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British Virgin Islands: 4 Best eSIMs Compared + Discounts (2023)

The British Virgin Islands – often referred to just as BVI or just Virgin Islands, is frequently confused with the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI).

That is quite understandable because the territories are close neighbors.

The British Virgin Islands is mostly known for watersport activities, like sailing, yachting & (casual) swimming.

If you have big bucks to spend, you can head to the private luxury resort Necker Islands.

The Callwood Rum Distillery may be something for you if you are into rum.

Or the Little Fort National Park if parks are more for you.

One thing you are probably aware of is that the British Virgin Islands is an expensive travel destination.

So any way to save some cash is always appreciated.

That is why you can be better off with a travel eSIM to save on data costs abroad.

How much will you pay for a travel eSIM for the British Virgin Islands?

You can get an eSIM for the British Virgin Islands for as little as 9.50 USD to 54 USD from Airalo (Jost Mobile) and Holafly.

I will also introduce you to a few global eSIMs that be used in the British Virgin Islands and 110+ other countries, including the British Virgin Islands's (indirect) neighbors, for competitive rates.

Buying an eSIM for the British Virgin Islands Guide (logos of Airalo, Holafly & Jost Mobile)

Original publication: 20th of January 2023. Last updated: 20th of January 2023.


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Airalo Jost Mobile eSIM for the British Virgin Islands

Airalo Logo
© Airalo

If you have looked for travel eSIMs before, you have undoubtedly read or heard of Airalo – the largest, oldest & most popular eSIM platform out there, covering around 190 countries (more than any other eSIM platform out there).

Airalo is so popular and loved, even by myself, because Airalo's eSIMs are often the most affordable while using (one of) the best local networks while also offering plenty of data options so that you can pick the one that suits your needs.

The latter does not really apply to the British Virgin Islands or the Caribbean in general, but let's not get ahead of ourselves 😏.

Anyway, the Airalo eSIM for the British Virgin Islands is called Jost Mobile and uses the Flow British Virgin Islands network (on 4G/LTE – no 5G NR because there is no 5G NR in the British Virgin Islands yet 🗿).

British Virgin Islands Jost Mobile eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

Wait… why does the Jost Mobile eSIM use the Flow British Virgin Islands network?

Flow Logo
© Flow

Travel eSIM providers like Airalo set up roaming agreements with local mobile operators.

And that is not an Airalo-specific thing – basically all mobile operators do, allowing their customers can still stay connected when abroad (at high prices).

Otherwise, they would need to build their own networks in 190 countries, which is $$$.

For example, 2degrees in New Zealand claims it spent more than a billion (New Zealand) dollars on its network, and New Zealand is not even that big.

Imagine how much it would cost to build your own network in every country out there 😳.

Anyway, you may have been distracted by the term roaming because you may have read stories of travelers going back home facing a 7000 USD roaming bill or something.

Worry not; that will not happen when you use the Jost Mobile eSIM (or any other travel eSIM mentioned in this guide), as long as you make sure to turn data roaming off on your main SIM card.

Okay, that is enough background information – let's check what Airalo's options are in the British Virgin Islands.

  1. British Virgin Islands/Jost Mobile 1 GB eSIM for 7 days, costing 9.50 USD
British Virgin Islands Jost Mobile eSIM Airalo (with Prices)

Now, you may think this is a sad selection or that 1 GB of data is insufficient.

Both points are true… I agree – but you can make unlimited top-ups with the Jost Mobile eSIM through the Airalo website or apps.

So if you need 5 GB of data, you can purchase the Jost Mobile 1 GB eSIM and get four 1 GB top-ups.

Yes, it is a bit inconvenient for now; Airalo may offer 3 GB, 5 GB & 10 GB plans with a 30-day validity for the British Virgin Islands soon, as it did for many other countries it supports.

Be aware: most travel eSIMs, including Airalo's British Virgin Islands Jost Mobile eSIM, are data-only eSIMs, so you cannot call or text with them (nor can you receive any calls or SMS).

Hopefully, that is not a dealbreaker because the Jost Mobile eSIM is the cheapest eSIM mentioned in this guide.

The main issue with the Jost Mobile eSIM is that it has only one option: 1 GB for 7 days.

