St. Kitts & Nevis reopens to visitors

St Kitts & Nevis

St. Kitts & Nevis is now officially welcoming visitors to its shores. Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris announced on Wednesday that St. Kitts & Nevis has also withdrawn from the “Caribbean bubble” and travelers from all CARICOM Member States are now officially part of the “International Traveler” category.

All travelers to St. Kitts & Nevis are required to complete the Travel Authorization Form, which can be found at www.knatravelform.kn, prior to arrival.

Requirements for travel to the country include a negative PCR-test and booked accommodation at one of the approved sites. Once the Travel Authorization Form is completed and submitted, with a valid email address, it will be reviewed, and the visitor will receive an approval letter to enter the Federation.

International Travelers

Travelers coming from CARICOM Member States (including those within the “Caribbean bubble”) as well as travelers from US, Canada, UK, Europe, Africa and South America must meet the following requirements:

  • Complete the Travel Authorization Form and upload an official COVID 19 PCR negative test result from a CDC/UKAS approved lab accredited with ISO/IEO 17025 standard, taken within 72 hours of travel. They should also bring a copy of the negative COVID 19 PCR test for their trip.
  • Undergo a health screening at the airport which includes a temperature check and a health questionnaire.
  • Download the SKN COVID-19 contact tracing mobile app (full details yet to be released), to be used for the first 14 days of travel or less.
  • 1-7: days: visitors are free to move about the hotel property, interact with other guests and partake in hotel activities.
  • 8-14 days: visitors will undergo a PCR-test (USD 100, visitors’ cost) on day 7. If the traveler tests negative on day 8 they are allowed, through the hotel’s tour desk, to book select excursions and access select destination sites (list to be announced later).
  • 14 days or longer: visitors will need to undergo a PCR-test (USD 100, visitors’ cost) on day 14, and if they test negative the traveler will be allowed to integrate into St. Kitts and Nevis.
  • If the visitors stay is less than 14 days, they will be asked to take a PCR-test before departing St. Kitts & Nevis. The test must be negative.
  • Upon arrival if a traveler’s PCR-test is outdated, falsified or if they are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 they will be required to undergo a PCR-test at the airport at their own cost.

Returning Nationals, Residents (proof of residency stamp in passport), Caribbean Single Market Economy (CSME) certificate holders and Work Permit Holders

Travelers who are returning Nationals, Residents (proof of residency stamp in passport), Caribbean Single Market Economy (CSME) certificate holders and Work Permit Holders) must meet the following requirements:

  • Complete the Travel Authorization Form on the national website (www.travelform.gov.kn) and upload an official COVID 19 PCR negative test result from a CDC/UKAS approved lab accredited with ISO/IEO 17025 standard, taken within 72 hours of travel. They should also bring a copy of the negative COVID 19 PCR test for their trip.
  • Undergo a health screening at the airport which includes a temperature check and a health questionnaire.
  • Download the SKN COVID-19 contact tracing mobile app (full details yet to be released), to be used for the first 14 days of travel or less.
  • Any traveler in this category will be allowed entry into the Federation and transported to approved accommodations, where they will stay at their cost for 14-days in quarantine. The cost for quarantine at the Government facility at OTI is USD 500.00, at Potworks it is USD 400.00, and the cost for each COVID-19 test is USD 100.00. Returning nationals and residents may also opt to stay in pre-approved quarantine housing at their own cost, including appropriate security.

In-Transit Travelers

Passengers who are in-transit at RLB Airport must observe the following requirements:

  • Show a negative COVID-19 PCR test result upon arrival.
  • Must wear a mask at all times.
  • Undergo a focused health screening at the airport.
  • Must remain in the airport after clearing customs.

The CDC recently assessed the Federation’s COVID-19 risk as very low and designated it as “No Travel Notice” required, having had only 19 cases of the Coronavirus, no community spread and no deaths.

St. Kitts & Nevis has implemented a “Travel Approved” program in which stakeholders in the tourism industry have been trained in health and safety protocols, and given seals of approval once standards are met.

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