For over 35 years, Explorer Ventures Fleet has offered liveaboard diving and land tours in St. Kitts nearly every week. Today we share the good news that the St. Kitts government has finally given the green light for vaccinated and un-vaccinated travelers to re-enter the country and discontinued all Covid-19 testing requirements. St. Kitts was added to our regular Saba itinerary more than 30 years ago and on Monday morning, August 22, Caribbean Explorer II returned to St. Kitts just in time for sunrise. They were welcomed by the radio greetings of local dive shops, and Larry (the Fisherman) circled the boat welcoming them. Caribbean Explorer II’s Captain Sarah reports “everyone was really ecstatic. The reefs look incredible, healthy, and abundant. We’ve already seen frogfish, flying gurnards, and lots of schooling fish. We have already been diving at our favorite sites and welcomed Percy [our long-time friend and St Kitts agent] onboard. It’s been amazing to be back in St Kitts!”
Official Update from the Government of St Kitts
Effective on August 15, 2022, The Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis has ended all COVID-19-related entry testing and vaccination requirements. The recent announcement indicates that the Federation is now open to both vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers. Additionally, travelers will no longer be required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test to enter the Federation. However, all incoming passengers must complete and submit the Immigration and Customs ED form which includes a Custom and Border Form at: knatravelform.kn. This change comes under the leadership and guidance of Prime Minister Honourable Dr. Terrance Drew, who also serves as Minister of Health.
“We’re overjoyed that St. Kitts has finally reopened. This has been the longest time that we have been away from diving in the area. It’s great to get back to St. Kitt’s huge variety of dive sites and a favorite itinerary of repeat clientele. It’s been my personal favorite route since the 1980’s and is the last link in finally returning to normal operations in all eight of our destinations.” President Clay McCardell
Currently, St. Kitts and St. Maarten do not have the same government requirements for vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers. This makes re-instituting Caribbean Explorer II’s original one-way itinerary between the countries difficult. The current plan is to incorporate St. Kitts into the weekly itinerary as weather permits while continuing to operate round-trip from St. Maarten through mid-November 2022, then return to one-way itineraries thereafter. Follow the latest updates here or contact us for details.
About St. Kitts
The Island of St. Kitts sits in the cross-section of the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea. Exemplifying natural beauty, its lush rainforests envelop dormant volcanoes, battle forts, and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Underwater, tropical gardens abound with unique life and wartime treasures.
Whether you’re an adventure seeker or looking for a relaxing holiday, St. Kitts is where you can indulge all your senses. Rediscover this gem with us aboard Caribbean Explorer II.
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Explorer Ventures Fleet
The Explorer Ventures Liveaboard Diving Fleet offers eight destinations including the Red Sea, Palau, Maldives, Northeastern Caribbean (Saba/St. Kitts), Turks & Caicos Islands, Galapagos Islands, and Indonesia. The M/V Turks & Caicos Explorer II also spends 10 weeks in the winter/spring offering snorkeling with humpback whales on the Silver Bank, Dominican Republic, under charter to Aquatic Adventures.