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Quick Facts

238 square miles (619 sq. km)
27 miles long, 14 miles wide

4 hours behind GMT

Official language is English

A French-based Patois (Creole) is also widely spoken.

Population: 187,623 (2017)

GDP per capita: 13,300 (PPP)

Passports

British, Canadian, and French nationals do not require passports or a st lucia visa for short stays (weekend to one week).

US nationals and all other nationals require a passport to travel to St. Lucia.

A st lucia visa is required for some countries.

Immigration, Customs & Taxes

Visitors can stay 42 days (6 weeks) on a tourist visa, which can be extended for US$ 80 per month for up to 6 months.

You must have a return ticket.

Nationals of some countries are required to obtain a visa.

Duty free allowance: 200 cigarettes or 250 grams of tobacco or 50 cigars, one liter of spirit or wine.

The departure tax is already included in ticket prices on International flights. For regional travel, a separate departure tax still applies.

Money, Taxes and Tipping

The local Eastern Caribbean Dollar (EC$ or XCD) is fixed to the US$ at 1 US$ = $2.6882 EC$. The exchange rate on the street, in hotels and stores varies from 2.50 to 2.65

Bank hours are Monday to Friday 8 am to 2 pm. All ATM’s distribute local currency.

Major international credit cards are accepted at most large shopping centers, restaurants, hotels etc. However, many smaller st lucia guesthouses and stores do not accept credit cards. American Express cards are also not accepted everywhere due to high fees.

There is a 10% value added tax for tourism services and a 15% VAT for most other goods and services. A service charge of 10% is typically added to your bill by most hotels, guest houses and restaurants. Tips are always appreciated!


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  • One bathroom
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  • One bedroom
  • One bathroom
  • Veranda
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