Travel in Montserrat

Montserrat arrival

Airplane: the airline WinAir flies presently the only one at Montserrat (several times a day from Antigua). To get to Antigua and Barbuda from Europe, you can use British Airways, Lufthansa, Swiss or British Midland Airways, among others.

There are also flights to Antigua by helicopter, providers are Carib Aviation and Montserrat Aviation Services.

Airports: the international airport of Gerald’s Airport (MNI) opened in 2005 on the northern part of the island in Gerald’s Bottom. Taxis drive into town. Helicopters also take off from the airport.
The island’s former airport, Plymouth (WH Bramble), had to be closed due to the volcanic eruption in June 1997.

Ship: Little Bay (Montserrat) and Heritage Quay (Antigua) are connected by a catamaran, the journey time is about an hour. However, it happens again and again that the ferry service is temporarily suspended.

Montserrat – Visa and Entry Requirements

True is Montserrata British Crown Colony, but not the same entry requirements as Great Britain.

Passport
is generally required for entry to Montserrat. The passport (or the temporary passport) must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the duration of the stay. An identity card is not sufficient to enter Montserrat.

visa

EU citizens (with the exception of Romania and Bulgaria) and Switzerland do not need a visa for a tourist stay of a maximum of 6 months on Montserrat. However, an onward or return ticket must be shown.

Entry with children
For accompanying children, the same visa requirements apply as for their parents. Each child needs their own travel document, which is valid for at least 6 months after their stay.

Minors traveling alone on Montserrat should have a declaration of consent from their parents or guardians.

Germany: Children can enter Montserrat with their own passport or child ID (only with photo). Child ID cards are no longer issued in Germany, existing child ID cards remain valid until the expiry date.

Austria: Children need their own passport.

Switzerland: children need their own passport.

Montserrat – climate and the best time to travel

Montserrat climate

The climate in Montserrat is tropical. the temperatures move between 21 and 28 ºC in the cooler period of December and February. From May to October the temperatures are between 23 ° C and 31 ° C.

Most falls during the hurricane season from July to November rain.

Best time to visit Montserrat

According to MICROEDU.NET, there are hardly any seasonal fluctuations on Montserrat, with the months from December to February usually being a little cooler and drier. In the period between May and October it is warmer (up to 31 ° C), but there is a certain risk of hurricanes and the rainfall are stronger.

Although the volcano has not erupted since 1997, visitors should always have an ash mask with them and pay attention to the announcements on the radio on ZJB (91.9FM).

Montserrat – traveling in the country

Ship: The largest harbor on Montserrat is Little Bay, where yachts and sailing ships can also be rented. Ships are allowed to call at the northern bay, but landing in front of the southern part of the island is not allowed due to the still existing danger from the volcano. Cruise ships approach the south coast within 500 meters during the day.

Car: The paved roads on Montserrat connect all larger towns and reach a total length of about 200 km. There is left-hand traffic on Montserrat.
Numerous locals rent their cars for around $ 50 a day, and a car with a driver costs around $ 20 an hour. This can be very interesting as the drivers obviously know the most interesting places on Montserrat. However, there are also rental car agencies. The tourist office has a list of all available local transport.

Bus: private minibuses run on the main routes; they can also be hired for excursions. There are no fixed stops, you simply signal the driver with a hand sign that you want to be taken along.

Taxi:Taxis run during the day, and fixed prices are prescribed for the most important routes.

Montserrat – Health and Diseases

Vaccination against tetanus, diphtheria and hepatitis A is recommended when traveling to Montserrat. For a longer stay and backpacking trips, vaccination against hepatitis B and typhus recommended.
A yellow fever vaccination certificate is issued by Traveler(older than one year) are required who have been in a yellow fever infection area in the last 6 days when entering the country.

Diarrheal diseases

Most Diarrheal diseases can be prevented by proper drinking water and food hygiene.
The drinking water on Montserrat is clean and usually chlorinated. In the first few days of the stay, the chlorination can cause slight stomach upset. In the beginning you should buy drinking water in bottles, but make sure that the original cap is not broken. The milk offered on Montserrat is pasteurized and can be consumed as well as fruit, vegetables, meat, dairy products, poultry and seafood.

Schistosomiasis

Schistosomiasis pathogens are found in some rivers and ponds on Montserrat, so avoid wading and swimming in these waters. However, in well-maintained pools that use chlorinated water, there is no risk of schistosomiasis.

Dengue

Mosquito-borne dengue virus infections occur on Montserrat. It is recommended to use mosquito nets and / or mosquito repellants to protect against insects.

There is a hospital on St. John. To consult a specialist, you have to fly to the neighboring islands of Guadeloupe or Antigua.
We strongly recommend taking out health insurance for travel abroad. This health insurance should also cover repatriation in the event of an emergency.
When you travel to Martinique, take a first-class travel kit with you and protect it from high temperatures when you are out and about.

Take when traveling to the Montserrat A first-aid kit tailored to your needs and protect it from high temperatures when you are out and about.

In addition to my general disclaimer, please note the following important note:

A guarantee for the correctness and completeness of the medical information and liability for any damage that may occur cannot be assumed. You stay responsible for your healthy.

Travel in Montserrat