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Saint Kitts and Nevis

St. Kitts and Nevis is a developing Caribbean nation consisting of two islands.  Tourist facilities are widely available.  Read the Department of State Background Notes on St. Kitts and Nevis for additional information.

Saint Kitts and Nevis


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Country Name: Saint Kitts and Nevis
Continent: Caribbean
Capital City: Basseterre
Boundary Countries:
Recommended Hospitals in Capital:

The JNF Hospital (Basseterre)

Main Cities:

Basseterre, Sandy Point Town, Charlestown

Country Size: 261 sq km
Population: 39,349




Currency: East Caribbean dollar (XCD)
Predominant Religions:

Anglican, other Protestant, Roman Catholic

National Holidays: Independence Day, 19 September (1983)
Economic Status:

St. Kitts and Nevis is a developing Caribbean nation consisting of two islands.


Saint Kitts and Nevis Defense Force (includes Coast Guard), Royal Saint Kitts and Nevis Police Force.

US Presence:

The US does not have an embassy in Saint Kitts and Nevis; the US Ambassador to Barbados is accredited to Saint Kitts and Nevis.

The US Embassy is located in Barbados in the Wildey Business Part, Wildey, St. Michael tel 1-246-436-4950, web http://bridgetown.usembassy.gov/. The Consular Section tel 1-246-431-0225. The Consular Section fax is 1-246-431-0179. The Embassy web address is http://bridgetown.usembassy.gov. Hours of operation are 8:30a to 4:00p Mon-Fri, except Barbados and US holidays. In certain circumstances, the US Consular Agency in Antigua can be of assistance. Persons seeking assistance should call the Consular Agent at 1-268-463-6531 to schedule an appointment.
Document Requirements:

The Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 requires all travelers to and from the Caribbean, Bermuda, Panama, Mexico and Canada to have a valid passport to enter or re-enter the United States. When traveling by air, U.S. citizens must have a valid U.S. passport.  When traveling by sea, as of June 1, 2009, all U.S. travelers must have a U.S. passport or U.S. passport card.   We strongly encourage all American citizen travelers to apply for a U.S. passport or passport card well in advance of anticipated travel.  American citizens can visit travel.state.gov or call 1-877-4USA-PPT (1-877-487-2778) for information on how to apply for their passports. 

Visitors may be asked to present an onward/return ticket and proof of sufficient funds to cover the cost of their visit.  Stays of up to three months are granted at immigration.  Anyone requiring an extension must apply to the Ministry of National Security.  There is an airport departure tax and environmental levy charged when leaving the country.  Visit the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis web site for the most current visa information.

Information about dual nationality or the prevention of international child abduction can be found on our web site.  For further information about customs regulations, please read our Customs Information sheet.

Major Airports:

Airports: 11, Airports w/paved runways: 3

Servicing Airlines:
Risks and Precautions:

Crime: Petty street crime occurs in St. Kitts and Nevis, as well as the occasional burglary; visitors and residents should take common-sense precautions. Travelers should avoid carrying large amounts of cash and use hotel safety deposit facilities to safeguard valuables and travel documents. Travelers should not leave valuables unattended on the beach or in cars and should exercise caution when walking alone at night.
Traffic in St. Kitts and Nevis moves on the left-hand side of the road.
All Caribbean countries can be affected by hurricanes. The hurricane season normally runs from June to the end of November, but there have been hurricanes in December in recent years.

Mortality Statistics:

Infant MR total: 13.74 deaths/1,000 live births
Life expectancy at birth: TOTAL 72.66 years  (male 69.81/female 75.69)

Immunization Indicators:

Required: None
Recommended: Hep A & B, Typhoid, Boosters: MMR, DPT as needed

Infectious Disease Concerns:

Dengue epidemics have occurred on many of the Caribbean islands. Most islands are infested with Aedes aegypti, so these places are at risk for introduction of dengue.

Cutaneous larval migrans is a risk for travelers with exposures on beaches and leptospirosis is common in many areas and poses a risk to travelers engaged in recreational freshwater activities.  Such activities may include whitewater rafting, kayaking, adventure racing, or hiking. Outbreaks of ciguatera poisoning, which results from eating toxin-containing reef fish, have occurred on many islands.

Endemic foci of histoplasmosis are found on many Caribbean islands, and outbreaks have occurred in travelers.


Overall Quality of Medical Services:

Medical care is limited. There are three general hospitals on St. Kitts, and one on Nevis. Both islands have several health clinics. Serious medical problems requiring hospitalization and/or medical evacuation to the US can cost thousands of dollars. Doctors and hospitals expect immediate cash payment for health services.

Providers in Network:
Direct Payment: 0
Referrals: 2
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Recent Medical Threats/ Concerns/Warnings:

In 2006, malaria (falciparum) was confirmed in travelers to Great Exuma, Bahamas, and Kingston, Jamaica, areas where malaria transmission typically does not occur.

Communications Info:

Country Code:  1-869 
Internet Code:  .kn


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