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 US Virgin Islands – Duty and Passport Free…

Have the white dress but no passport?  Consider traveling to the US Virgin Islands. St Thomas, St. Croix and St. John are among the most popular Caribbean destinations. And with locations like the famed Blackbeard’s Castle, secluded beaches and a dazzling array of resorts to choose from, creating your version of the perfect island wedding is easily within reach.

The sky really is the limit when you exchange vows in the wedding gazebo atop Paradise Point in St Thomas. Take the skyline ride 700 feet to flag hill and enjoy the breathtaking views of the island and a casual atmosphere at the Paradise Point balcony.


Quick Facts

  • Language:       English
  • Passport:        No, but must show evidence of citizenship when leaving the island
  • Currency:        US $
  • Time Zone:       Atlantic Standard Time
  • Airport:           St. Thomas' airport is the most widely used gateway to the U.S. Virgin Islands.
  • Weather:         The climate in the Virgin Islands is very consistent year round.  The summer months of June, July and August are the hottest with temperatures in the mid 80s.  During the winter, (December through February) the high temperature will average in the 70° F. The Virgin Islands does not have a rainy season, per se, but the greatest chance of rain will be during the months of September, October and November, August and May. 


Marriage Requirements

Since the US Virgin Islands is a US territory, getting married there is relatively easy.  There is no blood test or physical, and you can complete the marriage license application form prior to traveling to the USVI.  Actually it is good to complete and mail the application one to two months ahead of time along and send it with a certified check for the fee. The forms must be notorized.   If you have been previously married, you will need to send a certified copy of the divorce decree (must have raised seal or stamped certified copy) or certified copy of the death certificate. There is an 8 day waiting period between when the application is filed and the ceremony. Once in the Islands, you will both need to pick up the marriage license in person at the courthouse and be sure to bring photo ID.

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