Ports of Call
- St George
Grenada Travel Information
Local time is GMT -4.
Electrical current is 220 - 240 volts, 50Hz. British three-prong plugs (Type G) are in use.
English is the official language and is widely spoken, but Grenadian Creole is considered the main language of the island.
The Zika virus has been linked to Grenada, so travellers should take precautions against mosquito bites and unprotected sexual contact. Pregnant woman are especially at risk, and are advised not to travel to Grenada. Dengue fever is common in Latin America and the Caribbean and cases have been reported in Grenada. A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travellers over one year of age coming from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission. Travellers should also consider vaccinations for hepatitis A and hepatitis B, and those planning to eat outside of hotels and restaurants may want to get a typhoid vaccination. Good medical care is available in the urban areas of Grenada but most doctors and hospitals expect payment in cash, regardless of travel health insurance. Grenada doesn't have a decompression chamber for divers; the nearest decompression chambers are in Tobago and Barbados, 30 minutes away by air ambulance. The water in Grenada is clean and safe to drink.
Tipping is common in Grenada and many hospitality industry professionals largely rely on tips for a living. Crew of sailing charters should be tipped 10 to 15 percent of the total cost. If a service charge is not included on a restaurant bill a 10 percent tip is customary. Bellhops usually receive about US$1 per bag, and taxi drivers usually receive 10 to 15 percent of the fare.
Most visits to Grenada are trouble-free. Petty crime is prevalent so travellers should be vigilant and shouldn't carry their travel documents or large amounts of cash or jewellery on them. Isolated areas, including beaches, should be avoided after dark.
Some homosexual acts are illegal in Grenada and gay couples should avoid displays of public affection. It is also an offence to wear camouflage clothing and there are severe penalties for all drug offences.
When conducting business in Grenada, dress should be formal and meetings should be arranged in advance. Business cards are usually exchanged at meetings and English is widely spoken in business circles. Business hours are 8am to 4pm Monday to Friday. Many offices are closed between 12pm and 1pm for lunch.
The international dialling code for Grenada is +1 473. The outgoing code is 011 followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 01144 for the UK). No area codes are in use. Roaming services are available to all AMPS compatible cellular phones. Coin operated public phones and card phones for international calls are widely available. Prepaid cards can be bought at Cable & Wireless offices and agents or at the Board of Tourism office in St. George's. Internet cafés are common, especially in the main centres.
Travellers are allowed to import 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 225g of tobacco, 1 litre of wine or spirits and perfume for personal use without paying customs duty. Illegal drugs, arms and ammunition are prohibited.
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