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Cruising permit fees to increase effective August 1

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Government Information Service (press release) – Effective August 1, home and foreign based charters will see an increase in cruising permit fees to $6 and $16 per person per day respectively.

Commissioner of Customs, Mr. Wade Smith said the amended Cruising Permit Ordinance (Cap. 203) was passed by the House of Assembly on June 6, and gazetted on June 16.

Mr. Smith said that home based charter boats will be required to pay $6 per person per day all year around and not $2 in season (December 1 to April 30) or $0.75 in off season (May 1 to November 30) as presently charged; whereas foreign based charter companies will be required to pay $16 per person per day all year round and not $4.

He added that the law will take effect on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 and all cruisers are encouraged to remain compliant.

The Commissioner said that the other changes in the legislation included the change in the terms of classification. He said, “The term ‘Charter boats based in the Territory’ was replaced with ‘home based charter boats’ and ‘Charter boats not based in the Territory’ was replaced with the words ‘foreign based charter’ company.Thus, there will be one standard rate that cruisers must adhere to.”

While explaining the new classifications, Mr, Smith said a home based charter boat means a boat operated in the Virgin Islands, generally maintained in the Virgin Islands and managed by a company or any other legal entity incorporated, registered or licenced in the Virgin Islands for a period of five (5) months or more in any 12 month period.

He further explained that a foreign based charter boat is any boat other than a home based charter boat.

The Commissioner is encouraging all charter companies operating in the Territory to get familiar with the new legislation.

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  1. okay now says:

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  2. umm says:

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    Government is so broker they do it right in the middle of the low season SMH. Hope they spend it wisely or are they do a raise?

  3. Humm says:

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    All dem doing is chasing all the daily day trippers from coming to our shores , pure madness.

  4. TurtleDove says:

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    The mentality that everyone that visit the BVI is rich will be the down fall of tourism…..why not 5 and 10 dollars..this is just crazy…more money for the USVI.

  5. upfullness says:

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    Them trying to kill the sailing capital of the work.

  6. Observer says:

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    The whole govt screwing the tourist industry for pennies is just counter productive and will result in a reduction of taxes collected.

    Meanwhile the amounts paid by the offshore companies for the annual licences is ludicrously small.

    The so called trust companies and registered agents are getting the vast majority of the money paid by off shore companies and passing only a fraction on to the govt. Increase the annual license fee to $500 and it would still be way less than the trust co’s are charging to collect it.

    And the govt finances would be solved at a stroke without driving away the tourists.

  7. Local says:

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    The U.S. should reciprocate in kind. Wouldn’t there be some squealing if belongers couldn’t hit Cost-U-Less, KMart and Pricesmart every weekend without paying the same as someone coming to the BVI for an afternoon on the beach? SMH Foxy and Ivan gonna take a big hit.

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