New travel guidelines for international travellers to St Kitts and Nevis

Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris announced a change in the travel requirements for international travellers arriving by plane vaccinated against COVID-19 from 1 May 2021.

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St Kitts and Nevis: Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris announced a change in the travel requirements for international travellers arriving by plane vaccinated against COVID-19 from 1 May 2021.

Fully vaccinated international travellers must submit their official vaccination card upon completion of their travel authorization process at www.knatravelform.kn, in addition to their 72-hour RT-PCR test and other required passenger documentation.

Check out the travel requirements for international air travellers from May 1, 2021 below:

  1. A traveller is considered fully vaccinated if two weeks have elapsed after receiving their second dose of a two-dose vaccine line (Pfizer / BioNTech, Moderna or AstraZeneca / Oxford), or two weeks after receiving a single dose vaccine (Johnson + Johnson). The traveller’s official COVID-19 vaccination card is accepted as proof.
  2. Fully vaccinated air travellers will only have to ‘vacation in place’ for 9 days at a travel-approved hotel for the current 14 days.
  3. With effect from 20 May 2021, fully vaccinated air travellers will be allowed to enter the destination’s sports venues.
  4. Traveller must complete the travel authorization form on the national website (www.knatravelform.kn) and upload an official COVID-19 RT-PCR negative test result from a CLIA / CDC / UKAS approved laboratory that is 72 hours accredited according to the ISO / IEC 17025 standard before the trip. For their trip, they must bring a copy of the negative COVID-19 RT PCR test and their COVID-19 vaccination card as proof of the vaccination. Note: acceptable COVID-19 PCR tests must be taken by nasopharyngeal samples. Self-samples, quick tests or home tests are considered invalid.
  5. Undertake a health check at the airport which includes a temperature check and a health questionnaire. If a traveller who has been fully vaccinated shows COVID-19 symptoms during the health examination, an RT-PCR test may be performed at their own expense (150 USD).
  6. All travellers who are fully vaccinated are free to move through the travel-approved hotel, communicate with other guests and participate in hotel activities only.
  7. Fully vaccinated air travellers staying longer than 9 days must be tested on day 9 (cost of 150 USD) of their stay and once their test is negative, they can participate in tours, attractions, restaurants, beach bars, retail shopping in the Federation.
  8. With effect from 1 May 2021, vaccinated air travellers will not have to go through an RT-PCR test ti submit an exit. If a pre-departure test is still required for the country of destination, the RT-PCR test will be taken 72 hours before departure. Example: If a person stays 7 days, the test will take place before departure on day 4; if a person stays 14 days, the test will be taken before departure on day 11.
  9. Travel-approved hotels for international travellers are:
  • Four seasons
  • Golden Rock Inn
  • Marriott Vacation Beach Club
  • Montpelier Plantation & Beach
  • Paradise Beach
  • Park Hyatt
  • Royal St. Kitts Hotel
  • St. Kitts Marriott Resort

International travellers arriving by plane and not fully vaccinated must meet the following requirements: 

  1. Complete the travel authorization form on the national website (www.knatravelform.kn) and upload an official COVID 19 RT-PCR negative test result from a CLIA / CDC / UKAS approved laboratory accredited according to ISO / IEC 17025 standard, 72 hours before travel. They must also bring a copy of the negative COVID 19 RT PCR test for their trip. Note: acceptable COVID-19 PCR tests must be taken by nasopharyngeal samples. Self-samples, quick tests or home tests are considered invalid.

2. Undertake a health check at the airport which includes a temperature check and a health questionnaire.

3. 1-7 days: visitors are free to move to the hotel property, communicate with other guests and participate in hotel activities.

4. 8-14 days: visitors will undergo an RT-PCR test (USD 150, visitor’s cost) on day 7. If the traveler is negative, on day 8 they are allowed to book certain excursions and access via the tour desk of the hotel select destination sites.

5. 14 days or longer: on day 14, visitors will have to undergo an RT-PCR test (USD 150, visitor’s cost), and if they are negative, the traveler will be allowed to stay in St. Louis. Kitts and Nevis.

6. All travelers must take an RT-PCR test (USD 150, visitor’s cost) 48 to 72 hours before departure. The RT-PCR test will be done on the hotel property at the nurse’s station. The Ministry of Health will inform the hotel concerned before departure of the date and time for the traveler’s RT-PCR test. Travelers staying 72 hours or less will complete the test upon arrival at RLB International Airport. If the traveler is positive before leaving, he should stay in isolation on their own at their expense. If negative, travellers will continue on departure on their respective dates.

Upon arrival, if a traveler’s RT-PCR test is outdated, falsified or if they show symptoms of COVID-19, they will have to undergo an RT-PCR test at the airport at their own expense.

International travelers wishing to stay at a private rental house or apartment must stay at their own expense at a property pre-approved as quarantine housing, including security. Please send a request to info@stkittstourism.kn.

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