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Preparing to Move to St. Kitts

If you've been accepted as a student, and will be joining the Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM) family, you will need to take care of a few logistics before packing up and heading to St. Kitts.


Get details on how to make your transition to the island as smooth as possible, from visa information and required documents, to shipping, banking, insurance coverage, and more:

Student Passport & Visa Information

For a legal extended stay in St. Kitts, you must have your passport stamped with the appropriate student visa from the St. Kitts government. The government of St. Kitts, with RUSVM’s support to facilitate the internal coordination process, will process the Student Visa in prior to the visa stamp’s expiration date in the student’s passport from when the student first arrives. Immigration in St. Kitts usually allows 30 days when you enter the country for RUSVM to act. When you arrive in St. Kitts, you will need to present your immigration letter, a round-trip airline ticket (for e-tickets, a printout will suffice), and your passport. You must show proof of a return date ticket of an open ended ticket or no earlier than the end of the first semester. The semester ends on the Thursday of final exam week for first semester students and for Vet Prep students on the Monday of the final exam week.

Visa Requirements

RUSVM will liaise with the authorized St. Kitts government authority in the submission of your visa application. For any questions, reach out to Adele Straun in the RUSVM Housing Office.

Applying for a Student Visa (PDF)
Renewing a Student Visa (PDF)

  • Adult Visitor Visa Requirements
    Spouses and Partners

    • Valid Passport
    • Application form (provided during New Student Orientation).
    • Airline/travel itinerary or electronic return ticket number.
    • One passport-sized color photograph – shoulders must be covered. No sleeveless shirts or low cut shirts/blouses and no tank tops.
    • Original Police Certificate available from your local precinct or county sheriff’s office. Copy of marriage certificate, if applicable.
    • All documents may be obtained from the Housing Department Office in Tegreman Hall 111. The Housing Office will submit applications to the Ministry of Homeland Security on your behalf
    • The calculated amount of cash as determined by the officers taking the application (EC$55.00 per month for the first three months, then EC$75.00 thereafter. If the applicant leaves the island at anytime, the fee structure starts over again from EC$55.00). RUSVM will liaise with the authorized St. Kitts government authority in the submission of your applications.

     

  • Children's Visa Requirements

    • Children aged between 5 and 16 years attending the Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine Preparatory School will need a copy of their Immunization Certificate (required by the Ministry of Health) and a passport-sized photo. The cost for a student visa is EC$75.00 annually. The Preparatory School will submit all required information on your behalf.
    • Children under the age of five years will have their passports submitted with the parent attending the University for a Visitor Visa to be stamped in the travel document. There is no fee for this service. This request will be handled and submitted through the Housing Office, located in Tegreman Hall 111.

Travel plans and arriving in st. kitts

Whether you are a new RUSVM student or a guest of a new or current student, this section contains information on passports and other required and/or helpful documents associated with moving to or visiting St. Kitts.


For questions, email the RUSVM Campus Living Office. It is important to tell the St. Kitts Campus Living Office of your travel plans well in advance so that we can coordinate the activities of the orientation leaders who will greet you upon arrival.

  • Arrival Dates

    Students are asked to arrive on the dates that are outlined in their Admissions enrollment letter. Arrange for a flight for one of these four dates only as housing will not be available beforehand. Please book your flight as soon as possible to assist the housing staff in the flight roster preparation.

    If you have to change your travel plans at the last minute, you must let the St. Kitts Campus Living Office know of your new travel plans so that we can arrange to meet you at the airport. Please email skcampusliving@rossvet.edu.kn with flight changes. Call 869-662-4695 with any delay information while en route.

  • Flights

    The main airlines that service flights to St. Kitts include US Airways, Delta Airlines, and American Airlines. US Airways has a direct flight from Charlotte, NC, every Saturday; Delta Airlines from Atlanta every Saturday (only in the season, so check with the airlines first); and American Airlines has direct flights from Miami and New York. There are also connecting flights from Puerto Rico and St. Maarten through their affiliates, Seaborne airlines and LIAT. 

  • customs

    Be vigilant as you leave the customs area. Orientation leaders and professional staff will be available to assist you. The area is often crowded, so take a few minutes to look for the RUSVM representative wearing a shirt with a RUSVM logo and holding a RUSVM placard. Do not leave the airport without making yourself known to these individuals. Bring something to eat and drink for your first night in St Kitts. Depending on your arrival time, stores may be closed.

