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Arrival and Entry Formalities:
Valid passports are required for all visitors who stay for less than six months. Visas are not required for citizens of the US or Commonwealth countries, or where there is agreement for exemption between the home country and St. Lucia.
While on the island, camping can be arranged through the St. Lucia Naturalist Society, the St. Lucia National Trust, and The Forestry Division. The Anse La Liberte camp site is currently under construction.
Almost 80% of St. Lucians are Roman Catholic. Other denominations include Anglican, Methodist, Baptist, Seventh Day Adventists, Church of the Nazarene, and Christian Science. Times of services at individual churches vary, and it is best to check at the hotel reception.
Climate & Clothes
St. Lucia's temperature ranges from 65-85 degrees (Fahrenheit) from December to May and 75-95 degrees from June to November. The winter is relatively more dry as well. Visitors should bring cool, comfortable clothing. While jacket and tie are rarely requisite, overly casual beachwear is rarely appreciated off the beach. Click here for the current four-day forecast.
Major international credit cards are widely accepted at all large shopping centers, restaurants, hotels, etc.
Crime is not prevalent. However, common sense should prevail when traveling abroad not to make large displays of wealth (by wearing expensive jewelry, producing large wads of cash, etc.). Crimes of any sort should be reported to the hotel, the Tourist Board, and/or the Police.
The duty-free allowance into St. Lucia is 200 cigarettes (or 250 grams of tobacco or 50 cigars) and one litre of spirits or wine.
The currency of St. Lucia is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar which is linked to the US Dollar at the exchange rate of US$1 to EC$2.65. US Dollars are readily accepted throughout the island. Most hotels will exchange reasonable amounts of foreign currency, and there are change bureaus in Castries. The National Commercial Bank (NCB) has a branch at Hewanorra International Airport where EC Dollars can be exchanged for foreign currency. It is open daily from 12:30pm until the last flight departs. A passport and ticket are required as proof of returning visitor status.
There is a Departure Tax of EC$54 for all passengers leaving the island.
Electric current is 220 volts, 50 cycles AC. (A few hotels are 110 volts, 60 cycles.) Most sockets take 3-pin square plugs (UK standard) but some take 2-pin round plugs or flat American plugs which are more rare. Adapters are generally available at the hotels.
Embassies & Consulates:
Chinese Embassy 758-452-0903
Emergency Telephone Numbers:
Police, Fire and Ambulance -
Air/Sea Rescue - Tel: 452-2894, 452-1182, 453-6664
Most of the hotels have ground floor accommodations, but some are built on hillsides and are not practical for wheelchairs. The Royal St. Lucian Hotel has spacious rooms with wider doorways and wider baths with rails. The Rex St. Lucian also has rooms designed for handicapped visitors.
There are six medical facilities:
St. Lucia's principal language is English, but a French-based patois is widely spoken.
Greenwich Mean Time minus four hours; Eastern Standard Time plus one hour.
Lost property should be report to the hotel, who will inform the nearest police station. The Tourist Board is also available to assist in such matters.
There are Post Offices in most towns. Hours are 8:30am-4:30pm, Monday to Friday.
Service Charge and Tax
There is a government tax of 8% on hotel and restaurant bills, in addition to a service charge of 10%. In some cases, these charges are included in prices quoted.
International direct dial service is widely available throughout the island. Credit card calls can be made through local operators or through AT&T, and phone cards can be purchased through Cable & Wireless offices throughout the islands.
A tip is not automatically added and is usually about 10% to 12% of the bill. Tips are generally accepted by bellhops in hotels, taxi drivers and other persons providing service.
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