Saint Kitts and Nevis changes rules for visitors


Known for its beaches and cloud-covered mountains, the two-island nation of St. Kitts and Nevis is one of the smallest countries in the world. With just over 50,000 inhabitants, it is also the least populated country in the Western Hemisphere. Part of the Leeward Islands, the tropical island pair lie east of Puerto Rico in the Caribbean Sea.

Saint Kitts and Nevis ranked by CDC at level four

The CDC currently classifies this international destination as “Level Four: A Very High Level” – which is its highest level of COVID and recommends avoiding travel to St. Kitts and Nevis. However, Americans are allowed to travel there. In fact, the island nation recently relaxed its travel requirements for tourists.

Current travel restrictions for Saint Kitts and Nevis

Fully vaccinated Americans are allowed to travel to St. Kitts and Nevis if they have received the last dose of a COVID vaccine at least two weeks before departure. To enter, travelers must first complete the entry form, upload their proof of vaccination and provide a negative test no later than 72 hours before arrival. They must also prove that they have secured a reservation at a condo, hotel, resort or villa “approved for travel,” according to the latest press release posted on the St. Kitts tourism site. The site also specifies that “children under 18 who accompany their parents or guardians vaccinated are exempt from this obligation”.

Saint Kitts and Nevis announces reduced quarantine restrictions

Since reopening its borders for fully vaccinated travelers at the end of May, Saint Kitts and Nevis has gradually reduced its quarantine requirements for “vacationing in place.” What started out as a nine-day quarantine turned into seven days, then into three. Now, the country announced in an Oct. 7 press release that vaccinated international air travelers are only required to quarantine themselves in their “approved for travel” tourist accommodation for only 24 hours.

Within those 24 hours, travelers must pass a second RT PCR test and are free to explore once they receive negative results. However, only essential services are allowed to operate during the current national curfew from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. Also note that beach picnics, parties and other gatherings are currently not allowed, according to the U.S. Embassy. Visitors are only allowed to use the beaches for swimming and exercise from October 6, 2021.

More resources

As of this writing, Saint Kitts and Nevis has reported 2,073 confirmed cases of COVID-19. For the country’s latest COVID figures, refer to the World Health Organization. For a detailed overview of Saint Kitts and Nevis and its COVID testing processes, travel restrictions and more, visit the United States Embassy in Saint Kitts and Nevis. For more information on other Caribbean countries, see our comprehensive guide to Traveling the Caribbean: a comprehensive country-by-country guide for visitors.

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