  • Transport

    Your orientation leaders will take you to your accommodations. We are unable to transport family members who are not staying on the island with you as seating is limited. However, please let us know the number of people traveling with you in advance. If your family member(s) will be renting a car, please let us know in advance as well.

  • Orientation Week

    Upon arrival, new students are greeted at the airport by professional staff from the Department of Housing and Orientation Leaders. Students receive a welcome packet, are transported with their luggage to their new island residence to settle in and are taken to grocery stores and other businesses. They are also given an island tour along with many social opportunities at beaches and restaurants to interact with other new students throughout the week.

     

    The first two days of the orientation week include a One Stop event where both internal RUSVM offices and outside businesses are brought together in one location on campus to assist students with financial aid, health services, car purchases, insurance, driver’s licenses, cable TV options, etc. In addition to the formal sessions in ROLE (Ross Orientation and Leadership Experience) on life at RUSVM and in St. Kitts, safety and security, curriculum overview and leadership development, we partner with several local businesses to further introduce the island to new students. The orientation concludes with the White Coat Ceremony on the first day of classes.

     

    As a way to continue to build strong relationships between new students and to offer additional opportunities for them to experience the island of St. Kitts, we provide a number of programs for Vet Prep and 1st Semester students throughout their first semester at RUSVM. Past programs have included the volcano and other hikes, self-defense seminars, big brother/sister ice cream social, first exam pizza event, Caribbean cooking class and food sampling, and cultural dinners.

     

    RUSVM Family Specials
    Always identify yourself as a RUSVM member and ask for a discount at local stores and restaurants.

     

  • Hotels

    Special rates are offered at the following hotels for RUSVM family and visitors (must be booked directly, not through a travel agency; rates quoted subject to change).

     

    • Timothy Beach Resorts
      869-465-8597
      www.timothybeach.com
      Email: info@timothybeach.com

     

    • St. Kitts Marriott Resort & The Royal Beach Casino
      869-466-1200
      www.marriott.com/skbrb
     
    • Sugar Bay Club
      869-465-8038
      www.sugarbayclub.com
      Email: david@sugarbayclub.com

     

    • Ocean Terrace Inn
      800-524-0512800-524-0512 / 869-465-2754
      www.oceanterraceinn.com
      Email: frontdesk@oceanterraceinn.com

     

    • Royal St. Kitts Hotel
      869-465-8651
      Email: reservations@royalstkittshotel.com

     

    Private Lodgings
    Ocean View
    Doreen Tyson
    Bed & Breakfast
    One mile from RUSVM
    869-466-7084
    Email: doreentyson@hotmail.co.uk

  • Car Rental
    Car Rental Offices in St. Kitts

    • Avis Rent A Car
      869-465-6507
    • C&C Economy Car Rental
      869-465-8449/466-2699
    • G&L Car Rentals (rental for persons aged under 25 years)
      869-466-8041
    • Hertz
      869-465-7822
    • Thrifty Car Rental
      869-465-2991
    • Bullseye Car Rental
      869-465-5656

Banking

The currency in St. Kitts is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar (ECD).


The exchange rate is pegged (fixed) with the United States dollar, and the exchange rate is US$1.00 = EC$2.70.US dollars are accepted, but local currency is used by those who live here.

Please bring Travelers Checks to use for your initial deposit. Cashier's checks and personal checks are accepted, however they are subject to a 6-week hold before the funds are released. You will also need two valid forms of ID:

1. Your passport
2. One government issued photo ID such as a driver's license will suffice to open your Eastern Caribbean dollar (ECD) bank account.

  • ATMs on campus

    There are several banks in St. Kitts and which one you choose is up to you. Scotiabank has an ATM machine on campus, and Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) has an ATM machine near campus. Scotiabank and RBC are also the only banks that honor RUSVM financial aid checks immediately. In order to acquire a new bank account, we have arranged for both banks to be available during One Stop in our orientation program during your first week in St. Kitts. We will send you additional information that will assist you in setting up your account prior to your arrival. Bank of America ATM cards may be used on island at the Scotiabank ATM on campus as an alternate to your banking cash needs. ATM/Debit card are accepted at stores in St. Kitts. Other cards with the CIRRUS or PLUS symbol are also accepted at the ATM.

