Business File: St Vincent and Grenadines

Business File: St Vincent and Grenadines

St Vincent and Grenadines

Business/social hints

Attire for business meetings: men should wear a lightweight suit or tropical suit, women a lightweight two-piece suit or equivalent.

Etiquette: it is customary to shake hands on meeting and taking leave. In business an informal attitude prevails.

Invitations: gratuities in restaurants, which may sometimes be added to the bill, are around 10%-15%. Dress is for business meetings unless otherwise indicated. Gratuities for taxis are not considered customary.

Laws: the minimum drinking age is 18 years.

 

Local time: GMT -4hrs.

Capital: Kingstown.

Language: English.

Electricity: 220/240V AC 50Hz.

Int. direct dialling code: 1 784.

Driving: is on the left. Local licence required and can be obtained at the police station or at the Licensing Authority in Kingstown on presentation of National Licence or International Driving Permit (fee XCD 40).

Currency: eastern caribbean dollar (XCD 1 = 100 cents).

Notes: XCD: 5; 10; 20; 50; 100.

Coins:XCD: 1. Cents: 1; 2; 5; 10; 25; 50.

Business hours

Banks:8am-3pm Mon-Thur, 8am-5pm Fri.

Shops:8am-12noon and 1pm-4pm Mon-Fri, 8am-12pm Sat

Emergency Services

Police and Fire: 999.

Clothing

It is advisable to wear lightweight cottons due to therelatively high heat and humidity.

Health

Compulsory vaccinations: yellow fever if arriving from infected areas. Infants under one year exempt.

Weather

Climate varies according to altitude. Although tropical, it can be cooler in the hills. The lowest temperatures occur between Nov-Feb, the driest season is Jan-Apr and the rainy season Jul-Oct.

Saint Vincent Temp C Humidity % Rain

Max/Min am pm (mm)

January 30 21 80 - 127

February 29 17 79 - 102

March 31 18 77 - 102

April 33 19 76 - 76

May 33 21 76 - 152

June 33 21 78 - 230

July 31 23 80 - 230

August 33 22 80 - 280

September 33 21 81 - 253

October 33 21 81 - 230

November 32 20 84 - 230

December 30 19 82 - 202

Airport check

Mustique MQS

Postal Address: The Mustique Co Ltd, PO Box 349 Saint Vincent.

Telephone:+1 784 458-4621.

Telex: 7549 MUSTICO VQ

Fax: +1 784 456 4565

Location: 18 miles north of Kingstown, Saint Vincent.

Transportation to city centre: taxi: fare USD 4, journey time 5mins.

Airport departure tax: International:XCD 20. Note: children under 12 years are exempt.

Flight information: tel: 458-4621 ext 336/346 available during airport operations.

Passport and Visas

Passport required. Visa not required. Length of stay to be determined by the Immigration Authority on arrival.

Customs

Import allowances:

a) 200 cigarettes or 225gr of tobacco products or 50 cigars.

b) 1.136 lit of alcoholic beverage.

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