The official language is English.
Local time is GMT -4.
Electrical current is 230 volts, 60 Hz, but a 117-volt supply is available in most hotels. Round three-pin plugs and three-pin rectangular blade plugs (as in the UK) are in use.
No vaccinations are required for travel to the islands, but a yellow fever certificate is required from visitors travelling from a yellow fever infected country.
Service charge of 10% is usually included in hotel and restaurant bills, otherwise it is customary to leave 10-15% of the bill depending on the service.
Taxi drivers receive 10-15% of the fare.
Although most visits to the islands are trouble-free, visitors should still guard against robbery and other crimes of opportunity. Valuables should be left
in hotel safes where possible. Remote places, particularly beaches, should be avoided, especially after dark.
Nudity is not allowed on beaches and beachwear should not be worn in the towns or villages. It is an offence to wear camouflage clothing.
Business in St. Kitts and Nevis is conducted in a relatively informal manner, but a fairly formal dress is expected despite the heat. Business hours are generally 8am to 4pm Monday to Friday with an hour taken at lunch.
The international dialling code for St Kitts and Nevis is +1 869. The outgoing code is 1 for the Caribbean, USA and Canada, and 011 for all other international destinations followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 01127 for South Africa).
Internet services are widely available at hotels and Internet cafes.
Cable and Wireless Caribbean Cellular (St Kitts) Ltd (GSM 850/1900) and Wireless Ventures Ltd (GSM 900/1800) provide cellular phone service.
Travellers over the age of 18 may import 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 225g
tobacco, and 1.136 litres of wine or spirits without paying customs duty.
Dengue fever is on the increase, and precautions against mosquito bites should be taken.
There is a high incidence of HIV/AIDS. Medical facilities are adequate, but limited, and health insurance is essential, which should include emergency air
evacuation. Most doctors and hospitals expect cash payment.
Climate and Weather
The climate is tropical, but sea breezes keep the islands relatively cool. There are no definite seasons; the yearly average temperature is 79°F (26°C). Rain is possible throughout the year, with more rainfall between July and November, which coincides with the hurricane season.
Hurricane season normally runs from June to November.