Grenada Country Report
Prime Minister Keith Mitchell has been secure in power since 2013, recently consolidated by his success in the general election on 13 March 2018. He was re-elected despite the public rejection of seven constitutional amendments proposed by his New National Party (NNP) government in a November 2016 referendum. Grenada was named as a "major money laundering country" in the 2017 INCSR. Although crime has increased over recent years, Grenada remains one of the Caribbean's safest countries. Counter-narcotics operations pose a risk to vessels. The country's high debt burden remains an impediment to long-term economic development.
Grenada welcomes foreign investment. The country’s infrastructure has recovered following natural disasters in the mid-2000s, thanks in part to support from regional governments, international organisations, and the private sector. Regionally, Grenada enjoys lower crime levels than most of its neighbours. The labour movement does not represent an operational constraint as disruptive strikes are rare. Limited state capacity means that bureaucracy is often slow, although corruption is not a major concern.
There are no terrorist groups with the intention or capability to conduct terrorist attacks against state or commercial assets in the country. The main security threat is crime. The murder rate is relatively low at nine murders per 100,000 inhabitants.
Interstate war risks are low. In common with other small states in the Eastern Caribbean, Grenada’s foreign relations initiatives are shaped by its need to diversify economic development, and an ongoing search for donors and market opportunities. The country's relationship with its regional neighbours and the United States are friendly.
Protest and riot risks are low. Politically and economically motivated demonstrations, including from public-sector workers, can take place, but are unlikely to result in violence. In November 2017, Prime Minister Keith Mitchell praised the role of trade unions in the Grenadian economy, but also warned unnamed public sector union officials against disrupting public services amid a pay dispute. This led to former opposition leader Nazim Burke accusing Mitchell of showing "hostility" towards local trade unions.
Vaccinations required to enter the country
Proof of vaccination against yellow fever is required for travelers over one year of age arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever (YFV) transmission and for travelers who have been in transit for >12 hours in an airport located in a country with risk of YFV transmission.
Hepatitis A: A vaccine is available for anyone over one year of age. The vaccine may not be effective for certain people, e.g. those born before 1945 and who lived as a child in a developing country and/or have a past history of jaundice (icterus). These people can instead get a shot of immune globulin (IG) to boost their immunity against the disease.
Hepatitis B: A vaccine is available for children at least two months old.
Diphtheria-Tetanus-Polio: A booster shot should be administered if necessary (once every ten years).
Rabies: For prolonged stays in an isolated region (for children from when they can walk).
For Children: All standard childhood immunizations should be up-to-date. In the case of a long stay, the BCG vaccine is recommended for children over one month and the MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine for children over nine months.
Travelers should be aware that Granada is located in a region often struck by hurricanes and tropical storms from June to November. Detailed information regarding all storm activity is available at the National Hurricane Center's website.
Grenada is located near the Kick 'em Jenny submarine volcano. A major volcanic eruption could potentially trigger a tsunami that could affect a number of Caribbean islands, including Grenada. Kick 'em Jenny erupts on average every 11 years; the last eruption dates back to 2001.
Earthquakes can strike the Caribbean region.
Road infrastructure (road conditions, lighting, signage) is generally in poor condition, particularly on secondary and minor roads. Drivers should be particularly cautious at night outside tourist areas.
To drive in Grenada (on the left-hand side of the road in this former British colony), foreigners must obtain a temporary local license. Visitors should contact their rental agency for more information.
For safety and security reasons, only licensed taxis should be used. As taxis do not have meters, it is advisable to agree on a fare prior to departure.
Mustique Airways - an airline that services Grenada and is based out of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines - has been placed on the EU "blacklist" of airlines banned from operating in EU airspace due to subpar safety standards. Travel on Mustique Airways flights is, therefore, not advised.
Grenada's climate is tropical, with temperatures ranging between 24°C and 30°C all year long (temperatures are lower at higher elevations). The dry season extends from February to May and the rainy season from June to December. Annual rainfall is the highest in mountainous and coastal regions.
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