Summary

Authorities in St. Kitts and Nevis will open its borders to international commercial flights Oct. 31 with restrictions, as part of nation's statutory orders related to combating the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Under the current directives, all air and sea ports must remain closed except for cargo shipments, emergency medical flights, and the departure of aircraft and vessels from the country. Sea ports will remain closed until further notice.

All travelers from the so-called "Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Bubble," a group of Caribbean countries including Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Monserrat, Saint Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, will be permitted to enter St. Kitts and Nevis. Such travelers are exempt from COVID-19 test entry requirements, so long as they have not traveled outside of the Bubble in the past 21 days.

Travelers arriving from outside of the CARICOM Bubble, will be required to present a negative result from a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours prior to departure, a travel approval form, and proof of an accommodation reservation in a government-approved facility for a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine period.

Internally, most commercial activity has resumed, but businesses are subject to COVID-19 operating requirements. Businesses are required to ensure that all customers and staff maintain at least 1.8 meters (6 feet) distance from others, and to place markers indicating where customers should stand on lines to maintain this distance. Additional industry-specific hygiene mandates may be required in some sectors. Private parties, including on beaches, remain banned, and weddings and funerals are permitted only under strict regulations. All persons must wear protective face coverings when in any public place.

Authorities could reimpose, extend, further ease, or otherwise amend any restrictions with little-to-no notice depending on disease activity over the coming weeks.

Advice

Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. Reconfirm all travel arrangements. Consider delaying traveling if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays.

Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.

 

 

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