Customs procedures at airports in the U.S. Virgin Islands can vary, so it is imperative that you call your arrival airport ahead of time to get the exact Customs procedures. For example, if you exit the aircraft at most airports without permission from Customs, you can be fined $5,000. But if you don't get out of your aircraft when you land at St. Croix, you'll be sitting there for a while. At St. Croix, the procedure is to leave your aircraft and ring the buzzer outside the Customs facility. If you will be landing at your arrival airport after normal business hours, notify Customs ahead of time for instructions on what to do once you land. More information on clearing Customs and international flying is available on AOPA Online.
May 15, 2006