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Saint Kitts and Nevis Traveler Information - Travel Advice

Travel Advice with a Travel Advisory overview from the US State Department. Here we cover Visa, Safety & Security, local Laws and Insurance in our Saint Kitts and Nevis Traveler Information guide.

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Quick Facts

PASSPORT VALIDITY: Must have six months validity at entry.

BLANK PASSPORT PAGES: 1 page required for entry stamp.

TOURIST VISA REQUIRED: Not required for stays under 90 days.

VACCINATIONS: None.

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTRY: None.

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR EXIT: None.

Embassies and Consulates

U.S. Embassy Bridgetown

Wildey Business Park
Wildey
St. Michael BB 14006
Barbados, W.I.

Telephone: +(246) 227-4399

Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(246) 227-4000

Fax: +(246) 431-0179BridgetownACS@state.gov

Destination Description

See the Department of State’s Fact Sheet on Saint Kitts and Nevis for information on U.S. – Saint Kitts and Nevis relations.

Entry, Exit and Visa Requirements

Passports and visa:  U.S. citizens must have a valid U.S. passport to enter Saint Kitts and Nevis. No visa is required for stays up to 90 days if you have an onward or return ticket, confirmation of accommodation, and can produce evidence of your ability to maintain yourself.

Generally, all U.S. citizens are required to present a valid U.S. passport when traveling to Saint Kitts and Nevis, as well as proof of anticipated departure from Saint Kitts and Nevis. This includes travelers arriving by airplane and by private sea-going vessel. Those traveling to Saint Kitts and Nevis on a cruise may use another Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) compliant document. However, we strongly recommend visitors obtain a passport before travel in case of an unforeseen emergency that requires a cruise passenger to disembark and return by air. 

HIV/AIDS:  The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Saint Kitts and Nevis.  Please contact the Embassy of Saint Kitts and Nevis before you travel.

Find information on dual nationality, prevention of international child abduction and customs regulations on our websites.

Safety and Security

Crime: American citizens are not specifically targeted for crime in the Eastern Caribbean islands. However, crimes of opportunity such as petty larceny, burglary, automobile break-ins; as well as incidents of violent crime, such as murder, sexual assault, robbery, shootings, and drug related crimes do occasionally occur. As you would in any major metropolitan area of the U.S., use the below personnel security measures while traveling:

  • Do not leave valuables unattended in public areas, on beaches, unsecured in hotel rooms, or in rental homes.
  • Avoid walking alone, especially at night, on beaches, and in isolated or poorly lit locations.
  • Go out in groups or with a companion and restrict nighttime activities to established safe and reputable venues.
  • Use only clearly marked taxis and avoid rides with strangers.
  • Stick to well-lit and well-traveled routes.
  • Avoid displaying flashy jewelry, expensive electronics, and large amounts of cash.
  • Be aware of your surroundings at all times. If you see something suspicious or unusual contact local police to report immediately.
  • Use added caution when shopping in crowded areas, especially during the holiday season.
  • Use added caution when attending crowded events, celebrations, music festivals, etc.
  • Do not leave drinks unattended in public venues as this could create a potential vulnerability for the use of “date rape” drugs in furtherance of criminal activity.
  • Do not be predictable; vary your daily routes and schedules.
  • Do not engage in illegal activity.

*Abide by the above security measures at all times, be aware of your surroundings in all areas, and use added vigilance while in isolated areas where tourists do not normally frequent.

Firearms: Do not enter Saint Kitts and Nevis with firearms or ammunition without prior express consent from the government of Saint Kitts and Nevis. Please contact the Embassy of Saint Kitts and Nevis before you travel.

See the Department of State and the FBI pages for information on scams.

Victims of Crime: Report crimes to the local police at 911 and contact the U.S. Embassy at (246) 227-4000.

Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting the crime.

See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas.

We can:

  • help you find appropriate medical care
  • assist you in reporting a crime to the police
  • contact relatives or friends with your written consent
  • explain the local criminal justice process in general terms
  • provide a list of local attorneys
  • provide our information on victim’s compensation programs in the United States
  • provide an emergency loan for repatriation to the United States and/or limited medical
  • support in cases of destitution
  • help you find accommodation and arrange flights home
  • replace a stolen or lost passport

Domestic Violence:  U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the U.S. Embassy for assistance at (246) 227-4000.

