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St Vincent and the Grenadines

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Crime

Most visits are trouble-free, but there have been incidents of crime including murder, robbery and assault.

You should maintain at least the same level of personal security awareness as you would in the UK and make sure your accommodation is secure. This also applies if you are staying on a yacht. Be vigilant at all times. Take care when walking alone off the busy main roads and avoid isolated areas, including beaches, particularly after dark.

Only use licensed taxis and take particular care at late night street parties, especially during the festival season.

Don’t carry large amounts of cash or jewellery. If possible, leave valuables and travel documents in a safety deposit box or hotel safe. You should check that the hotel safe is securely fixed before using it to store your items.

Road travel

Driving is on the left. To drive on the island you must get a local temporary driving licence. The car hire companies will usually assist with this process. You must present a valid UK driving licence.

Take care when driving on the roads as there can be potholes and speed bumps. Observe the speed limits. You should take extra care on minor roads and in rural areas where there are narrow roads and blind corners. Pedestrians often walk on the roads and indicators are not always used.

Take extra care when driving at night as some roads are unlit. Road signs and hazards may not be easily visible.

Don’t stop if you’re flagged down by pedestrians. Keep car doors locked when driving.

In the event of an accident, call the police and don’t move the vehicle.

Taxis aren’t metered. Standard taxi fares exist for most destinations. Agree the fare in local currency with the driver before you set off. You can often pay in US dollars as well as EC dollars.

Public transport is available and cheaper. Minibus drivers might drive above the speed limit.

Air travel

You can find a list of recent incidents and accidents on the website of the Aviation Safety network.

The FCO can’t offer advice on the safety of individual airlines. However, the International Air Transport Association publishes lists of registered airlines that have been audited and found to meet a number of operational safety standards and recommended practices – IATA Operational Safety Audit and IATA Standard Safety Assessment. These lists aren’t exhaustive and the absence of an airline from this list doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s unsafe.

The International Civil Aviation Organisation has carried out an audit of the level of implementation of the critical elements of safety oversight in St Vincent and the Grenadines.

Swimming

Take great care at all times when swimming as currents can be deceptively strong and not all beaches have lifeguards and/or warning flags. You should monitor all beaches carefully and obey any local warnings.

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Is it Safe to Travel to St Vincent and the Grenadines?

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St Vincent and the Grenadines is a beautiful Caribbean paradise consisting of 32 islands. While generally a safe country to visit, here are a few travel safety tips to know before you go.

Sailing boats anchoring in Port Elizabeth, Admiralty Bay, Bequia, The GrenadinesPhoto © Getty Images/Michael Runkel

COVID-19 restrictions for travelers to St Vincent and the Grenadines – updated 12 October, 2020

  • All travelers must complete an online Pre-Arrival Travel Form, and obtain a certificate with a negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued at most 5 days before arrival
  • Read the protocols outlined here in detail to find out if you are traveling from a high or medium risk country
  • Upon arrival, everyone will be subject to another PCR test
  • While waiting for the results, travelers from high risk countries will be quarantined for 5 days, and retested between days 4 and 5
  • Travelers from medium risk countries will be quarantined for 48 to 72 hours at a government-approved hotel for clearance
  • The Port Health Officer may request travelers to continue quarantine for 9 to 16 days.

Contact your airline, as these restrictions are subject to change with short notice, and your airline may have their own measures in place.

Before you buy a travel insurance policy, check your government travel warnings and health advice – there may be no travel insurance cover for locations with a government travel ban or health advice against travel.

Wondering how your travel insurance might be affected by COVID-19? Find answers to some of our common questions about COVID-19.

Is there any crime on St Vincent?

St Vincent and the Grenadines is a friendly and welcoming Caribbean destination, and overall crime rates are relatively low. The vast majority of visits for travelers are trouble-free.

Despite the relaxed atmosphere, there have been incidents of violent crime, including muggings. While violent crime mostly occurs within the local community, trouble may still affect travelers. Take the usual precautions to avoid trouble here: Keep your wits about you and exercise common sense to stay safe. Don’t be flashy with your belongings or cash in public, and try to take minimal valuables in public.

Theft from hotels, holiday homes and especially yachts does occur. Keep your doors and windows locked when you leave your accommodation, and put your belongings away safely, keeping them out of sight from any windows.

Sailing crime in St Vincent and the Grenadines

Sailing through the Caribbean is a popular activity, however, robberies from yachts are becoming more common. Some criminals may carry firearms, machetes and knives. Incidents have taken place in:

  • Ratho Mill
  • Princess Margaret Beach, Bequia
  • Salt Whistle Bay
  • Mayreau
  • Chateaubelair
  • Petit St Vincent
  • Union Island
  • Wallilabou
  • Young Island.

Items commonly targeted or stolen include computers, phones and cash. If you’re leaving your vessel to go ashore one of the 32 islands, take your valuables with you.

Hiking safety tips

If you’re interested in nature walks or hikes in the northern areas of St Vincent, book with a local tour operator or guide in advance. These areas are isolated, and police presence is limited, making it an enticing area for thieves to prey on innocent travelers.

Is St Vincent and the Grenadines safe for LGBTQ+ travelers?

In St Vincent and the Grenadines, same-sex sexual activity is illegal, with punishment of up to 10 years in jail.

If you are traveling with your partner, it is best to keep public displays of affection to a minimum to avoid drawing any unwanted attention.

By Phil Sylvester,

World Nomads Contributor – Mon, 12 Oct 2020

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