St. Vincent

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Country Description: St. Vincent and the Grenadines is a developing island nation. Tourism facilities are available but in some instances are not highly developed.

Passport and/or Visa Requirements: For stays of up to six months, U.S. citizens may enter St. Vincent and the Grenadines without a passport, but must carry an original document proving U.S. citizenship (U.S. passport, Certificate of Naturalization, Certificate of Citizenship or certified copy of a U.S. birth certificate), photo identification, and a return/onward ticket and/or proof of sufficient funds. For further information concerning entry requirements, travelers can contact the Embassy of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, 3216 New Mexico Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20016, tel. (202) 364-6730, or the Consulate of St. Vincent and the Grenadines in New York.

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 cases, supplementary medical insurance with specific overseas coverage, including medical evacuation, has proved to be useful. For additional health information, travelers can contact the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's international travelers hotline at (404) 332-4559. Internet:

Travel Warnings, Advisories and Areas of Instability: Petty street crime occurs. Objects have also been stolen from yachts in the Grenadines. 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 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 dealing in illegal drugs are strict, and convicted offenders can expect lengthy jail sentences and fines.

Traffic Safety/Road Conditions: Vehicles travel on the left, and traffic approaches from the right. Roads are narrow, with steep inclines and declines throughout the island. Road conditions vary from fair to poor, with few guardrails in areas that have precipitous drop-offs from the road.

Aviation Oversight: As a result of an assessment conducted by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration in July 1996, the FAA has found the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), not to be in compliance with international aviation safety standards for oversight of member states air carrier operations. While consultations to correct the deficiencies are ongoing, member states air carriers are permitted to conduct limited operations to the U.S. subject to heightened FAA surveillance. For further information, travelers may contact the Department of Transportation at 1- 800-322-7873.

Embassy Location/Registration: The United States does not maintain an embassy in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. American citizens requiring assistance may contact the U.S. Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados; telephone (246) 436-4950; the Consular Section is located in the American Life Insurance Company (ALICO) Building, Cheapside, Bridgetown; telephone (246) 431-0225. Americans are encouraged to register in the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy at Bridgetown and to obtain updated information on travel and security in St. Vincent and the Grenadines and within the area.

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