Children too young to be vaccinated? St. Kitts and Nevis’ New Travel Rules Should Give You Peace of Mind
As of May 29, 2021, only fully vaccinated travelers are allowed to enter Saint Kitts and Nevis, the federation of the two Caribbean islands. Children under the age of 18 traveling with their parents are exempt from this rule, so you will have peace of mind knowing that children who are not yet old enough to be vaccinated are unlikely to contract the Covid virus during your sunny beach vacation. . Vaccinated travelers also know that they are unlikely to inadvertently pass Covid on to other people, helping them reopen travel in the safest way possible until the world can be vaccinated.
New rule announced on May 26 and entered into force on May 29
Travelers to Saint Kitts and Nevis must now show proof that they are fully vaccinated. This means that at least two weeks have passed since their second dose of Pfizer / BioNTech, Moderna, or Oxford AstraZeneca vaccines, or at least two weeks after their single dose of Johnson + Johnson vaccine. The rule applies to all travelers over the age of 18 who are not citizens or residents of Saint Kitts and Nevis. More details are on the country Travel conditions website.
Before traveling to Saint Kitts and Nevis, you will need to submit a Travel authorization form (also called KNA travel form) and a copy of your vaccination certificate. The Chief Medical Officer of Saint Kitts and Nevis will decide whether or not to approve the request. Before traveling, you must also submit proof of a negative RT-PCR test performed 72 hours prior to travel. The test must be from a nasopharyngeal sample and from a CLIA / CDC / UKAS approved laboratory accredited to ISO / IEC 17025. Approved travelers will receive a letter granting them the green light to enter Saint Kitts and Nevis.
Upon arrival, you will need to present your letter of approval and your vaccination and test certificate. You will complete a health questionnaire and have your temperature taken. Anyone with symptoms may need to have a new RT-PCR test (cost US $ 150).
Then you can relax and “Vacation on the spot” in a “Travel Approved” hotel. You can enjoy all of the facilities and activities at your resort and interact with other guests knowing that they are fully vaccinated and have tested negative. Vaccinated travelers staying in Saint Kitts and Nevis nine days or less should stay at their resort.
The new rules were put in place after a cluster of 16 Covid cases were found in the federation in mid-May, apparently from a citizen who has not traveled out of the country.
What about children too young to be vaccinated?
Children under the age of 18 traveling with their fully immunized parents are exempt from vaccination admission requirements. You will have peace of mind knowing that almost everyone else your family will interact with at the resort will be vaccinated, so the chances of your child getting Covid while on vacation are slim.
Note that if a family with unvaccinated children stays in the country for more than nine days, they will have to continue their “vacation in place” at their resort for a full 14 days. On day 14, unvaccinated children should test negative before the family is allowed to leave the designated hotel and integrate into Saint Kitts and Nevis society.
Rules of departure
As of May 1, 2021, fully vaccinated travelers no longer need a negative RT-PCR test to leave Saint Kitts and Nevis. Saint Kitts and Nevis offers testing for travelers who need a negative Covid test to return to their own country or to another destination.
Travel Approved Vacation in Place Hotels
Visitors to St. Kitts and Nevis have the choice of several “Travel Approved” hotels to enjoy their “vacation on location”.
On the island of Nevis, Four Seasons Resort Nevis three miles long, Pinney’s Beach offers guest rooms, suites and villas. From June to October, sea turtles return to Nevis and Four Seasons Summer Kids’ Club focuses on sea turtle conservation activities, ideal for environmentally conscious children who love to learn.
Or choose Montpelier plantation and beach. It is a 300 year old sugar plantation transformed into a luxury resort with a private beach and a large swimming pool. Paradise Beach Nevis, a collection of 12 villas and beach houses with private pools and kitchens, is another top pick. Also on Nevis is the Golden Rock Inn which sits on 100 acres of the green slopes of Nevis Peak.
You also have several ‘vacation spot’ options on the main island of St. Kitts. Park Hyatt St. Kits Christophe Harbor offers magnificent views of the sea and Nevis from every room, and most suites have private pools. You are sure to return to a state of bliss with a visit to its Sugar Mill Spa & Sanctuary. You can also choose St. Kits Marriott Resort & The Royal Beach Casino, which sits on a private beach just six kilometers from the airport. The other hotel option currently available to international travelers is Royal St Kitts Hotel, which is across the street from North Frigate Bay Beach in the Atlantic Ocean and a 10 minute walk from South Frigate Bay Beach in the Caribbean Sea.
Renting a house or condo is also possible, but requires prior approval.