About the BVI

Facts and Figures

Territory status  

 Overseas Territory of the UK, internal self-governing  

Legal system

English law

Judicial branch

Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court

Number of islands

Approximately 60

Largest island



Road Town, Tortola

Major language


Major religion


Monetary unit

US dollar

Departure tax

$20 for air travellers, $5 for other forms of transport

Sales tax

No sales tax applied

Custom duties

All imports are subject to varying rates of duty. For further information, please contact HM BVI Customs at (284) 468-3701, ext. 6800


Sub-tropical, average temperature of 28 C (83 F), with slight variations between seasons


28,000 (2008 estimate)

Age structure

0-14 years: 25.3%, 15-64 years: 69.2%, 65 years plus: 5.5%

GDP per capita

$38,975 (2006 estimate)

GDP composition

Agriculture: 0.9%, Industry: 2.5%, Services: 96.6%


Banco Popular de Puerto Rico, First Caribbean International Bank, FirstBank Virgin Islands, National Bank of the Virgin Islands Limited, Scotiabank (British Virgin Islands) Limited, London International Bank and Trust Company Ltd., Rathbone Bank (BVI) Limited, The Bank of East Asia (BVI) LTD., VP Bank (BVI) Limited


Peebles Hospital, Road Town, Tortola


3.1% (2006 estimate)

Literacy rate

98.2% (15 years plus)

Post Codes

Tortola Central: VG1110, Tortola East: VG1120, Tortola West: VG1130, Anegada: VG1140, Virgin Gorda: VG1150, Jost Van Dyke: VG1160

National Anthem

Territorial song

God Save The Queen


Oh Beautiful Virgin Islands


Coat of Arms


Means "Be Careful"