British Virgin Islands Healthcare and Money

By | May 9, 2022

Health care


Vaccination needed receipt required
yellow fever no
cholera no
Typhoid & Polio 1
malaria no
Eat Drink 2


Tortola has good medical facilities and two hospitals, with infirmaries on the other islands. Overall, however, medical care is limited. It is recommended to take out travel health insurance and travel repatriation insurance. An individual first-aid kit should be taken with you and protected according to the temperatures on the way.

Notes vaccinations

[1] Typhoid can occur, poliomyelitis cannot. Typhoid vaccination is recommended for backpacking and long-term stays. [2] The tap water is heavily chlorinated and not suitable for drinking. To avoid an upset stomach, bottled water is recommended for the first few weeks of your stay, and it is readily available. When buying packaged water, you should make sure that the original packaging has not been opened. Milk is pasteurized and consuming dairy products is safe. Local poultry, meat, seafood, fruit and vegetables are also generally considered safe. Before consuming reef fish and seafood, which are offered as delicacies in dining restaurants,

Other risks

Schistosomiasis pathogens are found in some ponds and rivers nationwide, so swimming and wading in inland waterways should be avoided. Well maintained swimming pools with chlorinated water are safe. Dengue fever, transmitted by mosquitoes, occurs. An effective insect repellent is recommended. Hepatitis A and hepatitis B occur. A hepatitis A vaccination is generally recommended. Vaccination against hepatitis B should be given during longer stays and close contact with the local population, as well as for children and young people in general. HIV/AIDS is widespread and a great danger for everyone who takes risks of infection: unprotected sexual contacts,



1 US dollar = 100 cents. Currency code: US$, USD (ISO code). Notes come in denominations of $100, $50, $20, $10, $5, $2 (extremely rare), and $1; US$1, 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1 cent coins.

Credit cards

All major credit cards (except Diners Club) are accepted. Money can be withdrawn from the numerous ATMs using a credit card with a PIN number. Details from the issuer of the relevant credit card.


Bank cards Money can be withdrawn from automatic teller machines (ATM) using credit cards and a pin number. Bank customer cards with the Maestro logo can be used at some ATMs. Bank customer cards with the V-Pay logo are not accepted. To be on the safe side, you should have an alternative supply of money, such as credit cards and cash, in addition to your bank customer card. Further information from banks and credit institutes. Attention: Travelers who want to pay with their bank customer card abroad and withdraw money should find out from their bank about the possibility of using their card before starting their journey.

Travelers cheques

Traveller’s checks are no longer available in Germany and Switzerland and are rarely available in Austria. Some banks on the British Virgin Islands on Tortola accept traveler’s checks. Travelers checks in US dollars are recommended. There is no processing fee for redemption.

Bank opening hours

Mon-Thu 09.00-15.00, Fri 09.00-17.00.

Foreign exchange regulations

Unlimited import of national and foreign currencies. Obligation to declare from a sum equivalent to US$ 10,000 (including traveler’s cheques, cheques, money orders, etc.). Unlimited export of local currency, export of foreign currency up to the declared amounts.

Currency Exchange

It is not possible to exchange euros or Swiss francs on site.


Code Symbol Exchange rates (no guarantee)
USD U.S$ 1 EUR = 1.04 US$
1 CHF = 1.24 US$
1 USD = 1.00 US$

British Virgin Islands Money