Memo to a Tourist in Saint Lucia

Memo to a Tourist in Saint Lucia

.:Customs regulations
Import and export of national and foreign currencies is not limited. Allowed duty-free import of up to 200 cigarettes, or 250 gr. tobacco products, or up to 50 cigars and up to 1.13 liters of strong alcoholic beverages. Weapons and drugs are prohibited from entering the country. It is forbidden to export without special permission objects and things of historical and artistic value, as well as archaeological finds made at the bottom of the sea. The import of pets is allowed from a limited number of countries (mostly from the countries of the British Commonwealth) and only if there is an international veterinary certificate indicating the dates of vaccinations against rabies and the seal of the veterinary control at the exit from the country, as well as with permission from the Government Veterinary service of Saint Lucia, received in advance

.: Meeting at the airport and informational meeting
It is necessary to keep all immigration documents – they will be needed when leaving the country!

.: Geography, population, religion, time
The island of volcanic origin is located 145 km northwest of Barbados. In the north, Saint Lucia borders on the island of Martinique (along the Strait of Saint Lucia), in the south it borders on the island of Saint Vincent, which is part of the state of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. From the east, the territory of the country is washed by the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, from the west – by the Caribbean Sea. The total length of the coastline is 158 km. Its total area is 616 sq. km. Capital: the city of Castries. The population of the country is about 168 thousand people. Its main part (about 90%) are descendants of people from the African mainland. About 2% are from the Indian subcontinent and Asia Minor (Lebanese and Syrians), another 1% are Europeans. Most of the population professes Christianity. The country has about 67% Catholics, Protestants – 7%, Anglicans – 3%, and there are about 12 other confessional schools. About 3% of the population professes Rastafari, but they themselves consider it not a religion, but a movement. Many locals who profess Christianity continue to use elements of pantheistic African beliefs in their practice. Time: Behind Moscow by 7 hours.

.: Language
According to 800zipcodes, the official language of the country is English, but most of the population speaks the colloquial “patois” – the local dialect of French. The local version of English carries multiple borrowings from Spanish, French and African languages.

.: Local currency and banks
The official currency of the country is the Eastern Caribbean dollar (XCD or EC$), equal to 100 cents. In circulation are banknotes in denominations of 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5 dollars and coins in denominations of 1 dollar, 50, 25, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cent. The American dollar has free circulation in the country, many prices are indicated simultaneously in two currencies. This is especially true for almost all hotels, rental offices and restaurants in tourist areas. In some of them, prices can only be indicated in US currency. The East Caribbean dollar is pegged to the US dollar and has not changed since 1976 at EC$2.7 = US$1.
Banks of the country usually work from Monday to Friday from 8.00 to 14.00. Some bank offices are open on Fridays from 08.00 to 17.00. Many of them in the area of ​​the port of Rodney Bay are open on Saturdays, from 8.00 to noon. Tourists can exchange currency at almost any bank in the country, the best rate is usually offered for US dollars and euros. In most restaurants, in almost all hotels and in many shops, major world credit cards are accepted for payment. ATMs can be found in most banks in Castries and Rodney Bay. But taxi drivers, small restaurants and cafes, and market outlets generally don’t accept credit cards. Therefore, tourists should carry a small amount and cash with them.

.: Phone
The international country code is +1-758. Cellular communication standard GSM 850, GSM 900/1900 and TDMA covers the entire island, with the exception of mountainous areas in the southwest, and is well developed. Cable & Wireless, Caribbean Cellular, Digicel Limited, Wireless Ventures (St. Lucia) Limited and others provide almost complete country coverage. Roaming with Russia is available to subscribers of the largest Russian operators. TDMA handsets can be rented from local operators’ offices. The communication system of Saint Lucia is quite modern and well developed. Payphones that can make international calls are ubiquitous and operate with either EC$1 or EC$0.25 coins or several types of Cable & Wireless phone cards sold at post offices, telephone company offices,

.: Medical assistance
All visitors are provided with medical insurance. We advise you to carefully read the insurance conditions set out in your policy. In the event of an insured event, it is necessary to contact the service company, the phone number of which is indicated in the insurance policy, or contact the guide. We recommend that you bring any medicines you usually use with you.
The island has a fairly high level of medical services and the quality of services. They are based on British standards. Almost all possible types of health care are provided by about a dozen quite modern clinics. Many hotels have English-speaking doctors, but the cost of their services is quite high.
Tourists are strongly advised to take out international health insurance.
Immunization against typhoid, diphtheria, tuberculosis, hepatitis A, poliomyelitis, bilharzia (schistosomiasis) and rabies is also recommended. Frequent and stomach ailments. Tourists should also take special precautions against dengue fever and mosquito bites. Travelers arriving from areas where yellow fever is present require a certificate of vaccination against the disease.
Tap water is usually chlorinated and relatively safe, but it’s best to drink bottled water. Outside the main cities, drinking water may be contaminated and not recommended for consumption. Milk and dairy products are usually pasteurized and safe, as are meats, poultry, seafood, fruits and vegetables.

.: Tipping
Restaurants often add 10% to the bill for services. Taxi drivers usually expect a tip of around 10%. If a service surcharge is not allocated, it is recommended to leave a tip of EC$1 per room per day for maids, and 10-15% of the bill for waiters. But in the cheapest hotels and restaurants, no additional payments are required.

.: Electricity
The mains voltage is 220 V, 50 Hz. In some hotels – 110 V, 60 Hz. British style plugs with three flat pins (type G) are normally used. Some hotels also have round or flat American plugs. Most hotels have 240-110V adapters and transformers available.

.: Values
​​In general, you can be calm about the things you leave in the room (but don’t forget to close the doors and windows). However, we strongly recommend keeping valuable items, documents and money in a safe (in the room or at the reception).

.: Security
The country is characterized by a relatively low overall crime rate, but a fairly high number of thefts of personal property. You should especially beware of pickpockets at airports, in ports, in public institutions and in crowded places. Do not carry valuables, documents and large sums of money with you. Do not walk alone in isolated areas and along the coast after dark. The locals are friendly towards tourists. The lifestyle has a British influence, and the local art has a French influence.

.: Beaches
Basically all the beaches are municipal. We highly recommend using sunscreen!

.: Check out from the hotel
About the time of meeting in the hotel lobby for transfer to the airport you will be warned in advance by a representative of the company (usually verbally or in writing, leaving you a message at the check-in desk).

.: Attention!!!
You need to remember that check-out (the official time when you need to vacate the room) is 12:00. Half an hour before the appointed time, it is advisable to go down to the hall with things. At the reception desk you will have to pay all bills for additional services (minibar, telephone conversations, etc.) and hand over the room key. Be sure to check if you forgot to take things from your safe and your passport from the porter.

.: Attention!!!
When departing from the country, an airport tax of USD 20 will be charged.

Memo to a Tourist in Saint Lucia

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