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With the continual change in protocols due to the pandemic, we outline the last-known situation below for yacht arrivals. Skippers should follow the recommended links in “resources” to confirm the latest protocols. Always check with your intended port of arrival before getting underway to be 100% certain of what is required. Please e-mail if you find protocols have changed.


Yachting Protocols:

October 2022

  • Effective 4 April, 2022, Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique have removed all Covid restrictions, including entry restrictions for unvaccinated travellers.
  • There are no more Covid-19 tests to enter, proof of vaccination required or quarantine.
  • Masks are no longer mandatory, but are an optional choice.
  • Clearance procedures have returned to pre-pandemic normal.


  • The vaccination program on Grenada is now open to the resident cruising community. All cruisers on island are encouraged to be vaccinated at the earliest opportunity. Take photo ID and boat documents. Check the Ministry of Health Facebook page for vaccination centers.
  • A PCR test here costs US$50.

Information provided by Nautical Development – Grenada Tourism Authority.


  • The email addresses for more information about arriving in Grenada are: (for general enquiries about yacht arrivals). (for health protocol questions). (for Carriacou yacht arrivals).
  • There are two helplines (45VIRUS) 458-4787 and (53VIRUS) 538-4787 to benefit the Grenadian public as well as visitors to the island.



  • At the start of March, 2020, the Government raised its public health threat level to HIGH and began tracking travelers from China, Japan, South Korea, Iran, Italy and Singapore, and other region where community transmission had been established. MAYAG began consulting with Immigration and Health on the protocol for arriving yachts. Port Louis Marina and Tyrell Bay were the only two ports of entry operating for pleasure craft.
  • 19 March: Mandatory 14 day quarantine ashore was introduced if arriving from anywhere with community contagion. Visitors arriving from a number of countries (including anywhere in Europe, USA, UK) were being refused entry.
  • 21 March: All yachts were permitted to enter at Port Louis Marina only (except those coming from Guadeloupe and Martinique) but were not permitted to step ashore and had to undertake 2 weeks quarantine.
  • 25 March: A limited state of emergency was declared in Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinque for the next 21 days. All ports of Entry closed. Boats that had arrived in the country from 21 March were not permitted to leave their yachts.
  • At the start of April MAYAG made a proposal to the Ministry of Tourism to allow the scheduled and controlled entry of yachts into Grenada to shelter for hurricane season. All yachts interested in coming to Grenada had to pre-register.
  • During lockdown, crew on yachts already in Grenada had to shelter in place on board with designated shopping days for when they could go ashore. No water activities were permitted.
  • 16 May: Grenada partially reopened for foreign yacht arrivals when MAYAGs proposals for yachts with bookings in marinas and boatyards for hurricane season to be allowed entry into Grenada, was approved.
  • End of July: Grenada airport opened to commercial flights
  • 31 August: Phase I of Grenada Yacht Arrivals managed by MAYAG came to an end. Phase II, managed by the authorities, used the SailClear system to collect the forms (clearance, and health forms) for yachts intending to arrive into Grenada.
  • 18 September: Grenada was among the CARICOM states identified as low-risk COVID-19 destinations allowing travel from similar states without PCR tests prior to arrival and without having to undergo a quarantine period.
  • 01 November: Grenada deactivated the CARICOM travel bubble. Minimum number of entry quarantine days increased to 7 for ALL incoming tourists.
  • Entry rules permitting both vaccinated and non-vaccinated travelers into Grenada [see details here] continued until August 2021 when new rules accepting only vaccinated travelers, were introduced.
  • In September 2021 cases began to rise again and the island went into lockdown. Getting permission to go to Carriacou by yacht was difficult. By November, the situation started to stabilise and lockdown restrictions eased.
  • In November 2021 the requirement to get tested on arrival and undergo quarantine was removed, although testing on arrival was re-introduced in February 2022 for vaccinated yacht crew.
  • For a long time only vaccinated yacht crew could enter the country with proof of a negative Covid test taken prior to departure for Grenada.
  • 4 April, 2022, all Covid-related travel restrictions were lifted.


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  1. July 28, 2022 at 10:07 AM
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    sue-richards says:

    This feedback from cruiser Tera Houting:
    The only place to do the in and out clearance is at st George’s, in Port Louis.
    However, we were not informed of this knowledge and sailed through from st Vincent to the south of Grenada.
    From the south (Clarke’s Court Bay) everyone is meeting up for Trinidad.
    (Via channel VHF 66 at 7.30 hrs cruisers network info and check if other boats go , so a convoy is possible, to Trinidad).
    We arrived at Clarke’s Court Bay. Clearance not possible anymore.
    We found Henry Safari, a tour company to help us.
    They did the clearance and clearing out from that point, against a fee of inbound US$60 and outbound US$40.
    (Saturday, we arrived so in that case we had to pay overtime (100%))!

