Saint Lucia

Travel Facts

US State Dept Travel Advisory

The US Department of State currently recommends US citizens exercise normal precautions in Saint Lucia. Consult its website via the link below for updates to travel advisories and statements on safety, security, local laws, and special circumstances in this country.

Passport/Visa Requirements

US citizens should make sure their passport will not expire for at least 6 months after they enter the country even if they do not intend to stay that long. They should also make sure they have at least 1 blank page in their passport for any entry stamp that will be required. A visa is not required as long as the US citizen has possession of a return airline ticket and confirmation of an accommodation, such as a hotel reservation.

US Embassy/Consulate

US does not have an embassy in Saint Lucia; the US Ambassador to Barbados is accredited to Saint Lucia; US citizens may call US Dept of State (202)-501-4444 for emergencies; alternate contact is the US Embassy in Barbados [1] (246) 227-4000; US Embassy in Bridgetown, Wildey Business Park, St. Michael BB 14006, Barbados, WI;;

LGBTQIA+ Travelers

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA+) travelers can face unique challenges when traveling abroad. Laws and attitudes in some countries may affect safety and ease of travel. Legal protections vary from country to country. Many countries do not legally recognize same-sex marriage. Approximately seventy countries consider consensual same-sex sexual relations a crime, sometimes carrying severe punishment.

Telephone Code


Local Emergency Phone

999, 911


An International Certificate of Vaccination for yellow fever is required for travelers arriving from countries with a risk of yellow fever transmission and for travelers having transited through the airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission. See WHO recommendations.


Tropical, moderated by northeast trade winds; dry season (January to April), rainy season (May to August)

Currency (Code)

East Caribbean dollars (XCD)

Electricity/Voltage/Plug Type(s)

230 V / 50 Hz / plug types(s): G

Plug Type G

Major Languages

English, French patois

Major Religions

Roman Catholic 61.5%, Protestant 25.5%, other Christian 3.4%, Rastafari 1.9%

Time Difference

UTC-4 (1 hour ahead of Washington, DC, during Standard Time)

Potable Water


International Driving Permit


Road Driving Side


Tourist Destinations

Twin Pitons; Sulphur Springs Park Scenic Drive; Diamond Botanical Gardens; Soufriere Estate; Pigeon Island National Park; Rodney Bay; Tet Paul Nature Trail; Morne Fortune

Major Sports

Soccer, cricket

Cultural Practices

Expect to say hello and strike up conversations with strangers.

Tipping Guidelines

The local standard for gratuities is around 10% of the total bill for restaurant's wait staff and taxi drivers. Bellhops, room service, and housekeeping should receive at least $1 (USD) per day or when a service is rendered, unless a service charge has been assessed.


Painted masks, pottery, rum, batik and silkscreened fabric, wood carvings, local honey and hot sauces

Traditional Cuisine

Green Fig (unripe banana) and saltfish

Please visit the following links to find further information about your desired destination.

World Health Organization (WHO) - To learn what vaccines and health precautions to take while visiting your destination.

US State Dept Travel Information - Overall information about foreign travel for US citizens.

To obtain an international driving permit (IDP). Only two organizations in the US issue IDPs:
American Automobile Association (AAA) and American Automobile Touring Alliance (AATA)

How to get help in an emergency? 
Contact the nearest US embassy or consulate, or call one of these numbers:
from the US or Canada - 1-888-407-4747 or from Overseas - +1 202-501-4444

Page last updated: Tuesday, July 18, 2023