BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS — Ahead of its Oct. 31 reopening, St. Kitts & Nevis has released new details about entry requirements for international travellers.
As Phase 1 of its reopening plan, travel requirements have been outlined for three different categories: travellers from the CARICOM Member States that are part of the ‘Caribbean bubble’; international travellers coming from a country or territory outside the ‘Caribbean bubble’; and returning nationals, residents, Caribbean Single Market Economy (CSME) certificate holders and Work Permit Holders.
International travellers include those from Canada, the U.S., Europe, Africa and South America. These travellers must meet the following requirements:
- Complete the entry form on the national website, covid19.gov.kn, and submit a negative PCR test completed within 72 hours of travel from an accredited laboratory (lab list will be provided by the Ministry of Health at a later date)
- Undergo a health screening at the airport, including a temperature check and a health questionnaire
- Download the SKN COVID-19 contact tracing mobile app, 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
- 7-14 days: Visitors will undergo a PCR test at their own expense on day 7; if they test negative on day 7, they are permitted to book select excursions through the hotel’s tour desk and access select destination sites (list to be announced at a later time)
- 14 days or longer: Visitors will need to undergo a PCR test at their own expense on day 14; if they test negative they will be permitted to integrate into St. Kitts and Nevis
Approved hotels for international travellers include the following:
- Four Seasons Nevis
- Koi Resort, by Curio, Hilton
- Oualie Beach
- Park Hyatt St. Kitts
- Royal St. Kitts Hotel
- Kitts Marriott Resort
The CDC recently assessed the destination’s COVID-19 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.
Stakeholders in every sector of the industry have been trained in health and safety protocols, which include a comprehensive system of inspection and monitoring to encourage everyone to maintain the basic standards. Those that have been inspected and meet the ‘Travel Approved’ criteria will receive a ‘Travel Approved’ seal, which allows St. Kitts and Nevis to promote these businesses on their respective websites. Those without the seal are not approved for visitors.
For more reopening updates from other destinations go to https://www.travelweek.ca/news/destinations-reopening-list-2/.