Travelling to St. Kitts & Nevis? Need Vaccinations?
Home to the first English and French colonies in the Caribbean, St. Kitts is referred to as the “mother colony” of the West Indies. One visit will tell you what attracted settlers to St. Kitts. Her soaring mountains, the striking beauty of her lush greenery and sculpted white shoreline set against the turquoise sea will astound you and make you promise yourself to return. For all the natural attractions on St. Kitts, bubbling volcanic springs, freshwater springs, hiking trails, and idyllic beaches, St. Kitts has no shortage of restaurants, resorts, and activities that make a perfect holiday. Formidable Brimstone Hill Fortress will amaze you with its sheer majesty and must be seen to be believed.
Tour historic Basseterre, and visit some of St. Kitts’ monuments and the National Museum before setting out for White House Bay and snorkelling over a sunken tugboat, or, for total privacy, try Sandy Bank beach on the Atlantic. Take the ferry over to Nevis, and meet the friendly residents who gather as it docks in Charlestown, then take time to visit the Horatio Nelson museum and Alexander Hamilton house. Be sure to make time before you are on your way to St. Kitts & Nevis for a visit to our Travel Health Clinic, four to eight weeks before departure, so that you will be completely safe and up-to-date with the Vaccinations you need for St. Kitts & Nevis.
What Vaccinations do I need for Travel to St. Kitts & Nevis?
Travellers to St. Kitts & Nevis are generally advised the following vaccinations:
In addition, depending upon your itinerary, where you are travelling, length of travel and your occupational and lifestyle risks, you may also require vaccinations for the following:
Have a look at our pricing table for information about the cost of the travel vaccinations required for St. Kitts & Nevis. If you are travelling further in the region, you may also wish to check what vaccinations you require for neighbouring countries in the Caribbean.
Further Travel Health Advice for St. Kitts & Nevis
Heat and Humidity
St. Kitts & Nevis have a tropical climate, and you will enjoy breezes and cooler temperatures at higher elevations, but when in coastal areas, use a good sun block lotion with SPF 20 or higher. Apply liberally and often. When on tour, remember to wear light clothing and bring lots of water with you.
The tap water in St. Kitts & Nevis, is so good that in the 70’s Baron de Rothschild selected St. Kitts as the only Caribbean Island to distill his pure sugar cane liqueur. If you choose, however, not to drink the tap water, bottled mineral water is widely available, and it is advisable that you drink only bottled water when travelling outside Basseterre and Charlestown. Remember to drink often and whether it be water or fruit juices, replenish fluids throughout the day.
Food and Drink
St. Kitts & Nevis have built a solid reputation for fine cuisine and an excellent choice of good restaurants that cater to all tastes. The focus is on Caribbean cuisine, with specialties such as spiny lobster, crab backs stuffed and baked au gratin, and conch, either pickled or curried. French, Chinese, North American and Creole restaurants on both islands also feature some local delights. The fertile soil in St. Kitts & Nevis produces a wide array of fruits and veggies, with the happy result that everything you are served is fresh. The top of the drinks menu is CSR liqueur, Rothschild’s Cane Sugar creation, and locally produced rum.
Seeking Treatment Abroad
Should you require health care in St. Kitts or Nevis, there is are large general hospitals in both capitals, as well as doctors in private practice. For the most part, the standard of care is good, but it is important that you arrange in advance to have enough money with you to pay for any health care you might need, as most doctors require up-front payment.
Travel and Health Insurance
Protect yourself, and your family, with comprehensive travel health insurance which will cover your intended itinerary and any potentially risky activities, such as diving or body surfing.
Aside from observing the normal precautions, visitors are very safe in St. Kitts and Nevis.