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By No owner — last modified Aug 16, 2017 04:05 PM

 St Kitts & Nevis - Formalities

Clearance

The SailClear advance web notification service for clearance is now operational. Users previously registered with the old eSeaClear system will find all their details have been carried over to the new system.

There is now a Customs office at Zante Marina and this is the most convenient place to berth the boat and complete formalities. Clearance is yacht-friendly here and cruisers report that the SailClear system is fully operational at this marina.

Immigration and the Port Authority will have to be visited at the cruise ship terminal in Basseterre.

All vessels approaching Nevis are required to contact the Nevis Air and Sea Ports Authority (NASPA) on VHF Channel 16 in order to be assigned a mooring within the first 24 hours upon arrival.

If moving between Nevis and St Kitts - clearance is not required.

Arrangements can also be made to visit anchorages outside the Ports of Entry after clearance for another country has been granted.

Last updated July 2016.

Immigration

All visitors require a passport valid for 6 months.

Visa are not required for citizens of many countries including most western and northern European countries, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA for stays of up to 90 days. Check this official St Kitts and Nevis website for a complete list of nationals which require a visa.

It is likely you will be able to clear in and out with Immigration at the same time.

Last updated July 2016.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Church Street, Basseterre
Tel:(869) 467-1161
Visa Office
Tel:(869) 467-1534
Apply on line for a visa. Cost is about US$100 and takes about 2 weeks.

Customs

Firearms must be declared and usually are bonded on board.

Last updated July 2016.

Customs Department
P.O. Box 1, Bird Rock , Basseterre, St Kitts
Tel:(869)466-7227 or (869)466-7228 Fax:(869)465-8519

Health

Joseph N. France General Hospital, St. Kitts
Tel: (869) 465-2551; Fax: 466-6681

Alexandra Hospital, Nevis
Tel: (869) 469-5473, Fax: 469-5956

Fees

Latest fees reported for inbound clearance are:

Customs:
$30 USD (Zante Marina)
30 EC (Nevis)

Port Authorities:
$20 USD (Zante Marina)
130 EC (Nevis - up to 20 tons)

This covers both islands and there is no charge for Immigration.

There is no charge for outbound clearance.

There is an overtime fee on both islands for clearance outside of working hours.

Last updated November 2016.

Restrictions

Nevis Air and Sea Ports Authority (NASPA) installed 40 yacht moorings along the western or Caribbean coast of Nevis from Oualie Beach to Charlestown to provide safe anchorage for mariners visiting the island.  See the Napsa Website for full details.

Be aware that Black coral and most other corals, whether in chunks or in jewellrey may not be purchased or collected.

No jet-skis or similar craft may be used by visiting yachts.

Scuba diving may only be done with a local dive shop.

Pets

An Import Permit must be obtained from the Chief Veterinary Officer before arrival (see below for website link to form). There is a processing fee of US$20 (postal order only).

Once the permit is obtained in advance, inform the vet 72 hours before arrival (by email). On arrival, go ashore without your pet and clear in, informing the customs authorities how many animals you have on board. They will call the vet and make an appointment, who will come to the customs office, normally within 24 hours. They will inspect the animal/s and clear it/them in.

If you can be reasonably certain of your arrival time, then the vet can come at the same time as you clear in, saving two trips to customs. The vet fee for clearing in is EC$200.

On departure, if the next island to be visited requires a health certificate (not the case if you are going to Guadeloupe, for example), then call the vet directly a few days in advance and make an appointment. They will come to the same customs office and inspect your pet and issue a health certificate.

Fees for this are reported to be similar to the clearing-in fee.

Last updated May 2016.

The Chief Veterinary Officer
P. O. Box 39, Veterinary Services , Department of Agriculture , Basseterre, St Kitts
Tel: 1-869-465-2110 Fax:1-869-465-2928
Download an import permit application form from this weblink. Put "import permit application" into the search function to find the form.
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Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Aug 16, 2017 04:05 PM

Sargassum hits St. Kitts:
Reported by Joan Conover 10 August, 2017.
St. Kitts has its beaches full of Sargassum weed. There is currently no solution to this problem. An online site to track Sargassum weed via satellite images is in development - lots of discussions right now about what to do about this problem.
Search "Sargassum" on noonsite for latest news items.

Max Terragni
Max Terragni says:
Nov 21, 2016 03:26 PM

We visited St Kitts and Nevis last May.
We sailed from St Martin and we spent the night at anchor in White House Bay flying the 'Q' flag, it was too late for Customs.
Very nice anchorage with good holding. WiFi is also available from the local bar on the beach, good for a beer at sunset.
We moved to Nevis the next morning and we picked up one of the mooring balls available. There are plenty of them.
We went ashore for Clearance with the dinghy.
There isn't a real dinghy dock, but you can find a wooden dock that normally is used by fisherman. It's possible to leave the dinghy here in the upper part of the dock, but not locked becouse they could need to move it if necessary. We asked a police guard about this, he told us that it is safe to leave the dinghy there unlocked as there are a lot cameras on the pontoon. We trusted him and nothing happened.
All the offices, Customs, Immigration and Port Autority, are on the first floor of the building just next to the pontoon in the Cotton Ginnery. You must visit them in the order listed.
We paid 30EC for Customs and 130EC for Port Authority (up to 20 tons).
The moorings are free of charge. It's possible to anchor anywhere, also in front of the town just to the left of the Ferry Dock.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Nov 03, 2016 04:12 PM

Posted on behalf of Christian Kleitsch - 26 October, 2016
Just came back from a sailing trip in St. Kitts & Nevis. I cleared in at Basseterre, Marina Port Zante (customs) and at the cruise ship terminal (immigration and port authorities). I cleared in for 5 days for both St. Kitts & Nevis.
The fees:
Customs/Marina Port Zante: 30 USD
Port Authorities: 20 USD

Because we asked for clearance for Nevis the customs officers didn’t clear us out at the same time! We cleared out with the customs in Marina Port Zante a day before leaving St. Kitts. No fees for outbound clearance.
With the immigration we could clear in and out at the same time!

JGuste
JGuste says:
Nov 05, 2015 04:47 PM

If you consider to drydock the boat during hurricane season I can recommend St Kitts Marine Work near Brimstone Hill on the southwestern coast of St Kitts. The boatyard is located on a field and is very simple. Not much facilities. But I must say it is the cheapest boatyard in the whole Carribbean. I have compared boatyards between Trinidad and Antigua. The solution to do a safe hurricane safe choking is to dig a hole for the keel annd put the boat there and put some truck tires round the hull. Easy and hurricane safe. Google on St Kitts Marine Works. The disadvantage is that there is no boat chandleries on the Island. You have to bring all stuff you need. Close to the boatyard (which is very remote located) is some good apartments for rent while you are working with shut down or the opposite.St Kitts & Nevis has daily flights to Miami. I have more info of my experience if somebody is interested. Give me a mail jan.o.h.guste@gmail.com

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Jun 01, 2014 04:48 PM

Update on clearing in to St Kitts and Nevis: Customs now have an office in the Port Zante marina office (on the second floor of the yellow building). Customs fees were USD $12. There doesn't seem to be a "cruising permit" anymore and they checked us in for both St Kitts and Nevis. As we were only staying a week, they also cleared us out at the same time. You also need to stop at the immigration office and the port authority office. Both are located in the cruise ship "welcome building", immigration on one side the port authority on the other. Port authotity charged USD $13. No immigration fees. I asked about any need to check in at Charlestown in Nevis, and was told that there was no need.
Cheers- SV Perry
www.svperry.com

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