Travelling to Montserrat? Need Vaccinations?
Although Montserrat is known for the activity of its Soufrière Hills volcano, there is so much else on this Emerald isle of the Caribbean that makes it stand out. Nature lovers drawn by the raw fury of the volcano take hiking tours up to the Funicular de Sant Joan to catch the breathtaking view above the monastery, and trek up to Runaway Ghaut to drink from the natural spring. Montserrat is famous for the quality of its diving, and divers marvel at the pristine condition of its reefs.
Don’t miss seeing Little Bay, which is being developed as the new capital and port city. Before you start packing, your first stop on your way to Montserrat should be a visit to our Travel Health Clinic, four to eight weeks before departure so that you will be completely safe and up-to-date with the Vaccinations you need for travel to Montserrat.
What Vaccinations do I need for Travel to Montserrat?
Travellers to Montserrat are generally advised the following vaccinations:
In addition, depending upon your itinerary, where you are travelling, length of travel and your occupational and lifestyle risks, you may also require vaccinations for the following:
Have a look at our pricing table for information about the cost of the travel vaccinations required for Montserrat. If you are travelling further in the region, you may also wish to check what vaccinations you require for neighbouring countries in the Caribbean.
Further Travel Health Advice for Montserrat
Heat and Humidity
Montserrat is subtropical, with cooling breezes from the trade winds. When visiting one of the island’s black sandy beaches, protect yourself with sunblock, and make a habit of carrying bottled water with you wherever you go, to stay hydrated. Wear lightweight clothing with long sleeves when hiking through heavily forested areas, to guard against insect bites.
The drinking water on Montserrat is considered safe, but if you choose to drink bottled water, remember to drink lots of it when touring, hiking, or lounging on the beach.
Food and Drink
Simplicity and sophistication both describe the way food is cooked and served in Montserrat. Try the National dish, called Goat Water, which is actually the local version of Irish stew. Delicacies such as lobster burgers and coconut scallops are served in restaurants and small cafes, along with such simple dishes as pasta, fried fish and salads, using local produce and herbs. Fruits of all kinds are plentiful in Montserrat and you can choose fresh juices made from papaya, cashew, tamarind, or guava, to name just a few. Don’t leave Montserrat without sampling one of their famous rum punch drinks.
Seeking Treatment Abroad
If you need health care in Montserrat, there is a good general hospital where you can obtain care at no charge with proof of U.K. residency. In general the standard of care is quite good. Arrange in advance to have plenty of money with you to pay for any health care you might need, just in case.
Travel and Health Insurance
Protect yourself, and your family, with comprehensive travel health insurance which will cover your intended itinerary and any potentially risky activities.
Aside from observing the normal precautions, such as not carrying large sums of money, visitors are safe in Montserrat, and the crime rate is very low. When planning a tour in the southern regions of the island, be sure to check in advance for any updates in the Maritime exclusion zones, which change regularly according to volcanic activity.