  • Royal Bank of Canada

    Corner of Bay Rd. and Fort St. - 465-2259
    Wellington Road (in Value Mart Plaza) - 465-2389

    M - Th 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    Fri. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Closed Saturday and Sunday
    ATM available at both locations AND close to campus.
    Cards with the PLUS symbol are also accepted at the ATM.

  • Scotiabank

    Fort Street Branch - 465-4141
    Bird Rock Branch - 466-6161

     

    M - Th 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    Fri. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Closed Saturday and Sunday.
    ATM available at both branches AND on campus.

  • First Caribbean International Bank

    The Circus - Downtown 465-2159

     

    M -Th 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    Fri. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    ATM available.

  • National Bank

    Central Street - 465-2204

    ATM available

     

    Pelican Mall - Downtown - 465-2204

    ATM available

Insurance

  • Medical Insurance Coverage

    Medical insurance coverage is a requirement while at RUSVM. If you opt not to be insured under the RUSVM policy, your choice of insurance company must be able to offer coverage outside the United States (proof of valid insurance coverage other than the RUSVM policy is required prior to registration).

     

    The welcome package that you will receive from the Admissions Office has enclosed a RUSVM Insurance Coverage Package, which provides you with the choice of purchasing subscription in lieu of another medical insurance program from the United States. Please refer to the Student-Insurance for further information on Insurance Coverage at RUSVM. To ensure all students meet insurance coverage requirements, you will be automatically enrolled for coverage if you have not selected from the two options.

     

    We highly recommend that spouses and children who will be accompanying you either subscribe to the RUSVM Insurance policy (if you the student have opted to use our policy) or subscribe to or use an insurance company that offers coverage outside of the mainland of the United States. It is recommended that significant others and fiancés are medically covered with private medical insurance while on the island.

     

    Proof of your valid insurance other than the RUSVM policy is required prior to registration of your spouse/significant other/finance.

     

  • Using your student health insurance in Saint Kitts

    • There are no doctors, hospitals, or pharmacies that are contracted with any insurance company. This means that all services must be paid for with cash, check, or credit card.
    • A doctor's office visit requires payment at the end of the visit. Laboratory tests, x-rays, etc. must be paid for in advance, whether done in the hospital or at the laboratory located in town. Elective hospital admissions require a deposit for a five day stay (usually about EC$1,250). The hospital also requires at additional charges to be paid upon discharge. As in North America, special tests, x-rays, etc are charged separately.
    • Your policy has a US$250 yearly deductible which means that you should submit all claims for doctors' visits. After your deductible has been met you will be reimbursed for any additional charges as long as they are covered under your policy.

     

    Please contact Student Health Services for additional information on medical insurance or medical care in St. Kitts: sknursing@rossvet.edu.kn

     

  • Personal Content Insurance

    Please make sure you insure your personal valuables. This might include your computers, cameras, and whatever else you deem to be valuable. If you have insurance at home, check to see if the coverage extends to your residence outside of the country. In the case where you need to purchase this insurance locally, we will have enclosed the rates for such insurance in the orientation package you receive upon arrival here in St. Kitts. SNIC the only insurance company that covers personal valuables will be on Campus for our One Stop orientation for new students.

Driving and Vehicles 

  • Driver's license

    You must obtain a St. Kitts driver's license to drive in St. Kitts. A license can be obtained at the Traffic Department in the St. Johnson’s Village which is open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. or the Fire Station on Frigate Bay Road, which is open 24 hours/day.

     

    • You must present your current driver's license from your home country.
    • The charge for a license is: three months = EC$62.50 (US$24); one year = EC$125.00 (US$48). You must remember to renew the license every year.

    You may not drive without a license in St. Kitts. If you are caught driving without a license, you may be fined or taken into police custody. Your home country license should always be carried in conjunction with your St. Kitts license.

  • Traffic Laws

    The traffic and vehicle laws in St. Kitts may differ from your home country. Review the Vehicle and Road Traffic Act of St. Christopher and Nevis (15.06) to understand the laws and how they affect you. Please also be familiar with the Summary of Offenses Under the Vehicle and Road Traffic Act.

  • Traffic offenses

    EC $150 Penalty - driving unlicensed or unregistered vehicle, driving without or expired license, repairing a vehicle in street
    EC $100 Penalty - driving at night with missing headlamp or rear lighting, failure to comply with traffic sign direction, failing to comply with lawful direction of member of Police, overcrowding a vehicle, failure to pull-over for emergency vehicle, parking in no parking zone, failure to stop at intersection, failure to display license sticker on window.
    EC $100 Penalty – parking on a yellow line.
    EC $150 Penalty – cellular phone use while driving.
    EC $150 Penalty – driving without a seat belt.

