By Eulana Weekes
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): Prime Minister the Hon. Dr. Terrance Drew has delivered upon his promise the discontinuation of the COVID-19 Health and Travel Restrictions for St. Kitts and Nevis.
Effective Monday, August 15, 2022, all travel restrictions have been lifted. All unvaccinated and vaccinated travellers are permitted to enter St. Kitts and Nevis. This includes citizens, residents and visitors alike.
Travellers are not required to present a negative COVID 19 test or show proof of vaccination to enter St. Kitts and Nevis; neither do travellers have to quarantine upon arrival. However, travellers are required to complete and submit an online customs and immigration form before arrival. Travellers will not receive an approval for entry after the form has been completed, as this is no longer a requirement. Moreover, this will not prevent any traveller to the Federation from boarding a flight. The document is required to be filled online for ease of transit through border management departments or agencies.
The recommendations were approved by the Cabinet following a meeting held with Prime Minister Drew and members of the National COVID-19 Task Force.
The removal of the COVID-19 restrictions was one of the campaign promises proposed by the St. Kitts Nevis Labour Party ahead of the August 05 National Assembly Elections. This was also reaffirmed by Prime Minister Drew during his address at the Swearing-in ceremony of Cabinet Ministers on Saturday, August 13 at Warner Park Cricket Stadium.
“For many months, well before the election campaign began, I challenged the former Government continuously to end the travel restrictions placed on our people that no longer had no scientific or medical merit. It was clear those restrictions were used to oppress and suppress the will of you, the people. Why should citizens of this country have to seek permission to enter the land of their birth? That was wrong. That is wrong. Therefore, I have instructed that forthwith, all COVID-19 related health and travel restrictions be removed. Our country is open for business. Let’s get on with the business of building this nation,” Prime Minister Drew said.