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Moving to St Kitts and Nevis

Preparing to move to St Kitts and Nevis

Imagine, natural beauty, sunny skies, beaches and a welcoming atmosphere. St. Kitts is the larger of the 2 Caribbean islands that comprise the nation of Saint Kitts and Nevis. It’s known for its rainforested mountains and beaches of white, gray and black sands. On its southwestern coast is the capital, Basseterre, and its colonial-era Georgian buildings. Anchoring Basseterre is the Circus, a plaza modeled after London’s Piccadilly Circus, complete with Victorian-style clock tower.

St. Kitts is located in the Leeward Islands at the northern end of the Lesser Antilles, approximately 220 miles southeast of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Together with her sister island, Nevis, they constitute the Federation of St. Christopher and Nevis, an English-speaking member of the British Commonwealth of Nations that continues to recognize the British monarch as the head of state. The country’s internal government is led by a prime minister. The name of the capital, Basseterre, reflects the French heritage of much of St. Kitts’ history. Until recently, St. Kitts and Nevis were primarily agricultural, with sugar cane as the main crop; however, new road construction and economic growth are beginning to bring the islands into the mainstream of the tourism industry, and they are becoming known as pleasant and comfortable vacation destinations.

St Kitts and Nevis Map
St Kitts and Nevis Map

Travel Documents and Entry/Departure Requirements

Citizens of Canada need only to present proof of citizenship – preferably a passport or birth certificate with the raised seal – in order to enter St. Kitts-Nevis. If the birth certificate is used, it must be accompanied by a government issued photo ID (a drivers licence, for example) showing the same name. Where applicable, documentation of a legal name change (for example, a marriage certificate) must also be presented. Citizens of the United States, however, are required to have passports in order to re-enter that country. As such a valid passport is a required travel document when travelling to the Caribbean.

Other helpful information

Driving in St Kitts and Nevis

St Kitts and Nevis Ferry Schedule

St Kitts Car Rentals

St Kitts Supermarkets & Grocery Stores

St Kitts Long Term Apartment Rentals

St Kitts Taxi, Tours and Shore Excursions

St Kitts & Nevis Student Information

Relocating with Family

 Bringing your family and friends to St. Kitts holds the promise for many enjoyable experiences. With its ecotourism in the rain forest, a trip to the crater of Mt. Liamuiga, plentiful snorkeling and diving options, breathtaking scenery, year-round sunshine and friendly people, St. Kitts will help you create wonderful memories together.

The following is the necessary information needed to facilitate your extended stay in the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis.

Adult (Non-Student) Requirements

  • Valid Passport.
  • Application form (provided during New Student Orientation).
  • One passport-sized color photograph – shoulders must be covered. No sleeveless shirts or low cut shirts/blouses and no tank tops.
  • Original Police Certificate available from your local precinct or county sheriff’s office.
  • Copy of marriage certificate, if applicable.
  • Original airline/travel itinerary or electronic return ticket number.
  • The calculated amount of cash as determined by the officers taking the application (EC$55.00 per month for the first three months, then EC$75.00 thereafter. If the applicant leaves the island at anytime, the fee structure starts over again from EC$55.00).

All documents may be obtained from the Housing Department Office, located in Tegreman Hall 111. This office will submit applications to the Ministry of Homeland Security on your behalf.

Children’s Requirements

  • Children aged between 5 and 16 years attending the Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine Preparatory School will need a copy of their Immunization Certificate (required by the Ministry of Health) and a passport-sized photo. The cost for a student visa is EC$75.00 annually. The Preparatory School will submit all required information on your behalf.
  • Children under the age of five years will have their passports submitted with the parent attending the University for a Visitor Visa to be stamped in the travel document. There is no fee for this service.

Banks in St Kitts

There are several banks in St. Kitts and which one you choose is up to you. Scotiabank has an ATM machine on some campus, and Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) also have an ATM machine near some campus. Scotiabank and RBC are also the only banks that honor Ross University financial aid checks immediately. In order to acquire a new bank account, they have arranged for both banks to be available during One Stop in orientation program during your first week in St. Kitts.  Contact the university you will be attending for additional information that will assist you in setting up your account prior to your arrival. Bank of America ATM cards may be used on island at the Scotiabank ATM on campus as an alternate to your banking cash needs.

Please bring Travelers Checks to use for your initial deposit. Cashier’s checks and personal checks are accepted, however they are subject to a 6 week hold before the funds are released. You will also need valid forms of ID: your passport and one government issued photo ID such as a driver’s license will suffice to open your Eastern Caribbean dollar bank account.

Royal Bank of Canada (2 locations)

Corner of Bay Rd. and Fort St.
465-2259Wellington Road (in Value Mart Plaza)

M – Th 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Fri. 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Closed Saturday and Sunday
ATM available at both locations AND close to campus.
Cards with the PLUS symbol are also accepted at the ATM.

Scotiabank (2 locations)

Fort Street Branch – 465-4141

Bird Rock Branch – 466-6161

M – Th 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Fri. 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Closed Saturday and Sunday
ATM available at both branches AND on campus.

ATM/Debit card accepted at stores in St. Kitts. Other cards with the CIRRUS or PLUS symbol are also accepted at the ATM.

Other banking options in St. Kitts:

First Caribbean International Bank –
The Circus – Downtown 465-2159

M -Th 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Fri. 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
ATM available

National Bank (2 locations)
Central Street : 465-2204 ATM available
Pelican Mall – Downtown :465-2204 ATM available

Insurance Information

Personal Content Insurance

Please make sure you insure your personal valuables. This might include your PC, cameras, and whatever else you deem to be valuable. If you have insurance at home, check to see if the coverage extends to your residence outside of the country. In the case where you need to purchase this insurance locally.

In order to acquire personal insurance, SNIC the only insurance company that covers personal valuables.

 Medical Insurance Coverage

Medical insurance coverage is not optional when attending University in St. Kitts. It is a requirement. Your choice of insurance company must be able to offer coverage outside the United States

We highly recommend that spouses and children who will be accompanying you either subscribe for Insurance policy. It is recommended that significant others and fiancés are medically covered with private medical insurance while on the island.

Things you need to know about your health insurance on Saint Kitts: