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Travel to St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Black Point Tunnel

St. Vincent and the Grenadines is an island nation belonging to the Lesser Antilles region of the Caribbean. The country is commonly referred to simply as St. Vincent. The entire territory measures at 150 square miles consisting of more than 30 islands and cays although only 9 of these islands are inhabited. With so many islands, there are plenty of attractions to visit when you travel to St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Travel to St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Travel to St. Vincent and the GrenadinesThe main port and capital city of St. Vincent is Kingstown. As part of its history, St. Vincent has been colonized by the French and British. Today, St. Vincent is a member of many top organizations including the Commonwealth of Nations, Organization of East Caribbean States and CELAC or Community of Latin American and Caribbean States.

St. Vincent was used as location for one of the Pirates of the Caribbean films, which helped to somewhat gain additional exposure for the country as a tourist spot. This also attracted more investors to the country. However, agriculture continues to be the primary source of economic growth in the island. Banana production, in particular, is the most important sector of the country’s economy. Despite that, unemployment continues to be a major issue in the country.

Currency: East Caribbean Dollar

Official Language: English is the official language in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Wi-Fi Availability: You can find many hotels, cafes and restaurants with unrestricted Wi-Fi access. However, not all can offer reliable or high quality connection. The airport has free Wi-Fi too.

Airport/s: The E.T. Joshua Airport is the main international airport servicing flights that travel to St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Visa Required: St. Vincent and the Grenadines is part of the mutual visa-waiver agreement with the European Union as of May 2015. This means that all citizens from the Schengen area can travel to St. Vincent and the Grenadines without a visa for a maximum stay period of 90 days. Meanwhile, the citizens of the following countries are required to obtain visa prior to travel to St. Vincent and the Grenadines: China, Iran, Iraq, Dominican Republic, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Nigeria.

Driving: In St. Vincent and the Grenadines, you must drive on the left side of the road.

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International Driver’s License Accepted? Unless you carry an international driving license, you must obtain a temporary driving license in St. Vincent.

Crime: The safety concern is on a serious level in St. Vincent. Crime rate on the island is higher than other Caribbean nations. Majority of the crimes are also considered serious offense including murder, assault, and rape.

Electrical Adapters: In St. Vincent, they use an electrical voltage of 230 volts at an electrical frequency of 50 Hertz.

Trivia: DID YOU KNOW that aside from white and black sand beaches, there are also gold sand beaches in St Vincent?

Food and Drinks in St. Vincent

Travel to St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Travel to St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Comprising of 32 islands and cays, the diversity of the food options in St. Vincent is reflective of its diverse food sources – from the ocean to the tropical forests. When you dine in any restaurant in the island, expect to be served dishes that are made with fresh and in-season ingredients.

The breadfruit has become some sort of symbol for the cuisine of St Vincent. It is closely tied to the heritage and culture of St. Vincent. It is an ingredient used in the country’s national dish. The tradition of serving and eating breadfruit started way back in 1793 when it was served to the slaves because it was cheap and easy to grow. Today, it is celebrated annually through breadfruit festivals observed in August wherein various forms of preparation for breadfruit are showcased.

Aside from breadfruit, arrowroot is another staple ingredient in the cuisine of St. Vincent. This starchy native crop is cleaned, dried and ground in order to make a flour. This flour is then used to cook a variety of other dishes such as cakes, biscuits or breads.

Lastly, seafood is a staple in every meal in St. Vincent. The most common types of seafood found in St. Vincent include mahi mahi, snapper, tuna, bonito and kingfish, to name a few. There is also an abundance of squid, octopus, lobster and queen conch in St. Vincent.

Travel to St. Vincent and the Grenadines

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La Soufriere – This active volcano is one of the major attractions on the island. Its last eruption was way back in 1979.

St. Vincent Botanical Gardens – This is considered as the oldest botanical garden in the tropical region, as well as the Western Hemisphere. This garden is located in the city of Kingstown. It is home to a wealth of tropical plant species, wherein some are found only in the island. The St. Vincent Botanical Gardens was first established in 1765.

