When traveling to a fun destination most people do not think of safety. However, it is one of the most important things when planning a vacation. Here are some of things to consider when travelling to St. Lucia.
Make sure you have adequate insurance coverage for your trip. Travel insurance guarantees that you will recoup some of your money in case of bad weather or unexpected family emergencies that may interfere with your travelling plans. Additionally, you should check that your medical and dental insurance covers any expenses you may incur overseas. Even though you have medical insurance, you might still have to pay out of pocket for services and then file a claim for reimbursement upon return to your home country
Locate the embassy or the consulate of your country that is serving St. Lucia. If you are travelling from the US to St. Lucia, you might want to register your trip with Smart Traveler Enrollment Program. When you are a registered traveler, the US government is able to better assist you in case you lose your passport and/or if you find yourself in crisis. However, you should also know what the US Department of State can and cannot do if you find yourself in trouble while in St. Lucia. Have the Task Force Alert number: 1-202-501-4444 in your contact information.
For travelers from the European Union, you should familiarize yourself with the European Consular Protection. If you are coming to St. Lucia from the UK, you should get familiar with the British High Commission in St. Lucia. The office is located at the Francis Compton Building in Castries. The phone number is 758 452 2484.
Travelers from Canada should locate the Embassy or Consulate in St. Lucia before arrival. The Canadian Embassy serving St. Lucia is located in Barbados: Bishop’s Court Hill, St. Michael, P.O. Box 404, Bridgetown, Barbados BB11113 Telephone: (246) 629-3550 or (246) 437-743 and email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your vaccinations and immunization should also be up to date. You can find specific health information about St. Lucia. Travelers to St. Lucia should be up-to-date on routine vaccines before their trip. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot. You should always consult your health professional when travelling to St. Lucia because she/he knows your situation and is in the best position to advise you about all health related concerns before your trip.