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Useful information to help you plan your trip to Nevis.

  • ATM 24 Hour Service +

    Cirrus and Plus Systems generally accepted:

    Bank of Nevis Ltd
    Bank of Nova Scotia
    First Caribbean International Bank
    National Bank
    Vance W Amory Airport (open when airport is open)
    RBTT - Royal Bank of Trinidad and Tobago
    Nevis Cooperative Credit Union

  • Banks +

    Bank of Nevis;
    Bank of Nova Scotia;
    First Caribbean International Bank;
    Nevis Credit Union;
    RBTT Royal Bank of Trinidad and Tobago;
    St. Kitts-Nevis National Bank

    Banks are open Monday-Thursday 8am-2pm; Friday 8am-4pm

  • Cable Television +

    You can watch around 70 different channels including pay movie stations (HBO, Cinemax, The Movie Channel and Disney) for about $70 US per month for a complete package. Different tiers are available on request.

  • Churches +

    There are over 50 churches and 11 denominations on Nevis. Worship services are usually held on Sundays and Saturdays but some churches do meet during the week for prayer and bible services. All the churches warmly welcome visitors.

  • Credit Cards +

    Most hotels, restaurants, and businesses accept credit cards, but it's best to check before you travel. Bank ATM machines will provide EC funds through some credit cards.

  • Economy +

    The economy of Nevis focuses on four main areas: tourism, agriculture, fishing, and international financial services. The government is a significant employer on the island but with the increase in up-market tourism, the private sector is expected to be the main employer of local people.

  • Emergency Numbers +

    Dial 9-1-1
    Police 469-5391?
    Alexandra Hospital 469-5473?
    Fire Services 469-3444

  • Importation of Pets +

    Nevis is a rabies free island. Please help us keep it that way.

    Veterinary Services
    Department of Agriculture
    Prospect Estate, Nevis, W.I.
    Telephone (869) 469-0878 - Fax (869) 469-0878 after 4:30pm

    Conditions for the Entry of Dogs and Cats into St. Kiitts and Nevis from Non-Scheduled Countries.

    1. Rabies Vaccinations
    Animals under one year of age must receive two rabies vaccinations not less than 6 months apart with an approved monovalent killed rabies vaccine.
    Adult animals that have received two or more rabies vaccinations go to section 1b .

    a. The first vaccination shall not be given to animals less than 3 months of age.
    b. The second or most recent vaccination shall be given not less than 30 days and no more than 12 months before arrival
    c. The product name, serial or lot number, expiration date and route of administration, information for the two most recent vaccinations must be recorded on the health certificate.

    2. Electronic Microchip Identification
    All animals to be imported into St. Kitts and Nevis must be identified with an AVID® or Home Again electronic microchip implant. The microchip number must be included on all relevant documents including written application form, blood samples submitted for rabies testing and on results of the rabies tests.

    3. Application for Import Permit
    Apply in writing to the Chief Veterinary Officer (CVO) for import permit. The application must include the species, name, age, sex, breed, colour or colour pattern and microchip number.
    An import permit will be issued only after the Veterinary Authority receives a and b below.
    a. Two Laboratory reports with Titre results > or = 0.5 I.U/ml from the RABIES/RFFIT/FAVN Laboratory at Kansas State University. Please see section 6a-f
    b. A health certificate (USDA-APHIS FORM 7001) issued by a licensed veterinarian within 30 days of the date of arrival. The Veterinary Authority of the exporting country with seal or stamp must endorse this certificate for international travel; and must include
    1. A full description of animal including implanted microchip number
    2. Records of last 2 rabies vaccinations including name of vaccine, lot/serial number, expiration date and route of administration.
    3. Last vaccination must have been administered not less than 30 days and not more than 12 months prior to the arrival date.
    4. A Health Certificate issued by an accredited veterinarian within 72 hours of arrival must accompany the animal on arrival.
    5. Failure to comply with steps 3 and 4 will result in immediate exportation of the animal or euthanasia at the airport.
    a. Two Rabies Neutralizing Antibody tests (RFFIT or FAVN) on sera collected at four weeks apart must be conducted.
    b. For animals less than one year of age the first Rabies Neutralizing Antibody test (titre) must be taken one month after the rabies vaccination.
    c. For adult animals current on rabies vaccination the first titre must be taken no less than 30 days after the most recent rabies vaccine. If the result of the first titre is negative, a booster vaccine must be given and the titre repeated again in one month. Please note that two positive tests are required.
    d. The second tests must be conducted not less than 30 days and not more than 12 months prior to arrival.
    e. The testing laboratory must submit the test results directly to: The Chief Veterinary Officer, P. O. Box 39, Veterinary Services, Department of Agriculture, Basseterre, St. Kitts, West Indies. Telephone 1-869-465-2110, Fax 1-869-465-2928..
    f. To be considered valid, the test results must include the number of the implanted microchip and complete description of the animal (age, sex, breed, colour or colour pattern etc).
    Laboratory Where the Pre-Arrival RFFIT/FAVN Test is Available
    Until further notice the only laboratory approved by the Veterinary Authority of St. Kitts and Nevis for the RFFIT/FAVN TEST is at KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY
    Dr Deborah Briggs, Department of Pathobiology/Diagnostic Medicine, 1800 Denison Avenue, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506-5600.