But you can make unlimited top-ups with the Jost Mobile eSIM through the Airalo website or apps.

So if you need 5 GB of data, you can purchase the Jost Mobile 1 GB eSIM and get four 1 GB top-ups.

Yes, it is a bit inconvenient for now; Airalo may offer 3 GB, 5 GB & 10 GB plans with a 30-day validity for the British Virgin Islands soon, but we have to be patient now.

And you know that I would purchase multiple top-ups because I use a lot of data when traveling and testing eSIMs 🤪.

But… do I not often say that local SIM cards or eSIMs are cheaper than any other option, including travel eSIMs?

Yep, that is true (and you have a good memory!) – but you will have to deal with British Virgin Island SIM card registration laws.

(Why does this matter? Because hackers can steal your (critical) personal data if the mobile operator does not secure your data properly, like what happened in Australia (10 million Optus customers were affected, where info, like passport numbers, were stolen (including mine – luckily not my passport number but my boyfriend was not as lucky) or Indonesia (1.3 billion SIM card-related data was hacked)).

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Anyway, the Airalo British Virgin Islands Jost Mobile eSIM is an affordable option to stay connected in the country.


Holafly eSIM for the British Virgin Islands

Holafly Logo
© Holafly

Holafly is one of the many travel eSIM resellers out there, but it is one of the few that I recommend.

But any resellers pop up every week trying to sell the same service for more cash for themselves while offering zero customer service (which is why you only see me recommend a handful of eSIM providers… ones I have tested myself).

It started with selling, in my opinion, overpriced travel SIM cards before entering the eSIM market with (reasonably priced) eSIMs.

So why do I recommend Holafly?

Mostly because it started offering unlimited data plans for popular travel destinations as of June 2022, giving it some uniqueness.

Those eSIMs can be used in various East– and Southeast Asian countries, almost all European Union member states (except for Liechtenstein) & a few other countries, like Canada and the United States.

Unfortunately, unlimited data eSIMs are not available in the British Virgin Islands.

Phone Travel Wiz x Holafly Banner
No unlimited data for the British Virgin Islands

But Holafly did not cover the British Virgin Islands until recently…. so one step at a time 😜.

Unlike the Airalo Jost Mobile eSIM, you have a few more options with Holafly for the British Virgin Islands, which I will list below:

British Virgin Islands eSIMs Holafly

The Holafly British Virgin Islands eSIM uses the Digicel British Virgin Islands network, one of the country's better networks.

As expected, you cannot use 5G NR (yet) with the Holafly British Virgin Islands eSIM, nor can you call and text (it is a data-only eSIM).

Moreover, you cannot top up or extend the validity with the Holafly British Virgin Islands eSIM – so you need to buy another eSIM when you are out of data, or the eSIM expires; you have to purchase a new one.

Holafly is working on top-ups, but it has been working on it for a while now… so keep your expectations low

On the other hand, you can use your phone as a hotspot with your Holafly British Virgin Islands eSIM (which you cannot do in countries with unlimited data eSIMs).

On top of that, you can get 5% off each and any Holafly purchase (so it does not have to be the British Virgin Islands eSIM) when you use code PHONETRAVELWIZ 😏.

Okay, but why did I rank Airalo higher than Holafly?

It is because if you use less than 7 GB of data, getting multiple top-ups for the Airalo Jost Mobile eSIM is cheaper than getting a Holafly British Virgin Islands eSIM.

Only if you use more than 7 GB of data will Holafly be cheaper.

However, you can use up to 500 MB of data per day with any Holafly British Virgin Islands eSIM for some reason.

So if you want to use your data freely, the Airalo Jost Mobile eSIM will be a better option.

But honestly, with the relatively slow data speeds in the British Virgin Islands, you have to try hard to hit your 500 MB limit in the country, lmao.

Anyway, use code PHONETRAVELWIZ for your Holafly British Virgin Islands eSIM and get 5% off!

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International eSIM for the British Virgin Islands & More Caribbean Countries

Okay, I went over the British Virgin Islands travel eSIM options offered by Airalo.

As expected, these eSIMs can only be used in the British Virgin Islands and not in the other Carribean countries.

