Guidance

Living in St Vincent and the Grenadines

Advice for British people living in St.Vincent and the Grenadines, including information on health, education, benefits, residence requirements and more.

Overview

This guide sets out essential information for British nationals residing in St Vincent and the Grenadines including advice on health, education, benefits, residence requirements and more. We are unable to provide any guidance on general lifestyle enquiries apart from the information and links listed below. See our ‘Our services’ section for information on what we can and cannot do for British nationals.

Health

The main hospital is the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital in Kingstown. Specialised cases are usually sent to Trinidad or Barbados. Make sure you have adequate health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad and repatriation.

Further information on health care in St Vincent and the Grenadines can be found on our travel advice page or from the Ministry of Health.

Education

In St Vincent and the Grenadines the school system is based on that of the UK. For more information please visit the Ministry of Education website.

Entry and residence requirements

Entry requirements for British Nationals can be found on our travel advice page

British Nationals are not permitted to work in St Vincent and the Grenadines without a valid work permit and students are required to hold a student visa.

Information and advice regarding residency, work permits and student visa should be obtained from the Ministry of National Security, Air & Sea Port Development, or the High Commission for St Vincent and the Grenadines in London.

Benefits

British Nationals maybe entitled to UK benefits while living in St Vincent and the Grenadines.

The UK basic state pension is payable in St Vincent and the Grenadines. Please contact the International Pension Centre for more information on getting your pension in St Vincent and the Grenadines.

You may be thinking about paying voluntary contributions to top up your pension entitlement. For further information on paying voluntary contributions in the UK, contact HM Revenues & Customs.

Driving licences and vehicles

Residents and visitors are required to hold a valid Vincentian licence or permit to drive on the roads. Driving licences and permits are issued at Police Headquarters in Kingstown, St. Vincent. Temporary permits may also be issued at any port of entry in the Grenadines. It is necessary to present a current valid driver’s licence issued in the holder’s usual country of residence.

Finance

There are a number of banks in St Vincent and the Grenadines.

Advice should be sought directly from the banks on how to open an account. You are likely to be asked to produce a reference from your UK bank. More information can be found from The Financial Services Authority.

Disclaimer

This information is provided as a general guide and is based upon information provided to the embassy by the relevant local authorities and may be subject to change at any time with little or no notice. The FCO and the British Embassy will not be liable for any inaccuracies in this information. British nationals wishing to obtain any further information must contact the relevant local authority.

Published 25 November 2013