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Is Saint Kitts and Nevis safe to visit? Travel advice 2024

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 Is Saint Kitts and Nevis Safe To Visit? Travel Advisory 2024

Saint Kitts and Nevis are emerging as relatively safe destinations when it comes to safety in the Caribbean. Moreover, cruise ships regularly stop there.

Despite its small size of 269.4 square kilometers, the country boasts crater lakes, hiking trails, beaches, wildlife and even a volcano.

Both the US and Canadian governments recommend taking standard precautions when visiting this country.

LATEST NEWS from Saint Kitts and Nevis:

April 21, 2024: 18-year-old man from the Dominican Republic shot dead in St. Kitts

On April 18, loopnews.com reported a murder from a young man in John Street, Newtown. A national of the Dominican Republic was found dead with multiple gunshot wounds. The local police have started an investigation into this tragic event.

Deputy Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr. Geoffrey Hanley issued a statement about this murder on his Facebook: “We are known as a loving and supportive community. This is not what we represent as a people and I am disheartened by the news of such deadly violence.”

“We will continue to work with the security forces to make our streets safe. I extend my sincere condolences to the families and friends who are mourning the loss of their loved ones.” he continued.

This murder is the tenth in Saint Kitts and Nevis in 2024, raising concerns about crime on the island.

February 29 – National Student Congress begins discussion on how to reduce crime and violence

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Youth Empowerment, the Honorable Dr. Geoffrey Hanley, said that hosting the conference “is an indication that the Ministry of Youth Empowerment takes our young people very seriously, and that their voices [do] issue,” said Dr. Hanley.

The forum was part of the government’s plan to tackle criminal activities and public health issues. The student leaders made numerous recommendations, such as establishing support centers to address bullying in schools, giving at-risk youth greater access to education and employment, expanding community policing initiatives, strengthening closed-circuit television surveillance, and more.

The forum continues today.

Official travel advice


US travel advice

As of April 21, 2024, no additional changes have been made to the official U.S. travel advisory dated July 17, 2023.

The U.S. Department of State only requires citizens to do this take normal precautions (Level 1 advice) when visiting the islands. This means that the US government considers it a safe destination for American travelers.

Travel advice for Canada

Canada has issued a brief update to its travel advisory for St. Kitts and Nevis April 15, 2024. Travelers are encouraged to consult the updated section: The Health Section – Travel Health Information.

The Canadian government informs citizens that there is petty crime, such as pickpocketing and purse theft. There are also violent crimes, such as assault and armed robbery.

Read on to learn more about safety tips you can use when visiting the islands.

Areas to avoid

As a result of the growing tourism industry, more and more violent crimes have been recorded in the region.

The local government advises against walking in sparsely populated areas, especially at night.

Be especially careful when walking around Basseterre and Sandy Point Town.

Common scams

Saint Kitts and Nevis does not have as many street scams as you can see in other Caribbean countries. It doesn’t mean they don’t exist. They do, but they are, let’s call them, more advanced.

On these islands, scammers use different methods, such as phishing emails, card hacking, relationship fraud, direct social media outreach and business-related schemes to mislead victims.

According to local media, these scams typically involve emails that falsely claim that the recipient is entitled to a significant sum of money, often under the guise of lottery winnings. Victims are instructed to send money to cover taxes and fees before receiving their supposed windfall.

Additionally, some individuals are lured into fraudulent romantic relationships under false pretenses, where they are financially exploited instead of experiencing true companionship.

Safety tips for Saint Kitts and Nevis

Although most visits to Saint Kitts and Nevis are generally uneventful, it is essential that you exercise caution at all times during your travels. Here are some important precautions to keep in mind:

  • Make sure you only use licensed taxis for transportation.
  • Keep valuables and travel documents safe in a safe at your accommodation.
  • Avoid remote areas, including beaches, especially after dark.
  • Be careful when attending street parties late at night or during festival season.
  • Make sure you are not carrying large amounts of cash.
  • LGBTQ+ travelers should refrain from showing physical affection in public spaces, as laws decriminalizing this are fairly new.
  • Stay vigilant when walking alone, especially in less busy areas off main roads.