Wednesday, 15 July 2015


The Virgin Islands, commonly referred to as the British Virgin Islands (or BVI), is a British overseas territory located in the Caribbean to the east of Puerto Rico. The islands make up part of the Virgin Islands archipelago; the remaining islands constitute the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Spanish Virgin Islands.
The official name of the Territory is still simply the "Virgin Islands", but the prefix "British" is often used to distinguish it from the neighbouring American territory which changed its name from the "Danish West Indies" to "Virgin Islands of the United States" in 1917. British Virgin Islands government publications continue to begin with the name "The Territory of the Virgin Islands", and the Territory's passports simply refer to the "Virgin Islands", and all laws begin with the words "Virgin Islands". Moreover, the Territory's Constitutional Commission has expressed the view that "every effort should be made", to encourage the use of the name "Virgin Islands".
The British Virgin Islands consist of the main islands of Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada, and Jost Van Dyke, along with over fifty other smaller islands and cays. About 15 of the islands are inhabited. The capital, Road Town, is situated on Tortola, the largest island, which is approximately 20 km long and 5 km wide. The islands have a population of about 28,000, of whom approximately 23,500 live on Tortola.

It was a surprise when I saw these airmail covers in my post box ! Perfectly postmarked and clearly affixed UPU barcode labels on my pre prepared covers ! My friend had said BVI Philatelic bureau is no longer working, It closed long back. I was sad when I heard the news because I sent these covers for postmarking. surprisingly after 7 months the covers came in perfect condition. The covers posted on July 13 and I received them in my hands on July 28, 2016. I believe a good person from the post office opened and found my covers, he did it in a perfect way. Thank You friend for the  big help!

This is my first Registered airmail cover from British Virgin Islands. I got surprised because it has blue UPU barcode label, which one is my favorite. My friend George from Italy frequently visit BVI and US VI, so he had promised covers from both countries. Eventhough they are the part of EU and overseas territory of UK, they use US Dollar as their currency since 1959. They have issued many beautiful stamps, but the stamps issued after 1990 only valid for postage now.
Thanks a lot George for the big help from a rare country .

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