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St Lucia Travel Information
Local time is GMT -4.
240 volts, 50Hz. Three square-pin plugs are standard.
English is the official language, but St Lucian Creole is widely spoken.
There are few health risks associated with travel to St Lucia, although the mosquito-carried dengue fever is a risk throughout the island. No vaccinations are required, but a yellow fever certificate is necessary for travellers arriving from infected areas. Health care costs are high on the island and health insurance is recommended, which should cover medical evacuation.
Most restaurants add a 10 percent service charge; a tip of 10 to 15 percent is standard if a service charge isn't included in the bill. Taxi drivers, porters and chambermaids also appreciate small tips.
Most visits to St Lucia are trouble-free, but visitors should take common-sense precautions against robbery and theft. Isolated areas, such as beaches, should be avoided after dark. Hurricane season is generally from June to November.
It is an offence for anyone to dress in camouflage clothing. Certain homosexual acts are illegal.
Due to its popularity as an offshore banking location, business dress in St Lucia requires a level of formality. Handshakes for both men and women are the common form of greeting at the beginning and end of meetings, and business cards are usually exchanged. Business hours are generally 8am to 4.30pm throughout the week and 8.30am to 12.30pm on Saturdays.
The international access code for St Lucia is +758. The outgoing code is 011 followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 01144 for the United Kingdom). Travellers can purchase local SIM cards for their phones, and most accommodations and many restaurants offer wifi.
Travellers to St Lucia who are over the age of 18 may bring in 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars or 225g tobacco, 1.2 litre wine or spirits, and other gifts or souvenirs to the value of $250 without paying customs duty.
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