Preparing to move to St. Kitts


Imagine, natural beauty, sunny skies, beaches and a welcoming atmosphere. St. Kitts is the larger of the 2 Caribbean islands that comprise the nation of Saint Kitts and Nevis. It’s known for its rainforested mountains and beaches of white, gray and black sands. On its southwestern coast is the capital, Basseterre, and its colonial-era Georgian buildings. Anchoring Basseterre is the Circus, a plaza modeled after London’s Piccadilly Circus, complete with Victorian-style clock tower.

St. Kitts is located in the Leeward Islands at the northern end of the Lesser Antilles, approximately 220 miles southeast of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Together with her sister island, Nevis, they constitute the Federation of St. Christopher and Nevis, an English-speaking member of the British Commonwealth of Nations that continues to recognize the British monarch as the head of state. The country's internal government is led by a prime minister. The name of the capital, Basseterre, reflects the French heritage of much of St. Kitts' history. Until recently, St. Kitts and Nevis were primarily agricultural, with sugar cane as the main crop; however, new road construction and economic growth are beginning to bring the islands into the mainstream of the tourism industry, and they are becoming known as pleasant and comfortable vacation destinations.

Travel Documents and Entry/Departure Requirements

Citizens of Canada need only to present proof of citizenship – preferably a passport or birth certificate with the raised seal – in order to enter St. Kitts-Nevis. If the birth certificate is used, it must be accompanied by a government issued photo ID (a drivers licence, for example) showing the same name. Where applicable, documentation of a legal name change (for example, a marriage certificate) must also be presented. Citizens of the United States, however, are required to have passports in order to re-enter that country. As such a valid passport is a required travel document when travelling to the Caribbean.