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    Buck Island Reef

    National Monument Virgin Islands

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a Passport to visit the United States Virgin Islands? Answer: No, American citizens visiting to and from the territories do not need a US passport.

What side of the road do you drive on? Answer: We drive on the left side of the road. Think left when you visit the United States Virgin Islands.

What type of government exists in the United States Virgin Islands? Answer: The Virgin Islands is a territory of the United States of America. In 1917, America purchased the islands (St. Thomas, St. John, & St. Croix) from Denmark for $25M in gold. Ten years later all citizens of the territory became American citizens in 1927. The United States Navy administrated the territory from 1917 to 1932. The Department of Interior took over administrative control from the Navy and set up municipal government with the local authorities. In 1970 Virgin Islands were able to elect there own government (Governor, Senators & Congressional Representative to the U.S. House of Representative). We have both federal and local government. All U.S. law applies. The local government is made up of a governor that is elected every four years and term limit applies. One Delegate to Congress elected every two years. Fifteen senators are elected from their respective districts (St.Thomas/St.John & St. Croix).

How far apart are the three islands that comprise the U.S. Virgin Islands? Answer: St. Croix is forty miles south of St. Thomas and St. John. St. Thomas and St. John is approximately three miles apart.

What type of Inter island travel is available? Answer: Transportation between the islands is available by sea and air. We have several commercial commuter airlines that makes daily round trip between St. Thomas and St. Croix. One Sea Plane company that fly’s between St. Thomas, St. Croix and San Juan Puerto Rico. For water base transportation, we have a daily ferry that operates between St. Croix and St. Thomas.

Is American currency used in the U.S. Virgin Islands? Yes

Did You Know?

Endangered Brown Pelican

Buck Island National Monument is one of few places in the Virgin Islands where endangered brown pelicans and threatened lest terns nest.