NEVIS VISITOR PROTOCOLS - UPDATE NOVEMBER 20th 2020

Updated Special Entry Requirements for Phase 1 Reopening

Nevis is now officially welcoming visitors to its shores.  In the latest update, Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris, Prime Minister of St. Kitts & Nevis has announced that travelers from all CARICOM Member States are now officially part of the “International Traveler” category. Furthermore, St. Kitts and Nevis has officially announced requirements for travelers arriving by sea vessel and has instituted a new requirement: a PCR-test for exit required for those staying less than 14 days.


All incoming passengers to Nevis are required to complete the Travel Authorization Form, which can be found at www.travelform.gov.kn, prior to their arrival. International travelers must have their negative PCR-test and booked accommodation to complete the Travel Authorization Form required for entry. Once the form is completed and submitted, with a valid email address, it will be reviewed, and the visitor will receive an approval letter to enter the Federation.

The Federation's phased approach for reopening outlines the specific travel requirements for travelers arriving by Air and Sea for Phase 1. 

A. Travelers arriving by Air (Private Jets, Charters and Commercial Aircraft) please note below:

1. International Travelers

Travelers coming from CARICOM Member States as well as travelers from the US, Canada, UK, Europe, Africa and South America must meet the following requirements:

  1. Complete the Travel Authorization Form on the national website www.travelform.gov.kn and upload an official COVID 19 PCR negative test result from a CDC/UKAS approved lab accredited with ISO/IEO 17025 standard, taken prior to 3 days of travel. They should also bring a copy of the negative COVID 19 PCR test for their trip.
  2. Undergo a health screening at the airport which includes a temperature check and a health questionnaire.
  3. Download the SKN COVID-19 contact tracing mobile app (full details yet to be released), to be used for the first 14 days of travel or less.
  4. 1-7 days: visitors are free to move about the hotel property and partake in hotel activities.
  5. 8-14 days: visitors will undergo a PCR-test (USD 150, visitors’ cost) on day 7. If the traveler tests negative on day 8 they are allowed, through the hotel’s tour desk, to book guided ATV tours, and non-motorized water sports such as scuba diving and snorkeling. 
  6. 14 days or longer: visitors will need to undergo a PCR-test (USD 150, visitors’ cost) on day 14, and if they test negative the traveler will be allowed to integrate into Nevis.
  7. If the visitors stay is less than 14 days, they will be asked to take a PCR-test 3 days prior to departing St. Kitts & Nevis. If positive prior to departure, the traveler will be required to stay in isolation at their cost, at their respective hotel.  If negative, travelers will proceed with departure on their respective date.

Upon arrival, if a traveler’s PCR-test is outdated, falsified or if they are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, they will be required to undergo a PCR-test at the airport at their own cost.

Approved hotels in Nevis for “Vacation in Place” for international travelers are:

  • Four Seasons
  • Paradise Beach

2. For Returning Nationals, Residents (proof of residency stamp in passport), Caribbean Single Market Economy (CSME) certificate holders and Work Permit Holders:

Travelers who are returning nationals, residents (proof of residency stamp in passport), Caribbean Single Market Economy (CSME) certificate holders and work permit holders must meet the following requirements:

  1. a.Complete the Travel Authorization Form on the national website www.travelform.gov.kn and upload an official COVID 19 PCR negative test result from a CDC/UKAS approved lab accredited with ISO/IEO 17025 standard, taken prior to 3 days of travel. They should also bring a copy of the negative COVID 19 PCR test for their trip.
  2. b.Undergo a health screening at the airport which includes a temperature check and a health questionnaire.
  3. c.Download the SKN COVID-19 contact tracing mobile app (full details yet to be released), to be used for the first 14 days of travel or less. 

Any traveler in this category will be allowed entry into Nevis and required to use Travel Approved transportation to one of two government approved facilities, where they will stay at their cost for 14-days in quarantine. The approved accommodations are:

  • Oualie Beach Resort
  • Potworks

The cost for quarantine at Potworks is USD 400.00;  the cost for quarantine at Oualie Beach is USD 70.00 per night.  The cost for each COVID-19 test is USD 100.00.  Returning nationals and residents may also opt to stay in pre-approved quarantine housing at their own cost, including appropriate security.

