Popular Caribbean cruise destination drops all travel requirements

Popular Caribbean cruise destination St. Kitts has scrapped its vaccination and testing requirements for all visitors, effective immediately. Now the islands are welcoming vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers without presenting proof of a negative test on entry.

Saint Kitts and Nevis Travel Updates

The Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis updated its travel requirements on August 15, 2022 for all visitors, including citizens, residents and international travelers, welcoming all vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers across its Caribbean borders.

Effective immediately, all guests have access to the country without proof of a negative COVID-19 test. These travel updates were supported by the advice of the Prime Minister, the Honorable Dr Terrance Drew, who is also Minister of Health.

Ellison “Tommy” Thompson, CEO of the St. Kitts Tourism Authority, says: “The removal of entry testing and vaccination requirements comes at a time when traveler confidence is on the rise. The combination of growing demand and smoother travel processes will make St. Kitts even more attractive to overseas visitors.

“We are pleased to announce the removal of restrictions that would enhance the destination’s travel experience,” he added.

Courtesy of St. Kitts Tourism

Additionally, the two-island nation between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, St. Kitts and Nevis, no longer requires guests to quarantine upon arrival, giving them more flexibility to travel.

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Travelers are recommended to follow basic health and safety protocols, such as frequent hand washing and sanitizing, maintaining physical distancing, and encouraging mask-wearing.

All travelers visiting St. Kitts and Nevis must complete and submit an Immigration and Customs ED Form which includes a customs and border form.

Previously, people visiting the islands had to be fully vaccinated and take a COVID test before arriving.

St. Kitts is home to four ports, but most cruise ships dock at a terminal known as Port Zante, located within walking distance of St. Kitts’ capital, Basseterre. The port has two quays that can accommodate some of the largest ships in the world.

Charlestown, the capital of Nevis, is home to the island’s main cruise port. Cruise ships visiting Nevis can anchor at sea and transport passengers to the harbor jetty by tender boats.

Changing requirements for cruise destinations

In response to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) withdrawal of its voluntary sailing program On July 18, the cruise industry saw a rapid shift in protocols for most lines and their destinations, announcing a more relaxed set of requirements as it returns to a state of normalcy.

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Following the ease of industry requirements, Bermuda recently updated its protocols and regulations. As of August 22, 2022, unvaccinated travelers will again be able to visit Bermuda, but all visitors will still be tied to certain testing requirements.

Many other Caribbean destinations have changed their travel protocols to encourage more visitors for the upcoming cruise season. St. Maarten is currently open to vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers, but a test result is still required for entry for travelers and those who have recovered from COVID within nine months.

The U.S. Virgin Islands also welcome vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers, along with St. Lucia, St. Barths, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, and the Cayman Islands. Keep following for more related updates as they roll out quickly.

It is important to know that customers should always follow the protocols put in place by their cruise line, as requirements through cruises may differ from general travel.

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