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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.

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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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St. Vincent and the Grenadines: New Rules for Visitors

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In response to the increase of COVID-19 cases in the United States and in anticipation of potential mass gatherings in destination related to the upcoming local election, St. Vincent and the Grenadines has introduced interim entry protocols for travellers.

These updated protocols will apply during the period leading up to the General Elections in St. Vincent and the Grenadines until November 10, 2020. The election took place Thursday, November 5, 2020.

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St. Vincent and the Grenadines never officially shut its borders to tourists and remains open for business, poised to welcome visitors once they are permitted to travel from their respective countries. The destination has taken strict measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 and currently has just four active cases.

PHASE #5 – Interim Phase – Until November 10, 2020:

During this interim phase all travellers to St. Vincent and the Grenadines, with the exception of those arriving from Barbados, must arrive with a negative SARS-COV-2 RT-PCR COVID-19 test result no more than five days before arrival. Travellers will then be retested upon arrival with a RT-PCR test and be required to complete a mandatory five day quarantine in a tourism authority/MOHWE approved Hotel at their own cost.

They will then be retested between day four and five of quarantine and they may be required to quarantine up to 16 days in an approved home or hotel at the discretion of the Port Health Officer. All travellers will be required to monitor their temperatures for the next 14 days and report any elevations to the local health authority.

All travellers with a positive COVID-19 PCR test result will be isolated in an approved accommodation/facility for the next 14 days at the cost of the traveller.

Air Canada currently operates a weekly non-stop Thursday service to St. Vincent and the Grenadines from Toronto Pearson Airport. For the most up to date information on current flights please check the Air Canada Website.

Please note that this protocol may be revised at any time at the discretion of the Health Services Subcommittee of the National Emergency Management Committee/COVID-19 Task Force, Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment.

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