Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Healthcare and Money

By | May 9, 2022

Health care


Vaccination needed receipt required
Eat Drink 3
malaria no
Typhoid & Polio 2
cholera no
yellow fever 1


There is one large hospital, the Kingstown General Hospital, and about 40 other state institutions and pharmacies as well as resident doctors, where specialist basic care in the event of illness or accidents is possible. Due to the limited medical care, travel health insurance that includes return transport in an emergency should be taken out before you travel. Check findjobdescriptions for more information.

Notes vaccinations

[1] A vaccination certificate against yellow fever is required for all travelers who want to enter within six days of staying in the infected areas designated by the WHO and who are over one year old. Excluded are travelers who have not left the transit area in the infected areas and transit travelers on St. Vincent and the Grenadines who continue on the same plane. [2] Typhoid can occur, poliomyelitis cannot. Typhoid vaccination is recommended for backpacking and long-term stays. [3] Due to the risk of possible infections, careful drinking water and food hygiene must be ensured. Tap water should not be drunk. Drinking water can be bought by the bottle in grocery stores. When buying packaged water, you should make sure that the original packaging has not been opened. Travelers should definitely pay attention to special hygiene measures before eating fruit, vegetables and meat as well as fish and seafood.

Other risks

Schistosomiasis pathogens can occur sporadically in some ponds and rivers, so swimming and wading in inland waters should be avoided. Well maintained swimming pools with chlorinated water are safe. Dengue fever, transmitted by mosquitoes, occurs nationwide. An effective insect repellent is recommended. Hepatitis A and hepatitis B occur. A hepatitis A vaccination is generally recommended. Vaccination against hepatitis B should be given during longer stays and close contact with the local population, as well as for children and young people in general. HIV/AIDS is widespread and a great danger for everyone who takes risks of infection: unprotected sexual contacts,



1 East Caribbean Dollar = 100 cents. Currency code: EC$, XCD (ISO code). Banknotes come in denominations of EC$100, 50, 20, 10 and 5; Coins in circulation: 1 EC$ and 25, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cent. US dollars are accepted almost everywhere. The East Caribbean Dollar is pegged to the US Dollar.

Credit cards

All major credit cards are accepted. Some inns require cash payment. Details from the issuer of the relevant credit card.


Bank cards With the credit card and pin number, money can be withdrawn from ATMs. The Girocard (formerly ec card) with the Cirrus, Plus or Maestro symbol is accepted worldwide. It can be used at ATMs with the Cirrus, Plus or Maestro symbol. To be on the safe side, travelers should always have an alternative source of money such as cash. Further information from banks and credit institutes. Attention: Travelers who want to pay with their bank customer card abroad and withdraw money should find out from their bank about the possibility of using their card before starting their journey.

Travelers cheques

Traveller’s checks are no longer available in Germany and Switzerland and are hardly available in Austria. Travelers checks can be exchanged at banks in the major towns of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Bank opening hours

Mon-Thu 08.00-15.00, Fri 08.00-17.00. The bank at ET Joshua Airport is open Mon-Sat 7am-5pm, with slightly longer hours during larger festivals.

Foreign exchange regulations

Unlimited import of national and foreign currency, but there is a duty to declare (when entering and leaving the country) from a sum equivalent to 10,000 EC$. Unlimited export of local currency, foreign currency up to a maximum of the amount declared upon import.

Currency Exchange

All major foreign currencies can be exchanged at the airport and in banks.


Code Symbol Exchange rates (no guarantee)
XCD EC$ 1 EUR = 2.81 EC$
1 CHF = 3.35 EC$
1 USD = 2.70 EC$

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Money