abroad in London. She is the Content Manager for the U.S. and Canada at Cheapflights.
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