Saint Kitts and Nevis has announced that it will accept antigen testing, which was carried out 24 hours before arrival, from visitors fully vaccinated against the coronavirus (COVID-19).
The development was announced by Tourism Minister Lindsay Grant at a press conference on Wednesday.
The policy takes effect on April 1, 2022.
“Our careful and strategic easing of restrictions has made the destination more accessible to those looking for a vacation after nearly two years of travel restrictions,” the minister said.
“We are definitely taking steps in the right direction. We continue to work with the COVID-19 task force, CMO and his team at the Ministry of Health to create balance between lives and livelihoods.
PCR tests will still be accepted for both vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers once they have been completed within three days of arrival.
This is good news for visitors, who will head to Sugar Island for the highly anticipated St. Kitts and Nevis Music Festival in June and the Nevis Mango Festival in July.
Minister of Tourism Lindsey Grant. SKN Government Information Service.
The tourism sector in St. Kitts and Nevis has rebounded significantly in recent months with the resumption of air and sea connections to key source markets in Europe and North America.
In February, the federation welcomed 6,354 air arrivals at Robert L Bradshaw International Airport.
There were 75 cruise calls in March with around 68,285 guests.
In April 2022, 35 cruise ships will dock at Port Zante.
Grant is aware that the island’s tourist fortunes could almost change as new, more contagious variants of COVID-19 are discovered.
“We are cautiously optimistic about the future. As we approach the end of the high winter season and enter the summer season, it is important that we manage our expectations and use this time to prepare for the 2022 winter season,” he said.
To avoid this, the federation meets with airlines and cruise partners, as well as trade shows to develop and maintain brand awareness.