Breaking Luxury Travel News – October 16, 2015

USVI Hotel Taxes set to increase

In our most recent newsletter, we indicated that the USVI Legislature had passed a measure to increase the U.S. Virgin Islands Hotel Tax from 10% to 12.5% and as the bill had input from Gov. Kenneth E. Mapp, we expected it to be put into place quickly. The Governor has just signed the bill into law. We will await the date of implementation and keep you informed.  read more

U.S. Citizens without passports, take note

The REAL ID requirement calls for states and territories to “set standards for the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver’s licenses.” The driver’s license as a valid ID for travel to the United States Virgin Islands may be affected if your state or territory has not yet complied or received an extension… If this is the case, following a finite grace period, a passport will be required, or the addition of a second approved ID. read more


St. Thomas airport departures relieved of customs forms but advance requirement increased for American departures

Vacationers leaving the Caribbean via Cyril E. King Airport are saving a bit of time as U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Field Operations announced recently the implementation of a local pilot program concerning the use of the Customs Declaration Form (CBP Form 6059B) before embarkation for departures from USVI airports traveling to domestic US destinations and Puerto Rico. read more – However, departures on American Airlines will now need to be at that airport 3 hours ahead of time to secure boarding passes read more

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