Any traveler in this category who wishes to stay in one of the two (2) approved hotels for “Vacation in Place” for International travelers are required to do the following:

  1. a.1-7 days: visitors are free to move about the hotel property and partake in hotel activities.
  2. b.8 -14 days: visitors will undergo a PCR-test (USD 100, visitors’ cost) on day 7. If the traveler tests negative on day 8 they are allowed, through the hotel’s tour desk, to book guided ATV tours, and non-motorized water sports such as scuba diving and snorkeling.
  3. c.14 days or longer: visitors will need to undergo a PCR-test (USD 100, visitors’ cost) on day 14, and if they test negative the traveler will be allowed to integrate into Nevis.

3. For In-Transit Passengers:

Passengers who are in-transit at RLB Airport must observe the following requirements:

  1. a.Show a negative COVID-19 PCR test result upon arrival.
  2. b.Must wear a mask at all times.
  3. c.Undergo a focused health screening at the airport.
  4. d.Must remain in the airport after clearing customs.

B. Travelers Arriving by Sea (Private Vessels e.g. Yachts) please note below:
 Travelers arriving via the country’s seaports must meet the following requirements:

  1. a.Complete the Travel Authorization Form on the national website www.travelform.gov.kn.
  2. b.The vessel will be required to dock at one of two ports, submit the maritime declaration of health to the port health officer and interact with other border agencies. The ports are Charlestown Pier and Long Point Port. 
  3. c.These travelers will be processed accordingly and will vacation in place or quarantine as previously outlined. The prescribed quarantine time will be determined by the vessels or ships transit time from the last port of call to their arrival to the Federation. Transit time must be supported by official documentation and sail clear advance notification system.
  4. d.Yachts and pleasure vessels over 60 feet must quarantine at Christophe Harbor in St. Kitts. Yachts and pleasure vessels less than 60 feet must quarantine at the following locations: Pinney’s Beach and Gallows Bay in Nevis. There is a fee to monitor yachts and pleasure vessels that are less than 60 feet that are in quarantine (fee to be announced later).

Travelers may consult TestforTravel.com to find a lab in their area that offers RT-PCR testing that can be completed in the required 3 day window. Please note, the traveler is responsible for confirming that the lab is a CLIA/CDC/UKAS approved lab with ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation, as results from a non-accredited laboratory will not be accepted.  

The information contained on TestforTravel.com is for information purposes only. The St. Kitts Tourism Authority and Nevis Tourism Authority have no affiliation with TestforTravel.com and are not endorsing this list or the particular labs listed therein. Neither the St. Kitts & Nevis Tourism Authority make representations or warranties of whatever nature in respect to TestforTravel.com including, but not limited to, the accuracy or completeness of any information and facts contained therein. 

The CDC recently assessed the Federation's Covid-19 risk as very low and designated it as "No Travel Notice" required, having had only 19 cases of the Coronavirus, no community spread and no deaths. 

Stakeholders in every sector of the industry have been trained in our health and safety protocols, which include a comprehensive system of inspection and monitoring to encourage everyone to maintain the basic standards.  Stakeholders who have participated in the training receive a certificate and businesses who have been inspected and meet the “Travel Approved” criteria, will receive their “Travel Approved” Seal.

Specifically, the “Travel Approved” program achieves two things:

  1. 1.It offers “Travel Approved” training for tourism stakeholders and awards the “Travel Approved” seal to those businesses which meet both the Nevis Tourism Authority and Ministry of Health inspections standards.
  2. 2.It allows for Nevis to promote those business entities that have received the “Travel Approved” seal on its website.  Those without the seal are not approved for visitors.

Visitors will also be asked to follow basic health and safety protocols of frequent handwashing and or sanitizing, physical distancing and mask wearing. Masks are required whenever the visitor is outside of their hotel room.

Travelers should regularly check the Nevis Tourism Authority website at  www.nevisisland.com for updates and information.

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