St Kitts and Nevis Grows Foreign Relations with Russia and Indonesia

St Kitts and Nevis has been working tirelessly to improve its diplomatic relations with key international partners, and visa-free agreements are a key part of this goal.

A significant visa-free development for the Federation took place on 22 September, when the nation’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Honourable Mark Brantley, signed an agreement ensuring visa-free acesss for his citizens to Russia.

The agreement was countersigned by Russia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sergey Lavrov, who met with Minister Brantley on the side-lines of the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly in New York City.

Russia is looking to improve political relations with St Kitts and Nevis

Russians have been enjoying up to three months of visa-free travel to St Kitts and Nevis since 2013. Now, the Russian Government is looking to improve political relations with St Kitts and Nevis and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), grow its trade networks with the region, and create stronger bonds for both economic and humanitarian collaboration.

On September 23, Minister Brantley‏ also signed a historic visa waiver agreement with Indonesia’s Foreign Minister, Retno L.P. Marsudi, granting visa free travel for all citizens of St Kitts and Nevis holding valid ordinary passports. Visa-free travel extends to periods of up to 30 days.

St Kitts and Nevis operates one of the most exclusive citizenship by investment programmes in the world. Investors wishing to become citizens of this Caribbean nation can do so with a donation to the Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation (SIDF), a Government charity whose task is to support the diversification of St Kitts and Nevis’ economy, as well as to assist all vulnerable sectors of society, including youths and budding entrepreneurs. For a limited time, donations will also be accepted to the country’s Hurricane Relief Fund.

Economic citizens of St Kitts and Nevis can take advantage of a wide array of rights, including the ability to travel without a visa to all the destinations available to those holding ordinary passports from St Kitts and Nevis.