The local currency of St. Vincent and the Grenadines is the Eastern
Caribbean dollar (XCD) commonly referred to as EC. Notes are issued in
denominations of $100, $50, $20, $10, and $5. Coins are issued in
denominations of $1.00 and $0.25, $0.10, $0.05, $0.02, and $0.01 cent.
The exchange rate is tied to the US dollar at a rate of EC$2.70. (XCD is
the currency reference code used at commercial banks). Other than the
Eastern Caribbean dollar, the US dollar is also accepted in all hotels
and some shops.
Major credit cards are widely accepted in St. Vincent and the
HOW TO GET TO Saint Vincent SVG
St. Vincent is reached by air from North America and
Europe through five major gateways – Barbados, Grenada,
Martinique, St. Lucia, and Trinidad – with connections
to Union Island, Canouan, Mustique, Bequia, or St.
LIATBritish Airways, Virgin Atlantic, American
Airlines/American Eagle, Air Canada, Air France, BWIA
and Air Jamaica, all provide excellent service to the
gateways; while Caribbean Star Airlines, LIAT, SVG Air,
Trans Island Air and Mustique Airways all provide a
convenient connecting service from the gateways.
There are six airports in St. Vincent and the Grenadines
with ET Joshua Airport in Kingstown being the largest.
The four small domestic airports are located in Bequia,
Mustique, Canouan and Union Island. There is also a
private airport on Palm Island. These airports are
serviced by most regional airlines.
Flight time to St. Vincent is approximately 35 minutes
from Barbados; 30 minutes from Grenada; 45 minutes from
Martinique; 20 minutes from St. Lucia.SVG Cruise Ship
Cruise ships and mega yachts dock at the Cruise Ship
Terminal in Kingstown harbour. This is the official port
of entry for vessels of this size. The Grenadines each
have a port of entry and are designed to accommodate
smaller vessels such as yachts, small passenger ferries
and fishing boats.
Here you will find information at your finger tip
ranging from activities, geographical statistics,
tourist offices to travel agencies, boat and airline
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Fact Sheet St. Vincent & The Grenadines Liat’s Schedule
Barbados To Canouan
Grenadines Airways Schedule Barbados - St. Vincent & The
Grenadines Daily Schedule Daily Scheduled Flights For
Inter Grenadine Travel Grenadines Airways Schedule
List Of Auto Rentals Calendar Of Events – 2009 St.
Vincent And The Grenadines
Bequia Ferry Schedules Southern Grenadines Ferry
List Of Dive Operators - In St Vincent & The Grenadines
List Of Marine Tour Operators - In St Vincent & The
List Of Land Tour Operators - In St Vincent & The
Grenadines List Of Yacht Operators - In St Vincent & The
List Of Travel Agencies In St Vincent & The Grenadines
List Of Media Houses In St Vincent & The Grenadines
List Of Tourist Offices For St Vincent & The Grenadines
List Of Public Relations Agencies For St Vincent & The
Kingstown Business CentreBanking hours are from 8:00
a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Thursday with extended hours to
5 p.m. on Friday. All banks handle travellers' cheques
and change most foreign currencies. Passports are
required when cashing travellers' cheques. A nominal
commission may be charged. For convenience, ATM / ABM
machines are open round-the-clock.
Government offices are generally open from 8:00 a.m. –
4:15 p.m., Monday to Friday, but closed from 12:00 to
1:00 p.m. for lunch.
Shops are generally open from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.,
Monday to Friday, and 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on
Saturdays. Supermarkets and shopping centers are usually
open from 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
A Passenger Departure Tax of EC$40.00 must be paid at
immigration (airport) when leaving St. Vincent and the
Grenadines by air. Passengers who are in transit for
less than 24 hours may leave the airport without having
to pay the departure tax.
It is perfectly safe to drink water straight from the
tap in St. Vincent. However, for those who prefer
bottled mineral water, local supermarkets and grocers
always have ample stocks.
