Given the advice of the Federal Ministry of Health, the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis – through the National Covid-19 Task Force – hereby advises that the travel advisory originally issued on February 7, 2021, and extended once thus far, has been further extended for an additional 30 days, and has been effective as of April 8, 2021. This advisory is intended for travellers from Brazil, the United Kingdom (UK), and South Africa.
The decision to further extend the travel advisory comes as a result of the Government’s firm interest in continuing to protect our borders and the health and wellness of our citizens and residents in response to the three new variants of the Covid-19 virus that have originated in Brazil, South Africa, and the UK.
The UK variant of the virus had been identified in a number of CARICOM territories since February.
Since then, additional strains of the UK variant have also been identified in the UK and deemed as “variants under investigation’ (VUI), given their likelihood of evading some immunity from vaccination or prior infection.
These variants continue to be cause for concern for the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis, particularly as this UK mutation of the original virus is deemed to be far more transmissible and has a higher likelihood of death from the symptoms of Covid-19.
In light of these developments, and the fact that our Country has not yet met its vaccination target of 70% coverage of our population, the Federal Government of St. Kitts and Nevis announce the following:
1) Travel advisories have now been further extended for the United Kingdom (UK), South Africa, and Brazil.
2) Persons intending to travel from these aforementioned destinations are once again advised not to travel to St. Kitts and Nevis at this time.
Moreover, such persons are reminded that travel into the Federation is controlled by the National Covid-19 Task Force and must be approved by the Ministry of National Security, following the process stipulated on the online platform http://www.knatravelform.kn.
3) The Federal Government again advises all citizens and legal residents returning from any of the aforementioned countries will not be denied re-entry into the Country but must also process their travel requests through
the online platform http://www.knatravelform.kn.
4) The travel advisories for the United Kingdom (UK), Brazil, and South Africa remain in effect for an additional 30 days and commenced on
Thursday, April 8, 2021.
The Government of St. Kitts and Nevis is committed to keeping its citizens and residents safe and well-informed as it continues to manage this ongoing global public health emergency and minimize its impact on our people.