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Tourist Information Saint Vincent and The Grenadines. Caribbean Sea.


Currency
 

 


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.

Credit Cards

Major credit cards are widely accepted in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
 

 


 

HOW TO GET TO Saint Vincent SVG
By Air

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. Vincent.

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 Terminal

By Sea

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 schedules. To open the documents listed below you will need to have Adobe Reader installed which can be downloaded here.

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 Schedules
List Of Dive Operators - In St Vincent & The Grenadines List Of Marine Tour Operators - In St Vincent & The Grenadines
List Of Land Tour Operators - In St Vincent & The Grenadines List Of Yacht Operators - In St Vincent & The Grenadines
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 Grenadines


Business Hours

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.


Airport Tax

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.

Drinking Water

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.

Illegal Drugs

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.

Electricity

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.

Telecommunications

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

Personal Safety:
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 unnecessary risks.

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.

Marriage Licences

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.)

Pet Regulations

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 presented.

IMMIGRATION

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.


CUSTOMS FORMALITIES

Currency:

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 or employment.

Dutiable Goods:

Gifts, radios and other similar electrical equipment require a deposit pending re-exportation.

Personal Effects:

Jewelry, binoculars, cameras, sports requisites, portable typewriters, toys, medicines and toiletries for personal use only.

Restricted Items:

Narcotics, spear fishing equipment, arms and ammunition.

Firearms:

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.

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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.

 

 


 

St. Vincent and the Grenadines, part of the Windward Islands, is located at 13° 15 N, 61° 12 W. The closest neighbours are Grenada, 120 km (75 miles) to the south, St. Lucia 40 km (24 miles) to the north and Barbados 160 km (100 miles) to the east. St. Vincent is the largest of the more than 30 islands that comprise the nation, covering roughly 390 sq. km (150 sq. miles).


 

The Grenadines extend 72 km (45 miles) to the southwest, like a kite's tail. The major islands, north to south, are Young Island, Bequia, Mustique, Canouan, Mayreau, Union Island, Palm Island, and Petit St. Vincent. >> Interactive Map


 

Climate


 

St. Vincent has a mountainous interior, having La Soufriere, an active volcano in the north rising to 1,220 m (4,000 ft.) as its highest point, and a sheltered and indented coastline on the Leeward coast. St. Vincent is roughly 29 km (18 miles) long and 17.7 km (11 miles) wide and has an area of 344 sq. km (133 sq. miles), while the Grenadines comprise an additional 44 sq. km (17 square miles). Bequia covers 18 sq. km (7 sq. miles) and its highest peak is 268 m (881 ft.). The island of Mustique is 5 sq. km (1.9 sq. miles) and rises to 151 m (496 ft.) at its highest. Mount Royal at 274 m (900 ft.) is the highest point in the7.5 sq. km (3 sq. miles) island of Canouan. The 5.5 km (3 1/2 mile) long Union Island features as its highest peak Mt. Tobai which soars to 305 m (1,000 ft.)


 

The average yearly temperature is 27° C (81° F). The coolest months are between November and February. During the rainy season, May through October, rain is frequent in the mountains of St. Vincent with the annual average rainfall being 380 cm (150 inches) inland and 200 cm (80 inches) on the coast.


 

The Government


 

St Vincent and the Grenadines is a parliamentary democracy within the Commonwealth of Nations. Queen Elizabeth II is head of state and is represented on the island by a governor general. Independence was achieved on October 27th, 1979. The parliamentary term of office is five years, although the Prime Minister may call elections at any time.


 

Legal System


 

The legal system is derived from English common law and statutes. There are 11 courts in three magisterial districts. The Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, comprising a high court and a court of appeals, is known as the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Supreme Court. The court of last resort is the judicial committee of Her Majesty's Privy Council in London.


 

Population


 

The population is estimated to be 110,000 with about a quarter of the people living in the capital, Kingstown and its suburbs and 8% on the Grenadines. The ethnic mix consists of 66% percent of African descent, 19% of mixed race, 2% Amerindian/black, 6% East Indian and 4% European.


 

The Economy


 

Agriculture, dominated by banana production, is the most important sector of this economy. The services sector, based mostly on a growing tourist industry, is also important. Recent growth has been stimulated by strong activity in the construction sector and an improvement in tourism. The continuing dependence on a single crop represents the biggest obstacle to the islands' development; tropical storms wiped out substantial portions of crops in both 1994 and 1995. There is a small manufacturing sector and a small offshore financial sector. The GDP is growing at an annual rate of approximately 4%.


 

Education


 

The Vincentian educational system is modelled on the British system. School is compulsory up to age 15 and government schools are free at the primary and secondary levels. Post secondary education is provided through polytechnics and colleges.


 

Health


 

There are public hospitals and clinics throughout the country. The Milton Cato Memorial Hospital, the main hospital, is located in the capital.


 

Electricity


 

St. Vincent and the Grenadines has a reliable supply of electricity. Electricity is generally 220/240 volt, 50 cycle, except for Petit St. Vincent which has 110 volt, 60 cycle. Most hotels have 110 volt shaver outlets. The standard electrical plug has 3 rectangular pins so remember to pack an adapter.


 

Water


 

St. Vincent and the Grenadines has an abundant supply of potable water as the level of rainfall is high.


 

Telecommunications


 

There are currently three telecommunication providers in St. Vincent and the Grenadines:


 

     
  1. LIME (formerly Cable and Wireless) offers fixed line, mobile (GSM, GPRS) and broadband internet services: Website www.time4lime.com  
     
  2. Digicel offers mobile (GSM, GPRS, EDGE) service: Website www.digicelsvg.com  
     
  3. Karib Cable offers fixed line, internet and Cable TV services: Website www.karibcable.com  

 

The telecommunication sector is regulated by the National Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (NTRC): Website www.ntrc.vc


 

Visa Requirements


 

Visas are required for citizens of:


 

     
  • Lebanon
     
  • Syria
     
  • Nigeria
     
  • Jordon
     
  • Iraq
     
  • Iran
     
  • Dominican Republic

 

Dress


 

Light informal clothes. Visitors should not wear bathing suits or mini shorts in the streets or stores. Bring long pants and hiking shoes if you intend to hike.


 

Camouflage Clothing


 

It is illegal to wear or import Camouflage clothing in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.


 

 

 

 

 

 


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