Falls of Baleine – This is one of the finest natural wonders in the island of St. Vincent. It is hard to access but is totally worth it when you get upclose to the falls. This single stage fall features crystal clear waters that plunge to the ground from 60 feet above the ground. It is situated amidst steep cliffs and volcanic formations.

Black Point Tunnel – This tunnel, which is also referred to as the Jasper Rock Tunnel, was constructed in 1815. This is mainly popular as it was used as a location for the film Pirates of the Caribbean. The entire tunnel measures at 300 feet in length.

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Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Travel regulations, Coronavirus regulations, travel bans

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Argyle International Airport

All international flights into Argyle International Airport have been cancelled.

1. Passengers who have been in China (People’s Rep.), Hong Kong (SAR China), Japan, Korea (Rep.), Macao (SAR China) or Singapore in the past 14 days are not allowed to enter St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
– This does not apply to nationals of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

2. Passengers arriving from European Union Member States, United Kingdom or USA are required to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.

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Getting Here by Air

St. Vincent’s main airport is the Argyle International Airport in Argyle. This airport services international flights as well as flights to and from the Grenadines and other Caribbean destinations.

The major gateways to St. Vincent & The Grenadines from North America and Europe are Barbados, Grenada, Trinidad, St. Lucia, Martinique and Puerto Rico, with connecting flights to Bequia, Canouan, Mustique and Union Island.

St. Vincent and the the Grenadines has an Information Desk in the Arrivals Section of the Grantley Adams International Airport, Barbados. This desk is opened daily at 1:00 p.m. until the last flight to St. Vincent departs. Personnel are on hand to assist travellers in making connections to their final destinations.

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Barbados – 30 minutes

Grenada – 30 minutes

Martinique – 45 minutes

St. Lucia – 20 minutes

Trinidad – 1 hour

Puerto Rico – 2 hrs 20 mins.

Argyle International Airport, St. Vincent

The US$240,000,000 airport project built on 290 acres of land opened on Tuesday 14th February, 2017. Caribbean Airlines and Sunwing Airlines made their inaugural flights to St. Vincent on this date.

The Argyle International Airport has a paved runway of 9,000 feet in length and 250 feet in width. The passenger terminal building has a domestic terminal and an international terminal. The building has three floors with 145,000 square feet of floor space, and is designed to handle about one and a half million passengers annually. The airport accommodates jets as large as the Boeing 747-400s and allows for direct flights to St. Vincent and the Grenadines from USA, Canada, Europe and Central and South America.

For more information on Argyle International Airport on the southeast coast of St. Vincent see here…

 

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Regional Caribbean Airlines
Regional airline operators with direct and indirect services to and from St. Vincent:

LIAT (1974) Ltd
P. O. Box 616, Kingstown
St. Vincent & The Grenadines

Tel (784) 457-1821
Fax (784) 457-2000

visit our websitewww.liat.com
e-mail us[email protected]line.com

 

Caribbean Airlines
Caribbean Airlines Head Office
Golden Grove Roud, Piarco
Trinidad

Tel + (868) 625-7200

visit our websitewww.caribbean-airlines.com
e-mail us[email protected]

SVG Island Connections

Canouan, Bequia, Mustique and Union Island all have airports with daily scheduled service and charter flights to and from St. Vincent.

  • These airports are serviced by the Grenadine Air Alliance which includes SVG Air, Mustique Airways and Trans Island Air.
  • Canouan has a jetport that is serviced by SVG Air.
Mustique Airways Ltd

Argyle International Airport

visit our websitewww.mustique.com
e-mail us[email protected]
Tel: (784) 458 4380
Fax: (784) 456 4586
SVG Air

Argyle International Airport

visit our websitewww.svgair.com
e-mail us[email protected]

Tel: (784) 457 5777
Fax: (784) 457 5077

Grenadine Air Alliance

Argyle International Airport

visit our websitewww.grenadineairways.com
e-mail us[email protected]

Tel: (784) 456 6793
Caribbean Tel: (246) 418-1654
UK Tel: 44 (0) 1 895-450-710

Daily Scheduled Flights for Grenadine Air Alliance

The following is the daily schedule for Grenadine Air Alliance.

