- Normal precautions
- High degree of caution
- Avoid non-essential travel
- Do not travel
- Safety and Security
- Local Laws and Customs
- Additional Information
- Embassy Contact
General Travel Advice
Irish citizens entering Saint Lucia must complete the Electronic Immigration Form.
A valid passport is required for travel to Saint Lucia. Irish passports should have a minimum validity of 6 months. Passport cards cannot be used.
Visitors to Saint Lucia are advised to follow the guidance of the national and local authorities and stay fully informed of what's going on by monitoring local news and social media.
Citizens can also follow the Irish Embassy in Canada on Twitter @IrlEmbCanada to ensure access to relevant updates and alerts.
The best help is often close at hand so if you have problems, try talking to your local contacts, tour operator representative or hotel management.
You can contact the emergency services in Saint Lucia by dialling 999. Specific emergency numbers are:
- Police: 999
- Ambulance: 911
Our tips for Safe Travels:
- Get comprehensive travel insurance that covers all your planned activities.
- Register your details with us so that we can contact you quickly if there’s an unforeseen crisis like a natural disaster or a family emergency.
- Follow us on twitter @dfatravelwise for the latest travel updates.
- Read our ‘Know Before You Go’ guide.
As there is no Irish Embassy St Lucia, we are limited in the help we can offer you in an emergency. However, if you need assistance, you can contact the Irish Embassy in Ottawa.
Safety and Security
Safety and Security
Safety and security
Extreme Weather in the Caribbean Region
The hurricane season in the Caribbean normally runs from July to October. You should pay close attention to local and international weather reports and follow the advice of local authorities. Always monitor local and international weather updates for the region by accessing, for example, the Weather Channel, or the US National Hurricane Centre website. Citizens with plans to be in the affected region during this period should consider the need to travel based on information relating to extreme weather projections.
Vehicles travel on the left side of the road in Saint Lucia. Roads are reasonably well paved but may be poorly marked, narrow and winding, with steep inclines/declines.
When using minibus or taxi services, travellers should agree to a fare ahead of time.
If you’re planning to drive be careful and take these simple precautions:
- Bring your full Irish and international driving license and make sure you have adequate and appropriate insurance.
- Keep your vehicle doors locked and your bags kept out of sight to prevent opportunistic bag-snatching if you’re stopped at traffic lights.
- Vehicles may stop without warning so always maintain a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front.
Take great care at all times when swimming at all times, not all beaches have lifeguards or warning signs.
Local Laws and Customs
Local Laws and Customs
Local laws and customs
Remember, the local laws apply to you as a visitor and it is your responsibility to follow them. Be sensitive to local customs, traditions and practices as your behaviour may be seen as improper, hostile or may even be illegal.
It is illegal for anyone, including children, to dress in camouflage clothing.
Check with your doctor well in advance of travelling to see if you need any vaccinations for Saint Lucia.
There have been outbreaks of Zika Virus (a dengue-like mosquito-borne disease) in Central and South America and the Caribbean. Irish Citizens especially those with a weakened immune system or women who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant are advised to follow guidance available on the website of the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC).
If you are unsure of the entry requirements for this country, including visa and other immigration information, ask your travel agent or contact the country’s nearest Embassy or Consulate.
You can also check with them how long your passport must be valid for.
If you need urgent assistance outside of working hours Monday to Friday, you can contact the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on +353 1 408 2000 or the Embassy of Ireland in Ottawa.
Embassy of Ireland
Suite 1105 (11th Floor)
130 Albert Street
Ontario K1P 5G4
Tel: +1 613 233 6281
Monday to Friday 10am to 12pm and 2pm to 4pm
Get travel and medical insurance
Before travelling, the Department strongly recommends that you obtain comprehensive travel insurance which will cover all overseas medical costs, including medical repatriation/evacuation, repatriation of remains and legal costs. You should check any exclusions and, in particular, that your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake.