VISITING ST KITTS & NEVIS

St. Kitts & Nevis has just ranked #6 in a list of the 16 Best Caribbean Vacations by US News & World Report.

CREDIT CARDS

All major cards are widely accepted. ATMs are widely available.

ATM

ATMs are widely available.

TRAVELLERS CHEQUES

To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travellers are advised to take traveller's cheques in US Dollars.

BANKING HOURS

Mon-Thurs 0800-1400, Fri 0800-1600.

CURRENCY RESTRICTION

There are no restrictions on the import or export of local or foreign currency, provided it is declared upon arrival.

CURRENCY EXCHANGE

Most major currencies can be exchanged at banks on the islands.

EMERGENCY NUMBERS

Police / Ambulance - 911

Fire - 333

Air Ambulance - (869) 465-2801

JNF General Hospital - (869) 465-2551

INTERNET SERVICE

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.

ELECTRICITY

The domestic market is served by a 230 volt single phase supply. However, a 110 volt supply is available in most hotels.

WATER

The water is of good quality and for drinking. It is collected from direct precipitation, mountain springs and wells, and is chemically treated for purification. Locally bottled water is also available.

HEALTH

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.

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. Swim wear or scant clothing should never be worn in towns or villages.

TIPPING OVERVIEW

A 10% service charge is normally included in hotel bills. In restaurants, leave 10%-15%. Tipping taxi drivers is not customary.

DEPARTURE TAX

You will have to pay a departure tax when leaving St Kitts & Nevis. Departure tax is EC$58 (per adult) and EC$25 (child under 12).