Offshore Company Formation in British Virgin Islands (2023 Updated)

The British Virgin Islands is one of those attractive offshore settings where you may invest and operate your firm to your own advantageous aims. BVI offshore firm covers the whole spectrum of its sector, from establishing an offshore business to protecting your property and wealth. For example, the creation of a parent firm. The parent business serves as a simple and uncomplicated approach to generate passive revenue that is tax-free. One of the prudent economic choices is to incorporate a parent company in a tax haven country like the BVI. Because of the government's regulations, the BVI has gained a reputation as a "tax haven" jurisdiction and is an appealing location for offshore investors to form offshore firms.

1. Benefits of Offshore Company Formation in British Virgin Islands:

Tax incentives:

BVI Companies are excluded from BVI income tax, taxes on dividends, interest, royalties, compensation, and other payments made by the business, as well as any capital gains, real estate, inheritance, inheritance, or gift taxes on any shares, debt obligations, or other assets of a BVI IBC. With the exception of property ownership transactions in the BVI, companies are free from any connected registration taxes of any type on their assets or operations. 

It should be emphasized that the actual implementation of offshore methods is heavily dependent on anti-evasion legislation that might be adopted in the beneficial owner's country of domicile, residency, or company. As a result, we urge that all potential customers get appropriate tax counsel from specialists in their nation of residence, place of domicile, or place of business.

Geographical location and people:

The British Virgin Islands (BVI) are a British overseas territory in the Caribbean Sea, southeast of Puerto Rico. The British Virgin Islands are part of the Virgin Islands, with the remaining islands forming the US Virgin Islands and the Spanish Virgin Islands. The BVI has many large islands, including Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada, and Jost Van Dyke, as well as more than 15 smaller islands, and has a population of 27,800 people. Only around 15% of the island is populated. Road Town, the capital, is located on Tortola's biggest island and has a population of around 23,000 people. As a result, this location is ideal for agriculture or service-related businesses.

Although the region is not a member of the European Union (EU) and is not subject to EU legislation, its residents are nonetheless considered EU citizens. As a result, BVI residents are considered citizens of British overseas territories and have formally been British citizens since 2002. Establishing a firm here provides a high level of status and since it is located in the United Kingdom. English so that foreigners can easily create a corporation.

High level of data security:

The BVI tightly enforces commercial confidentiality. A BVI company's register of directors and shareholders are not publicly accessible (the register of directors is submitted with the BVI Registry). Although measures exist to prevent misuse of corporate secrecy in connection to money-laundering and international crime, law-abiding businesses can operate with the assurance of privacy.

The BVI was among the first offshore jurisdictions to enact proactive anti-money laundering laws that complied with FATF recommendations. The BVI has also signed a number of tax information exchange agreements (TIEAs) with other countries, and as a result, information can be exchanged at a regulatory level in compliance with FATF-compliant AML laws or the TIEAs for the reasons that they are intended for.


The initial money required and expense endured is a crucial consideration affecting an investor's choice to proceed with a company endeavor.In this aspect, BVI businesses are deemed less expensive in comparison to other premium offshore jurisdictions such as the Cayman Islands and Bermuda, as well as the majority of mid-shore islands/countries such as Hong Kong and Singapore. Specifically, the typical BVI corporation is lower. Thus, such cheap expenses make incorporating a corporation in the British Virgin Islands an appealing alternative, particularly for investors aiming to reduce costs while maximizing earnings.

2. Types of company in British Virgin Islands:

British Virgin Islands has different sorts of business entities adapting to its economy:

  • Company limited by shares
  • Company limited by guarantee and not authorized to issue shares
  • Company limited by guarantee and authorized to issue shares
  • Unlimited company authorized to issue shares
  • Unlimited company not authorized to issue shares

However, company limited by shares, also known as business companies, are the most prevalent and friendly forms of company for foreigners to establish in the British Virgin Islands.

3. Requirements to form a BVI business companies:

Human resources requirements:

  • At least 1 director
  • At least 1 UBO
  • At least 1 shareholder
  • <= 50 shareholders

Other requirements:

  • Has a paid up share capital
  • 1 Local address
  • 1 registered agent 

4. Services after incorporation:

Bank account opening

In order to meet compliance and run your business, you need to open a bank account. Based on your business entity, business industry, business type,etc , we will help you to choose the best types of bank and brand. For later steps, we will guide you in detail as the procedures are different based on different banks.


Businesses’ stable development requires proper cash flow management without violating the government’s laws and regulations. Therefore, our team will accompany you with a professional bookkeeping service to maintain financial data accuracy and have proper financial records ready for compliance.

The advantages when outsourcing a specialized team of compliance services: Provide a cost-effective solution for businesses that save more time & resources than manual bookkeeping work. And you should engage in bookkeeping to keep financial records ready for year end returns requirements.

5. How Much Does It Cost to Incorporate a British Virgin Islands Company?

In the British Virgin Islands, forming a business necessitates a plethora of sophisticated documentation and processes. It is also worth noting that foreigners are required by British Virgin Islands Company Law to engage the services of a licensed corporate service provider. CONTACT G.O.C RIGHT NOW to receive the greatest offer and save time. 

Disclaimer: This guide serves as a reference tool and should not substitute legal advice. For tailored guidance, consult G.O.C's customer services.

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