Travelling to the U.S. Virgin Islands? Need Vaccinations?
The four major islands in the U.S. Virgin Islands each has its own distinct flavour and it’s easy to visit them all, with quick links by ferry or local air services. The hectic duty free port of Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas is a regular last port of call for cruise ships returning to the U.S., so if it’s world class shops you want, this is the place. In the evenings, this fast-paced city comes alive with great restaurants and vivid nightlife. The quaint town of Christiansted on St. Croix is a haven for sailors and divers alike, and still reflects its Dutch colonial past. The beach of your dreams is probably on St. John, most of which is dedicated to the National Park Service, and is celebrated for its unspoiled beauty. Absolute must-see is Trunk Bay beach, high on National Geographic’s list of top ten beaches in the world, where rainbow coloured fish play around reefs with a marked snorkelling trail. Your first stop on your way to the U.S. Virgin Islands should be a visit to our Travel Health Clinic, four to eight weeks before departure, so that you will be completely safe and up-to-date with the Vaccinations you need for U.S.V.I.
What Vaccinations do I need for Travel to Barbados?
Travellers to Barbados are generally advised the following vaccinations:
In addition, depending upon your itinerary, where you are travelling, length of travel and your occupational and lifestyle risks, you may also require vaccinations for the following:
Have a look at our pricing table for information about the cost of the travel vaccinations required for Barbados. If you are travelling further in the region, you may also wish to check what vaccinations you require for neighbouring countries in the Caribbean.
Further Travel Health Advice for the U.S. Virgin Islands
Heat and Humidity
In the months from April to end June, temperatures in the U.S. V.I. are normally around 27-30, and somewhat cooler the rest of the year. Take care to protect your skin with a good sun block lotion, 20 or higher, and use it often, re-applying after snorkelling or swimming.
It is not safe to drink the public water in the U.S. V.I. Spring water and purified water are both cheap and readily available. Bring lots with you wherever you go and replenish fluids often, throughout the day.
Food and Drink
Even though these islands are U.S. property, and admittedly there are signs of American fast food creeping into the daily fare, especially on St. Thomas, the dominant influence on U.S. Virgin islands cuisine remains West Indian. Your best bet is the lovely fresh fish prepared daily in almost any restaurant. There is a wonderful choice of grouper, snapper, mahi mahi, wahoo, and yellowtail, among others, usually served with hot lime sauce. Try the traditional Callaloo soup, made with green leafy vegetables, and mixed with salt beef, fish, crab, ham bone, okra and various herbs and spices, or if you are a fan of curries, the curried goat is a classic regional dish, made with cardamom, herbs and onions. Fruits are plentiful and are made into ice creams, like mango ice cream, and fresh juices. The local Cruzan rum is something most visitors find unforgettable.
Seeking Treatment Abroad
Should you require health care in the U.S. V.I., there are good facilities at Charlotte Amalie, Cruz Bay, St. John, and in Christiansted, St. Croix. For the most part, the standard of care is good but it is important that you arrange in advance to have enough money with you to pay for any health care you might need.
Travel and Health Insurance
Protect yourself, and your family, with comprehensive travel health insurance which will cover your intended itinerary and any potentially risky activities, such as snorkelling or hiking.
Aside from observing the normal precautions, visitors are safe in the U.S. Virgin Islands, however there are instances of petty crime, and it is important to be aware that on St. Thomas and St. Croix, it is not advisable to walk alone on the beach at night. Keep your valuables under lock and key and avoid carrying large sums of cash. Mosquitoes are a problem so do have insecticide with you to prevent being bitten,