St Lucia arrival
Airplane: Virgin Atlantic and British Airways fly direct from London to St Lucia. Virgin Atlantic also fly from Manchester. According to oxfordastronomy, Caribbean Airlines also flies from London to St Lucia with a stopover on Tobago. Lufthansa offers flights with a stopover in Puerto Rico.
Within the Caribbean, the island is served by LIAT (Barbados, St. Vincent, Trinidad, Dominica, Antigua) , Air Jamaica (Barbados, Montego Bay, but also Chicago, Newark, Atlanta, New York and Miami) and Caribbean Star .
Air Canada flies between Montreal and Toronto and St Lucia. American Airlines flies from Miami, Chicago and New York, Delta Airlines from Atlanta.
Airports: there are two international airports in St Lucia. Hewanorra International Airport (UVF) is located at Vieux Fort in the extreme south of the island, George FL Charles Airport (SLU) is only 3 km from Castries. International long-haul flights land in Hewanorra due to the longer runway, flights within the Caribbean and charter flights usually land at the more centrally located George FL Charles Airport.
Taxis run to Castries from both airports. Rental cars can also be rented at both airports.
Ship: the main ports on the island are Castries, Soufriere and Vieux Fort. Cruise ships calling at St Lucia anchor in Castries. Cruise companies that have St Lucia in their program are Aida and Cunard.
The ferry company L´Express des Iles offers a daily catamaran connection between Castries on St Lucia and Fort-de-France on Martinique (journey time around 80 minutes). Also operate ferries from L’Express des Ises between Castries and Dominica and Guadeloupe (Saturdays and Sundays). Departure times change often, localTravel agencies know the current timetables.
The Brudey Frères company operates a ferry service between Castries and Point-a-Pitre in Guadeloupe (once or twice a week).
St Lucia – Entry Requirements
is a general requirement for traveling to St Lucia. Of the passport(or the temporary passport) must be valid for at least 6 months after the planned departure. When entering St. Lucia by plane, you should have a return or onward ticket.
For tourist and business trips, citizens of EU countries (with the exception of Latvia), Switzerland and Turkey do not need a visa for a maximum stay of 90 days at St Lucia.
Entry with children :
Every child needs their own travel document. For fellow children travelers, the same visa requirements apply as for their parents. This means, among other things, that the child’s travel document must also be valid for at least 6 months after the planned departure.
Germany: the German child ID card (with photo) or your own passport is accepted. Child ID cards are no longer issued in Germany, existing child ID cards remain valid until the expiry date.
Austria: Children need their own passport.
Switzerland: Children need their own passport.
If a child is traveling to St Lucia without parents or legal guardians, they should have an officially certified declaration of consent from the parents or legal guardian.
Foreign visitors must have sufficient funds for their trip.
Residence permit :
If you are planning a longer stay on St Lucia, please contact the consulate (see St. Lucia – important addresses). Applications for a residence permit are processed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Castries.
Detailed information on recommended and required vaccinations for traveling to St Lucia can be found in the chapter St Lucia – Health and Diseases.
A departure tax of EC $ 68 or US $ 25 is levied for all passengers over 12 years of age when leaving the island (if not already included in the flight ticket).
St Lucia – traveling in the country
Airplane: Flights can be chartered between George FL Charles Airport and Hewanorra Airport.
Boat: There are opportunities to rent boats in Rodney Bay, Marigot Bay and Castries.
Car: The road network on St Lucia is relatively good, all larger towns can be reached by roads of various quality. There is left-hand traffic on the island.
Car rental companies such as Avis, Hertz and National, as well as smaller (and usually cheaper) local companies, have branches in both Hewanorra and George FL Charles airports, as well as in Soufriere, Vieux Fort and Castries. Almost all agencies offer unlimited mileage.
The cheapest cars (without air conditioning) start from around $ 65 per day. If you are planning longer tours in St. Lucia, it is advisable to rent an off-road vehicle, as many roads are steep and there can be problems with mud on side roads in the rainy season.
Some rental agencies also rent out motorcycles and scooters. However, due to the hilly terrain, aggressive drivers and narrow roads, these vehicles are only for experienced drivers.
Bus:The bus service on St Lucia is provided by minivans (recognizable by the green number plate). They are an inexpensive way to see the island, most locals use them to get to the nearest town, school, or work.
St. Lucia’s main road goes around the entire island and buses stop at all locations along the way. There are frequent connections between the larger cities (e.g. between Castries and Gros Islet). However, only very few minibuses run on Sundays. They generally leave when all spaces are occupied.
If there is no bus stop near you, you can simply stop the minibuses along the road. If there is free space, the minibuses will stop.
Minibuses can also be chartered for tours around the island. St Lucia
taxis are identified by a blue or red license plate. Taxis are relatively inexpensive, and fixed prices apply on the most common routes.
Bike: There aren’t many bikes to rent on St Lucia. The roads on the island are sometimes very winding and steep, and many drivers hardly pay any attention to cyclists. Under these circumstances, St Lucia is hardly suitable for cycling.