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BVI Company – General Information

The British Virgin Islands, or BVI for short, is a group of fifty islands in the Caribbean forming a British Overseas Territory. The main islands within this group are called Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada and Jost Van Dyke. They have been autonomous from Britain since 1967. While the official name is the Virgin Islands, they are usually called the British Virgin Islands to separate them from the nearby American Virgin Islands.

Advantages of BVI Company Formation

Forming a company in the BVI means setting up a so-called BVI Business Company or BVI BC. These are the most popular form of offshore companies in the world. They are available to residents of any country in the world and can be formed as a continuation of another company in another part of the world. There are many benefits to a BVI BC:

  • 0% corporate tax
  • 0% capital gains tax
  • 0% profit tax
  • 0% gift tax
  • 0% sales tax / Value Added Tax
  • 0% inheritance tax
  • No stamp duty except for land transactions in the British Virgin Islands itself
  • No restrictions on doing business anywhere in the world
  • Ability to transfer and repatriate money without fees
  • No currency exchange fees or limitations
  • A minimum of one shareholder is required for a BVI company formation
  • A minimum of one director is required for a BVI company formation
  • Corporate directors and shareholders are permitted
  • No need to publicise company directors, officers, owners or shareholders

BVI Company Formation. Legislation

Principal Corporate Legislation

The BVI Business Companies Act, 2004 (“the Act”) as amended.

Type of Law


Language of Legislation and Corporate Documents


Type of Company for International Trade, Investment & Tax Planning

BVI BC (Business Company).

BVI Company

Share Capital

There is no concept of authorised share capital in the Act. Standard authorised share capital is US$50,000. Minimum paid up share capital is US$1.

Classes of Share Available

Registered shares, shares of no par value, bearer shares, preference shares, redeemable shares and shares with or without voting rights. Bearer shares will be subject to anti-money laundering and due diligence obligations and a company which is authorised to issue bearer shares pays higher incorporation and annual fees.

Bearer Shares


Restrictions on Trading

A BVI Offshore Company cannot trade within the BVI or own real estate there. Banking, insurance, assurance, reinsurance, fund management, collective investment schemes, trust management, trusteeship business provision are not permitted.

Registered Agent Required

Each BVI Company must have a Licenced Registered Agent in the BVI.

Registered Office Required

Each BVI Company must have a Registered Office in the BVI, provided by a Licenced Registered Agent.


A BVI Company requires a minimum of one director. Director can be of any nationality and need not be resident in the BVI. Corporate directors are permitted.


A BVI Company requires a minimum of one shareholder.

Publicly Accessible Records


Nominee Shareholders and Nominee Directors


Location of Meetings of Directors and Shareholders


Personal Presence Required




Double Taxation Treaty Access


Requirements to File Accounts


Requirement to File Annual Return


Audit Requirements



US Dollar.

Exchange Control


Time required for BVI Company Formation

Two days.

BVI Company Formation – Name of a Company

Language of Name


Restricted Words

Words such as “Assurance”, “Bank”, “Building Society”, “Royal”, “Trust Company”, “Trustee Company” etc. will require justification.

Name of a BVI Company

The words “Limited”, “Corporation”, “Incorporated”, “Societe Anonyme”, “Sociedad Anonima” or Ltd, Corp., Inc., S.A. must be part of the name of every BVI Company.

BVI BC – Cost of BVI Company Registration

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BVI Company Formation – Office Addresses


1 Fetter Lane, London, EC4A 1BR
United Kingdom
T.: +44 203 44 05 671
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Working Hours:
09:00 to 18:00 weekdays (GMT 0)
Hong Kong
Hong Kong
22nd floor, Tower Two, Lippo Centre, 89 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong
T.: +852 2530 8893
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Working Hours:
09:00 to 18:00 weekdays (GMT +8)
8th Floor, Platinum Tower, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
T.: +971 4 450 4707
Skype Call: wis.uae

Working Hours:
09:00 to 18:00 Sun-Thu (GMT +4)
4 Profiti Ilia, Kanika Business Centre, Office 101B, 4046 Limassol, Cyprus
T.: +357 25 812 242
Skype Call: wis.cyprus

Working Hours:
08:30 to 17:30 weekdays (GMT +2)
Trinity House, Victoria, Mahe
T.: +248 432 5881

Working Hours:
08:00 to 17:00 weekdays (GMT +4)

Services related BVI Company | BVI Company Registration

Worldwide Incorporation Services provides the following services related BVI Company Formation:

  • BVI Company Formation
  • Registered Office and Agent Services
  • BVI Company Secretarial Services
  • Nominee Shareholder/Nominee Director
  • Opening of Bank Accounts
  • Full BVI Company Administration Services
  • Mailing Address in the BVI
  • Trademark Registration
  • Yacht Registration in the BVI

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