CDC announces ‘no travel health notice’ for St Kitts – Nevis

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BASSETERRE, St Kitts – In its latest update on travel recommendations by destination, the Centers for Diseases Control (CDC) has upgraded S. Kitts and Nevis COVID-19 Risk Assessment Level as “No Travel Health Notice: COVID-19 Risk is Very Low.”

“This assessment classification reinforces that St Kitts and Nevis is among the safest destinations worldwide for individuals considering travel at this time,” a release from St Kitts Tourism Authority, noted that,” St Kitts and Nevis is one of only ten Caribbean countries to have this CDC classification.

“The recent assessment by the CDC is a testament to the success of our ‘All of Society Approach’ to combatting the threat of COVID-19,” said Lindsay F.P. Grant, minister of tourism and transport. “Citizens and residents of the Federation have adhered to the health and safety protocols established by medical experts resulting in one of the lowest rates of infection in the Caribbean. Their commitment has helped us to achieve this milestone, which comes just as the Federation is preparing to reopen borders in the coming month.”

To date, the Federation has reported 17 total cases all of which have recovered and currently there are no active cases. St Kitts and Nevis has one of the highest testing rates in CARICOM and the Eastern Caribbean and uses only the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test which is the gold standard of testing.

As of August 6, 2020, the CDC replaced their global travel notice advising against all non-essential travel with destination-specific COVID-19 notices for all foreign countries providing public data classifying them into four different categories: Level 3 (high risk), Level 2 (moderate risk), Level 1 (low risk), or no THN (very low risk). St. Kitts & Nevis has been assessed at “very low risk,” thus requiring No Travel Health Notice. It is one of only 26 countries worldwide and one of only 10 Caribbean nations where the risk is categorized very low – so low that No Travel Notice is required.

The Federation announced the planned reopening of its borders earlier in August for October 2020. The reopening date along with travel requirements and protocols for visitors will be announced.

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