You Need a Passport for British Virgin Islands is part of the Rum Rum Caribbean Castaway Trip Report.
I have done some dumb things in my day which I am always happy to share. I have a whole section dedicated to Visa mishaps. This one, I do believe, is the dumbest but I will let you decide.
I arrived at the airport and presented my ID. The ticket agent asked to see my passport. “Passport?” I asked. It did not occur to me to bring my passport. Whether it’s because I am used to flying to the island of Puerto Rico without a passport, whether it’s because the flight is so short, or it’s because BVI uses American dollars, it did not occur to me that a passport was required.
To be clear, I didn’t forget to bring my passport. In fact, I went through my packing checklist and skipped right over the passport line item. Needless to say, I was denied boarding and had to book my flight for later in the afternoon or the next day.
When I returned to the airport, I was asked for my passport at check-in, prior to boarding, and by border patrol on the tarmac. I was also asked if I was carrying more than 10k in cash. Clearly, investigating money laundering and passport control is not a trivial matter.
It is obvious that I need a passport to go to a foreign country, and it is not in dispute that BVI is not part of the United States. I was too absent-minded to recognize this. I’ve visited over 110 countries, yet I still make stupid mistakes.
Chinese visa issues notwithstanding (see China 72-hour Visa-Free Transit Disaster (again)), I think this may be the dumbest yet.