The popular Caribbean cruise destination, St. Kitts, has removed vaccination and testing requirements for all visitors, effective immediately. The islands now welcome vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers without showing proof of a negative test upon entry.
Travel Updates in St. Kitts and Nevis
The Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis updated its travel requirements on August 15, 2022 for all visitors, including citizens, residents and international travelers, welcoming all vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers through its Caribbean borders.
Effective immediately, all guests have access to enter the country without proof of a negative COVID-19 test. These travel updates were supported by the Prime Minister, the Honorable Dr. Terrance Drew, who also serves as Minister of Health.
Ellison “Tommy” Thompson, CEO of the St. Louis Tourism Authority. Kitts, states: “The removal of entry tests and vaccination requirements comes at a time when traveler confidence is rising. The combination of growing demand and smoother travel processes will make St. Kitts even more desirable for to visitors from abroad”.
“We are pleased to inform you of the removal of restrictions that would improve the destination’s travel experience,” added.
Also, the two-island nation between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, St. Kitts and Nevis, no longer requires guests to quarantine upon arrival, giving them more travel flexibility.
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Travelers are encouraged to follow basic health and safety protocols, including frequent hand washing and sanitizing, physical distancing, and encouraging the use of masks.
All travelers visiting St. Kitts and Nevis must complete and submit an Immigration and Customs Enforcement ED form that includes a Customs and Borders form.
Previously, those visiting the islands had to be fully vaccinated and tested for COVID before arrival.
St Kitts is home to four ports, but most cruise ships dock at a terminal known as Zante Port, located within walking distance of St Kitts’ capital, Basseterre. The port has two berths capable of accommodating some of the largest ships in the world.
Charlestown, the capital of Nevis, has the island’s main cruise port. Cruise ships visiting Nevis can anchor offshore and ferry passengers to the harbor dock in tender boats.
Changing requirements of cruise destinations
In response to the elimination of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). voluntary sailing program on July 18, the cruise industry has seen a rapid change in protocols for most lines and their destinations, announcing a more relaxed set of requirements as it returns to a state of normalcy.
Following ease of industry requirements, Bermuda has recently updated its protocols and regulations. As of August 22, 2022, Unvaccinated travelers will be able to re-visit Bermuda, but all visitors will be subject to certain testing requirements.
Many additional Caribbean destinations have changed their travel protocols to encourage more visitors for the upcoming cruise season. St. Maarten is currently open to vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers, but a test result is still required for entry for travelers and those who have recovered from COVID within nine months.
The US Virgin Islands also welcome vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers, along with St. Lucia, St. Barts, Jamaica, Dominican Republic and the Cayman Islands. Keep following for more related updates as they develop rapidly.
It is important to know that guests must still follow the protocols implemented by their cruise line, as cruise requirements may differ from general travel.