St. Kitts

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Country Description: St. Kitts and Nevis is a developing island nation. Tourist facilities are widely available.

Passport and/or Visa Requirements: For information, travelers can contact the Embassy of St. Kitts and Nevis, 2100 M Street N.W., Suite 608, Washington, D.C. 20037, tel: (202) 833-3550 or the permanent mission to the United Nations in New York.

Medical Facilities: Medical care is limited. Doctors and hospitals often expect immediate cash payment for health services. U.S. medical insurance is not always valid outside the U.S. In some cases, supplementary medical insurance with specific overseas coverage, including provision for medical evacuation, has proved useful. For additional health information, travelers may contact the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's international travelers hotline at (404) 332-4559.

Travel Warnings, Advisories and Areas of Instability: Petty street crime occasionally occurs and there have been infrequent incidents of armed robbery. Valuables left unattended on beaches are subject to theft.

The loss or theft of a U.S. passport overseas should be reported to the local police and the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. A birth certificate and/or driver's license generally cannot be replaced outside the United States. U.S. citizens can refer to the Department of State's pamphlet "A Safe Trip Abroad" which provides useful information on guarding valuables and protecting personal security while traveling abroad. Both this pamphlet and "Tips for Travelers to the Caribbean" are available from the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington D.C. 20402.

Drug Penalties: U.S. citizens are subject to the laws of the country in which they are traveling. Criminal penalties for possession, use, and dealing in illegal drugs are strict, and convicted offenders can expect lengthy jail sentences and fines.

Civil Aviation Oversight: In June 1992, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration assessed St. Kitts and Nevis' civil aviation authority as in compliance with international aviation safety oversight standards for Organization of Eastern Caribbean States carriers operating to and from the U.S. However, during its assessment, the FAA noted that the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States' operations to destinations other than the U.S. are not provided a similar level of safety oversight. For further information, travelers may contact the Department of Transportation at 1- (800) 322-7873.

Embassy Location/Registration: The United States does not maintain an Embassy in St. Kitts and Nevis. For assistance, U.S. citizens may contact the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados, which is located in the American Life Insurance Company (ALICO) Building, Cheapside, telephone (809) 463-6531.

There is also a U.S. Consular Agency for the area in English Harbour, Antigua, telephone (809) 460-1569. U.S. citizens may obtain from the U.S. Embassy or U.S Consular Agency updated information on travel and security in the area.

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