Grenada

Grenada

Use Normal Level of Caution

Grenada is an island in the Caribbean Sea, north of Trinidad and Tobago. The population is about 110,000 people. The government is a parliamentary democracy and a Commonwealth realm with the Queen of England as chief of state, represented by a governor general, and a prime minister as head of government. Grenada gained full independence in 1974.

The Carib Indians originally inhabited Grenada. The French occupied Grenada in the 17th century, and Britain took the island in 1762. Sugar production, and later cacao, was the base for the economy. In the 20th century, nutmeg became the main export and the island became known as the “Spice Island,” also producing cinnamon, cloves, ginger and mace.

Visitors to Grenada will appreciate the rain forests, hot springs, and beaches, as well as the city of St. George’s. Available activities include hiking, diving, snorkelling, exploring St. George’s, the Grand Etang National Park and Forest Reserve, or a short tour of the Gouyave Nutmeg Processing Station.

Currency XCD: East Caribbean dollar
Language English
Capital Saint George's
Recent Alerts None
Latest Alert Not Available

Diseases To Be Aware Of

The diseases listed below are those which occur most often in Grenada. Other, less frequently encountered diseases might be displayed within the Travel Alerts section if they have occurred recently.

Hepatitis A

There is a risk for hepatitis A virus exposure in Grenada through contaminated food or water. Infection can still occur at tourist destinations and resorts.

Hepatitis B

There is a risk for acquiring hepatitis B in Grenada.

Typhoid Fever

Unvaccinated people can become infected through contaminated food and water in Grenada, especially when visiting smaller cities, villages, or rural areas where food and water sources may be contaminated.

Yellow Fever

There is no risk of yellow fever transmission. A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travellers over 1 year of age arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission and for travellers having transited more than 12 hours through an airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.

Rabies

Rabies may occur in wild and domestic animals. Travellers (such as campers, hikers, adventure travellers, and cavers) involved in outdoor and other activities that might bring them into direct contact with dogs, bats, and other mammals may be at risk of exposure to rabies. Persons with occupational risks (such as veterinarians, wildlife professionals, researchers) as well as long-term travellers and expatriates may be at higher risk.

Dengue Fever

Outbreaks of dengue fever may occur.

Chikungunya Fever

Chikungunya fever has occurred in this country.

Zika Fever

Zika virus occurs in Grenada.

Vaccinations to Consider

The following is a list of recommended vaccinations for travelling to Grenada.

Hepatitis A Vaccine

There is a risk of exposure to hepatitis A for this country, therefore, the vaccination is recommended.

Hepatitis B Vaccine

There is a significant risk of infection with hepatitis B for this country, therefore, the vaccination is recommended.

Typhoid Fever Vaccine

There is a risk of exposure to typhoid fever in this country through consumption of unsafe food and water. Since exposure to unsafe sources is variable within this country, the vaccination against typhoid fever is generally recommended, especially when visiting smaller cities or rural areas, where food and water sources may be contaminated.

Yellow Fever Vaccine

A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travellers over 1 year of age arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission and for travellers having transited more than 12 hours through an airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.

Rabies Vaccine

Rabies may occur in wild and domestic animals. Vaccination should be considered for travellers (such as campers, hikers, adventure travellers, and cavers) involved in outdoor and other activities that might bring them into direct contact with dogs, bats, and other mammals. Persons with occupational risks (such as veterinarians, wildlife professionals, researchers) as well as long-term travellers and expatriates may be at higher risk and should be vaccinated.

Medications to Consider

The following is a list of recommended medications for travelling to Grenada.

None required.

Safety and Security in Grenada

Emergency Numbers

911
434
724
774

On Grenada, there is a main government hospital that can handle many types of treatment. However, for serious illnesses or serious accidents, emergency evacuation may be necessary. Medical care in Grenada can be expensive. Some private clinics may not accept travel health insurance as payment.

Personal Safety

The crime rate is low in this country, and most travellers have no trouble. However, petty crime, such as pickpocketing, bag snatching, or other theft can occur in any crowded area or tourist destination. There have been some reports of armed robbery and sexual assault. With respect to your personal safety, be cautious and always be aware of your surroundings. Keep valuables secured and out of sight. Safeguard your important documents, such as your passport. Avoid walking alone at night, and avoid walking alone in isolated areas, including beaches. Do not accept drinks or food from strangers and never leave your drinks out of your sight.

In St. George’s main market square, vendors have employed security, and the level of crime has decreased.

Violent crime has occurred in Grenada but usually involving members of the community.

Taxi drivers who are members of the Grenada Taxi Association (GTA) have had additional training from the Grenada Tourism Board. Ask if your driver is a member of the GTA.

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