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Tipping/Gratuities


Same as in the US--10% to 15%, depending on the service. Some restaurants and hotels will automatically add a 10% gratuity. If you are in doubt, do not feel uncomfortable asking. Usually, porters and bellhops receive 50 cents per bag, taxi drivers 10-15% of the fare.


Telephones


Calling the U.S. is easy from Nevis. Most hotels offer USA Direct calling service, or they can connect you with a U.S. operator.


Taxes


Nevis has a US$17.00 airport departure tax, an additional US$1.50 Environmental Levy and a room tax of 7% and service charge of 10%.


Television


Most hotels have 22 cable channels, including CNN, ESPN, the Disney Channel, premium movie channels and local stations.


Electricity


230 volts, 60 cycles. Most hotels have 110 volts, and converters are available.


Drinking Water


Safe spring water comes from numerous volcanic springs.


Appropriate Attire


Beach attire is appropriate for the beach but not the town, shops or restaurants. Please refrain from short shorts, bikinis and bare chests in these places. Informal, but conservative, clothing is the standard.


Time Zone


Atlantic Standard Time, one hour ahead of Eastern Standard Time and the same as Eastern Daylight Time.


Currency/Money


The official currency is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar, which is fixed to the US dollar. Recent exchange rate was US$1.00 = EC$2.70. US currency, travelers checks and major credit cards are welcome everywhere.


Banks


Bank of Nova Scotia, Barclays Bank PLC, Royal Bank of Canada, St. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla National Bank Ltd., Bank of Nevis Ltd., Nevis Co-Operative Banking Co. Ltd. Banking hours are Monday through Thursday from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm and Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. The St. Kitts & Nevis National Bank is also open from 8:30 am - 11:00 am on Saturdays.


Medical Facilities


Nevis has doctors on call at hotels and a 24-hour Casualty Department. Recompression chambers are available by air ambulance at nearby Saba and in St. Thomas. Pharmaceutical services are widely available.


Passports and Immigration


U.S. and Canadian citizens need proof of citizenship: a passport, birth certificate or voters' registration card. U.S. residents need their green card. All others require a valid passport. A return or continuing ticket is also required.


Shopping Hours


Monday through Saturday 8:00 am to noon and 1:00 pm-4:00 pm. On Thursdays, most shops close for the afternoon.


Personal Safety


Nevis are relatively crime free, but exercise normal precautions. For example, don't leave valuables unattended in rental cars or on the beach.


Getting Married in Nevis


  • Before you get married in Nevis, you should be at least 2 days in Nevis.
  • A valid Passport or Photo ID and Birth Certificate is nessesary.
  • The documents have to be in English or translated by a notarized office. If either party is divorced oder widowed , it has to be proved by the correct papers
  • If a Catholic, Anglican or other minister of religion is performing the ceremony - both parties need a letter of their home priest, that shows that they are unmarried.
  • If you stay two complete days before the wedding in Nevis the fee for the marriage license is 80 US Dollars. If you are staying 14 days the cost for the license is 20 US Dollars.

* The fee for the Marriage Officers is not included and varies *