St. Kitts & Nevis Takes Preventative Action Against Coronavirus

Port Zante in Basseterre town, St. Kitts And Nevis
Basseterre, St. Kitts // Photo by mikolajn/iStock/Getty Images Plus/Getty Images

To date, there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in St. Kitts & Nevis. However, in response to the COVID-19 global outbreak and the subsequent international spread of the disease, the destination has strengthened surveillance and pre-emptive healthcare procedures at its air and seaports, as well as throughout the destination. The health system has moved to detect, contain and manage the situation in the event the virus reaches the Federation.

Here’s what travelers should know:

  • At St. Kitts’ Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport, all incoming air passengers to the Federation must at all times complete question No. 17 of the Customs/Immigration Form, which requires a listing of “countries visited during last six weeks”  
  • At the cruise port, inspectors from the Environmental Health Department board each vessel that docks to review the passenger travel manifest and all medical reports for any passengers exhibiting flu-like symptoms; any passenger displaying such symptoms will not permitted to disembark
  • Any and all incoming passengers who have travelled to or from any of the following countries within the last 14 days will be asked to provide travel history, history of exposure to the virus and contact information: ChinaHong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, Italy, Japan and Iran
  • Persons traveling to/from these destinations within the last 14 days are asked not to travel to St. Kitts & Nevis; persons who do travel to St. Kitts & Nevis from these destinations will be subject to screening at the ports of entry and may be monitored by the public health team or quarantined at home or at a designated facility based on risk assessment
  • The Federation of St. Kitts & Nevis reserves the right to deny entry to any non-nationals who have visited the countries listed above within the incubation period of 14 days; nationals and/or residents who have visited those countries within the 14-day incubation period will be required to go through the established screening process

St. Kitts & Nevis says it is complying with International Health Regulations and reporting to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) / the World Health Organization (WHO) as appropriate. It adds that the Ministry of Health is working closely with the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and all appropriate government agencies to execute national disaster preparedness and response plans so as to prevent, monitor and manage the spread of the virus if and when a national or visitor tests positive for the virus.

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