All persons with the exception of citizens of the OECS (Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States) traveling to St. Kitts are required to present a valid passport in order to enter St. Kitts-Nevis. Where applicable, documentation of a legal name change (for example, a marriage certificate) must also be presented. Additionally, proof of sufficient funds and a return or onward passage might be required.
Persons travelling should reconfirm travel document requirements with their carrier prior to trip commencement. Also, kindly click here for information regarding the entry/re-entry requirements, as advanced by the United States Department of State. If you would like to apply for a United States passport now, or if you need to renew yours, you may click here. To apply for a United Kingdom passport or renew your existing passport, click here.
No, St. Kitts and Nevis is one Federation, if you enter on one island you can transfer to the other island without restriction and travel documents.
Visa requirements are based on your citizenship. Persons visiting on a cruise or for less than 24 hours do not require a visa. For up-to-date information on destinations that require a visa to enter St. Kitts and Nevis, please visit here.
The Sea Bridge is a car ferry which allows you to take your car to Nevis. Ferry departs from Major’s Bay on the South-East Peninsula. Some car rental companies will offer you a car in Nevis if you rent in St. Kitts and vice versa.
ï¿½If you plan to bring your pet, you must apply to the Chief Veterinary Officer for an import permit. Your pet must also have a microchip and up-to-date rabies vaccination. An application is required for pets and service animals. Individual St. Kitts resorts and hotels may have different guidelines. ï¿½
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How To Get Here
Non-stop flights are available from the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States, as well as numerous regional commuter flights from within the Caribbean. St. Kitts also provides facilities for cargo jets, private jets and various other types of aircraft.
Visit our How to Get Here section for more details.
The Eastern Caribbean Dollar (XCD) is the local currency. U.S. bills are accepted by most stores and businesses, and change is given in E.C. currency. U.S. coins are not accepted. Pound Sterling, Euro and Canadian notes can be converted in one of the local banks.
U.S.$1.00 = E.C.$ 2.70
*Exchange rates can fluctuate. Please visit XE.COM for rates for all other currencies.
Flow and Digicel are the major telephone service providers in St. Kitts and Nevis. Direct Dialing, Leased Circuits, Internet, Class Services, Voice Mail, Caller ID and other features are currently offered. ISDN and DSL services are also available. The area and country code for St. Kitts is 1-869.
Call 911 to contact the police or if you need an ambulance. You can also call 869/465-2801 for an ambulance. The main hospital is JNF General Hospital; call 869/465-2551.
Health and Medical
Not at all! According to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), transmission of the virus has stalled, or otherwise reached undetectable levels, for over 12 months. This finding prompted the World Health Organization to remove Caribbean nations — including St. Kitts — from its Zika virus country classification scheme. If you'd like more information on the subject, check out this CARPHA study from August 2018.
There are no particular health concerns associated with St. Kitts. Special vaccines are usually not required. Modern ambulatory services are available and there are specialists in most fields of medicine. Emergency 911 services are available.
Marijuana is illegal on St. Kitts and Nevis. Persons found with this drug is punishable by law which could include incarceration. No allowances are given for claims of use for medical reasons.
St. Kitts Fast Facts
St. Kitts is located in the Eastern Caribbean at 17.20° N, 62.45° W, roughly 1,200 miles from Miami, 1,600 miles from New York, 4000 miles from London, 350 miles (or 55 minutes by plane) from Puerto Rico, and 155 miles (or 30 minutes by plane) from the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The island is 69 square miles with a population of approximately 40,000. Basseterre is the capital.
Atlantic Standard Time is throughout the year which is 4 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (-4 GMT). Daylight Saving Time is not observed.
ï¿½ï¿½Yes. No residency is required. Couples are only required to obtain a marriage license in St. Kitts and have the following documents:
- - A valid passport or photo ID.
- - Original or certified copy of Birth Certificate.
- - If divorced, a decree absolute (an original or certified copy showing the court's stamp or seal) must be presented.
- - If widowed, a copy of the death certificate of the deceased spouse must be presented.
- - If documents are not in English, they must be accompanied by a notarized translation.
ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½The license fee for getting married on St. Kitts is $200.00 (XCD). The Justice of the Peace may also assess a fee. Your ceremony can be held in the grounds of one of the St. Kitts hotels, in a church of almost any denomination, amongst historic ruins, in a rustic gazebo in a picturesque garden and, of course, on the beach.
- - 6 am - 6 pm for ceremonies presided over by a religious person
- - 8 am - 6 pm if performed by a Magistrate
Visitors are welcomed to exchange or renew their vows in St. Kitts. Please visit our Romance section for more details.
If a Catholic priest is to perform the ceremony, couple must receive marriage counseling sessions from their parish priest and submit the required Catholic documents. A letter must come from the couple's resident priest verifying that they are unmarried and that they have received the necessary instructions. All Catholic weddings take place in the church.
If an Anglican or other minister of religion is to perform the ceremony, letter must be brought from the couple's resident minister verifying that they are known and unmarried.