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Mustique

St Vincent to Mustique
Mustique to St Vincent

FLT# 603
FLT# 614
Departs @ 10:20 am
Departs @  5:30 pm
Canouan
St Vincent to Canouan
St Vincent to Canouan
Canouan to St Vincent
Canouan to St Vincent
FLT# 141
FLT# 605
FLT# 411
FLT# 616
Departs @ 8:15 am (Mon-Fri)
Departs @ 10:20 am (Sat & Sun)
Departs @ 8:45 am (Mon-Fri)
Departs @ 5:30 pm (Daily)
Union Island
St Vincent to Union
Union to St Vincent
St Vincent to Union
Union to St Vincent
FLT# 151
FLT# 511
FLT# 605
FLT# 616
Departs @ 8:15 am (Mon-Fri)
Departs @ 8:45 am (Mon-Fri)
Departs @ 10:20 am * (Sat & Sun)
Departs @ 5:30 pm (Daily)

 

*Occasionally the flight which departs at 10:20 to Union Island sometimes makes a stop at Canouan.  In that event once seats are available, requests to travel to Canouan may be accommodated.

 

DepartTimeArriveTime
Barbados1:30 pmUnion Island2:05 pm
Canouan2:15 pm
Mustique2:30 pm
Bequia2:40 pm
Barbados4:30 pmUnion Island5:05 pm
Canouan5:15 pm
Mustique5:30 pm
Bequia5:40 pm
St Vincent6:05 pm

 

n.b. Chartered flights are also available upon request.   

For more information please contact:
Grenadine Air Alliance
Tel:  784 456 6793
Fax: 784 456 6798
Email: [email protected]
www.svgair.com

Entry & Exit Requirements

Visitors to St. Vincent & The Grenadines must be in possession of a valid passport and a return or onward ticket. Visas are required from nationals of The Dominican Republic, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, The People’s Republic of China, Iraq, Iran and Nigeria.

All visitors, with the exception of Caricom residents, are normally granted a four week stay by Immigration. To further extend this duration, visitors need to seek approval from the Immigration Department, along with payment of an extension fee of EC$25 per person.

As of May 2015 the EU signed short-stay visa waiver agreements to provide visa-free travel for EU citizens when travelling to St Vincent and the Grenadines, and for Vincentian citizens when travelling to the EU, for a period of stay of 90 days in any 180-day period. In order to benefit from visa-free travel, citizens from the EU and St Vincent and the Grenadines must be in possession of a valid ordinary, diplomatic, service/official or special passport. Visa-free travel applies to all categories of persons and for any kind of purposes of travel (for instance tourism, cultural visits, scientific activities, family visits, business etc.), except to persons travelling for the purpose of carrying out a paid activity. Ireland and the United Kingdom will not be subject to the application of the agreement, in accordance with the protocols annexed to the EU treaties. The visa regime to these member states remains subject to their national legislation.

 

 

Precautionary Measures Against Ebola Viral Disease

cautionlogoThe Ministry of Health Wellness and the Environment has advised of the following measures in order to prevent the entry of Ebola Viral Disease into St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and has taken the following decisions with respect to persons coming from West Africa:
• Persons travelling to SVG from Guinea, Sierra Leone or Liberia or those who have visited any of the aforementioned countries during a 28 day period will not be allowed entry into SVG.
• Persons travelling to SVG from Nigeria or any other West African country or those who visited any of aforementioned countries during a 28 day period must present upon entry to SVG a negative PCR blood test result for Ebola (done not more than 7 days prior to leaving their home country to come to SVG) in order to be allowed entry into SVG.
The Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment has further advised that before passengers are allowed to disembark from cruise ships, the following information MUST be forwarded to the Ministry of Health or its representative.
• Number of passengers on board
• Names of passengers
• Nationality, and travel history of each passenger (for the past 21 days )
• Information stating if passengers were ill in the previous 21 days with any of following symptoms: fever, weakness, muscle pain, headache, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, bleeding, fainting episodes, fatigue, hiccups and loss of appetite.
If a passenger reports any of the above symptoms he/she will not be allowed to disembark.

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