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Things You Need to Know When Traveling to The Grenadines

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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.


Airlines


  • American Eagle operates a scheduled service between San Juan, Puerto Rico and Canouan.
  • Air Caraibes, Caribbean Star and LIAT provide scheduled services from other Caribbean islands to St Vincent & the Grenadines.
  • Mustique Airways, SVG Grenada Air and TIA are available for charter.
  • BWIA West Indies Airways also provide service.

Departure tax


There is a departure tax of EC$40-US$16.


Immigration


All visitors must have valid passports. All visitors must also have a return or ongoing ticket. Visas are not required.


Banking


The following banks operate in St. Vincent & The Grenadines:


  • Bank of Nova Scotia
  • Barclays Bank PLC
  • First Caribbean International Bank Ltd.
  • Caribbean Banking Corporation Ltd
  • National Commercial Bank of St. Vincent

Other Financial Institutions:


  • First St. Vincent Bank
  • St. Vincent Co-operative Bank

Capital


Kingstown, located on the southwest coast of St. Vincent, is the seat of government and main commercial centre.


Clothing


Light informal clothing is appropriate. Visitors should not wear swimsuits or mini shorts in the streets or stores. Bring long pants and hiking shoes if you intend to hike.


Credit Cards


Major credit cards are generally accepted by resorts and car rental companies.


Currency


The Eastern Caribbean Dollar (EC$) is linked to the US Dollar. One US Dollar is worth about EC$2.70.


Customs regulations


Small quantities of alcohol and tobacco are duty free, as are personal effects and tools of profession, trade or employment. Other items are dutiable or restricted.


Driving


Visitors need a local driver's permit, (available for a fee of EC$75 - about US$28) at the Police Station on Bay Street or the Licensing Authority on Halifax Street. You must have your own driver's permit. Please remember to drive on the left side of the road.


Electricity


Voltage is 110 volts, 50 Cycles. Most hotels have dual voltage shaver outlets.


Government (Democratically Elected)


On October 27, 1979 St. Vincent & The Grenadines gained independence from Britain. The government is democratically elected. The Crown is represented by an appointed Governor General.


Language


English is the official language.


Marriage licenses


Non-nationals wishing to be married here must be resident for at least 1 day before a marriage ceremony can take place. A special license is required from the Ministry of Justice or from the Registrar.


Population


St. Vincent and The Grenadines has a population of approximately 112,000 (January 1998). African, East Indian, Portuguese, Carib and European heritages are present.


Telecommunications


The Grenadines have a modern, fully digital telephone system. The international area code is 784.


Time zone


The Grenadines are in the Atlantic Standard Time zone - the same as Eastern Daylight Savings Time, 1 hour ahead of Eastern Standard Time and 4 hours behind GMT.


Water


The tap water is safe to drink. Bottled water is available at an additional cost