St Vincent and the Grenadines Basics

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The Basics


Time: GMT -4

Electricity: Electrical current is 220 - 240 volts, 50Hz. Plugs with three square pins are standard.

Money: St Vincent and the Grenadines' currency is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar (XCD), a regional currency shared among members of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU). The US dollar is accepted in many hotels and some shops, and major credit cards are also widely accepted. Banking hours are generally from 8am to 3pm on Monday to Thursday, and till 5pm on Fridays. There are ATM machines available in major cities and towns.

Note: These rates are not updated daily and should be used as a guideline only.

Language: English is the official language, but many of the locals speak Vincentian Creole.

Entry requirements for Americans: Valid passport required. No visa necessary for visits of up to one month.

Entry requirements for UK nationals: Valid passport required. No visa necessary for visits of up to one month.

Entry requirements for Canadians: Valid passport required. No visa necessary for visits of up to one month.

Entry requirements for Australians: Valid passport required. No visa necessary for visits of up to one month.

Entry requirements for South Africans: Valid passport required. No visa necessary for visits of up to one month.

Entry requirements for New Zealanders: Valid passport required. No visa necessary for visits of up to one month.

Entry requirements for Irish nationals: Valid passport required. No visa necessary for visits of up to one month.

Passport/Visa Note: Immigration control will decide on the duration of stay permitted upon arrival. All visitors are required to hold an onward/return ticket, documents for their next destination and sufficient funds for the duration of their stay. It is highly recommended that passports have at least six months validity remaining after your intended date of departure from your travel destination. Immigration officials often apply different rules to those stated by travel agents and official sources.

Travel Health: While there are few health risks associated with travel to St Vincent and the Grenadines, a vaccination is recommended for hepatitis A and those arriving from yellow fever risk areas will need proof of yellow fever vaccination to enter the country. Ensure food is properly prepared and cooked, avoid un-pasteurised milk and drink only boiled, filtered, chemically disinfected or bottled water. There are pharmacies, hospitals and evacuation facilities available if needed but health care facilities are limited on the island chain and comprehensive travel health insurance is advised. All required medications should be taken along in their original packaging and accompanied by a signed and dated letter from a doctor detailing what they are and why they are needed.

Local Customs: It is an offence for anyone to dress in camouflage clothing, even children. Certain homosexual acts are illegal in St Vincent and the Grenadines and same-sex public displays of affection may be frowned upon.

Duty Free: Visitors may import 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars or 225g of tobacco, and 0.95 litres of alcohol duty-free. There are no restrictions on the import or export of local or foreign currency, provided it is declared upon arrival.