Following Saint Kitts & Nevis’ recent announcement that it will reopen for tourism on October 31, the Caribbean island, which boasts the world’s most established CBI Programme, has outlined the entry and travel requirements of its phased reopening and listed the hotels and resorts that are open.
“We have been working diligently to prepare for this reopening to ensure that we are ready to welcome travellers by training and certifying local businesses and individuals in the health and safety protocols they are required to meet and be certified in to be permitted to operate,” said St Kitts Tourism Minister Lindsay F. P. Grant.
“This is particularly important as we encourage visitors to explore our islands beyond their hotels to experience what makes us a unique, authentic and quintessential Caribbean experience.”
In Phase 1 of the reopening, which starts October 31, St. Kitts and Nevis has designated visitors into three categories and for each category, has outlined a different and unique set of requirements needed to travel to the country, along with a list of the hotels and resorts that are open and Covid-free for that category.
CARICOM Member States – Caribbean Bubble
Who: Travellers from the CARICOM Member States who are part of the Caribbean bubble, which includes Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and who must have resided in a ‘Caribbean bubble’ territory for at least 21 days.
What: Travellers must complete the entry form on the national website (www.covid19.gov.kn) and submit a negative PCR test completed within 72 hours of travel. Undergo a health screening at the airport (temp. check and health questionnaire). Download the SKN COVID-19 contract tracing mobile app (to be used for the first 14 days or travel).
Approved hotels/resorts: These travellers can stay at Covid-19 pre-approved private homes or certified and open hotels, including: The Hermitage Inn, Montpelier Plantation & Beach, Nevis Golden Rock Inn, Nisbett Plantation Beach Club, Mount Nevis Hotel, Paradise Beach Hotel, Pinney’s Beach Hotel, Sugar Bay Club or Timothy Beach Resort
International travellers from countries outside the Caribbean bubble
Who: This includes the US, Canada, UK, Europe, Africa and South America. In addition to the three steps required for CARICOM travellers, international travellers must meet the following requirements:
What: In addition to the three steps above, required by CARICOM member states, international travellers will need to undergo a PCR-test on days 7 and 14 of their stay.
Approved hotels/resorts: These include Four Seasons Resort Nevis, Koi Resort, Hilton by Curio, Oualie Beach, Park Hyatt St. Kitts, Royal St. Kitts Hotel and St. Kitts Marriott Resort.
Citizens and residents of Saint Kitts
Who: These include returning nationals who are citizens of Saint Kitts and Nevis (passport holder) or have residency (residency stamp) and work permit holders
What: These travellers must meet the same requirements as Caribbean bubble travellers. Following the airport screening, they will be transported to government-approved accommodation where they will stay (at their cost) for 14 days in quarantine.
Approved hotels/resorts: Government-approved accommodations are include Ocean Terrace In, Oualie Beach, Potworks and Royals St. Kitts Hotel.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently assessed St. Kitts and Nevis’ 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 the Center’s 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 certificates and business who have been inspected and meet the ‘Travel Approved’ criteria, will receive their ‘Travel Approved’ seal.
Saint Kitts’ platinum-standard Citizenship by Investment programme
Delivering the longest-running, most established Citizenship by Investment programme, Saint Kitts’ CIP has been setting the standard for the CBI industry for 36 years and as a result has secured multiple awards.
It is widely renowned in the industry for being one of the most efficient, transparent and reliable options for economic citizenship and has been recently announced as the second best CBI Programme worldwide (just one point less than Dominica) according to the CBI Index 2020.
The fastest CIP worldwide, it is the only citizenship by investment nation to offer a secure, fast-track route. For a fee, the Accelerated Application Process (AAP) delivers a guaranteed 60-day result.
The dual citizenship programme has no mandatory travel or residency requirements and applicants do not need to undertake an interview.
When it comes the power of its passport, Saint Kitts is ranked top of the Caribbean CIP-bearing countries offering visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 156 countries with visa-free access to 15 main business hubs. And its passport, according the latest Henley Passport Index (Q4 2020), has moved up two places since Q1 2020 making it the 25th strongest passport worldwide.
Saint Kitts’ CIP offers two investment routes. The fastest and most secure route is to make a non-refundable donation to the country’s Sustainable Growth Fund: $150,000 for a single applicant and $195,000 for a family of four.
The second route involves investment in a pre-approved real estate project, the options of which include hotel shares, villas and condominium units, including Park Hyatt St Kitts and Six Senses St Kitts. Single applicants pay US$200,000 and must retain the property for seven years, while a family of four pay $400,000, and can re-sell after five years.
Headquartered in London with 14 offices worldwide, including in Malta and the UAE, our preferred partner, Latitude, is a leading international firm in Citizenship-by-Investment and is a government-approved agent for all the programmes it offers including St Kitts & Nevis.
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