Central Police Station, KingstownIllegal drugs are
viewed seriously in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Visitors need to be aware that there are severe
penalties, including long jail terms for possession if
illegal drugs like Cannabis (marijuana, weed or ganja)
or crack cocaine. NO attempts should be made to import
or export even small quantities for “personal use”. If
you carry prescription drugs, keep them in their
original container, clearly labeled with the doctor’s
name, pharmacy, and contents.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines has a reliable supply of
electricity. Electricity is generally 220/240 volts AC,
50 cycles per second except for Petit St. Vincent which
has 110 volts AC, 60 cycles per sec. Appliances rated at
110 volts (US standard) normally work satisfactorily
with a transformer. Most hotels have 110 volts shaver
outlets and will provide transformers to visitors on
request. The standard electrical plug has 3 rectangular
pins so remember to pack an adapter.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines has a state of the art
fibre optic digital telephone system. Internet, Boat
phone, Cellular service, telex, telegraph and facsimile
access are also available. The international area code
is 784 followed by the local seven-digit number. Phone
cards are available through outlets island-wide as are
Phone-card booths. International Direct dialing (IDD)
service is available to most destinations in the world
and International calls can be made using your credit
card (Master card, Visa and Discover are accepted) by
dialing the operator.
Safety in SVG
Travellers throughout the world must be concerned
about their personal safety and security when visiting
any destination of their choice. St. Vincent and the
Grenadines is no exception. You need to exercise the
same amount of caution for your personal safety as you
would do any where. Please do not put yourself in any
As a visitor to our islands, you will find that
individuals may offer to sell you local hand-crafts,
t-shirts, etc. Do not be surprise as this practice is
typical in any tourist destination that you may visit.
If you are interested in making a purchase do so, but if
not, just say so in a polite and pleasant manner.
Walking the streets of the islands could be a rewarding
experience. Again you are to be as prudent as you would
in any unfamiliar country. Do no venture out at night in
unlit areas or wonder off into areas where you do not
feel comfortable. Do no carry expensive jewelry, cash,
electronics to the beach and for your own peace of mind,
do not leave your personal belonging unattended.
Beaches do not have lifeguards. Exercise extreme caution
when swimming. Drowning is one of the leading causes of
death for visitors in SVG, and the Caribbean in general.
Mosquito and Sand fly bites:
Not a major problem but people with sensitive skin may
be bothered. There are many repellents you can use to
prevent bites, however, creams are available in
pharmacies to relieve itching and promote healing if
required. For your own peace of mind, we recommend that
you bring along repellents of your choice to use at
bedtime and at the beach.
What to Wear
The tropical weather makes light summer clothing, made
from natural fabrics like cotton, best for everyday
wear. Casual dress is acceptable for most situations and
occasions but some establishments may require a more
semi-formal dress code (elegantly casual attire). It is
always advisable to check beforehand on dress
regulations, if any. Bathing suits should not be worn in
the streets or stores.
Court House, KingstownNon-Vincentians wishing to be
married in St. Vincent and the Grenadines must be
resident here for a minimum of one (1) day before a
Marriage Ceremony (civil or church) can take place. A
special licence (a Governor General’s licence) can be
obtained from the Ministry of Justice for a minimum fee.
This licence is valid for three months only.
An ordinary licence can be obtained from the Registrar
for a small fee, but a notice of the ceremony must be
published in the Registry for a minimum of seven days.
(Visit a Wedding Consultant for more details.)
No pets from North and South America, Europe, Africa and
Asia are allowed into St. Vincent and the Grenadines
unless they have been in a six-month quarantine. They
can come aboard yachts, but must remain onboard at all
times. Pets are allowed from the UK, New Zealand and
Australia on conditions that a health certificate is
Generally, visitors do not require visas for entry when
visiting St. Vincent and the Grenadines as tourists.
However, they are issued immigration forms which are
valid (when completed) for a period of stay of up to 6
months upon arrival in St. Vincent. If you want to stay
longer, you may apply to the Immigration Department
after you arrive. You should have a valid passport, a
return ticket and sufficient funds for your stay.
As regulations may change, check with your nearest SVG
Mission or Tourism Board office before departure.
There is no restriction on the amount of currency you
can bring in.
Duty Free Goods:
The following items are duty free but must be fully
declared: Baggage and household effects, including wine
or sprits not exceeding 1 quart in all; tobacco, not
over half pound, or cigars not over 50 in number, or
cigarettes, not over 200 in number, used implements,
instruments and tools of profession, trade, occupation
Gifts, radios and other similar electrical equipment
require a deposit pending re-exportation.
Jewelry, binoculars, cameras, sports requisites,
portable typewriters, toys, medicines and toiletries for
personal use only.
Narcotics, spear fishing equipment, arms and ammunition.
Licensed firearms must be declared and are subject to
immigration and police regulations. An application must
be made to the Commissioner of Police for a local
licence. Undeclared and unlicensed firearms will be
seized by the authorities.
The list of duty-free, dutiable, controlled and
restricted goods is not exhaustive and is subject to
change without notice. We will make every effort to post
any update as they become available.