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St. Lucia Travel Guide

St. Lucia — Visas and Vaccinations

US citizens do not need a visa. Visitors from other Commonwealth countries such as the UK, Australia, and New Zealand are also visa exempt. Citizens of EU member states and Switzerland also do not require a visa. Visitors from these countries will be granted a stay of up to six weeks for tourist purposes on arrival, for a small fee payable at the airport. In order to enter St Lucia you are required to have six months’ validity on your passport and possess a return ticket.

Health and Safety

There is no risk of yellow fever in St Lucia; however, a certificate is required to enter the country if you are coming from an at risk destination. If you are traveling from here you should seek a vaccine eight weeks before you travel. It is recommended that you also seek the following routine vaccinations before you travel: hepatitis A and B, MMR, and typhoid. If your vaccines are not up to date you should renew six to eight weeks before your intended travel date. You may wish to seek a rabies vaccination if you are intending to come into close proximity with wild animals, although St Lucia is presumed a rabies-free destination. There is no malaria on the island, although some rare reports of dengue fever have been received. It is recommended to use mosquito repellent and cover up exposed skin in order to defend against insect bites.

St Lucia is a very safe country, and incidences of crime against tourists are rare although they are reported as happening in the form of muggings and thefts from hotels and yachts, occasionally accompanied by violence. You should avoid walking alone in isolated areas at night, including beaches, and take extra care if you are at a late night street party.

Being in the tropics, St Lucia is at risk of violent storms, and hurricane season lasts from June to November each year. If traveling somewhere remote in St Lucia during this season, it is best to check weather reports or visit the US National Hurricane Center website: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/.

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