St. Kitts and Nevis Is Reopening With Some of the Strictest Entry Requirements

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The gorgeous twin-island federation of St. Kitts and Nevis reopened to tourism on October 31, 2020, months after some of its Caribbean neighbors and with much stricter rules for getting in. With the vaccine rollout, the rules were updated again but are still much more restrictive than other Caribbean countries.

As of May 29, 2021, St. Kitts and Nevis are only open to vaccinated travelers. If you haven't yet gotten your shot, you won't be allowed to enter the country (the only exception being children under the age of 18 who are traveling with vaccinated parents).

However, being fully vaccinated doesn't mean that travelers can enter freely. International visitors must stay in one of the government-approved hotels and "vacation in place" for three days after arrival—meaning they are free to move around their resort and enjoy activities on the property, but they aren't allowed to leave until taking a COVID test on day four of the trip. While the list of properties that are approved for international travelers includes top spots like the Four Seasons and Marriott Beach Club, this is particularly noteworthy for any travelers who have their heart set on staying at a specific hotel.

International travelers will want to choose their hotel wisely since they’ll have to follow a strict quarantine period once they get there. For the first three days of your stay, you’re free to partake in everything your hotel has to offer like the restaurants, pools, and spa, but you can’t leave the premises. On day four, you'll have to take a COVID test at your expense—at the cost of $150—in order to leave the resort and begin to enjoy activities on the islands.

When the Federation first opened its borders, it was a part of the Caribbean's CARICOM travel bubble. This allowed for laxer quarantine protocols for travelers arriving from Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. However, St. Kitts and Nevis has since withdrawn from the CARICOM travel bubble and all arrivals, including returning residents and nationals, are now categorized as international travelers.

Currently, the U.S. Department of State lists the destination at a Level 3: Reconsider Travel advisory mostly focused on possible travel interruptions and border closures due to the pandemic.

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