Official Travel Advice for British Virgin Islands
Summary Section - Earthquake with preliminary magnitude of 7.8 north of Honduras. Hazardous tsunami waves forecast for some coasts
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Advice current as at 4:00 am 18 Mar 2018.
An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.8 occurred north of Honduras at 0252 UTC on Wednesday 10 January 2018.
Based on the preliminary earthquake parameters, hazardous tsunami waves are possible for coasts located within 1000km of the earthquake epicentre.
Persons located in threatened coastal areas should stay alert for information and follow instructions from national and local authorities.
Extensive damage was caused by Hurricane Irma on 6 September, and the islands were then further impacted by Hurricanes Jose and Maria. There is widespread damage to infrastructure with a large proportion of homes and buildings very badly damaged. Some roads are impassable or the road surfaces have been washed away. As more stores reopen, access to medical supplies, food and water is returning to normal. Power supplies have been badly affected. Large areas of Tortola, other islands, and most homes, remain without power or water.
The Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport on Tortola is open to commercial flights between 7am and 9pm. Most sea ports are now open and some ferry services have resumed operations. Communications have been damaged across the islands, including mobile phone networks and coverage remains patchy. The security situation remains stable.
Visitors should be aware that recovery and clean-up efforts continue. Swimmers should be mindful that debris may remain on some beaches or in the sea, and should exercise caution.
Local authorities can provide further information and you should follow their advice. You can follow the Governor’s Office Facebook page and the Twitter account of the Governor @GusJaspert for updates on BVI.
The hurricane season usually runs from June to November and further storms could affect the Caribbean. The impact of these could be particularly severe in light of the damage already caused by Hurricane Irma. You’re advised to monitor updates from the US National Hurricane Centre and follow the advice of local authorities, including any evacuation orders, in the case of any further storms. See Natural Disasters
As the BVI is a British Overseas Territory, there is no formal British diplomatic representation and the local authorities deal with all requests for emergency assistance.
UK health authorities have classified the British Virgin Islands as having a risk of Zika virus transmission. For more information and advice, visit 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.
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