Watersports Advisory: Carefully assess the potential risks of recreational water activities and consider your physical capabilities and skills. Never venture out alone, particularly at isolated beaches or far out to sea. Avoid entering the water above your waist if you have been drinking. Always be mindful of jet ski and boat traffic in the area. 

Tourism: The tourism industry is unevenly regulated, and safety inspections for equipment and facilities do not commonly occur. Hazardous areas/activities are not always identified with appropriate signage, and staff may not be trained or certified either by the host government or by recognized authorities in the field. In the event of an injury, hospitals are able provide urgent medical treatment, though very serious injuries often require medical evacuation. U.S. citizens are encouraged to purchase medical evacuation insurance. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage.

Local Laws & Special Circumstances

Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. Penalties for possession, use, or trafficking in illegal drugs or firearms are severe, and convicted offenders can expect long jail sentences and heavy fines.

Furthermore, some laws are also prosecutable in the U.S., regardless of local law.  For examples, see our website on crimes against minors abroad and the Department of Justice website.

Arrest Notification: If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately. See our webpage for further information.

Firearms: Do not enter Saint Kitts and Nevis with firearms or ammunition without prior express consent from the government of Saint Kitts and Nevis.  Please contact the Embassy of Saint Kitts and Nevis before you travel.

Faith-Based Travelers:  See the following webpages for details:

LGBTI Travelers: The law criminalizes consensual same-sex sexual activity between men, which carries a penalty up to 10 years in prison, but there is relaxed enforcement of this law. The law does not prohibit sexual activity between women. There are no laws that prohibit discrimination against a person on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Seeour LGBTI Travel Information page and section 6 of our Human Rights report for further details.

Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance: Access to buildings, pedestrian paths and transportation is extremely difficult for persons with mobility issues. Sidewalks (if they exist) are very uneven and will only occasionally have ramps at intersections. Pedestrian crossings are also very infrequent and can be poorly marked. Buses and taxis do not have special accommodations.

Students: See our Students Abroad page and FBI travel tips.

Women Travelers: See our travel tips for Women Travelers.

Health

The U.S. government does not pay medical bills for overseas travelers. Be aware that U.S. Medicare and Medicaid programs do not apply overseas. We strongly recommend travelers obtain supplemental insurance to cover medical evacuation.

Medical facilities in Saint Kitts and Nevis do not meet U.S. standards, and medical transport can take hours to respond. St. Kitts has two hyperbaric chambers.

Medical Insurance: Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage.

We strongly recommend supplemental insurance to cover medical evacuation.

If traveling with prescription medication, check with the government of Saint Kitts and Nevis to ensure the medication is legal in Saint Kitts and Nevis. Always carry your prescription medication in original packaging with your doctor’s prescription.

Saint Kitts and Nevis has reported past or current transmission of the following diseases:

  • Chikungunya
  • Dengue
  • Zika

Vaccinations: Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Further health information:

Travel and Transportation

Road Conditions and Safety

Major roads are in average to poor condition, and drivers may encounter wandering animals and slow moving heavy equipment. Drivers often stop in the middle of the roadway without warning, so you should always maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you and watch for signs of sudden braking. Automobiles may lack working safety and signaling devices.

Please refer to our Road Safety page for more information.

Traffic Laws: Driving is on the left-hand side of the road. There is relatively little police enforcement of traffic regulations. Travelers are required to obtain a visitor's driver’s license, which may be obtained from the Traffic Department or the Fire Station for a small fee on presentation of a valid home or international license.

Public Transportation: Public transportation consists of mini-buses and taxis. Established, reasonable fares are available from airport dispatchers and local hotels.

See our Road Safety page for more information.  Visit the website of the country’s national tourist office and national authority responsible for road safety.

Aviation Safety Oversight:

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) assesses whether local civil aviation authorities are in compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards for oversight of air carrier operations.  Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page.

Fact Sheet

Please see Fact Sheet for this country/area. 

For additional travel information

International Parental Child Abduction 

Review information about International Parental Child Abduction in Saint Kitts and Nevis. For additional IPCA-related information, please see the International Child Abduction Prevention and Return Act (ICAPRA) report.

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