  • Things to Remember when Driving in St. Kitts

     
    • Driving is on the LEFT hand side of the road.
    • The maximum legal speed limit is 40 MPH; 20 MPH in towns.
    • When passing another vehicle, it is customary to beep your horn. If driving in areas with curvy roads, you may want to honk as you go into a turn to warn other drivers.
    • Be aware that motorists may use hand signals instead of turn signals. Buses with license plates "H" or "HA" rarely signal, so be careful when you travel behind them.
    • Make sure your vehicle has working headlights and taillights and that your license plates are made up of a black background with white letters and numbers on the front and back of the vehicle. Also, make sure they are not broken and all the letters and numbers may be seen. The police conduct random checks and will fine for any infractions.
    • The police also check for expired registration, license, and insurance. Keep these up-to-date and in your car or on you at all times. Car registration/license/road tax (the sticker on your windshield) shows the month and year your car registration/license/road tax expires.
    • Your driver's license expires one year after the original purchase and on the anniversary thereafter. Your car insurance also expires one year after the original insurance date. You may not get reminders. The police conduct random checks and will fine for any infractions.

     

  • Purchasing Vehicles

    Although St. Kitts is a small island, having transportation is still important. No one ships the car they own in St. Kitts back home, nor does anyone ship cars from the US; it would cost you 85 percent duty on the deemed value of the car plus EC$5,000 environmental tax. The realistic cost for a used car in St. Kitts is in the US $4,500 - US$7,000 range. At the end of each semester, there are many student cars for sale on campus during Orientation Week. Your orientation leader will also have recommendations about where to purchase affordable secondhand cars and mechanics to use.

     

    If purchasing a car from a private individual, the following steps should be taken:

     

    When the seller is on island:
    The Declaration of Transfer form (obtained at the Housing Office) must be completed by both the seller and the buyer. The seller must accompany the buyer to the Traffic Department with the Declaration of Transfer form. The Traffic Department is located: 1st left past the hospital, 2nd right, building on left towards end of the road.

     

    The buyer must present the authorized stamped Declaration of Transfer form when purchasing vehicular insurance. SNIC NAGICO and ICWI are popular insurance companies among students. Within 7 days of visiting the Traffic Department the vehicle ownership must be transferred into the new owner’s name at the Inland Revenue Department.

     

    When the seller is off island:

    • The Declaration of Transfer form (obtained at the Housing Office) must be completed by both the seller and the buyer.
    • Do not date the document.The seller must contact the Housing Department (via email) to indicate: 1). the name of the person who will be purchasing the vehicle and 2). to indicate that the vehicle has been paid in full.The buyer must bring the completed Declaration of Transfer form to the Housing Department. A letter will be prepared and given to the buyer.
    • The buyer must go to the Traffic Department with both the Declaration of Transfer form and the letter from the Housing Department.
    • The buyer must present the authorized stamped Declaration of Transfer form when purchasing vehicular insurance. SNIC NAGICO and ICWI are popular insurance companies among students.
    • Within 7 days of visiting the Traffic Department vehicle ownership must be transferred to the new owner’s name at the Inland Revenue Department.

     

    When purchasing a vehicle, if the wheel tax has expired visit anyone of the following for inspection:


    Hanley’s Automotive Engineering Co. Ltd. – Bird Rock – 869-465-0545
    Huggins Auto Service & Rental – Bay Road – 869-465-8080
    Automotive Art – Frigate Bay Road – 869 465-7105

     

  • Buying a Vehicle from a Dealership

    A listing of car dealerships (with new and used cars) is listed below. Car rental agencies (E.g. Avis, Thrifty, G&L, Hertz, Delisle Walwyn and Huggins Auto Service & Rental) where cars may be available for sale. If purchasing a car from a dealership, the company will be able to help you with the registration and inspection process.

    New/Used Car Dealerships:


    Caines Auto Services, Honda Dealership
    Pond Industrial Site
    869-465-2366

     

    TDC Automotive, Suzuki Dealership
    Ponds Industrial Site (Bay Road),
    869-465-2505

     

    S. L. Horsford Automotive Division, Nissan Dealership
    Wellington Road
    869-465-4971

  • Leasing a Vehicle

    Leasing of vehicles is not a standard business practice in St. Kitts; transactions of this nature should be closely investigated and entered into only if from one of the reputable automobile dealerships. To be on the safe side, do not lease. Renting long-term should be verified by the Housing Department for authenticity.

