Grenada Basics

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The Basics


Time: Local time is GMT -4.

Electricity: Electrical current is 220 - 240 volts, 50Hz. British three-prong plugs (Type G) are in use.

Money: The official currency of Grenada is the Eastern Caribbean dollar (XCD), which is divided into 100 cents. The Eastern Caribbean dollar is tied to the US dollar at USD 1 = XCD 2.70. ATM machines are available at most banks and major credit cards are accepted at most hotels, car rental companies and shops. Many establishments will accept payment in US dollars, giving change in the local currency. Banking hours are generally Monday to Friday from 8am to 2pm.

Currency Exchange Rates

XCD1.00 = USD 0.37GBP 0.30CAD 0.49AUD 0.55ZAR 5.61EUR 0.34NZD 0.59
Note: These rates are not updated daily and should be used as a guideline only.

Language: English is the official language and is widely spoken, but Grenadian Creole is considered the main language of the island.

Entry requirements for Americans: US citizens must have a passport that is valid for the period of intended stay in Grenada. No visa is required for a stay of up to three months.

Entry requirements for UK nationals: British citizens must have a passport that is valid upon arrival in Grenada. No visa is required for stays of up to six months for British passport holders, irrespective of the endorsement regarding their national status contained therein.

Entry requirements for Canadians: Canadian citizens must have a passport that is valid upon arrival in Grenada. No visa is required for a stay of up to three months.

Entry requirements for Australians: Australian citizens must have a passport that is valid upon arrival in Grenada. No visa is required for a stay of up to three months.

Entry requirements for South Africans: South African citizens must have a passport that is valid upon arrival in Grenada. No visa is required for a stay of up to three months.

Entry requirements for New Zealanders: New Zealand citizens must have a passport that is valid upon arrival in Grenada. No visa is required for a stay of up to three months.

Entry requirements for Irish nationals: Irish citizens must have a passport that is valid upon arrival in Grenada. No visa is required for a stay of up to three months.

Passport/Visa Note: All foreign passengers to Grenada must hold onward or return tickets, and all necessary travel documentation for their next destination. Visa extensions are possible, and can be obtained at the Immigration Authorities Office in Grenada. As part of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI), all travellers going between the United States, and Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, or the Caribbean region, are required to present a passport or other valid travel documents to enter or re-enter the United States. Note that if departing from the USA, a valid passport will be required by immigration authorities. Also note that a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required to enter Grenada, if arriving in the country within six days of leaving or transiting through an infected area. It is highly recommended that travellers' passports have at least six months' validity remaining after the intended date of departure from their travel destination. Immigration officials often apply different rules to those stated by travel agents and official sources.

Travel Health: The Zika virus has been linked to Grenada, so travellers should take precautions against mosquito bites and unprotected sexual contact. Pregnant woman are especially at risk, and are advised not to travel to Grenada. Dengue fever is common in Latin America and the Caribbean and cases have been reported in Grenada. A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travellers over one year of age coming from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission. Travellers should also consider vaccinations for hepatitis A and hepatitis B, and those planning to eat outside of hotels and restaurants may want to get a typhoid vaccination. Good medical care is available in the urban areas of Grenada but most doctors and hospitals expect payment in cash, regardless of travel health insurance. Grenada doesn't have a decompression chamber for divers; the nearest decompression chambers are in Tobago and Barbados, 30 minutes away by air ambulance. The water in Grenada is clean and safe to drink.

Tipping: Tipping is common in Grenada and many hospitality industry professionals largely rely on tips for a living. Crew of sailing charters should be tipped 10 to 15 percent of the total cost. If a service charge is not included on a restaurant bill, a 10 percent tip is customary. Bellhops usually receive about US$1 per bag, and taxi drivers usually receive 10 to 15 percent of the fare.

Safety Information: Most visits to Grenada are trouble-free. Petty crime is prevalent so travellers should be vigilant and shouldn't carry their travel documents or large amounts of cash or jewellery on them. Isolated areas, including beaches, should be avoided after dark.

Local Customs: Some homosexual acts are illegal in Grenada and gay couples should avoid displays of public affection. It is also an offence to wear camouflage clothing and there are severe penalties for all drug offences.

Business: When conducting business in Grenada, dress should be formal and meetings should be arranged in advance. Business cards are usually exchanged at meetings and English is widely spoken in business circles. Business hours are 8am to 4pm Monday to Friday. Many offices are closed between 12pm and 1pm for lunch.

Communications: The international dialling code for Grenada is +1 473. The outgoing code is 011 followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 01144 for the UK). No area codes are in use. Roaming services are available. Almost all hotels and many restaurants provide wifi, and most yacht marinas have wifi setups for those who dock there.

Duty Free: Travellers are allowed to import 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 225g of tobacco, 1 litre of wine or spirits and perfume for personal use without paying customs duty. Illegal drugs, arms and ammunition are prohibited.