So what if you plan on visiting any of those countries, or you are on a world tour and wish to use one eSIM in multiple countries – do you have any other options?

Yes, you do. Airalo and Holafly have regional, global & international eSIMs covering at least 80 countries; some include the British Virgin Islands too.

If you see names that you do not recognize because they have not been mentioned in this guide, it is because they either do not cover the British Virgin Islands or the prices are criminal – I want you to save money, not get robbed 🗿

So let's see which multi-country eSIMs can be used in the British Virgin Islands and other countries, including the British Virgin Islands' neighbors.


Holafly Caribbean eSIM for the British Virgin Islands

Holafly recently introduced the Caribbean eSIM, covering 16 countries with 6 GB of data for 15 days, costing 54 USD/57 EUR/49 GBP/84 AUD/74 CAD.

Below is an overview of all the countries the Holafly Caribbean eSIM can be used:

  • Antigua & Barbuda
  • Aruba
  • Barbados
  • Bermuda
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Cayman Islands
  • Dominica
  • French Guiana
  • Haiti
  • Jamaica
  • Martinique
  • Saint Kitts & Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent & the Grenadines
  • Trinidad & Tobago
  • Turks & Caicos Islands
Caribbean eSIM Holafly

Remember to use code PHONETRAVELWIZ for exclusive deals when getting Holafly eSIMs, AND get an additional 5% off!

Holafly Travel eSIM Reviews by Phone Travel Wiz

Airalo Island Hopper eSIM for the British Virgin Islands

Island Hopper Caribbean eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

Airalo also has the Island Hopper eSIM covering 24 countries with 1 GB of data for 7 days, costing 15 USD.

The Island Hopper eSIM can be used in the following 24 Caribbean countries:

  • Aruba
  • Anguilla
  • Antigua & Barbuda
  • Bahamas (new!) 1
  • Barbados
  • Bonaire
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Cayman Islands
  • Curaçao
  • Dominica
  • French Guiana 2
  • Grenada 3
  • Guadeloupe
  • Haiti
  • Jamaica
  • Martinique
  • Montserrat 3
  • Panama
  • Puerto Rico
  • Saint Kitts & Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent & the Grenadines
  • Trinidad & Tobago
  • Turks & Caicos Islands

1 the Island Hopper eSIM included the Bahamas until February or March 2022, until it was mysteriously removed. But it was added back in October 2022
2 the Latamlink eSIM covers French Guiana too – it has better options than Island Hopper (1 GB/7 days, 2 GB/15 days, 3 GB/30 days & 5 GB/30 days) in Central- and South America. However, if you do not visit those regions and stay in the Caribbean only, then stick with the Island Hopper eSIM instead
3 on 3G only

Like the Jost Mobile eSIM, top-ups are available if you need more data.

The Island Hopper eSIM is not as valuable as other Airalo regional eSIMs (like Asialink for Asia, Eurolink for Europe, Latamlink for Latin America & Menalink for the Middle East).

This is why I recommend the Holafly Caribbean eSIM over the Island Hopper one because you get much more data for the same money.

However, the Holafly eSIM does not cover as many countries as the Island Hopper eSIM.

I am working with Airalo to turn the Island Hopper into a -link eSIM so that it offers you better value (the -link eSIMs have at least four variants, up to 100 GB of data for 180 days, making top-ups often unnecessary).

But do not get the Island Hopper eSIM just for the British Virgin Islands because the Jost Mobile eSIM is more than half the price of Island Hopper.

For now, you still have an eSIM covering almost all of the Carribean, which is neat :).


Overview of the Best eSIMs for the British Virgin Islands (Airalo vs. Holafly)

I introduced you to various travel eSIMs that can be used in the British Virgin Islands.

While I have already informed you which eSIM(s) I recommend the most, I will list them once more for you

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Remember to use code PHONETRAVELWIZ for Holafly eSIMs – a code is unnecessary for Airalo eSIM purchases.


Buying a SIM Card in the British Virgin Islands

Want to just use a SIM card but not your current one because roaming will be criminally expensive?

Consider getting a British Virgin Island SIM card instead – local SIM cards are the cheapest way to stay connected abroad.

Buying a SIM Card in the British Virgin Islands Guide (logos of Digicel, Flow & CCT Wireless)

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