  • Vehicle Insurance

    You will need to insure your car at one of the many insurance companies in St. Kitts. Please note that premiums are based on: chassis and engine number, engine size, and driver's age. It will be beneficial if you brought along a letter of fitness from your previous car insurance agency, stating current percent of no claim discount for the local company to assign a reduced rate to your new policy.

    SNIC - St. Kitts-Nevis Insurance Co.
    Central St. – 869 465-2845

    ICWI – The Insurance Company of the West Indies
    1c Bird Rock – 869 466-2490

    National Caribbean Insurance Co.
    Church St. – 869 465-5345

    S. L.Horsford and Co., Ltd.
    West Independence Square – 869 465-2616

    Delisle Walwyn & Co., Ltd.
    Liverpool Row – 869 465-2631

    Automobile Parts, Repair Centers & Automobile Dealerships
    Listed below are automobile parts/repair centers, automobile dealerships, and rental car agencies in St. Kitts. There are also many local independent mechanics. Always get a committed estimate before getting any work done and insist on a phone call to advise you if the work is going to exceed the agreed amount.

  • Vehicle Services

    Myron Liburd Auto Repairs
    Ponds Industrial Site (Bay Road)
    869-465-2604/869-664-1505
    General auto repairs, body work

     

    Huggins Auto Service & Rental
    Bay Road
    869-465-8080
    Vehicle Inspection, General auto repairs, Wrecker Services

     

    Sylvester Thomas Auto Repairs
    Bird Rock
    869-466-8823/869-665-5883
    General auto repairs

     

    Gordon Manufacturing Enterprises
    Ponds Industrial Site
    869-465-8595
    Radiator & muffler specialists

     

    Island Auto Parts
    Bird Rock
    869-465-4416

Shipping & Mailing

As a service to RUSVM students, regular postage stamps may be purchased and letters may be mailed in Student Services in the new Student Union building. Student mail can also be picked up from Student Services in the Student Union from 9:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Monday - Friday. If the mail or package(s) is destined for your spouse/partner, please ensure it is sent c/o the student.

Student Mail
  • Student Mailing Address for Letters

    [Your name]
    Post Office Box 334
    Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine
    Basseterre, ST Kitts
    West Indies

  • Student mailing address for packages
    sent via parcel post, courier, or shipping company

    [Your name]
    c/o Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine,
    Island Main Road,
    West Farm, St Kitts,
    West Indies.
    Telephone number 869-465-4161

     

    Notification of parcels received for students will be made through their “rossvet.edu.kn” email. You will need to pick up the notification in Student Services in the Student Union prior to going to the Parcel Post Office, shipping or courier company to retrieve the parcels.

  • The Post Office

    The Post Office (467-1348) and package office is located on Bay Road.

    • Letter to US via airmail is $.90 EC
    • Postcards to US via airmail is $.80 EC
    • Parcel & Post Office Pick-up hours are:Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • Courier Services

    • Federal Express, CAP Industrial Site, 465-4155, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    • DHL, Bay Road, 466-0553, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    • UPS, CAP Industrial Site, 465-8753, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

     

    Your initial entry to St. Kitts we recommend the following methods of shipping your personal items:
    If you contact either Tropical Shipping in Miami, 1-305-805-7400, (your packages will arrive at the port by ship); or AmeriJet which flies to St. Kitts, 800-927-6059, (your packages will arrive at the airport). Give the shipping vendor your shipment destination, and your arrival date they can back track and let you know when you should have your personal items ready for shipping. It is much easier if this is done so that your shipment arrives within a few days of your arrival and not weeks before or after. Do not write on containers or indicate your contents to contain "personal belongings/items." Since 09/11 shippers are not allowed to ship anything under this title especially by air.

