Ministry of National Security Takes Steps to Improve Screening at Seaports

The terminal building at Port Zante.
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Following a Multi-Agency Border Protection Meeting chaired by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of National Security, and involving Members of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) National Taskforce and Members of the Boating Community, Cabinet approved the following actions to be taken immediately to improve prevention and screening for COVID-19 at Ports of Entry in the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis, the Ministry of National Security announced.

  1. Additional Personnel to Support Border Security

The Customs and Excise Department, Immigration Department and Public Health Department (Environmental Health Officers) will be allowed an increase in personnel to facilitate a 24-hr systematic physical presence at each designated port.

  1. Designation of Strategic Points of Entry for Berthing of Large Ships and Pleasure Vessels

Several Ports of Entry have been identified and approved by the Government as Official Seaports of Entry, and it will be mandatory for all vessels to be docked at these ports.

The following are authorized Ports of Entry for the Federation:
St. Kitts
– Port Zante (including Marina), Deep Water Port (Bird Rock), Christophe Harbour and New Guinea (St. Kitts Marine Works); and

Nevis – Charlestown Pier and Long Point Deep Water Port.

  1. Official Times for Port Entry by Vessels

All vessels are required to dock at the Official Seaports of Entry from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Provision will, however, be made on an ‘on-call’ basis to facilitate after-hours requests by the agents of vessels.

  1. Erecting of Signage at Official Seaports of Entry

Signage will be erected at Ports, indicating the requirements for disembarkation. No one will be allowed to disembark and proceed to Immigration and Customs without the appropriate approval of the Port Health Officer.

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