Sourced Information: Nevis Tourism Authority
Special Entry Requirements for Phased Reopening.
The Nevis Tourism Authority (NTA) is pleased to announce a phased reopening of the island to international travelers, starting October 31st, 2020. Visitors must observe strict entry requirement protocols, designed by the twin-island Federation to protect the health and safety of citizens, residents and guests.
All international travelers coming from the US, Canada, UK, Europe, Africa, South America, and everyone traveling from outside of the CARICOM member states, must complete the entry form on the federal website (www.knatravelform.kn), submit a negative PCR test completed within 3 days of travel from an accredited laboratory, undergo a health screening at the airport and download the SKN COVID-19 contact tracing mobile app (to be used for the first 14 days of travel or less).
During their first week on island, international visitors are required to vacation in place at their hotel property, where they may interact with other guests and partake in hotel activities. Those staying longer will be required to undergo a PCR-test at their expense (USD100) on day 7 of their visit. Once the traveler tests negative on day 7, they are allowed, through the hotel’s tour desk, to book select excursions. Visitors staying longer will be required to undergo a second PCR-test on day 14, at their expense (USD100); if they test negative the traveler will be allowed to freely explore the island and mingle with the local population.
The Four Seasons Nevis and the Paradise Beach Resort are the approved hotels for international travelers in this first phase of the reopening. With the start of American Airlines service from Miami, visitors will have easy access to Nevis, via a 10-minute water taxi ride from St. Kitts. Cape Air is expected to resume service from San Juan directly into Nevis’ Vance W. Amory International (NEV) on November 20th.
Visitors from within the “Caribbean Bubble” of the 8 CARICOM countries (Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Lucia and St. Vincent & the Grenadines) have the same entry requirements, except that they must have resided in one of these countries for at least 21 days. The traveler will be allowed to integrate within the Federation, and they can stay at private homes, condos, villas or the following “Travel Approved” certified hotel properties: The Hermitage Inn, Hamilton Beach Villas & Spa, Montpelier Plantation & Beach, and Golden Rock Inn.
Returning nationals, residents with proof of residency stamp in passport, Caribbean Single Market Economy (CSME) certificate holders and work permit holders must follow the same entry requirements for all visitors.
Following the airport health screening, the traveler will be allowed entry into the Federation and be required to use Travel Approved transportation to one of two government approved facilities, Pot Works or Oualie Beach Resort, where they will stay at their own expense for 14 days in quarantine. The cost for quarantining at Pot Works is USD 400; the cost for quarantining at Oualie Beach is USD 70 per night. For travelers staying in the government approved hotels the same testing protocols as for international travelers apply: a PCR COVID-19-test at their expense on day 7 and on day 14, at their expense; the cost for each test is USD 100.
In preparation for the reopening, stakeholders in every sector of the industry have been trained in health and safety protocols by the Nevis Tourism Authority and the Nevis Ministry of Health, just one component of a multi-faceted Health Campaign currently underway.
Stakeholders who have completed the training, and businesses which have been inspected and meet the “Travel Approved” criteria, receive their Travel Approved Seal, which identifies them as having undergone the mandatory training to meet the minimum health and safety COVID-19 standards. A series of entertaining and educational jingles, PSAs and billboards remind residents and visitors to follow the basic health and safety protocols of frequent handwashing and or sanitizing, physical distancing and mask wearing. Masks are required whenever the visitor is outside of their hotel room — specially branded Nevis Naturally facemasks created by the NTA, will be available at the ports on island.
For travel and tourism information on Nevis please visit the Nevis Tourism Authority website at www.nevisisland.com; and follow us on Instagram (@nevisnaturally), Facebook (@nevisnaturally), YouTube (nevisnaturally) and Twitter (@Nevisnaturally).