  2. December 26, 2021 at 11:33 AM
    sacoles says:

    After sending this to Sue Richards (the noonsite editor), she has asked me to post it here. Now we have been in Grenada for over a week and I would like to express my pleasure about how wonderful it is to be here and how lovely, hospitable and friendly the Grenadan people are!

    It is surprising really that despite one’s best efforts to be well informed about one’s arrival in a new country, that one can be so ill informed ….. Of course I did not plan to arrive in Grenada on a Friday night before Christmas – that might be an ill advised plan you might say? – if it were a plan – which it was not. I was VERY well advised by the noonsite website that clearance at the weekend would involve extra costs (overtime fees for the staff involved) but I was NOT advised about the difficulty about making contact with the authorities to ascertain the precise procedures to which we were subject – OR that the health authority lady who sets up her office in the white gazebo tent in the Port Louis marina was the FIRST person with whom one must make contact (in these times of Covid) and that she works rather reduced and uncertain hours over the week-end. Fortunately we were cleared by her and permitted to proceed to the next step (Customs and Immigration) which was simple in comparison. The health lady had expressed her reluctance to be present at an early stage, and then expressed her displeasure at the fact that we did NOT bring printed out copies of our health declaration forms which I had filled out on-line. I explained that I had had no printer available. We needed to fill them out there in front of her (which was just as well since there may have been some errors in the on-line forms which I had submitted – names and addresses and passport numbers of all the crew). However I was glad to have completed all the necessary paperwork before departure – this must have given me some peace of mind that I had done all that was was possible to ease our way on our arrival about 18 days later on. I had read that one must book a mooring to moor the yacht on arrival – but it was NOT possible to book a mooring AND that on arrival one must anchor and await clearance instructions. What can one do with contradictory instructions? Make contact with the relevant authorities? VHF calls to Customs and Immigration drew no response on a Saturday morning – eventually a call to the port authority got the reply that Port Louis marina should be contacted – AND it turned out that that was where the Customs and Immigration office was located – AND after rushing ashore at lunchtime to check-in with him we were informed that the health authority lady had gone home already – she would be there at about 9am next day. We did not rush on Sunday morning – we got ashore about 10am and the Customs guy told us that we should expect the health lady at about 11am – we should go back to the boat (now on a mooring) and wait – I interpreted this loosely – and so we waited partly in the Victory bar (with wi-fi) and partly in the health authority gazebo tent. The health authority lady turned up at about 1240. In contrast to the Danish yatchsmen with whom I had spent some of this waiting time, and after some discussion about this matter with the lady, we did NOT have to present PCR Covid tests results since we had been at sea for some time, and merely had to present Clearance from the last port as evidence. No objection was raised about the mis-spelling of the port of registration in that document! David (who had sailed with us to Mindelo) had predicted that we would be visited by health staff wearing scrubs (hospital worker uniform) to test us. I am sure that if this were necessary we would have been waiting longer – but I had made some preparations in case such a visit were to happen.
    Still after clearance on a Sunday we were free – but establishing normal communications in this time is not so easy. In Mindelo we could buy a local SIM card for Internet access in a supermarket without problems – not the case here. There are two offices in town here where they should be available. There was a VERY long and slow moving queue outside the one that I visited yesterday, and I concluded that my time might be better spent fixing things on the boat, so we now have a bilge pump float switch that works properly and some necessary stitching done to the sprayhood/cockpit cover. There is a good and well stocked chandlers here (Island Water World) with their own dinghy pontoon and I needed to present my documents to them to establish an account and therefore qualify for duty free prices.
    It is no longer permitted to anchor in the large area outside St Georges lagoon known as the Grand Anse Marine Protected Area (GAMPA for short) since they are trying to encourage the growth of coral in this area and they have laid many moorings for yachts to use instead. The moorings operator and GAMPA do not seem to understand difficulties which visiting yachtsmen may face in booking and paying for their moorings. I have told him that I shall pay as soon as I can get online. I shall expect a 4th visit from this man today.
    This morning (Tuesday 21st Dec) Joel and I did an early trip into town to wait in the queue outside the Cable & Wireless Flow shop in order to buy a SIM card. After 50 minutes of waiting we were finally being served at a desk and with the SIM card inserted into my phone when the lady (with very long and beautifully decorated fingernails) discovered that my phone would NOT pick up the Flow signal at all and that I should go next door to DigiCell. In contrast to the information I had received there the previous day I could buy a SIM card without waiting for too long but that I had to go next door to upgrade my plan to get a decent amount of data. After a short wait outside this 3rd office I was able to get in and get served – BUT it took the guy more than 10 minutes to download the DigiCell App using the shop’s wi-fi, so this did NOT bode well for the data speeds that I am to expect. After checking that things worked OK it was time to get out of the office and meet Joel at the dinghy in the Carenage and get back to Ramprasad.
    We then did the 11 mile trip (including our first beat to windward for some time – motorsailing) to come here to Prickly Bay (where at least we are permitted to anchor) and it is more of a hub for yachting activity than St George. Relax at last and spend more time fixing things!
    Sam Coles SY Ramprasad 26th December 2021

