AS OF SEPT 1 2017 DOLPHIN WATER TAXI INTERNATIONAL PROCESSING FEES ARE $55pp IN TO THE BVI, and $40pp FROM THE BVI TO THE USVI
We often get questions about the "international processing fees" we charge here at Dolphin for guests travelling to and from the BVI. Years ago, it was simply referred to as "BVI customs fees". But then after security changes resulting from 9/11, and more governmental increases from both the BVI and the USVI, Dolphin started to use the more broad term of "International processing fees". Today, there are a half dozen different cost components that go into the collection of $55pp "inbound" to the BVI, and $40pp returning from the BVI to the USVI.
The most often asked question is, "Do we have to pay this if we take the public ferry?" The easy answer is, "yes, but not nearly as much", because the public ferrys get a pass on the inbound fees to the BVI and pay $20-25pp departure taxes on the return to the USVI". Fees for visitors using the public ferry system travelling inbound are built into the ticket price, and going outbound have to be paid at the customs house prior to boarding the ferry.
All private operators have to pay different fees than the public ferry each time they enter and exit. These fees vary from company to company based on boat size and # onboard, but the most normal amounts they charge international passengers is now between $50pp and $65pp inbound and $40pp-$55pp returning.
The variety of fees are broken down in part, as follows:
For Arrival to the BVI:
$16pp "BVI Cruising Permit Fee"
$10pp "BVI Environmenta Fee" (new Sept 2017)
$20pp Filing for DHS and USCG
$9pp built into the cost of per boat entry fee, per guest wharfage departing the secure port in Red Hook, and BVI immigration processing fees.
For Returns from the BVI to the USVI:
$20pp-$25pp BVI departure taxes.
$8pp USVI customs dock usage fee in St John and again in Red Hook.
$5-10 per boat entry fee to the US.