St. Thomas is part of the U.S. Virgin Islands, a United States territory, so the passport requirements for entry are a little different from those for entering other countries. Passport requirements vary depending on whether you are traveling by air, land or sea.
Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI)
The U.S. Virgin Islands is part of the WHTI, which specifies specific travel requirements that may be different from other overseas and international travel. Other countries included in the WHTI are Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and other Caribbean islands.
Passports are not required of U.S. citizens upon entry into St. Thomas. But it is encouraged that citizens obtain passports to make travel back to the United States easier.
Proof of Citizenship and Identification
Upon entering St. Thomas, proof of citizenship and identification will be required. Acceptable documentation includes a passport, birth certificate, driver's license, naturalization certificate and other documents.
Travel by Sea and Land
A passport card is acceptable, along with a NEXUS card or other WHTI-approved documents, to re-enter the United States via land and sea (see Resources).
Travel by Air
A passport is required when traveling by air back into the United States. Passport cards or other travel documentation are not acceptable for air travel.
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