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St. Kitts and Nevis - Consular Information Sheet
March 29, 2000

COUNTRY DESCRIPTION: St. Kitts and Nevis is a developing Caribbean island nation. Tourist facilities are widely available.

ENTRY/EXIT REQUIREMENTS: A valid U.S. passport or certified U.S. birth certificate and a picture identification that contains both name and date of birth are required of U.S. citizens entering St. Kitts and Nevis. Visitors should also have a valid return ticket. St. Kitts and Nevis immigration recommends that visitors put their full home address in the U.S. on their arrival cards in order to facilitate the entry process. Stays of up to one month are granted at immigration. Anyone requiring an extension must apply to the Ministry of National Security. There is an airport departure tax. For further information, travelers can contact the Embassy of St. Kitts and Nevis, 3216 New Mexico Avenue, N.W., OECS Building, Washington, D.C. 20016, telephone (202) 686-2636, the Permanent Mission to the UN in New York at (212) 535-1934, or the Internet at http://www.stkittsnevis.org.

SAFETY/SECURITY: There may be demonstrations by small but vociferous groups during election periods. While there is no evidence that these demonstrations are anti-American, it is a good security practice to avoid all demonstrations. Contact the Consular Section for additional information.

CRIME INFORMATION: U.S. citizens have occasionally been victims of armed robbery, assault, burglary, and other petty street crime. Valuables left unattended on beaches are subject to theft.

The loss or theft of a U.S. passport overseas should be reported to the local police and the nearest U.S. Embassy or consulate. A lost or stolen U.S. birth certificate and/or driver’s license generally cannot be replaced outside the U.S. U.S. citizens may refer to the Department of State’s pamphlets, A Safe Trip Abroad, and Tips for Travelers to the Caribbean for ways to promote a more trouble-free journey. The pamphlet is available by mail from the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402, via the Internet at http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs, or via the Bureau of Consular Affairs home page at http://travel.state.gov.

MEDICAL FACILITIES: Medical care is limited. Serious medical problems requiring hospitalization and/or medical evacuation to the U.S. can cost thousands of dollars or more. Doctors and hospitals often expect immediate cash payment for health services.

MEDICAL INSURANCE: U.S. medical insurance is not always valid outside the U.S. U.S. Medicare and Medicaid programs do not provide payment for medical services outside the U.S. Uninsured travelers who require medical care overseas may face extreme difficulties. Please check with your own insurance company to confirm whether your policy applies. Please ascertain whether payment will be made to the overseas hospital or doctor, or whether you will be reimbursed later for expenses that you incur. Some insurance policies also include coverage for psychiatric treatment and for disposition of remains in the event of death. Useful information on medical emergencies abroad, including overseas insurance programs, is provided in the Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs brochure, Medical Information for Americans Traveling Abroad, available via the Bureau of Consular Affairs home page or autofax: (202) 647-3000.

OTHER HEALTH INFORMATION: Information on vaccinations and other health precautions may be obtained from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s hotline for international travelers at 1-877-FYI-TRIP (1-877-394-8747); fax 1-888-CDC-FAXX (1-888-232-3299), or via CDC’s Internet site at http://www.cdc.gov.

TRAFFIC SAFETY/ROAD CONDITIONS: While in a foreign country, U.S. citizens may encounter road conditions that differ significantly from those in the U.S. The information below concerning St. Kitts and Nevis is provided for general reference only, and may not be totally accurate in a particular location or circumstance.

Safety of Public Transportation: Good
Urban Road Conditions/Maintenance: Good
Rural Road Conditions/Maintenance: Poor
Availability of Roadside Assistance: Poor

Traffic in St. Kitts and Nevis moves on the left-hand side of the road. Main roads and most secondary roads are in reasonably good condition. More detailed information on roads and traffic safety can be obtained from the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and the Environment, Bay Road, Pelican Mall, P.O. Box 132, Basse Terre, St. Kitts, telephone 1-869-647-8970.

For specific information concerning St. Kitts and Nevis driver’s permits, vehicle inspection, road tax and mandatory insurance in St. Kitts and Nevis, contact the St. Kitts and Nevis National Tourist Organization offices in New York via the Internet.

AVIATION OVERSIGHT: The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has assessed the government of St. Kitts and Nevis’ civil aviation authority as Category 2 -- not in compliance with international aviation safety standards for oversight of St. Kitts and Nevis’ air carrier operations. While consultations to correct the deficiencies are ongoing, St. Kitts and Nevis’ air carriers are permitted to conduct limited operations to the U.S. subject to heightened FAA surveillance.

For further information, travelers may contact the Department of Transportation within the U.S. at 1-800-322-7873, or visit the FAA’s Internet website at http://www.faa.gov/avr/iasa/. The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) does not permit its personnel to use air carriers from Category 2 countries for official business except for flights originating from or terminating in the U.S. For information regarding the DOD policy on specific carriers, travelers may contact DOD at (618) 229-4801.

CUSTOMS REGULATIONS: St. Kitts and Nevis customs authorities may enforce strict regulations concerning temporary import or export of various items. It is advisable to contact the Embassy of St. Kitts and Nevis in Washington, D.C. or the Permanent Mission in New York for specific information on customs requirements.

CRIMINAL PENALTIES: While in a foreign country, a U.S. citizen is subject to that country’s laws and regulations, which sometimes differ significantly from those in the U.S. and may not afford the protections available to the individual under U.S. law. Penalties for breaking the law can be more severe than in the U.S. for similar offenses. Persons violating St. Kitts and Nevis laws, even unknowingly, may be expelled, arrested or imprisoned. Penalties for possession, use, or trafficking in illegal drugs in St. Kitts and Nevis are strict and convicted offenders can expect jail sentences and heavy fines.

CONSULAR ACCESS: There is no U.S. Embassy or Consulate in St. Kitts and Nevis. The U.S. Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados is responsible for these islands. U.S. citizens are encouraged to carry their U.S. citizenship evidence with them at all times, so if questioned by local officials, proof of identity and U.S. citizenship are readily available.

DISASTER PREPAREDNESS: St. Kitts and Nevis is a hurricane-prone country. General information about natural disaster preparedness is available via the Internet from the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at http://www.fema.gov.

CHILDREN’S ISSUES: For information on international adoption of children and international parental child abduction, please refer to our Internet site at http://travel.state.gov/children's_issues.html or telephone (202) 736-7000.

REGISTRATION/EMBASSY AND CONSULATE LOCATIONS: U.S. citizens living in or visiting St. Kitts and Nevis are encouraged to register at the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados and obtain updated information on travel and security within St. Kitts and Nevis. Consular Section hours are 9:00 am-12 noon and 2:00 pm-4:00 pm, Monday-Friday except local and U.S. holidays. The U.S. Embassy is located in the American Life Insurance (ALICO) building, Cheapside, Bridgetown, Barbados, telephone 1-246-431-0225, fax 1-246-431-0179, e-mail address: ConsularBridge@state.gov or Internet home page: http://usembassy.state.gov/posts/bb1/wwwhcons.html.

There is also a U.S. Consular Agent for the area in English Harbor, Antigua, tel. 1-268-463-6521, fax 1-268-460-1569, e-mail address: ryderj@candw.ag. Office hours are 9:00 am-4:00 pm, Monday-Friday except local and U.S. holidays.

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