Popular Caribbean cruise destination, St. Kitts, has lifted its 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.
St. Louis Travel Updates Kitts and Nevis
The Federation of Saint 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 venue without proof of a negative test for COVID-19. These travel updates were supported by the guidance of the Honorable Prime Minister Dr. Terrance Drew, who also serves as Minister of Health.
Ellison “Tommy” Thompson, CEO of the St. Louis Tourism Authority. Kitts, says, “The removal of entry testing and vaccination requirements comes at a time when traveler confidence is on the rise. The combination of growing demand and more seamless travel processes will make St. Kitts even more desirable for overseas visitors.”
“We are pleased to announce the removal of restrictions that would improve the destination’s travel experience.” he added.
Additionally, 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 guests more travel flexibility.
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Travelers are recommended to follow basic health and safety protocols, such as frequent hand washing and sanitizing, maintaining physical distance and encouraging mask wearing.
All travelers visiting St.
Previously, those visiting the islands had to be fully vaccinated and undergo a COVID test prior to 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 contains two berths with the capacity to hold some of the largest ships in the world.
Charlestown, the capital of Nevis, holds the island’s main cruise port. Cruise ships visiting Nevis can anchor offshore and transport passengers to the port’s wharf by tender boats.
Requests for change of cruise destinations
In response to its removal by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). volunteer sailing program On July 18, the cruise industry saw a rapid change in protocols for most lines and their destinations, announcing a more relaxed set of requirements as it gets back to normal.
Following the ease of industry requirements, Bermuda has recently updated its protocols and regulations. Starting August 22, 2022, Unvaccinated travelers will be able to visit Bermuda again, but all visitors will still 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 are also welcoming vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers, along with St. Lucia, St. Barts, Jamaica, Dominican Republic and Cayman Islands. Stay tuned for more related updates as they rapidly unfold.
It is important to know that guests must still follow the protocols implemented by their cruise line, as requirements through cruises may differ from general travel.