Do you need a passport to go to St. Thomas?
St. Thomas is part of the U.S. Virgin Islands nestled in the Caribbean, an unincorporated U.S. territory whose residents are U.S. citizens, although they are ineligible to vote in Presidential elections.
Therefore it is not necessary to travel with a passport to visit St. Thomas, or the other islands of St. John and St. Croix. In this respect, it is similar to traveling between states in the mainland United States. If you are arriving at St. Thomas by air it is still a good idea to carry a passport with you. For example, you will need to show a passport if you wish to visit the nearby British Virgin Islands as you will technically be leaving the United States. Likewise, when traveling from the British Virgin Islands to St. Thomas, or any of the other U.S. Virgin Islands, you will have to show your passport to be granted entry. Similarly, if you visit another country from the U.S.
Virgin Islands, before heading back to the mainland United States, you will have to present your passport when you are re-entering the United States. In this situation you will have no option but to travel with your passport. A good example of this is if your flight has a stopover in another country before then heading to the U.S., as you will be required to show your passport before you board the flight from the U.S. Virgin Islands, even if you will not be leaving the airport or passing through immigration in the country of the stopover.
If you have to travel to the US Virgin Islands without a passport then it will be a sensible idea to ensure that you only book direct flights to and from the islands to avoid any disruption and hassle, as well as the risk of being denied entry on your return. Even if you are a U.S. citizen, if you are arriving into St. Thomas and the other U.S. Virgin Islands from another country, you will need to show your passport on arrival to be granted entry. Immigration officials class this as re-entering the United States so the process is the same as if you were flying into Los Angeles or New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. Even if you are visiting St. Thomas from the mainland United States and then heading straight back you will need to present some form of identification if you do not hold a passport. You may want to consider bringing your birth certificate as well to prove that you are a U.S. citizen.
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