The Nevis Tourism Authority (NTA) has announced a phased reopening of the island to international travelers will start October 31, 2020. Visitors must observe strict entry requirement protocols, designed by the twin-island federation of St. Kitts & Nevis to protect the health and safety of citizens, residents and guests.
International travelers coming from the U.S., Canada, U.K., Europe, Africa, South America and everyone traveling from outside of the CARICOM member states, must complete the Entry Form on the federal website (www.covid19.gov.kn), submit a negative PCR test completed within 72 hours of travel from an accredited laboratory, undergo a health screening at the airport and download the SKN COVID-19 contact tracing mobile app (to be used for the first 14 days of travel or fewer).
During their first week on island, visitors are required to vacation in place at their hotel property, where they may interact with other guests and partake in hotel activities. Those staying longer will be required to undergo a PCR-test at their expense on Day 7 of their visit. Once the traveler tests negative on Day 7, they are allowed, through the hotel’s tour desk, to book select excursions. Visitors staying longer will be required to undergo a second PCR-test on Day 14, at their expense; if they test negative, the traveler will be allowed to freely explore the island and mingle with the local population.
The Four Seasons Resort Nevis and the Oualie Beach Resort are the approved hotels for international travelers in this first phase of the reopening. With the start of both American Airlines service from Miami and British Airways service from London Gatwick into St. Kitts on November 7, visitors will have easy access to Nevis, via a 10-minute water taxi ride. Cape Air is expected to resume service from San Juan directly into Nevis’ Vance W. Armory Airport on November 20.
In preparation for the reopening, stakeholders in every sector of the industry have been trained in health and safety protocols by the NTA and the Nevis Ministry of Health, just one component of a multi-faceted Health Campaign currently underway. Stakeholders who have completed the training, and businesses that have been inspected and meet the “Travel Approved” criteria, receive a seal, which identifies them as having undergone the mandatory training to meet the minimum health and safety COVID-19 standards.
Masks are required whenever the visitor is outside of their hotel room; specially branded “Nevis Naturally" facemasks created by the NTA, will be available at the ports on island.