  3. November 4, 2021 at 12:41 PM
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    sue-richards says:

    Reported by Rebecca Childress (currently in Grenada on her yacht):
    As of last week, lockdown restrictions have eased as they seem to every 2 weeks here. Cases are way down, and once again we can have fun in Grenada. Curfew is 9pm -4am. Restaurants and businesses are open though many require vaccination to get in, take out available to all. Vaccinations are required to come in to the country. Gatherings can’t be more than 20. Beaches open for swimming and exercising but not social gatherings. Some businesses are still closed while they try to vaccine their employees as a condition of being open. Overall, it’s getting freer and freer every 2 weeks now. Not many tourists here, so a nice time to be here.

  4. September 13, 2021 at 4:18 PM
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    sue-richards says:

    Grenada Coastguard is asking the cruising community to comply with the NO MOVEMENT order in Grenada at this time. On no movement days (i.e. weekends), moving your boat can result in arrests and fines. Movement on other days (i.e. weekdays) are to be confined to approved activities and for the approved timeframes and all other laws and ordinances are to be followed.

  5. May 28, 2021 at 7:17 PM
    kaya1 says:

    Carriacou-Paradise beach is in the marine park. They are requesting on mooring ball or staying out farther in the sand area, it’s only 4-6 feet Deep there. Also fees for our boat were EC$30 a night. We were told it’s no longer EC$25 a night.

  6. June 9, 2020 at 10:05 PM
    pieterjan says:

    Extension of stay fees are now EC$75 instead of EC$25 per person per month. This is since Nov 1st 2019. See

    1. June 15, 2020 at 6:22 AM
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      sue-richards says:

      Thank you Pieter, that’s really useful to know, I’ve updated the Fees.

  7. March 4, 2020 at 4:45 PM
    jpaulstephens says:

    4/3/2020 Customs clearance closed in Hillsborough
    We anchored off Hillsborough to clear out for Union Island at 11:00. The Immigration lady said that clearance has relocated to Tyrrels Bay. To save time I took a taxi (EC$35 each way)

    Paul Stephens
    Tin Tin

  8. February 22, 2020 at 2:11 PM
    lilligottschall says:

    We heard that Prickly Bay is beeing renovated and or under contruction . Dose anyone know anything about this ? We are planning to stop there on our way from Carriacou. We have a charter for a week in the first week of April.

    1. April 13, 2020 at 7:07 PM
      harry5hill says:

      Hi Prickly bay is still undergoing work at the moment and no one seems to know when it will be completed.
      The butcher is still open so you can get fresh meat and cheese
      That said we are on total lockdown at the moment so not allowing anyone in or out

  9. January 9, 2020 at 9:08 PM
    maxgsail says:

    Prickly is a nice bay. Nice beach, nice resorts and beautiful villas. No good supermarket close by. You have to move by car or bus.
    Customs and immigration is well organized at the first floor of prickly marina. Laundry is disappointing and too expensive. The clean robes and towels were returned in the same dirty and salty trash bags we used to take her the dirty items.

  10. September 11, 2019 at 4:51 PM
    JLF says:

    for extention for visa only the day before 3 months are finished.

  11. June 12, 2019 at 2:32 PM
    aria49 says:

    Beware of overpriced import fees when you fly into the airport with a dog. We live on a sailing vessel with him. We flew in with our doctor prescribed service animal and were asked to pay an import fee that was outrageously overpriced. They asked us how much a dog like this is worth. We said I don’t know, you can buy a puppy for around $950. She tried to charge us 67% import tax which was over $700 to bring our dog into the country . We then told her our dog was not a puppy but four years old and neutered so he could not be bred. He was probably only worth a couple of hundred as an older adult but she said that we could not change the first price we told them. I insisted upon going to the US Embassy and not clearing into the country with my dog. I told them I would take a ferry to another island. She then cut the price in half but we still had to pay $350.00 to get our dog into the country. This was outrageous and corrupt !

