There is no nationwide advisory in effect for Saint Lucia. However, you should exercise a high degree of caution due to limited medical resources, generally poor road conditions, unreliable public transportation, and moderate crime rates.
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 and increases with the approach of annual festivities, such as the jazz festival in May, carnival celebrations in July and during the winter holiday season. Muggings have occurred in areas frequented by tourists.
Avoid unpopulated areas and unpatrolled beaches, especially after dark. Check with local authorities to determine which beaches are safe.
Avoid the districts of Marchand, Broglie, St. Grass, St. Leslie Land, and Wilton Yard, located off of Chausee Road because of drugs and high criminal activity.
Traffic drives on the left. Roads are narrow and steep, with few guardrails. Do not pick up hitchhikers. Roadside assistance is not widely available.
Car rentals are available.
Regular minibus services provide fast and inexpensive travel. Taxis are available at airports and resort areas. Confirm fares before departing.
Dial 911 to reach police, fire, and ambulance services.
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 authorities of Saint Lucia. However, these requirements are subject to change at any time. It is your responsibility to check with the Consulate General of Saint Lucia 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.
Canadians must present a passport to visit Saint Lucia, which must be valid for at least six months beyond the date of expected departure from that country. Canadians must also be in possession of a return or onward airline ticket and proof of sufficient funds.
Tourist visa: Not required (for stays up to 42 days) Business visa: Required Student visa: Required
All passengers over the age of 12 must pay an airport departure tax. The tax is payable in cash only.
Although same-sex marriages are legal in Canada, many countries or regions do not recognize them. Attempting to enter as a same-sex married couple may result in refusal by local officials. For more information, contact the foreign government office accredited to Canada.
Children and travel
Children need special documentation to visit certain countries. Please consult our Children page for more information.
Possession of illegal drugs, including marijuana, could lead to a large fine or imprisonment. Drug trafficking is a serious offence. Pack all of your baggages yourself and do not carry items that do not belong to you.
It is an offence for anyone outside the police force to dress in army or camouflage clothes or carry items made of camouflage material.
If you are interested in purchasing property or making other investments, seek legal advice from appropriate professionals in Canada and in Saint Lucia before making commitments. Disputes arising from such activities could be prolonged and costly to resolve.
The currency is the Eastern Caribbean dollar (XCD). U.S. dollars and all major credit cards are widely accepted.
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.
Saint Lucia is located in an active seismic zone.
Register your travel plans
There is no resident Canadian government office in Saint Lucia. You can obtain consular assistance and further consular information from the High Commission of Canada in Bridgetown, Barbados.
Bridgetown - High Commission of Canada
Bishop's Court Hill, St. Michael, P.O. Box 404, Bridgetown, Barbados BB11113
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For emergency assistance after hours, call the High Commission of Canada in Bridgetown, Barbados, and follow the instructions. You may also place a collect call to the Emergency Operations Centre in Ottawa at 613-996-8885.