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L’Anse aux Epines Main Road
St. George, Grenada
Telephone: +(1)(473) 444-1174, +(1)(473) 444-1175
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(1)(473) 407-2495
Fax: +(1)(473) 444-4820
See our Fact Sheet on Grenada for additional information on U.S – Grenada relations.
Potential for Terrorist Activity: While there has been no known terrorist activity in Grenada, travelers should be aware and excersise due caution.
Crime: Crime in Grenada is mostly opportunistic. Tourists have been the victims of robbery, especially in isolated areas. Thieves frequently steal credit cards, jewelry, cameras, U.S. passports, and money. Muggings, purse snatchings, and other robberies may occur in areas near hotels, beaches and restaurants, particularly after dark.
Visitors should exercise appropriate caution when walking after dark or when using the local bus system or taxis hired on the road. It is advisable to hire taxis to and from restaurants and to ask whether the driver is a member of the Grenada Taxi Association (GTA). Members of the GTA are required to pass additional driving tests and receive training from the Grenada Tourism Board. They are generally reliable and knowledgeable about the country and its attractions.
Victims of Crime: U.S. Citizen victims of crime should contact the local police first by dialing ‘911’, and the U.S. Embassy on emergency number (473) 407-2495. We can:
Please see the information for victims of crime webpage, including possible victim compensation programs in the United States.
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Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws even if you are a U.S. citizen.
Persons violating Grenada laws, even unknowingly, may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. Penalties for possessing, using, or trafficking in illegal drugs in Grenada are severe, and convicted offenders can expect long jail sentences and heavy fines.
Please note that a person can be prosecuted for using foul language in the presence of an officer of the law.
Some things might be legal in the country you visit, but still illegal in the United States. You can be prosecuted in the United States for engaging in sexual conduct with children or for using or disseminating child pornography in a foreign country regardless of the legality of these activities under that country’s laws. Counterfeit and pirated goods are illegal in the United States and if you purchase them in a foreign country, you may be breaking local laws as well.
Arrest notifications in host country: If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately.
Money: It is difficult to cash personal U.S. checks in Grenada. If accepted, they will take approximately six weeks to clear by a local bank. Major credit cards are widely accepted, and ATM facilities are available at all banks. Most hotels and restaurants take U.S. currency; however, change will be in local currency.
Customs: Please see our Customs webpage for information on import restrictions.
Climate: Grenada experiences tropical storms and hurricanes during the hurricane season, from June through November. Sea surges occasionally flood low lying areas, including parts of downtown St. George’s and Hillsborough on the island of Carriacou. Heavy winds periodically close local beaches to swimming. Grenada is also located in a zone of seismic activity where earthquakes and tsunamis are possible, General information about natural disaster preparedness is available from the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
LGBTI Rights: Grenadian law criminalizes consensual same-sex sexual activities between men, providing penalties of up to 10 years imprisonment. Prosecutions based on these laws are exceedingly rare, and have not targeted visitors. The Grenadian society is generally intolerant of same-sex sexual conduct, and many churches condemn it. The Embassy has received no reports of violence linked to real or perceived sexual orientation.
For more information about LGBT rights in Grenada, you may review the State Department’s Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2014. For further information on LGBT travel, please read our LGBTI Travel Information page.
Women Travelers: Please review our travel tips for Women Travelers.
Accessibility: While in Grenada, individuals with disabilities may find accessibility relatively easy. Although the law does not mandate access to public buildings or services, building owners increasingly have incorporated disabled access into new construction and renovated premises.
Since public transportation is privately owned, the law does not mandate any special consideration for individuals with disabilities.
Medical care in Grenada is below U.S. standards. Citizens requiring medical treatment may contact the U.S Embassy in St. George’s for a list of local doctors, dentists, pharmacies and hospitals. Serious medical problems requiring hospitalization and/or medical evacuation to the U.S. can cost thousands of dollars. Doctors and hospitals often expect immediate cash payment for health services. Ambulance service is available but response times vary greatly. Pharmacies are usually well stocked and prescription medicine is available. Travelers are advised to bring with them sufficient prescription medicine for the length of their stay.
Malaria is not found in Grenada, but there are low levels of dengue fever. The government periodically fogs public areas to reduce the mosquito population.
You can find detailed information on vaccinations and other health precautions on the CDC website. For information about outbreaks of infectious diseases abroad, consult the World Health Organization (WHO), which contains additional health information for travelers, including detailed country-specific health information.
Traffic Safety and Road Conditions:
Traffic moves on the left in Grenada; the majority of vehicles are right-hand drive. Grenada’s roads, paved and unpaved, are mostly narrow and winding, with many blind corners, narrow or no shoulders, and steep drops into the sea on Grenada’s three islands. There are few sidewalks, and vehicles vie with pedestrians for road space. Road lighting varies on all three islands, which compounds the dangers at night. Driving conditions in Grenada, including road conditions, increased numbers of vehicles, and sometimes aggressive minibus drivers all require caution and reduced speed for safety. The Government of Grenada has a seat belt law; drivers and passengers found not wearing seat belts are subject to a fine of EC$1,000 (US$400).
Before you drive in Grenada, a local temporary driver’s license, based on a valid U.S. driver’s license and costing EC$30 (US$12), is highly recommended. In the event of an accident, not having a valid local driver’s license will result in a fine, regardless of who is at fault. Rental vehicle companies are available; most of them will assist in applying for temporary driver’s licenses. The adequacy of road signage varies, but is generally poor to nonexistent.
Travel from Grenada to the sister isles Carriacou and Petite Martinique is possible by sea and by air. Petite Martinique can only be reached by sea. The Osprey ferry service, with two boats, travels every day between the three islands and is reliable with a good safety record. The trip takes about 1 ½ hours in the large boat and 2 hours in the smaller one. SVG Airline flies a small propeller plane (4-6 passengers) to and from Carriacou daily. Small boat owners may offer to take tourists to the other islands. Before accepting, travelers should check to be sure that the boat carries life preservers and a radio. Though now required, many small boats do not carry this equipment.
Grenada has several qualified dive operations. Travelers should check with the Grenada Tourism Authority at 473-444-4279 or their hotels for further information. At present, there is no hyperbaric chamber in Grenada.
AVIATION SAFETY OVERSIGHT: The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has assessed the government of Grenada’s Civil Aviation Authority as being in compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards for oversight of Grenada’s air carrier operations. Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page.