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Climate & Geography

The Government


Mountainous interior Sheltered indented Leeward coastline

SVG is a parliamentary democracy within the Commonwealth of Nations

Eastern Caribbean Dollar

1,220m (4,000’)


Average yearly daytime temperature

La Soufriere: coolest nov-feb active volcano in the north

Airports | Departure Tax The new Argyle International Airport is the newest and largest of five SVG airports. Serviced by Liat (St. Vincent and Canouan), SVG Air, Grenadine Air Alliance, Mustique Airways, Caribbean Airlines, Sunwing, Air Canada, Easy Sky, Trans Island Air, One Caribbean. Other Airports: Bequia Mustique Canouan *inclusive in Liat ticket fare Union Island

Departure Tax


Official Ports of Entry

st. vincent Kingstown, Chateaubelair, Wallilabou, Blue Lagoon

bequia Port Elizabeth union island Clifton Harbour canouan Charlestown Bay mustique Britannia Bay Ports are operated by the SVG Port Authority Emergency Call (784) 456-1830 or Johnny Ollivierre at (784) 533-0016

Yacht Clearance Procedures đƫVisiting yachts must complete clearance formalities at a designated port of entry before docking at any other anchorage đƫWith Q flag hoisted, only the captain should go ashore with: 1. Three crew lists 2. Clearance from the previous port 3. Passports 4. Ship’s papers đƫBoats must clear out of an official port đƫPrivate vessels may pay a Cruise Tax for unlimited stay in SVG waters đƫCharter boats must possess an SVG Cruising Licence

Queen Elizabeth II Head of State Governor General Queen’s Representative

10.27.79 Independence 5 yrs Parliamentary term of office 21 Members of Parliament* *15 elected, 6 appointed senators 4 by PM, 2 by Opposition Leader

Getting Here by Air St. Vincent is reached by air from N. America and Europe through 6 gateways with daily connections to Union, Canouan, Mustique and Bequia: 2hr 20 mins 1hr 45 mins 35 mins 30 mins 20 mins

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To find out more about airlines, flights and inter-island travel, visit the ‘Getting Here’ page at


SVG arrivals must present: 1. a valid passport (at least 6 months) 2. sufficient funds to cover their stay A return or onward ticket is required Visas are required for nationals of: Dominican Republic, China, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Iran, Nigeria Work permits are available from the Prime Minister’s Office, Bay Street, Kingstown

Telecommunications State of the art fibre optic digital telephone system internet • boatphone • cellular

1-784 + local 7 digit number International Direct Dialing (IDD) service is available. International calls can be made through the operator by major credit card

220/240 volt *Petit St. Vincent & Palm Island 110 volt, 60 cycle Standard plug Pack an adaptor

Potable Water

in abundant supply due to high levels of rainfall

safe to drink * Rainwater collected/ stored in cisterns on most islands

Bottled mineral water is readily available at groceries and restaurants

Seaport | Shipping đƫNatural deep water harbour at Kingstown đƫWharf accommodates two oceangoing ships đƫRegular services: kingstown St. Vincent north > Major america europe ports caribbean

Legal System


the Grenadines) Supreme Court comprises a high court and a court of appeals đƫ 11 courts in 3 managerial districts đƫ The judicial committee of Her Majesty’s Privy Council in London is the court of last resort

Clothing Casual dress is best


đƫ The Eastern Caribbean (or St. Vincent &

Fast Facts


in reliable supply


đƫ Post-secondary education is provided


Major credit cards accepted

phone cards / online ‘top ups’ available islandwide

The legal system is derived from English common law and statutes.

through a Community College and polytechnics đƫ 4 medical universities affiliated with hospitals for UK, US and Caribbean-based clinical programmes

= US$1

50 cycle

flying time to St. Vincent

Education đƫ School is compulsory up to 15 years old đƫ Government funded primary and secondary schooling is free


Topless sunbathing discouraged. Swimsuits must not be worn in towns, public streets or business places.

*illegal to wear or import

344 (29 x 17.7km) st. vincent/km2 44 the grenadines/km2

Ins & Outs of SVG 2018 Edition  

The Definitive Guide to St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Ins & Outs of SVG 2018 Edition  

The Definitive Guide to St. Vincent and the Grenadines