The government of St Kitts and Nevis has introduced one of the strictest travel protocols due to COVID-19.
According to the St Kitts Tourism Authority, only vaccinated travelers will be welcomed into the country, based on a new policy that requires tourists, including those from the United States be vaccinated with either a two-dose vaccine, like the Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, or AstraZeneca shots, or a single dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson shot.
Travelers must also wait at least two weeks after their final dose before coming to the islands.
However, unvaccinated children under 18 who travel with fully vaccinated parents or guardians are exempt from the requirement.
In addition to proof of vaccination, travelers must submit a negative COVID-19 PCR test from an approved lab taken within 72 hours before traveling.
The tourism authority also said that the visitors will then have to book a stay at one of several “Travel Approved” hotels, and “Vacation in Place” for at least a week. While at the hotel, tourists can move freely throughout the property and use all the amenities.
With this latest move, St. Kitts and Nevis joins destinations welcoming vaccinated tourists throughout the world, including several in the Caribbean such as the Bahamas and the British Virgin Islands.
Throughout the pandemic, the twin-island federation has seen 74 infections and no coronavirus-related deaths.