  • Brokers in St. Kitts

    Woodsrite Enterprises- Bird Rock, St. Kitts, West Indies - Mr. C. Woods
    869-465-2532
    www.woodsrite.com
    e-mail: contact@woodsrite.com

     

    KDP Enterprises Inc - R.L.B. Int'l Airport, Basseterre, St. Kitts - Mr. Earl Hodge
    869-466-6429
    e-mail: kdprlb@kdpei.com

     

    Hobson Enterprises - Bird Rock, St. Kitts, West Indies - Mr. D. Hobson
    869-465-8753, option 4
    e-mail: tblyoce@hobsonenterprises.com; dhobson@hobsonenterprises.com

     

    You may clear your own goods through customs at the sea port or airport terminal and arrange your own transportation to your home around your class schedule. It is a very busy time and you will spend at least several hours completing paperwork. We recommend that you look at the option of engaging a broker here on island. Advise the broker you are an incoming RUSVM student, and a discount here on island will be afforded you. If you contact the broker beforehand the arrangements could be made to have the shipment collected and delivered to your home upon your arrival.

     

    Your shipment should be addressed:
    Your Name
    RUSVM
    c/o BROKER'S Name
    Telephone number

  • FedEx, DHL, and UPS

    These companies all ship to St. Kitts, the packages arrive very quickly, and they offer tracking numbers. But, they can be very expensive options. If you ship using any of these companies, your packages will arrive at the airport. A broker can be used, but you can also pick them up yourself.

  • United States Post Office

    Any US Post Office will ship to St. Kitts (although many of them have it listed under its official name: St. Christopher); however, they do not offer tracking numbers and can sometimes be unreliable in estimating a date of arrival for your packages. They do not take responsibility for your package once it has left the United States. Your packages will arrive at the St. Kitts Post Office in downtown Basseterre. You may pick them up yourself at the post office without a broker. This is and inexpensive way for family and friends to send your favorite food/items while you are here in St. Kitts.

  • Duty & Tax On Imported Goods Into St. Kitts & Nevis

    The initial entry of students, faculty & staff who will be residing on St. Kitts may import the following articles with the applicable duty & tax identified in each category. These articles should have been in your domestic possession for a period of not less than one (1) year.

     

    Used Personal and Household Effects (including electronic items and cameras)
    Exempt from import duty, VAT & custom service charge. (Referred to in the rest of this document as duty & tax). These articles are brought with you to facilitate the movement of persons setting up for living purposes.

     

    Articles Of Transport – Used and New
    Approximately 53% duty & tax on depreciated value of bicycles & motorized cycles.
    Approximately 75% duty & tax on the value of the vehicle. Proof of purchase & ownership required.
    Between approximately US$370 (new) to a maximum of US$1850 (4 years and more) environmental tax on all vehicles.

     

    Articles Used in Educational Studies as approved by the competent Authority on Form (C101)
    Text books – 6% custom service charge.
    All other educational articles - 48% duty & tax

     

    Groceries – Food stuff
    66 lbs (30 kg) Exempt from duty & tax.
    Over 66 lbs (30 kg) – Approximately 53% duty & tax

     

    Computers
    Traveling with computer no charge
    Importing computer 23% VAT and customs service charge

     

    Toiletries
    Reasonable usage – Exempt from duty & tax
    Excessive amounts– Approximately 53% duty & tax

     

    Live Animals in as Cargo
    23% charge based on the CIF cost to ship pet down
    Air Cargo & forms charge, usually no more than EC$30.

     

    What you import as personal effects should be deemed as necessary to making your stay on St. Kitts pleasurable. It is always a good rule to be polite to the Custom Officers.

What to Bring and What Not to Bring to St. Kitts

  • what to bring

    You can find many basic living items for purchase in St. Kitts. If there are personal items you know you will need while on the island, plan to bring them with you.

     

    Although the Campus Living Residences are supplied with many daily necessity items, you may want to consider bringing/shipping or purchasing upon arrival some additional items for your first semester or subsequent semesters living off-campus. If you decide to ship items, you are strongly encouraged to hire a broker since the Housing Office will not be able to assist you in transporting shipped items from port to campus. Remember, nearly everything is available for purchase in St. Kitts. Make good decisions and keep your shipping expenses as low as possible.

