Have the following items in a folder and keep them in your carry-on luggage. Do not put these items in your checked luggage. During heavy travel periods your luggage may take a detour and can arrive several days late. Additionally, for those traveling to Grenada by air, the following items are required at check-in for your flight:
- Airline Tickets
- Passport (Grenada requires that passports be valid for six months beyond the date of entry.)
- A passport is required. If you do not have a passport, you should apply immediately. Non-US citizens and permanent residents intending to travel to the United States for vacation or other purposes should obtain visas for return to the United States before flying to Grenada.
- Acceptance Letter with Letter to the Immigration Officer
- Paid receipts on purchases made outside of Grenada (computers, appliances, cameras, etc.) and Electronics Customs registration receipt*
Without a receipt, valuation is at the discretion of the customs agent. Rates are 5% on books, 5% on computers, and 40–60% on most other items. Items that must be declared and that are usually taxed are electronics and computers. Items like clothes and books are usually not taxed when brought in your luggage, although they often are taxed if mailed.
*The University has an agreement with the Government of Grenada that ensures that all new students pay one flat fee for their electronic equipment when they initially enter the country via Maurice Bishop International Airport. In addition, the fee on such equipment, including laptops, iPads, and smart phones, will be paid by the University, eliminating long lines that students have experienced in the past upon their arrival into Grenada.
The electronics policy is valid for the duration of the time you are required to be in Grenada as long as the equipment and serial numbers are the same as what you initially bring into the country. To maintain compliance, the University must collect the serial numbers for a maximum of three covered electronic items per student to provide to the Grenada customs authorities. The items covered are laptop/computer, smart phone and ipad/ ipad mini/ other tablet. The agreement does not cover cameras or other electronic items. Students are advised to bring paid receipts on purchases made outside of Grenada for items not covered. Without a receipt, valuation is at the discretion of the customs agent.
To ensure a smooth transition at the airport, please complete the customs declaration form posted on this website the month prior to travel. This will allow the University to submit your information to the Customs authorities before your entry into Grenada. PLEASE DO NOT COMPLETE THIS FORM UNTIL YOU HAVE THE SERIAL NUMBERS FOR THE THREE DEVICES YOU INTEND TO BRING TO GRENADA. We are limited in the updates we can make with Customs if your information changes.
You should not have an issue when going through customs with up to three covered electronics item. If you do and have to pay, you can bring your receipt to the Business Office on the True Blue Campus for reimbursement.
Please note that Customs reserves the right to spot-check students at random, and anyone whose serial numbers differ from what was originally submitted will be asked to pay duties.
- CPR/First-Aid certification cards (if applicable)
- If you are currently CPR/First Aid certified, be sure to bring your cards with you. Certification is required for all medical students. Certification is provided by the University within the first weeks of the term, but a fast-track alternative is offered for students with current certifications.
- Prescription Medications
- Not all medications are available on the island, including many psychotropic medications (especially those that are newer). If you have preferred brand names, it is better to bring them from home. When coming to the island for an extended period, you should plan ahead to ensure that you have sufficient medicine for your needs. Many students have found it useful to arrive with a two month supply. Additional refills should then be shipped well in advance of running out. Please note that prescriptions from your home country are not valid in Grenada.
Duties must be paid upon entry to the country and can be paid by credit card. To be certain you don’t have to wait for your items, make sure you have enough cash-on-hand (US dollars are accepted) to make payment.