Planning your Caribbean trip
The best way to ensure that your trip goes smoothly and as worry free as possible is to plan ahead. Then you can just relax and look forward to your trip!
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Travel insurance and medical cover
Get full travel insurance and medical cover as soon as you book and make sure you have appropriate cover for your requirements.

Always check the conditions and exclusions of your policy. A good insurance policy will cover you for cancelling or cutting a trip short. Check carefully to see exactly what you’re covered for, for example, illness, accident, jury service or witness summons, pregnancy (unknown when you buy the policy), redundancy, strikes etc.

If your travel arrangements involve connecting flights, either in the UK or Caribbean, check your insurance policy includes 'Missed Departure Cover' (check the policy wording as some policies exclude internal flights and connecting flights). Do not rely on compensation from an airline if it loses your luggage. By law, airlines only have to pay a specified minimum value per kilo of lost luggage.

Know before you go
Before you go, get to know your destination and find out about local laws and customs and follow them. For example, you should be aware that it is an offence for anyone, including children to dress in camouflage clothing in some Caribbean islands. We advise that you do not take any items of clothing or baggage with camouflage patterns.

Travel Advice Notices aim to ensure that British travellers are prepared before travel. Visit the Public Health England web site (NaTHNaC) and also visit The Foreign & Commonwealth Office’s (FCO) Travel Advice by country, Know Before You Go campaign

Island guides: Antigua island guide, Barbados island guide, St Lucia island guide, Grenada island guide, Tobago island guide, St Kitts island guide.

Travel Advice and links to Health Advice
Insect Bite Avoidance: Take precautions against mosquito bites, including the use of insect repellent during the day and at night. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when applying products. See how you can reduce your risk by taking steps to prevent mosquito bites

Zika Virus in the Caribbean In December 2015, the first local transmission of Zika virus infection (Zika) was reported in the Caribbean. Please check the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) website frequently for the most up-to-date recommendations for travel to the Caribbean

Pregnant women (in any trimester): Consider postponing travel to any area where Zika virus transmission is ongoing. Women who are trying to become pregnant: Before you travel, talk to your GP or doctor about your plans to become pregnant and the risk of Zika virus infection. See for updates, guidance, Q&A's for Pregnant Women. We recommend you contact your Travel Insurance Company before travel, to check the policy cover provided.

Chikungunya in the Caribbean Chikungunya is an illness caused by a virus that spreads through mosquito bites. It is also found in in Oceania and the Pacific Islands and South America. The most common symptoms are fever and joint pain. Most cases recover in three to five days. Please check the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) website for the latest information and health advice on how to prevent mosquito bites

Vaccines: and Jabs. Recommended in most Caribbean islands are Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. It is always best to consult your GP or local health clinic to obtain individual advice, which may differ for individuals with medical conditions, especially important for pregnant women and for young children. We recommend you consult your GP or Doctor before travel. Visit the Public Health England web site (NaTHNaC) and see The Foreign & Commonwealth Office’s (FCO) Travel Advice by country, Know Before You Go campaign

Car hire & local sightseeing: If you intend to arrange your own car hire, make sure you use a reputable company which provides adequate third party insurance and ask about collision damage waver (CDW) and Personal Accident Insurance. If you do not hire a vehicle it is best to use taxis after dark, even for short journeys. Only use official taxi and bus services, with vehicles clearly marked.

Be aware of your personal security and safety at all times and take sensible precautions to protect yourself the same you would at home. The same applies for road safety. Use official guides at tourist attractions and agree a price before you start. If you decide to visit remote beaches or country areas, do so with an organized tour and in groups. Our island tour representatives provide tours and excursions.

Money: Take enough money for your trip and some back-up funds, eg. in US dollars or take credit cards. Make sure you have the correct amount of funds to pay the local island departure tax if necessary (twin centres).

We advise you take local currency, although the US dollar (notes only, not coins) are widley accepted at hotels. Most major cards will be accepted at places that deal regularly with tourists e.g. hotels, restaurants, duty free shops and supermarkets, but may not be accepted at smaller local bars and restaurants or small gift shops.

Sun Protection: Use protection from the harmful effects of UV sun rays. Between 11am – 3pm use high protection, especially for children and infants even when there is cloud cover.

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