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Grenada Country Report

Overview

INTRODUCTION

The tiny Grenada island chain (population 112,000), with its capital at Saint George's, offers good travel conditions, although a few minor risks should be taken into account.

CRIME

While the country is relatively safe, incidents of opportunistic crime are reported and visitors should take basic common-sense precautions. Women travelers should note that the country does have a high rate of sexual assaults (258 cases per 100,000 residents in 2016).

As in many other countries in the region, an increase in the crime rate - particularly crimes perpetrated against foreigners - is observed during carnival festivities in August, and during the Christmas/New Year holiday season.

TRANSPORTATION

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.

SOCIOPOLITICAL CONTEXT

Street protests are rare in Grenada and instances of violent social unrest are practically non-existent in the country.

Legislative elections are set to take place in 2018.

NATURAL RISKS

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.

HEALTH

It should be noted before any trip to the country that medical resources on the island are limited and available services can be expensive. All visitors to the country are advised to take out travel medical insurance that covers medical evacuation.

Tap water in Grenada is chlorinated and safe to drink. However, unfamiliar bacteria could cause digestive issues among unaccustomed visitors and, hence, some travelers may prefer to drink bottled water during short stays. Only drink bottled water after periods of heavy rain and/or flooding, due to contamination risks.

There is a moderate risk of contracting various mosquito-borne diseases. To reduce this risk, it is advisable to use insect repellent and to sleep in screened-in or air-conditioned rooms.

  • Some 80 cases of dengue fever were reported in the first half of 2017.
  • Chikungunya may also be present, although it is unclear to what extent.
  • Zika virus was first detected in Grenada in May 2016 and continues to circulate as of the second half of 2017. The disease is also transmittable via sexual intercourse.

 Epizootic rabies is present in Grenada among populations of dogs, bats, and other mammals. The main line of defense against rabies is to avoid contact with both domestic and wild animals. If you are scratched or bitten, seek medical attention as soon as possible.

LEGAL

Certain homosexual acts are technically illegal in the country and are punishable by up to ten years in prison.

Climate

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.

Useful Numbers

Country Code: +1 473 Police: 911

Electricity

Voltage: 230 V ~ 50 Hz

Outlets:

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