     

    The Basics


    Bedding for full-size mattress (sheets, comforters, blankets, mattress pad, foam top etc.)
    Bath mats
    Towels and washcloths
    Shower caddy.
    UL-approved multiple outlet “power strip” with 6 ft or longer cord (one or two)
    Alarm clock
    Toilet paper (initial roll)
    Small all-in-one screwdriver kit
    Flashlight w/ extra batteries
    Mini sewing kit and safety pins.
    Computer Ethernet cord
    Padlock for locker

     

    For the Kitchen


    Can opener
    Bottle opener
    Wine opener
    Strainer
    Dish towels and rags
    Other kitchen utensils not provided

     

    To Personalize Your Living Space


    Re-mountable squares or hooks available from 3M for posters and pictures
    Calendar
    Games and cards
    Sports equipment
    Small rug or carpet remnant (apartment units are not carpeted)
    Flashlight and radio with batteries for use in the event of a hurricane.

     

    Where to buy household & personal items


    There are many places in downtown Basseterre that stock a variety of household items. Fans, Rubbermaid products, cooking items, hangers, shower curtains, linens, towels, etc., may be found in these stores. These stores include:

     

    • Horsford’s Hardware Store
      (behind Valu-Mart IGA)
      465-4087
    • Horsford’s Home Valu
      West Independence Square
      466-4943
    • TDC Home & Building Depot
      Frigate Bay Road
      465-2988
    • Kassab’s Hardware (plastics store)
      Liverpool Row
      465-2978
    • Karibhana (adult, child, and household)
      Liverpool Row
      465-1745
    • Best Buy Supermarket (household goods up
      Camps
      466-7468

  • what not to bring

    • Extension cords (bring UL-approved power safety strips instead).
    • Octopus outlets/plugs (can cause fires when overloaded).
    • Halogen lamps (can overheat and cause apartment fires).
    • Shelves to mount on walls or ceilings (affixing furniture to the walls and ceilings in apartments is not allowed).
    • Nails, masking/duct tape, double self-adhesive tape and similar products for hanging pictures/posters on the walls and doors are not allowed. Use re-mountable squares or hooks available from 3M instead.

    Buying large ticket items before you arrive in St. Kitts and shipping or bringing them with you may be more cost effective. We suggest packing a semester's supply of personal hygiene products/toiletries, your own personal linens, towels, and school supplies including binders, pens, pencils, sharpeners, erasers, etc. We also recommend bringing your own cutlery, shower curtains, bath mats, alarm clocks with a back up battery, flashlights, and desk lamp. While packing, please leave behind any Army-style clothing such as camouflage pants, hats, jackets, etc. These are restricted items and will be confiscated by customs.

places of worship

  • Anglican

    St. Georges Anglican Church, Basseterre 465-6691

  • Baptist

    Valley Baptist Church, Basseterre 466-9128

  • catholic

    Catholic Church (East Independence Square) 465-2541

  • Church of God

    Basseterre Church of God 465-6380

    Church of Christ 465-1372

    New Testament Church of God 466-1904

  • Jehovahs Witness

    Jehovahs Witness, Basseterre 466-9518

  • Methodist

    Zion Moravian Church, Basseterre 465-2402

  • Mormon

    Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints 465-7767

  • Seventh Day Adventist

    Seventh Day Adventist, Basseterre 466-6417

Moving to St. Kitts with your Pets

White Coat Ceremony

  • White Coat Ceremony Instructions - September 2016

    White Coat Ceremony will take place on Monday September 5, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. (AST) at the RUSVM campus. The White Coat Ceremony celebrates the incoming class of students as they begin their journey in veterinary medicine. In this ceremony, students are officially welcomed to RUSVM and to the beginning of their veterinary education.  The ceremony symbolizes the importance of professionalism and ethical values as key elements in becoming a veterinarian.    You will be presented with your white coat by RUSVM faculty and you will recite the student oath. Family and friends are invited to your White Coat Ceremony and official welcome to the veterinary profession.
     

    • Students will arrive at the Auditorium at 3:30 p.m. Dress code is business casual/professional.

    • Family and friends are invited to your White Coat Ceremony and official welcome to the veterinary profession

    • The White Coat Ceremony will be broadcast live for those who cannot join you in St. Kitts.

    • RUSVM has arranged for photographs to be taken of each student at the ceremony which will be available electronically to students.

    • The ceremony will last approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes and will be followed by a hors d’oeuvres reception on the Amphitheater lawn which all are invited to attend.


    The ceremony will include the following:

    Welcome from the Dean
    Remarks from the SCAVMA president
    Keynote Address
    Presentation of White Coats
    Veterinary Student’s Oath
     

    Questions:
    Sara Kaufman
    Communications and External Relations Specialist
    1-869-465-4161 x401-1431
    skaufman@rossvet.edu.kn