  12. February 2, 2019 at 1:07 PM
    Data Entry3 says:

    Actually not, we have checked it n and out twice the last three weeks, and it was really easy

  13. January 23, 2019 at 9:29 PM
    Data Entry3 says:

    Be aware of customs entrance fee scams by the local officials!!! Before paying, mention that you will need a receipt, particularly if the officer is alone in the office. We were burned on this one on Jan 19 by a female customs officer at the customs/immigration office located (but not affiliated with) Le Phare Bleu Marina: she charged about the US $20 too much, and when asked for the receipts she hastily closed the office and gave receipts for lower values.

  14. December 10, 2018 at 2:55 PM
    Data Entry3 says:

    please note that Hillsborough is no longer a point of entry. They have moved everything to Tyrell.

  15. December 7, 2018 at 6:11 PM
    Data Entry3 says:

    The name is Schomacker in Hamburg, they have a German and English website.

    Hope this helps

  16. December 6, 2018 at 8:36 PM
    Data Entry3 says:

    Could you share the name and contact information of the European insurance company you contacted?

  17. October 8, 2018 at 2:59 PM
    Data Entry3 says:

    Reported by Ralph Bayerwaltes / SV Calypso (USA)

    Our insurance company (for 30 years) cancelled our policy. We were very disappointed since we never had any claims. To get a new insurance policy, all insurance companies were asking us for a survey. Our boat is located in Le Marin, Martinique.

    We discovered that the only surveyor accepted for some USA insurance is in Grenada.
    Three insurance companies told me to sail back to Florida, get a survey, get insurance……even for liability only, or fly a surveyor to Martinique. We contacted 10 insurance companies and only four response!

    So we contacted a big insurance company in Europe. We had our policy in 48 hours, no survey needed, they have wording in their contract…if any information you provided is wrong or inaccurate, the policy is invalid… very easy.

  18. March 16, 2018 at 5:30 PM
    Data Entry3 says:

    We just received a warning from Panteanius: since Tuesday increased seismic activity, Kick ’em Jenny, the underwater volcano, might erupt. See the report on the BBC and avoid the area!

  19. October 4, 2017 at 2:44 PM
    Data Entry3 says:

    We used Ross and Sons to do some welding an make a custom part for our boat. They gave me a tour of their workshop. They do metal work all over the island. We were extremely happy with the quality of the work provided and the price. We highly recommend them!

    Ross and Sons Engineering Works Ltd
    Box 397 , St George’s , Grenada
    Tel:+1 473 440 3018

  20. September 4, 2017 at 8:28 PM
    Data Entry3 says:

    Updates and confirmations as of Sept. 2017:

    – [Hiking] The trail from Mt. Qua Qua to Concord Falls was in order (but very muddy!) around March 2017.

    – [Import] I was informed by Grenada customs that the release of imported goods is gated on an import agent completing a step online (something to do with ASYCUDA), thus even if armed with a C14 form signed by a customs officer, an import agent is necessary.

  21. July 1, 2017 at 12:41 PM
    Data Entry3 says:

    From Ken Goodings from the Caribbean Navigator Facebook page:

    It’s Carnival time! Get ready for the excitement, vibrant colour and sounds in Grenada.

    During these holidays it’s even more important for cruisers to be vigilant and proactive about their safety and security; both ashore and afloat.

    It’s an unfortunate corollary that boardings, both in daylight and at night, seem to peak just before and during Christmas and Carnival time.

    Boats, especially…

  22. May 29, 2017 at 12:11 PM
    Data Entry3 says:

    GRENADA CARNIVAL 2017 – August 10th to 15th

  23. March 11, 2016 at 7:42 PM
    Data Entry3 says:

    While making a passage from Carriacou to Grenada, we ran into an uncharted shoal. We were near the west edge of the inner volcano exclusion zone, at 12 18.61N, 61 38.99W. All of our charts show 1000 – 3000-foot depths in this area.

    We encountered an area of breaking waves and saw 17-foot depths on our instruments. A sharp turn to the west got us into deeper water, but we saw several more areas of 50-70 feet before going off soundings again. We checked our position with a second GPS, and this appears to be accurate.

