Can a person in the USA in possession of Green Card and US Travel Document (I-571) travel to British Virgin Islands for tourism for a week without having to go through the British Consulate in the USA / visa procedure? Person travelling has an expired Russian Passport which cannot be renewed in time for travel.

  • Good question! According to Wikipedia, which cites TIMATIC, green card holders who are traveling directly from the US do not require a visa. I could not find an official BVI source for that, though.
    – phoog
    Nov 16 '16 at 21:20
  • Timatic tells me the same thing... after I learned how to code the refugee/stateless "nationality". Note "arriving directly from the US mainland." So taking a ferry from USVI seems to be excluded. But again, I looked around quite a bit and could not find BVI government information. Nov 16 '16 at 21:51
  • @Ari did you call BVI? We are interested in the outcome.
    – chx
    Dec 12 '16 at 4:23

Although the USA Today is not a government institution, it seems the official page corroborates the information: you don't need a visa but you do need a valid passport.

USA Today:

Green card holders visiting the British Virgin Islands are granted entry without visas as long as travelers meet the standard travel requirements. Visitors are allowed into the islands for a month provided the correct documents are shown at a land or sea port of entry: a passport, proof of accommodations on the island such as a hotel reservation and proof of your return journey such as an airline ticket. If you're a green card holder, you'll need to use a passport from your country of origin.

Emphasis mine.

BVI Tourism somewhat corroborates although doesn't mention a green card:

European citizens need a valid passport to enter the British Virgin Islands.

  • Interesting. Timatic says the opposite, that you don't need a passport if you have a green card. Nov 17 '16 at 15:47
  • Very interesting, a phone call is definitely in order.
    – chx
    Nov 17 '16 at 19:01

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