|Local time is GMT -4.
|Electrical current is 240 volts, 50Hz.
|English is the official language, but Saint Lucian Creole is widely spoken.
|HIV is prevalent and precautions are advised. No vaccinations are required, however a yellow fever certificate is necessary for travellers arriving from infected areas. Health care costs are high on the island and health insurance is recommended, which should cover medical evacuation.
|About 10% of the bill. Taxi drivers, porters and chambermaids also expect to receive tips.
|It is an offence for anyone, including children, to dress in camouflage clothing.
|Business hours are generally 8am to 4.30pm throughout the week and 8.30am to 12.30pm on Saturdays.
|The international access code for Saint Lucia is +1 758. The outgoing code is 011 followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 01144 for the United Kingdom); the outgoing code is not needed for calls to Canada and the US. City/area codes are not in use. Pay phones accept coins and pre-paid card phones, available at shops throughout the island. AT&T calling cards can be used for cheaper international calls. Mobile phone operators provide good GSM 900, 1800 and 1900 network coverage on the island. Email and Internet access is available at Internet cafes throughout the island.
|Travellers to Saint Lucia may bring in 200 cigarettes or 250g tobacco, and 1 litre of wine or spirits without paying customs duty.