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Montserrat - Exercise normal security precautions
There is no nationwide advisory in effect for Montserrat. Exercise normal security precautions.
The decision to travel is your responsibility. You are also responsible for your personal safety abroad. The purpose of this Travel Advice is to provide up-to-date information to enable you to make well-informed decisions.
Petty crime occurs. Exercise normal precautions and ensure that your personal belongings, passports and other travel documents are secure at all times.
The Belham Valley should be avoided during and after heavy rainfall due to the possibility of mudflows. Driving after dark and in the more mountainous regions should be done with caution due to steep, narrow and winding roads.
The ferry service from Antigua to Montserrat reopened on November 1, 2013, and currently operates five days per week. There are four daily flights to Antigua from the island airport. A helicopter service operates from V.C. Bird International Airport in Antigua to Gerald’s Heliport in Montserrat.
Do not expect safety standards to be the same as in Canada.
It is the sole prerogative of each country or region to determine who is allowed to enter. Canadian consular officials cannot intervene on your behalf if you do not meet entry requirements. The following information on entry and exit requirements has been obtained from the British authorities. However, these requirements are subject to change at any time. It is your responsibility to check with the British High Commission or one of its consulates for up-to-date information.
Official (special and diplomatic) passport holders must consult the Official Travel page, as they may be subject to different entry requirements.
You must present a passport to visit Montserrat, which must be valid for the duration of your stay.
Canadian citizens transiting the United States when travelling to and from Montserrat by air must comply with entry requirements to the U.S. For more detailed information, please see the Canada Border Services Agency’s website.
Tourist visa: Not required
Business visa: Not required
Student visa: Not required
The Montserratian authorities charge an embarkation tax on all visitors who have been in the country for more than 24 hours.
Children and travel
Children need special documentation to visit certain countries. See Children for more information.
See Health to obtain information on this country’s vaccination requirements.
Be sure that your routine vaccines are up-to-date regardless of your travel destination.
Vaccines to Consider
You may be at risk for these vaccine-preventable diseases while travelling in this country. Talk to your travel health provider about which ones are right for you.
Hepatitis A is a disease of the liver spread through contaminated food and water or contact with an infected person. All those travelling to regions with a risk of hepatitis A infection should get vaccinated.
Hepatitis B is a disease of the liver spread through blood or other bodily fluids. Travellers who may be exposed (e.g., through sexual contact, medical treatment, sharing needles, tattooing, acupuncture or occupational exposure) should get vaccinated.
Seasonal influenza occurs worldwide. The flu season usually runs from November to April in the northern hemisphere, between April and October in the southern hemisphere and year round in the tropics. Influenza (flu) is caused by a virus spread from person to person when they cough or sneeze or by touching objects and surfaces that have been contaminated with the virus. Get the flu shot.
Measles is a highly contagious viral disease and is common in most parts of the world. Be sure your measles vaccination is up-to-date regardless of your travel destination.
Yellow Fever Vaccination
Yellow fever is a disease caused by a flavivirus from the bite of an infected mosquito.
Travellers get vaccinated either because it is required to enter a country or because it is recommended for their protection.
|* It is important to note that country entry requirements may not reflect your risk of yellow fever at your destination. It is recommended that you contact the nearest diplomatic or consular office of the destination(s) you will be visiting to verify any additional entry requirements.|
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Food and Water-borne Diseases
Travellers to any destination in the world can develop travellers' diarrhea from consuming contaminated water or food.
In some areas in the Caribbean, food and water can also carry diseases like cholera, hepatitis A, schistosomiasis and typhoid. Practise safe food and water precautions while travelling in the Caribbean. Remember: Boil it, cook it, peel it, or leave it!
Typhoid is a bacterial infection spread by contaminated food or water. Risk is higher among pediatric travellers, travellers going to rural areas, visiting friends and relatives or travelling for a long period of time. Travellers at high risk visiting regions with typhoid risk, especially those exposed to places with poor sanitation should speak to a health care provider about vaccination.
Insects and Illness
Travellers are advised to take precautions against bites.
There is currently an outbreak of chikungunya in this country. Chikungunya is a viral disease spread through the bite of an infected mosquito that typically causes fever and pain in the joints. Protect yourself from mosquito bites, particularly around sunrise and sunset. There is no vaccine available for chikungunya.
- Dengue fever occurs in this country. Dengue fever is a viral disease that can cause severe flu-like symptoms. In some cases it leads to dengue haemorrhagic fever, which can be fatal.
- The risk of dengue is higher during the daytime, particularly at sunrise and sunset.
- Protect yourself from mosquito bites. There is no vaccine or medication that protects against dengue fever.
There is no risk of malaria in this country.
Animals and Illness
Travellers are cautioned to avoid contact with animals, including dogs, monkeys, snakes, rodents, birds, and bats. Some infections found in some areas in the Caribbean, like rabies, can be shared between humans and animals.
HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is a virus that attacks and impairs the immune system, resulting in a chronic, progressive illness known as AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome).
High risk activities include anything which puts you in contact with blood or body fluids, such as unprotected sex and exposure to unsterilized needles for medications or other substances (for example, steroids and drugs), tattooing, body-piercing or acupuncture.
Medical services and facilities
Medical services are limited. Medical evacuation to Antigua or Guadeloupe may be required for serious medical conditions.
Keep in Mind...
The decision to travel is the sole responsibility of the traveller. The traveller is also responsible for his or her own personal safety.
Be prepared. Do not expect medical services to be the same as in Canada. Pack a travel health kit, especially if you will be travelling away from major city centres.
Laws & culture
Laws & culture
You are subject to local laws. See Arrest and detention for more information.
Canada and the United Kingdom are signatories to the European Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons. This enables a Canadian imprisoned in the United Kingdom to request a transfer to a Canadian prison to complete a sentence. The transfer requires the agreement of both Canadian and British authorities.
Traffic drives on the left.
You need a local driving permit to drive in Montserrat. You can obtain a permit valid for three months at any police station upon presentation of a valid Canadian driver’s licence or an international driving permit.
Imports and exports
Montserrat customs authorities may enforce strict regulations concerning temporary import or export of items such as firearms, agricultural products, and currency.
The currency is the East Caribbean dollar (XCD). U.S. dollars are widely accepted. The territory has limited but modern banking facilities.
Natural disasters & climate
Natural disasters & climate
The hurricane season extends from June to the end of November. The National Hurricane Center provides additional information on weather conditions. Stay informed of regional weather forecasts, and follow the advice and instructions of local authorities.
The Soufrière Hills Volcano is still active. Local authorities constantly monitor seismic activity and assess alert levels. Access to certain zones is prohibited. An island-wide alert system is in place to warn the population of volcanic activity. If an alert is heard, immediately tune in Radio Montserrat ZJB 88.3 FM or 95.5 FM to obtain official information. You may also consult the Montserrat Volcano Observatory website for up-to-date information. Follow the advice of local authorities and review your security arrangements.
There is no resident Canadian government office in Montserrat. You can obtain consular assistance and further information from the High Commission of Canada in Bridgetown, Barbados.
Bridgetown - High Commission of Canada
For emergency assistance after hours, contact the High Commission of Canada in Bridgetown, Barbados, and follow the instructions. You may also make a collect call to the Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa at 613-996-8885.
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