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St Kitts And Nevis Travel Information

The Basics


Local time is GMT -4.


Electrical current is 230 volts, 60 Hz, but a 117-volt supply is available in most hotels. Round three-pin plugs and three-pin rectangular blade plugs (as in the UK) are in use.


English is the official language.

Travel Health

Medical facilities are adequate but limited, and travel insurance is essential. This should include emergency air evacuation, with most travelling to Miami or Puerto Rico for more complex procedures.


A 10 percent service charge is usually included in hotel and restaurant bills. Otherwise, it's customary to leave 10 to 15 percent of the bill, depending on the service. Taxi drivers can also receive a tip of around 10 to 15 percent.

Safety Information

Although most visits to the islands are trouble-free, visitors should still guard against robbery and other crimes of opportunity. Valuables should be left in hotel safes where possible and remote places, particularly beaches, should be avoided, especially after dark. Hurricane season normally runs from June to November.

Local Customs

Wearing camouflage clothing in Saint Kitts is illegal, as is nudity on beaches. Sadly, homosexuality is illegal, while the penalties for drug-related offenses are severe.


Business in Saint Kitts and Nevis is conducted in a relatively informal manner, but fairly formal dress is expected despite the heat. Handshakes for both men and women are the common form of greeting, and business cards should be exchanged immediately after being introduced. Business hours are generally 8am to 4pm Monday to Friday, with an hour taken at lunch.


The international dialling code for St Kitts and Nevis is +1 869.

Duty Free

Travellers over the age of 18 may import 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250g tobacco, and 1.5 litres of wine or spirits without paying customs duty.

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