St. Kitts & Nevis
Original Official Site of the
St. Kitts & Nevis
Department of Tourism
Tipping/Gratuities: Same as in the US--10% to 15%, depending
on the service. Some restaurants and hotels will automatically
add a 10% gratuity. If you are in doubt, do not feel uncomfortable
asking. Usually, porters and bellhops receive 50 cents per bag,
taxi drivers 10-15% of the fare.
Telephones: Calling the U.S. is easy from St. Kitts & Nevis.
Most hotels offer USA Direct calling service, or they can connect you
with a U.S. operator.
Taxes: St. Kitts & Nevis has a US$17.00 airport departure
tax, an additional US$1.50 Environmental Levy and a room tax of 7%
and service charge of 10%.
Television: Most hotels have 22 cable channels, including CNN,
ESPN, the Disney Channel, premium movie channels and local stations.
Electricity: 230 volts, 60 cycles. Most hotels have 110 volts,
and converters are available.
Drinking Water: Safe spring water comes from numerous
Appropriate Attire: Beach attire is appropriate for the
beach but not the town, shops or restaurants. Please refrain
from short shorts, bikinis and bare chests in these places. Informal,
but conservative, clothing is the standard.
Time Zone: Atlantic Standard Time, one hour ahead of
Eastern Standard Time and the same as Eastern Daylight Time.
Currency/Money: The official currency is the Eastern
Caribbean Dollar, which is fixed to the US dollar. Recent exchange
rate was US$1.00 = EC$2.70. US currency, travelers checks and
major credit cards are welcome everywhere.
Banks: Bank of Nova Scotia, Barclays
Bank PLC, Royal Bank of Canada, St. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla National
Bank of Nevis Ltd., Nevis Co-Operative Banking Co. Ltd. Banking
hours are Monday through Thursday from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm and
Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. The St. Kitts & Nevis National
Bank is also open from 8:30 am - 11:00 am on Saturdays.
Medical Facilities: St. Kitts & Nevis
has doctors on call at hotels and a 24-hour Casualty Department.
chambers are available by air ambulance at nearby Saba and in
St. Thomas. Pharmaceutical services are widely available.
Passports and Immigration: U.S. and Canadian citizens
need proof of citizenship: a passport, birth certificate or voters'
registration card. U.S. residents need their green card. All
others require a valid passport. A return or continuing ticket
is also required.
Shopping Hours: Monday through Saturday 8:00 am to noon
and 1:00 pm-4:00 pm. On Thursdays, most shops close for the afternoon.
Personal Safety: St. Kitts & Nevis
are relatively crime free, but exercise normal precautions.
For example, don't
leave valuables unattended in rental cars or on the beach.
Getting Married in St Kitts or Nevis
1. Before you get married in St. Kitts or Nevis, you should be
at least 2 days in either St. Kitts or Nevis.
2. A valid Passport or Photo ID and Birth Certificate is nessesary.
3. The documents have to be in English or translated by a notarized
office. If either party is divorced oder
widowed , it has to be proved by the correct papers
4. If a Catholic, Anglican or other minister
of religion is performing the ceremony – both parties
need a letter of
their home priest, that shows that they are unmarried.
5. If you stay two complete days before the wedding in St. Kitts
or Nevis the fee for the marriage license is 80
US Dollars. If you are staying 14 day the cost for the license is 20 US Dollars.
* The fee for the Marriage Officers is not included and varies *
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