St. Kitts and Nevis are located in the Eastern Caribbean, roughtly 1,200 miles from Miami and about an hour by plane from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Today’s population of about 45,000 are mostly descendants of Africans brought to the islands to work sugar and tobacco crops. On September 19, 1983 St. Kitts and Nevis gained independence from Britain, but the two-island nation remains a member of the Commonwealth. The islands retain many British traditions – cricket is a favourite pastine and cars drive on the lefthand side of the road.
St. Kitts and Nevis are two islands but one paradise. People come to enjoy the islands’ warm beaches and cool forests, quaint towns and authentic architecture and its many tranquil, private pleasures.
A two-mile strait – six minutes by air or 45 minutes by ferry boat, separates the two islands. St. Kitts, the larger, has the more varied terrain – volcanic peaks covered with lush green forets, can plains, and the aris southeast peninsula which is ringed with coves of black, mink-brown and white sand. Nevis is distinguished by its large volcanic central peak surrounded by green hills with tropical gardens, secluded lodgings, and picturesque manor houses, all edged with lovely beaches.
Driving in St. Kitts is on the left side and requires you to have a driver’s permit. This permit can be obtained from the Traffic Department
New Years Day (01Jan); Carnival Day (02Jan); Good Friday (25Mar); Easter Monday (28Mar); May Day (02May); Whit Monday (16May); Queen’s Birthday (12Jun); August Monday (01Aug); Independence Day (19Sep);Christmas Day (25Dec); Boxing Day (26Dec).
Citizens (including business persons) of the following FTAA countries do not require a visitor visa for admission to St. Kitts and Nevis:
Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas, Belize, Barbados, Granada, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, U.S.A. Uruguay, Venezuela.
Documentation Required for Application for a Visitor Visa.
A visitor seeking entry to St. Kitts and Nevis is required to establish to the satisfaction of the immigration officer identity and purpose of entry. Valid passport required (recommend a minimum of six months validity beyond intended stay) by all, except Nationals of U.S.A. and Canada with a photograph identification.
Saint Kitts and Nevis Area
269 sq km (104 sq miles)
Saint Kitts and Nevis Capital
Saint Kitts and Nevis Currency
East Caribbean dollar
Saint Kitts and Nevis Language
Saint Kitts and Nevis Main exports
Foodstuffs, electronics, beverages, tobacco
Saint Kitts and Nevis Population
46,000 (UN, 2009)
Saint Kitts and Nevis Telephone codes