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As announced on May 29, 2021 only fully vaccinated travelers will be allowed entry to the Federation.

BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS – On Saturday, July 10, 2021, The Prime Minister of St. Kitts & Nevis, Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris announced, effective Monday, July 12, 2021, the Vacation in Place period for fully vaccinated international air travelers is reduced from nine days to three days, with testing on day four and the ability to fully integrate into the Federation upon receipt of a negative test result.

International borders remain open for travel by commercial air and sea vessels. As summer family travel is at its peak in July, the travel requirements for non-vaccinated children under 18 have been aligned with those of their parents:

  • Non-vaccinated children under 18 traveling with fully vaccinated parents are welcome.
  • Non-vaccinated children under 18 traveling with fully vaccinated parents will observe the same period of Vacation in Place as their parents.

The increased vaccination rate in the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis, with 69.7% of the adult population having received one dose of the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine and 57.6% of the adult population fully vaccinated, has achieved notable improvements over the past two weeks managing the number of Covid-19 cases since the first case of community spread was reported on May 19, 2021, resulting in 530 cases and three deaths.

As announced on May 29, 2021 only fully vaccinated travelers will be allowed entry to the Federation. Exemptions are in place for Citizens and Residents of the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis and children under the age of 18 coming from international destinations. All Travel Protocols and Requirements remain in place for the Federation of St. Kitts & Nevis.

Travel Restrictions for the UK, Brazil, India and South Africa remain in place, with persons from the aforementioned destinations denied entry into the Federation at this time. 

The previously announced travel requirements for non-vaccinated travelers are null and void.  Below are the travel requirements for fully vaccinated travelers: 

A traveler is considered fully vaccinated when two weeks have passed since receiving their second dose of a two dose vaccine series (Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna or AstraZeneca/Oxford) or two weeks after they have received a single dose vaccine (Johnson + Johnson).

Proof of vaccination is a scanned copy of the traveler’s official COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card. Upon submission of their vaccination card and completion of their travel authorization form, once verified, international travelers will receive authorization of their vaccination card and a KN number.

Traveler must complete the Travel Authorization Form on the national website, including uploading your proof of vaccination and proof of booking at a Travel Approved hotel. 

Upon submission of a completed KNA travel form, the traveler must upload their official COVID-19 RT-PCR negative test result from a CLIA/CDC/UKAS approved lab accredited with ISO/IEC 17025 standard taken 72 hours prior to travel. There are no exceptions to the 72-hour timeframe.

Upon submission of the copy of their official vaccination card and copy of their COVID -19 RT-PCR test negative result, the traveler’s information will be reviewed and they will receive the approval letter to enter the Federation (letter as pictured below).

For their trip, the traveler should bring a copy of their COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card and their negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test. Please note, acceptable COVID-19 RT-PCR tests must be taken by nasopharyngeal sample. Self-samples, rapid tests, or home tests will be considered invalid.

International travelers will undergo a health screening at the airport which includes a temperature check and a health questionnaire. Upon arrival, if a fully vaccinated traveler is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 during the health screening, they can be required to undergo a RT- PCR test at the airport at their own cost (150 USD). 

Fully vaccinated international travelers arriving by air will be asked to Vacation in Place at a “Travel Approved” hotel for three days. 

All fully vaccinated international travelers arriving by air are free to move throughout the “Travel Approved” hotel, interact with other guests and partake in hotel activities only. 

Fully vaccinated international travelers arriving by air and staying beyond three days are required to be tested on day four (USD 150 visitors’ cost) of their stay and once their test is negative, they may integrate into the Federation.

Effective May 1, 2021, fully vaccinated international travelers arriving by air are not required to submit an exit RT-PCR test. If a pre-departure test is still required for the country of destination, the RT-PCR test will be taken 72 hours prior to departure. Example: If a person is staying 7 days, their pre-departure test will be on day 4; if a person is staying 14 days, their pre-departure test will be taken on day 11.

Travel Approved hotels for international travelers are: 

  • Four Seasons
  • Golden Rock Inn 
  • Marriott Beach Club
  • Montpelier Plantation & Beach 
  • Paradise Beach
  • Park Hyatt 
  • Royal St. Kitts Hotel 

International travelers who would like to stay at private rental home or condo must stay at a property that has been pre-approved as a quarantine housing at their own cost, including security.

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