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Celeste
 Celeste
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hello all!

do i need a passport to go back to the mainland from the VI? not too long ago, i read in the paper down here that now a passport is required to travel to much of the caribbean from the U.S. and vice versa, but i can't remember whether or not that included the USVI.

if i don't need a passport, am i to assume that i can go back to the mainland with just my driver's license a birth certificate?

if i need a passport, where in STT can i renew it? do i go the federal building?

thanks for all help.

-celeste

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Topic starter Posted : July 19, 2005 9:12 pm
East Ender
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Celeste: Once you are here you might want to island hop, so definitely get a passport. Whether it is required in the USVI or not, it will be required to go to the BVI, St Martin, etc. There is an office in Nisky Center; the passports are issued out of Miami.

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Posted : July 19, 2005 9:56 pm
Islander
(@the-islander)
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Hello Celeste,

You can use your birth certificate and driver's to travel from the USVI to the mainland US (or a US passport, or certificate of naturalization or for legal residents an alien registration card).

(Information applies to American citizens.)

--Islander

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Posted : July 19, 2005 10:24 pm
travelwoman
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I believe after Dec. 31st of this year all US citizens will be required to have a passport even for caribbean travel.

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Posted : July 19, 2005 10:29 pm
STT Resident
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travelwoman: after December 31st this year, all US residents will be required to have a passport for Caribbean travel - BUT, U.S. Residents travelling to the U.S. Virgin Islands remain exempt and will still be able to come here (and leave here) with proof of U.S. residency, either a driver's license or raised-seal birth certificate.

However, if a U.S. Resident is coming to the U.S. Virgin Islands and wants to take a trip to the British Virgin Islands while here, they'll be required to have a passport in order to enter the BVI.

Hope this helps!

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Posted : July 19, 2005 10:41 pm
Island Ed
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Hey STT Resident,
Ok, I just want to make sure here, I am going with my family to BVI next month and we do not have passports (mine and wife's expired). I understood that a DL and birth certificate was good to use until at least September. Am I screwed?
See ya Tart,

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Posted : July 20, 2005 10:43 pm
pamela
(@pamela)
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No, you are fine. This will work until December. However, contact your passport office. Passports can be obtained in less time than you think. Make sure you have a raised seal on the birth certificates.
Pamela

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Posted : July 20, 2005 10:52 pm
Island Ed
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Thanks Pamela,
We should have everything in order for this trip. We will apply for our passports soon, but to express them costs about $100.00 each.

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Posted : July 21, 2005 1:13 pm
nemo
 nemo
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my understanding is not that you'll need a passport to enter the bvi come dec., but since it will be required to re-enter the us you'll need it for travel. basically, the mandates come from the US, not the bvi.

after dec. everyone should be traveling on a passport-just makes sense..

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Posted : July 21, 2005 3:05 pm
pamela
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You will need a passport to enter the BVI come January 1. You will need a passport to re-enter USVI after leaving the BVI. You will not need a passport if you come to the USVI and DO NOT LEAVE US territory.
Pamela

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Posted : July 21, 2005 5:03 pm
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