People from the Caribbean visiting the US Virgin Islands (USVI) will no longer need a visa to do so.
That’s because the US Congress House Judiciary Committee has approved The Virgin Islands Visa Waiver Act, which makes it possible for Caribbean visitors to receive a nonimmigrant visitor visa exemption to enter the Islands for up to 45 days.
The amendment to the Act does not apply to other parts of the United States.
The Act was first presented to the Committee for amendment in September 2021 by Congresswoman Stacey E. Plaskett, a native of the US Virgin Islands.
In a statement she wrote, “This limited visa waiver program would better enable the Virgin Islands to compete economically with other islands and nations in the Caribbean community.”
The waiver is expected to be a springboard for attracting more visitors to the US Virgin Islands and hence more economic activity.