GRENADA

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Country Description: Grenada is a developing island nation. Tourism facilities vary according to price and area.

Passport and/or Visa Requirements: Most U.S. citizens enter Grenada using their U.S. passport. However, U.S. citizens born in the U.S. may also enter with a birth certificate and photo identification. A visa is not required for a stay of up to three months. There is an airport departure charge of U.S. $14.00 (Eastern Caribbean $35) per person. For additional information concerning entry requirements, travelers may contact the Embassy of Grenada, 1701 New Hampshire Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20009, telephone (202) 265-2561.

Medical Facilities: Medical care is limited. Doctors and hospitals often expect immediate cash payment for health services. U.S. medical insurance is not always valid outside the United States. In some instances, supplemental medical insurance with specific overseas coverage has proved useful. For additional health information, travelers can contact the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's international travelers hotline at (404) 332-4559, Internet: http:/www.cdc.gov.

Travel Warnings, Advisories and Areas of Instability: Street crime occurs. Tourists have been victims of armed robbery in isolated areas. Muggings, purse-snatchings and other robberies occur in areas near hotels, beaches and restaurants, particularly after dark. Visitors should exercise appropriate caution when walking after dark, or rely on taxis or other means of escort. Visitors may wish to consult with local authorities, their hotels and/or the U.S. Embassy for current information. Valuables left unattended on beaches are subject to theft.

The loss or theft of a U.S. passport overseas should be reported to the local police and the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. A lost or stolen birth certificate and/or driver's license generally cannot be replaced outside the United States. U.S. citizens can refer to the Department of State's pamphlet, "A Safe Trip Abroad," which provides useful information on guarding valuables and protecting personal security while traveling abroad. Both this pamphlet and "Tips for Travelers to the Caribbean" are available from the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington D.C. 20402.

Drug Penalties: U.S. citizens are subject to the laws of the country in which they are traveling. Criminal penalties for possession, use and/or dealing in illegal drugs are strict, and convicted offenders can expect lengthy jail sentences and fines.

Traffic Safety/Road Conditions: Traffic moves on the left in Grenada, and the majority of vehicles are right-hand drive in conformity. Grenada's road system of paved and unpaved roads (approx. 575 miles) consists of mostly narrow, winding roads. Road surfaces often deteriorate, particularly in the rainy season, before maintenance work begins. Grenada's road conditions, increasing numbers of vehicles and sometimes undisiplined minibus drivers (who provide public and for-hire transport) all dictate caution and reduced speed for safety.

Aviation Oversight: In June 1992, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration assessed Grenada's civil aviation authority as in compliance with international aviation safety oversight standards for Organization of Eastern Caribbean States carriers operating to and from the U.S. However, during its assessment, the FAA noted that the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States' operations to destinations other than the U.S. are not provided a similar level of safety oversight. For further information, travelers may contact the Department of Transportation at (800) 322-7873.

Embassy Location/Registration: U.S. citizens are encouraged to register with the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy, located at Point Salines. The mailing address is P.O. Box 54, St. George's, Grenada; telephone (809) 44-1173; fax (809) 444-4820. U.S. citizens may obtain from the U.S. Embassy updated information on travel and security in Grenada.

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