Travel Tips

Things You Need to Know When Traveling to St. Lucia

Passport Requirements

Passports are required. We strongly recommend that all guests travel with a passport validity date of at least six months past the date of departure from the island and check specific country of origin requirements. For information on obtaining or renewing a US passport please visit the US Department of State. For information on UK passports, visit the HM Passport Office. In our current times, passports are the most expeditious and reliable form of identification when traveling domestically or internationally.

Travel Insurance

We strongly recommend travel insurance. We have a select partner with whom you can arrange insurance for your trip. Click here for more information.

Details on Air Travel Options

Your Elite Island Resorts travel professional will help you put together a complete vacation package including air travel. To get an idea of what a 7-night, all-inclusive stay – including airfare from the United States – costs, click here, for sample packages.

Flying times from major cities

  • 3-1/2 hours from Miami
  • 4 hours from New York
  • 5 hours from Toronto
  • 8 hours from London

From the United States

US Airways offers nonstop weekend service from Philadelphia and BWIA flies weekly from Miami and New York. American Eagle flies daily to and from Puerto Rico into George Charles Airport. Air Jamaica offers weekly services to and from New York with connections to at least seven other American destinations. From London Virgin Atlantic, British Airways and BWIA fly direct from London. Air Jamaica flies to the United Kingdom via its Montego Bay Hub.

From Canada

Air Canada offers a nonstop weekly service from Toronto, Canada. From other Caribbean islands Caribbean Star offers extensive service.


  • Hewanorra International Airport at Vieux Fort is located 40 miles south of Castries
  • George Charles Inter Island Airport is just outside Castries

Airport departure tax

There is a Departure Tax of US$26 for all passengers over 12 years of age leaving St. Lucia.

Airport transfers

Taxis are readily available from the Hewanorra airport. Ask your Elite Island Resorts travel professional if your package includes airport transfers.

Personal safety

St. Lucia is relatively crime free, but exercise normal precautions; i.e. don’t leave valuables unattended in rental cars or on the beach. Place your valuables and travel documents in your room safe. Keep your guest room doors and windows locked, especially at night and when you are not in the room.