St. Vincent and the Grenadines — Visas and Vaccinations
US citizens do not need a visa for a stay of up to 30 days. Visitors from other Commonwealth countries such as the UK, Australia, and New Zealand are also visa exempt. Visitors from the EU member states and Switzerland also do not require a visa. Visitors from these countries will be granted a 30-day stay for tourist purposes on arrival. In order to enter St Vincent and the Grenadines 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 Vincent and the Grenadines; however, a certificate is required to enter the country. If you do not possess a valid yellow fever certificate 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, rabies, and tetanus. If your vaccines are not up to date you should renew six to eight weeks before your intended travel date. There is no malaria on the island, although there have been some reports of dengue fever. It is recommended to use mosquito repellent and to cover up exposed skin at night in order to defend against insect bites.
St Vincent and the Grenadines is a very safe country, and incidences of crime against tourists are rare, although they are reported as happening. Most likely these will take the form of muggings and thefts from hotels and yachts, occasionally accompanied by violence if met with resistance. It is best not to resist any muggings, and you should avoid walking alone in isolated areas at night, including beaches.
Being in the tropics, St Vincent and the Grenadines is at risk of violent storms, and hurricane season lasts from June to November each year. If traveling somewhere remote in during this season, it is best to check weather reports or visit the US National Hurricane Center website: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/.
St Vincent has an active volcano, but advanced warning systems are in operation, and nobody was harmed at its last eruption over 30 years ago, in 1979.