St. Vincent and the Grenadines
St. Vincent and the Grenadines Passport Ranking
The Vincentian passport currently ranks on the 31st place according to the Guide Passport Ranking Index. The ranking has consistently improved from the 51st spot in 2012 to the current ranking. It provides visa-free access to 148 countries. This grants it an overall high mobility score and makes it a desirable passport. Vincentian passport holders have visa-free access and visas on arrival to destinations such as Singapore, United Kingdom, South Korea, Israel and the entire European Union. This allows almost instant travel opportunities to worldwide prime destinations. Vincentian passport holders do however require a visa to enter about 78 destinations. Some countries where a visa is required are Thailand, the United States and Australia.
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is a former British colony consisting of six parishes. The most important parishes are Saint George, Charlotte and Grenadines. The island nation is situated in the Caribbean, just north of Trinidad and Tobago. It has a total surface of 389 square kilometers. The country’s terrain is defined by volcanic land and mountains. Its climate is tropical with little to no seasonal temperature variations. The rainy season is from May to November.
The overall population is approximately over 110,211 people. The capital of the country is Kingstown, which is also the most populous city. Other major towns are Georgetown and Byera Village. The country’s largest and only international airport is Argyle International Airport (SVD). The airport provides access to regional, North American and European destinations.
Vincentian culture is a mix of its African, East Indian and English traditions. The majority of the population is Christian. The official language is English. The Saint Lucian legal system is based on the English common law. The government form is a parliamentary democracy under a constitutional monarchy. The chief of state is Queen Elizabeth the II and the head of government is Prime Minister Ralph E. Gonsalves.
The official currency is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar (XCD), it is pegged to the USD at a rate of XCD 2.7 since 1976. The country has an open economy, generating a GDP of approximately $1.3 billion, placing it on the 2nd last spot in the Caribbean and Latin American countries. Its citizens have a per capita income of $12,431. The GDP is mostly made up of the services and agriculture sector. Most of the workforce is either engaged in tourism or banana plantation activities. With the finished development of the new airport, there is also an increased influx of foreign investments.
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is a very popular tourism destination. It is known for its vast beaches and beautiful nature. The main activities for tourists are hiking, trekking, diving and animal watching. Some of the main destinations include the Bequia, Tobago Cays, Palm Island, la Soufrière Volcano, Mustique and the capital Kingstown. The country has a total of approximately 356,000 tourists visiting every year. Additionally there are many day visitors from the plentiful cruise ship lines stopping over on the island.