How to Get to St Vincent and the Grenadines
Airplane: Outside the Caribbean there are no direct flights to St Vincent and the Grenadines as there are in country there are no sufficiently large runways for large jets. According to physicscat, European and American visitors must first fly to one of the neighboring island states, from where there are propeller plane connections to St Vincent and the Grenadines.
The airline LIAT offers most of the flights to St. Vincent and the Grenadines (from Barbados, Grenada, St. Lucia, Trinidad, Puerto Rico and Antigua).
SVG Air offers charter and scheduled flights to Canouan, St. Vincent, St. Lucia, Bequia, Petit St. Vincent, Mustique, Union Island, Grenada, Palm Island, Carriacou, Barbados, Martinique and Dominica.
Mustique Airways flies between St Vincent and the Grenadines and Barbados.
American Eagle flies direct from Puerto Rico (San Juan) and St Lucia to St Vincent and the Grenadines (Canouan).
Airports: ET Joshua Airport (SVD) International Airport is 2 miles from Kingstown on St Vincent. Most international flights land here, and many travelers continue their journey on cruise ships from here.
Buses and taxis run from the airport to the city, and rental cars can also be rented. There are small landing strips on the islands of Union Island, Bequia, Mustique and Canouan.
Mustique Airport (MQS) is 18 miles from Kingstown.
Ship: Cruise company that have St Vincent and the Grenadines in their program include Hapag Lloyd, Sea Cloud Cruises and Fred Olsen.
The stretch between Union Icelandand Carriacou in Grenada is served by the passenger ferry MV Jasper twice a week in both directions, the journey time is about an hour.
You can also try to ride on one of the ships that transport goods between Union Island, Carriacou and Petit Martinique (Grenada). There are also water taxis on this route, the journey time is around 40 minutes. However, a ride in a water taxi can be quite rough.
St Vincent and the Grenadines Entry Requirements
is a general requirement for traveling to St Vincent and the Grenadines. Of the passport(or the temporary passport) must be valid for at least 6 months after the planned departure. If you are arriving by plane, you must have a return or onward ticket.
For tourist and business trips, citizens of Germany, Austria and Switzerland do not need a visa with a maximum stay of 90 days in St Vincent and the Grenadines.
Entry with children :
For those traveling with your children the same visa requirements apply as for their parents. The children’s travel documents must also be valid for at least 6 months after the planned departure.
Germany: the German child ID card with photo or your own passport is accepted. Child ID cards are no longer issued in Germany, existing child ID cards remain valid until the expiry date.
Austria: Children need their own passport.
Switzerland: Children need their own passport.
Children traveling in St Vincent and the Grenadines without a parent or guardian should have an officially certified declaration of consent from their parents or guardian.
Foreign visitors must have sufficient funds for their trip.
Residence permit :
If you are planning a longer stay in St Vincent and the Grenadines, please contact the relevant consulate, the Department of Tourism or the High Commission in London (see St. Vincent and the Grenadines – important addresses).
You can find detailed information on recommended and required vaccinations for traveling to St Vincent and the Grenadines in the chapter St Vincent and the Grenadines – Health and Diseases.
St Vincent and the Grenadines
Airplane: SVG Air, Mustique Air and Air Martinique fly between Canouan, St. Vincent, Bequia, Petit St. Vincent, Mustique, Union Island, Palm Island, and Carriacou.
It is also possible to charter aircraft.
Ship: Ferries go from St. Vincent to Bequia, Canouan, Mayreau and Union Island. The timetable can change quickly, you should always get the latest information on site.
The ferries MV Admiral and Bequia Express offer numerous daily connections between Bequia and St. Vincent.
The mail ship MV Barracuda transports passengers and cargo between St. Vincent, Bequia, Canouan, Mayreau and Union Island five times a week.
The MV Gem Star sails four times a week (two trips in each direction) between Kingstown, Canouan and Union Island.
Yachts can be chartered with or without a crew.
Car: The road network on the larger islands is quite well developed. The roads are mostly two-lane but often winding and narrow. Due to the numerous potholes, wild animals and the unpredictable driving style, driving a car cannot be recommended without reservations. There is left-hand traffic in St Vincent and the Grenadines.
Renting a car is typically $ 50 per day and an SUV is around $ 65 per day.
There are rental car agencies in St. Vincent and Bequia, but most of the Grenadine Islands do not have rental cars, and some islands do not even have roads.
Buses are a great way to get around St. Vincent. There are very good connections here. The central bus station is at New Kingstown Fish Market.
There are also buses on Bequia and Union Island, but these islands are so small that you usually don’t need a bus.
The buses are not much bigger than minivans, they are usually extremely full. They can be stopped anywhere on the route (if there are vacancies on the bus).
Taxi: There are plenty of affordable taxis available on most of the islands. They are good for short trips. Although the fares are set by law, you should agree on the final fare with the taxi driver before departure. Early in the morning and late in the evening, the prices are slightly higher than during the day.
Bicycle:There aren’t many bikes in St Vincent and the Grenadines, probably due to the hilly surface and ruthless motorists. However, there are opportunities to rent bicycles on the two islands of St. Vincent and Bequira.