Known for its beaches and cloud-cloaked mountains, the dual-island nation of Saint Kitts and Nevis is one of the smallest countries in the world. With just over 50,000 residents, it is also the least populous country in the western hemisphere. Part of the Leeward Islands, the pair of tropical islands lie east of Puerto Rico in the Caribbean Sea.
St. Kitts and Nevis Classified By CDC As Level Four
The CDC currently has this international destination categorized as “Level Four: A Very High” — which is its highest level of COVID and recommends avoiding travel to St. Kitts and Nevis. However, Americans are allowed to travel there. In fact, the island nation has recently relaxed its travel requirements for tourists.
Current Travel Restrictions For St. Kitts and Nevis
Fully vaccinated Americans are allowed to travel to St. Kitts and Nevis if they have received the final dose of a COVID vaccine at least two weeks prior to departure. In order to enter, travelers must first complete the entry form, upload their proof of vaccination, and provide a negative test no more than 72 hours before arrival. They also must prove that they have secured a booking at a “travel approved” condo, hotel, resort, or villa, according to the latest press release posted to the St. Kitts Tourism site. The site also states that “children under the age of 18 who are accompanying their vaccinated parents or guardians are exempt from the requirement.”
St. Kitts and Nevis Announce Reduced Quarantine Restrictions
Since reopening its borders for fully vaccinated travelers at the end of May, St. Kitts and Nevis has gradually reduced its “vacation in place” quarantine requirements. What started out as a nine-day quarantine turned into seven days, eventually decreasing to three. Now, the country announced in an October 7 press release that vaccinated international air travelers are only required to quarantine at their “travel approved” tourist accommodation for 24 hours.
Within those 24 hours, travelers must pass a second RT PCR test and are free to explore once they receive the negative results. However, only essential services are allowed to operate during the current nationwide curfew from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. Also note that beach picnics, parties, and other gatherings are currently not allowed, according to the U.S. Embassy. Visitors are only allowed to use beaches for swimming and exercise as of October 6, 2021.
As of this writing, Saint Kitts and Nevis has reported 2,073 confirmed cases of COVID-19. For the country’s latest COVID numbers, reference the World Health Organization. For a detailed overview of Saint Kitts and Nevis and its COVID testing processes, travel restrictions, and more, visit the U.S. Embassy in Saint Kitts and Nevis. For information on other Caribbean countries, see our comprehensive guide on Traveling To The Caribbean: A Complete Country-By-Country Guide For Visitors.