As the BVI is a British Overseas Territory, there’s no formal British diplomatic representation. Ordinarily, the local authorities deal with all requests for emergency assistance. Following the impact of Hurricane Irma, the UK government is providing disaster relief. See Emergency assistance
The British Virgin Islands (BVI) were severely impacted by Hurricane Irma on 7 September 2017 and further affected by Hurricane Jose on 9-10 September 2017. The local authorities have introduced a curfew from 6pm to 9am until further notice. You should continue to follow the advice of the local authorities. The hotline for British people affected or concerned about others is +44(0)20 7008 0000.
Communications have been damaged in the region, but mobile phone communications are improving. The radio station Z-BVI is now operational. You should use whatever means you can to confirm to family that you are safe. Initial assessments are still being made of the damage caused. On Tortola, Peebles Health Centre in Road Town is open and in operation. The international airport on Beef Island is currently operating humanitarian and military/relief flights only. The ferry to St Thomas (US Virgin Islands) is due to resume service from Monday 11 September 2017.
See this page for more information on the UK government’s response to Hurricane Irma and advice for British nationals. You can also follow the Twitter account of the Governor @GusJaspert for updates on BVI.
The hurricane season in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) normally runs from June to November. You should monitor updates from the US National Hurricane Centre and follow the advice of the local authorities. See Natural Disasters
UK health authorities have classified the British Virgin Islands as having a risk of Zika virus transmission. For more information and advice, visit the website of the National Travel Health Network and Centre website.
Although there’s no recent history of terrorism in the British Virgin Islands, attacks can’t be ruled out. See Terrorism.
Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.