  24. December 18, 2015 at 9:49 AM
    Data Entry3 says:

    Posted on Grenada Cruisers Facebook Page:
    Do not hike down the Concord Falls trail from the top of Mt. Qua Qua. After about 2 hours of descending the Concord Falls trail and almost at the highest waterfall, the trail has been destroyed by a landslide and there is no way around it. We were lucky enough to have started early and there was enough daylight to get back.

  25. November 25, 2015 at 3:58 AM
    Data Entry3 says:

    The use of a C-14 form if coming through the airport does not work. You have to leave the item, engage a customs broker, or travel to the various offices yourself, and then return with the C-14 issued by customs to retrieve your item.

    As a prior posts notes you need a broker and unless you have a car will incur cab fares. They also charge the 2.5% fee on the entire invoice amount, including shipping charges and taxes. So the 2.5% is a bit of an illusion.

  26. October 28, 2015 at 3:22 PM
    Data Entry3 says:

    CARRIACOU: POST OFFICE CUSTOMS C14 and do you need an agent.

    As posted on Grenada Cruisers Facebook Group –
    I had ordered a new propeller. The price including carriage by post to Carriacou was $1015 US or $2740 EC.

    I had followed the progress on the online tracking APP and it was shown as delivered to Carriacou.

    So with three copies of the invoice, passport and boat documents to hand, I set off for Customs in the new office by the boatyard. They suggested I use the Customs at the foot of the pier in Hillsborough.
    Bus into Hillsborough.

    Grenada Post Office, Customs, the C 14 form and using an agent.

    Customs were helpful but said that I needed the ‘Simplified Clearance Form’ that was issued by the post office. The post office at first said I needed the blue form that the had sent to the address I was using in Carriacou but when I said that would involve me in returning to Tyrell bay a charming young lady checked the relevant tray and discovered my form preprinted with my name[ incorrectly spelt].

    Back to Customs with the form who then said that things were in order but that I would have to use an agent to complete the paperwork and directed me to the agent who was sitting at the entrance to the large goods in the shed right by Customs.

    The agent completed the paperwork and gave it to me to hand into Customs. I paid Customs who then supplied me with the document which said I had paid the duty and could pick up the propeller from the post office.

    Picked up the prop from the post office and had some lunch.
    $35 EC to the agent. [ I would use her again very competent ]
    $59.07 EC to Customs [ approx 2.2% ]
    $17.50 EC to the Post Office.

    The post office seems to need the blue form to locate both the parcel and the paperwork.

    My understanding that the threshold of $3000 EC below which an agent is NOT required is clearly wrong. [ At least in Carriacou. ]

  27. June 8, 2015 at 12:45 PM
    Data Entry3 says:

    We are now cruising in Grenada for about 1 month, also saw part of the inland beauty of the island such as St. George, Grand Etang, Belmont Estate, Sauteurs, Victoria, Gouyave: all of it so so beautifully …. only, we saw also Halifax which is sometimes recommended as an anchoring spot : this is a HUGE dump pilling up for +/- 10 mt & more, burning, giving (very) bad smell in the valley: shame, shame on those who are exploiting this area and those who are in agreement with this procedure !!!

  28. November 1, 2013 at 12:25 PM
    Data Entry3 says:

    Changes in fees:

    During the first quarter of 2014, the Embarkation Tax for passengers boarding yachts in Grenada will move from EC$1 to EC$20 (approximately US$7.50).
    The website this was found on is

    Jim – SY Sweet Chariot

  29. October 7, 2013 at 2:40 PM
    Noonsite Team says:

    What could be excellent news for the Caribbean:
    Grenada has been renewing some visas for 6 or 12 months instead of the old 3 months. Further, there is no requirement to leave after 6 months.
    These long extensions appear to be not available on arrival, but are available of extension of the visa, if the Cruiser is of good standing.
    Immigration officials in the head office in St Georges have said: “The Grenada Government realises the importance of tourism and the Cruisers part in it.”

    This is without official confirmation but has happened to 2 cruisers I know of in the last week or two.
    Mark – SY Sea Life

  30. October 7, 2013 at 2:30 PM
    Data Entry3 says:

    What could be excellent news for the Caribbean:

    Grenada has been renewing some visas for 6 or 12 months instead of the old 3 months. Further, there is no requirement to leave after 6 months.

    These long extensions appear to be not available on arrival, but are available of extension of the visa, if the Cruiser is of good standing.

    Immigration officials in the head office in St Georges have said: “The Grenada Government realises the importance of tourism and the Cruisers part in it.”

    This is without official confirmation but has happened to 2 cruisers I know of in the last week or two.

    Mark – SY Sea Life