    For information on procedures please have your veterinarian call (785) 532-4483, Fax: (785) 532-42982; e-mail:

    Summary of Pre-arrival Requirements

    1. Complete application form
    2. Two Rabies Neutralizing Antibody Test > or = 0.5Iu/ml to be done one month apart.
    3. Stamped or sealed USDA Health Certificate (APHIS FORM7001) within 30 days of arrival.
    4. Import Permit
    5. 72 hours health certificate issued by an accredited Veterinarian accompanying the animal.
    6. After completion of step 2 one annual RFFIT or FAVN test is required for frequent travelers.
    Failure to have requirements 2-5 will result in deportation of your pet.
    Post-Arrival Requirements
    A thirty-day confinement is required.

    Requirements for thirty day confinement
    1. Dogs must be kept on approved premises, completely fenced and secure.
    2. Cats must be kept indoors at all times and all windows and doors must be screened.
    3. Dogs and cats, after inspection at the port of entry must not be removed from carrier until arrival at the place of confinement.
    4. Dog and cats must not come into contact with any other animal during confinement.
    5. Dog and cats must not be removed from the premises without permission of the Veterinary Authority. Permission will be granted for Veterinary emergencies.
    6. Monitoring of animal during the 30 day confinement - 4 visits
    Quarantine violations will result in deportation of your pet. Please note that importation of puppies has been suspended until further notice.


    a. Inspection of premises minimum EC $200 - four visits.
    b. Airport inspection on arrival EC $100 per animal.
    c. Fax charges EC $25 per fax.
    d. Complete payment must be made on arrival. No exceptions will be allowed.

  • Language and Education +

    The official language of the island is English. The island has a 98% literacy level and its CXC and GCE results are among the highest in the Caribbean.

  • Local Etiquette +

    Please dress tastefully in public and remember that bikinis, bare chests and bare feet are for the beach only. Before taking photographs of residents or their homes, please be respectful and ask for permission.

    Join in with the local ritual of saying “good morning” and “good afternoon” even to total strangers. They won’t be strangers for long.

    Dress for dinner is generally ‘casually elegant’ so jackets and ties are not required for men at any of the restaurants.

  • Money +

    The currency on Nevis is the East Caribbean (EC) dollar, which can be obtained at any bank. Most stores and businesses accept US dollars or travellers’ cheques, but change will be given in EC. Neither banks nor stores accept US coins, only paper bills. The exchange rate is fixed at US$1.00 = EC$2.70.

    Both Euros and GBP are accepted at banks on the island, with exchange rates fluctuating daily.

    All major credit cards are also widely accepted on the island.

  • Post Office +

    The General Post Office, located in Charlestown, is open Monday - Friday 8:00 am to 3:30 pm. Closed on Saturday and Sunday.

  • Radio Stations +

    Von Radio 860 AM -
    Choice 105.3 FM -

  • Telephones +

    Nevis has a modern communications system which delivers efficient telephone, facsimile and internet connections throughout the world. To make an overseas call, dial 1 or dial 3-5-5 and then follow the instructions for using a credit card. Phone cards for use locally or overseas are available through Digicel and Lime. Chippi is another telephone company on Nevis, while internet services are provided by Lime.


  • Time Zone +

    Nevis is on Eastern Standard Time, but does not change for daylight savings.

  • Tipping +

    A service charge of 10% is generally included in restaurant bills, but it’s best to ask (if you want to give more, please do!). Hotels add 20% to their bills, including 10% service and 10% VAT.

  • Tourist Information +

    The Nevis Tourism Authority office is open Mon-Fri 8:00am -5:00 pm in Charlestown. You’ll find brochures there about many of the island’s activities and businesses.
    For information, call 1-869-469-7550 (local), 1-407-287-5204 (from the USA), 1-403-770-6697 (from Canada) or +44(1)305 233107 (from the UK).

  • Travel Agencies +

    TDC Airlines Service (Nevis) Ltd.

    Claxton Services

  • Utilities +

    Most hotels and homes use 110 volts but 220 volts are sometimes available. Please ask your hotel or travel agent.

  • Visa & Immigration Requirements +

    U.S. and Canadian citizens are required to present a passport with a photo ID to enter the island. Visitors may stay for a maximum of six months, but extensions may be requested at the immigration office in Charlestown. Visitors must enter with a return ticket. Departure tax, when leaving the island, is $20.50 US or $54 EC, which includes an environmental levy and airport security tax.

    Citizens of some countries are not required to have visas in order to enter St. Kitts – Nevis. Please click here to view the complete list, apply for a visa, or for details of the St. Kitts-Nevis Embassies.

  • Water +

    Drinking water is pure and safe to drink, but if you are sensitive to food and water changes, you may prefer commercially bottled water. Bottled water is sold in stores, restaurants, and hotels. Boiling water is recommended when staying in homes that use cisterns for their water supply.

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