SAFETY TIPS

SAFETY AND SECURITY

CRIME

Petty crime occurs. Never leave your personal belongings unattended on the beach or in parked cars. Use your hotel safe to store your valuables and passport and other travel documents. Carry a photocopy of your passport’s identification page with you at all times.

Stay in hotels and resorts with good security. Know who is at your door before opening it.

Avoid isolated beaches and unpopulated areas, especially after dark.

WOMEN’S SAFETY

Incidents of sexual assault occur.

Women travelling alone may be subject to some forms of harassment and verbal abuse.

Safe-travel guide for women

RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES AND EXCURSIONS

Ensure that the recreational activities you choose are covered by your travel insurance and that sporting and aquatic equipment is safe and in good condition, especially for scuba diving and jet skiing. Use helmets and life jackets, if applicable. Avoid excursions that are not recommended by tour operators.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

There is reliable public bus service on the islands.

Open-air “safari cabs” and taxis (usually SUV minivans) are common on the islands of St. Thomas and St. John. Confirm the taxi fare with the driver before departing.

Car rentals are available. Avoid renting scooters on any of the islands; accidents are common and often deadly.

There are passenger ferries between St. John and St. Thomas, as well as inter-island barges for transporting cars.

Car rentals in the U.S. Virgin Islands

AIR TRAVEL

We do not make assessments on the compliance of foreign domestic airlines with international safety standards.

General information about foreign domestic airlines

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