The Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis is made up of 2 neighbouring islands, St. Kitts and Nevis, located in the Eastern Caribbean at 17 20 North, 62 45 West, roughly 1,200
miles from Miami, 1600 miles from New York, 4,000 miles from London and
about 45 minutes by plane from Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.
St. Kitts, the bigger of the two islands, is one of the more recent international financial centers to emerge in the world and can offer every investor what he or she is looking for. This small tropical island in the heart of the Caribbean, is the home of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank and the Eastern Caribbean Securities Exchange, two important pillars of the Regional Financial Sector.
The island is 68 square miles with a population of 44,000 mostly of African heritage. Basseterre is the capital.
The official language of the Federation is Engilsh.
St. Kitts and Nevis is a parliamentary democracy and an independent state within the commonwealth. The Federation is the smallest independent nation in the Western Hemisphere.
After general election, constitutionally due every 5 years, the leader of the majority party is appointed as Prime Minister by the Governor General.
The Head of State is Queen Elizabeth II, who is locally represented by a Governor General.
The Eastern Caribbean Dollar (XCD$) is pegged to the US Dollar at US$1.00 XCD = XCD$2.70. US bills are accepted by most stores and businesses and change is given in E.C. currency. U.S. coins are not accepted.
The Eastern Caribbean Dollar exchange rate fluctuates against other currencies.
Atlantic Standard Time throughout the year. 4 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (-4 GMT). Daylight Saving Time is not observed.
Tourism, agriculture and light manufacturing.
The Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw International Airport is located approximately 5 minutes away from downtown Basseterre.
Direct flights into Robert L Bradshaw International Airport are scheduled as follows:
From Miami, FL daily with American Airlines
From London’s Gatwick Airport on Saturdays and Tuesdays with British Airways.
Toronto Air Canada weekly flight through the peak season
Other flights are scheduled:
From New York (JFK) two times per week (Wednesday and Sunday) with American Airlines.
From Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport weekly (Saturday) with Delta
From Charlotte, North Carolina weekly (Saturday) with US Airways
Other operators, including Continental Express, British Airways, Caribbean Airways, Air France, Lufthansa, KLM and Air Canada offer non-direct flights. Service to Antigua, San Juan, Puerto Rico, St Maarten, Guadeloupe, or Antigua, with transfers to smaller regional carriers for the final leg to St. Kitts.
St. Kitts has a commercial seaport and also a duty free shopping Port (Port Zante). Major Cruise Ship lines dock at Port Zante during the peak season (November to May). Port Zante is made up of 35 acres of reclaimed land in the heart of Basseterre.
Travel Documents and Entry/Departure Requirements:
Kindly click here for information regarding recent changes to the entry/re-entry requirements. Citizens of some countries are required to have visas in order to enter St. Kitts-Nevis. Cruise ship visitors staying less than twenty-four (24) hours are never required to have visas. If you are not exempt and therefore need a visa you can also click here to apply for one online. Please note, once your online visa is issued you must print it and carry it with you for entry into St. Kitts & Nevis. Upon presentation of the electronic visa you will also need to pay 270.00 EC or it's equivalent in USD, which is $100.00.
Internet services are available at all of the hotels, as well as from Internet Cafes across the city. Broadband connections (DSL & Cable) are also available, as are Web developing and hosting services.
The Cable system provides at least 53 Cable TV Channels, including the local broadcasters ZIZ, CNN, ESPN and BBC.
The domestic market is served by a 230 volt single phase supply. However, a 117 volt supply is available in most hotels.
The water is of good quality and suitable for drinking. It is collected from direct precipitation, mountain springs and wells, and is chemically treated for purification. Locally bottled water is also available.
There are no particular health concerns associated with St. Kitts therefore special vaccines are usually not required. Modern ambulatory services are available and there are specialists in most fields of medicine. A brand new state of the art hospital was opened in 2003, and emergency 911 services are available.
Police / Ambulance - 911
Fire - 333
Air Ambulance - (869) 465-2801
JNF General Hospital - (869) 465-2551
Public Health Services are provided free to children under 18 years of age and the elderly over 65 years of age.
There are a number of Private and Public schools on the island. Public schooling is free of cost and private school fees vary.
The country enjoys a literacy rate of over 98%.
St. Kitts has a labour force of about 22, 000. Unemployment in St. Kitts- Nevis is among the lowest in the Caribbean. According to a survey of the labour force conducted jointly by the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Government, the rate was confirmed at 4.3%.
The predominant religion is Christianity, however there are small Rastafarian, Orthodox and other communities.
The legal system is based on English Common Law served by a high court of justice, a Court of Appeal and her Majesty's Privy Council in London. St. Kitts has agreed to be included in the Caribbean Court of Appeals Circuit.
A number of commercial banks operate in St. Kitts and Nevis:
The St. Kitts Nevis Anguilla National Bank is the largest locally owned Bank in the OECS. The Bank started operations in 1971.
St. Kitts is a member of the following:-
Foreign Embassies in St. Kitts & Nevis:-
Foreign Honorary Consuls in St. Kitts & Nevis:
What to Wear:
Light summer clothing may be worn all year. Dress is informal, even at elegant hotels and plantation inns, though you may want to dress up a bit for a nice dinner. Nudity is not permitted at any beach. Swimwear or scant clothing should never be worn in towns or villages.
A 10% service charge is normally included in hotel bills. In restaurants, 10%-15% is customary.