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Grenada: Grenada
Capital: Saint George's
Population: 89,211
Currency: East Caribbean dollar (XCD)
Languages: English (official), French patois
Religions: Roman Catholic 53%, Anglican 13.8%, other Protestant 33.2%
Borders: 0 km

COUNTRY DESCRIPTION ^
Grenada is a developing Caribbean island nation. The capital is St. George's. Tourism facilities vary, according to price and area.

SAFETY AND SECURITY ^
Grenada is a peaceful island. Terrorism and kidnappings are unknown. There are no extremist groups, areas of instability or organized crime within the island.

CRIME ^
Street crime occurs occasionally in Grenada. Tourists have been victims of armed robbery in isolated areas, and thieves frequently steal credit cards, jewelry, U.S. passports, alien registration cards, and money. Muggings, purse-snatchings and other robberies may occur in areas near hotels, beaches and restaurants, particularly after dark. Visitors should exercise appropriate caution when walking after dark, or rely on taxis. Valuables left unattended on beaches are vulnerable to theft. Visitors may wish to consult with local authorities, their hotels and/or the U.S. Embassy for current information.

CRIMINAL PENALTIES ^
While in a foreign country, a U.S. citizen is subject to that country's laws and regulations, which sometimes differ significantly from those in the U.S. and may not afford the protections available to the individual under U.S. law. Penalties for breaking the law can be more severe than in the U.S. for similar offenses. Persons violating Grenada laws, even unknowingly, may be expelled, arrested or imprisoned. Penalties for possession, use, or trafficking in illegal drugs in Grenada are strict, and convicted offenders can expect jail sentences and very heavy fines.

MEDICAL FACILITIES ^
Medical care is limited. U.S. citizens requiring medical treatment may contact the U.S. Embassy in St. George's for a list of local doctors, dentists, pharmacies and hospitals. Serious medical problems requiring hospitalization and/or medical evacuation to the U.S. can cost thousands of dollars. Doctors and hospitals often expect immediate cash payment for health services. Pharmacies are well stocked, and prescription medicine is available, but travelers are advised to bring with them sufficient prescription medicine for their length of stay.

DISASTER PREPAREDNESS ^
Grenada experiences tropical storms during the hurricane season, from June through November. General information about natural disaster preparedness is available via the Internet from the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at http://www.fema.gov/.

TRAFFIC SAFETY AND ROAD CONDITIONS ^
While in a foreign country, U.S. citizens may encounter road conditions that differ significantly from those in the U.S. The information below concerning Grenada is provided for general reference only, and may not be totally accurate in a particular location or circumstance:

Safety of Public Transportation: Good
Urban Road Conditions/Maintenance: Good
Rural Road Conditions/Maintenance: Good
Availability of Roadside Assistance: Good

Traffic moves on the left in Grenada; the majority of vehicles are right-hand drive. Grenada's roads, paved and unpaved, are mostly narrow and winding. Road surfaces often deteriorate, particularly in the rainy season (June-November) before maintenance work begins. Driving conditions in Grenada, including road conditions, increasing numbers of vehicles, and sometimes undisciplined minibus drivers (who provide public and for-hire transport) all require caution and reduced speed for safety. The Government of Grenada has recently introduced a seat belt law; drivers and passengers found not wearing seat belts are subject to fine. Rental vehicle companies are widely available; most of them will assist in applying for temporary driving licenses. The adequacy of road signage varies.

For specific information concerning Grenada driver's permits, road safety, vehicle inspection, road tax and mandatory insurance, please contact the Grenada Tourism Board in New York at 800 Second Avenue, Suite 400 K New York, N.Y. 10017, telephone 1-800-927-9554, or 212-687-9554, Fax: 212-573-9731; e-mail: gbt@caribsurf.com

AVIATION SAFETY OVERSIGHT ^
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has assessed the government of Grenada's civil aviation authority as Category 2 -- not in compliance with international aviation safety standards for the oversight of Grenada's air carrier operations. While consultations to correct the deficiencies are ongoing, any of Grenada's air carriers with existing routes to the U.S. will be permitted to conduct limited operations to the U.S. subject to heightened FAA surveillance. No additional flights or new service to the U.S. by Grenada's air carriers will be permitted unless they arrange to have the flights conducted by an air carrier from a country meeting international safety standards.

For further information, travelers may contact the Department of Transportation within the U.S. at 1-800-322-7873, or visit the FAA's Internet web site at http://www.intl.faa.gov. The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) separately assesses some foreign air carriers for suitability as official providers of air services. For information regarding the DOD policy on specific carriers, travelers may contact the DOD at telephone (618) 229-4801.

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Please also refer to the separate Travel Warning for Colombia and to the Worldwide Caution Public Announcement.

February 3, 2004

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