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Health

You should be familiar with the full range of health risks likely to be encountered at specific destinations and associated with different types of travel – from business, humanitarian and leisure travel to backpacking and adventure tours.

You should protect yourself against insect bites and remember to pack prescription medicines and any other items you need for your trip. You are responsible for complying with all mandatory vaccination requirements; we advise you to contact your local doctor or clinic to determine the most up-to-date information or access the IATA Timatic website.

There is only one hospital in the BVI and medical facilities are limited. Complex medical problems are frequently referred to hospitals in the US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, or mainland USA. The US visa waiver scheme does not apply to one-off charter flights. Special arrangements have to be made for any non-US visa holder who is medically evacuated by charter flight. Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad and repatriation.

Cases of Chikungunya virus have been confirmed in BVI and the number of reported cases in the region is increasing. You should take steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.

The BVI Environmental Health Division is continuing its mosquito vector control activities as the risk of Dengue is present.

There is no hyperbaric chamber in the BVI. Patients needing treatment for decompression illness are transferred to St John, US Virgin Islands. More sensitive medical cases are transferred to San Juan, Puerto Rico.

If you need emergency medical assistance during your trip, dial 999 or 911 and ask for an ambulance. You should contact your insurance/medical assistance company promptly if you are referred to a medical facility for treatment.

CDC Health Information for Travelers to the British Virgin Islands

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