Travel & Visa Information
Whether you are a new Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (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. Please read through the following information and email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Students are asked to arrive on the dates that are oultined 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 email@example.com with flight changes. Call 869-662-4695 with any delay information while en route.
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, American Eagle and LIAT.
Meet Outside 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 Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine 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.
The orientation leaders will take you to your accommodations. We are unable to transport family members who are not staying on the island with you during your studies 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.
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.
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
- St. Kitts Marriott Resort & The Royal Beach Casino
- Sugar Bay Club
- Ocean Terrace Inn
800-524-0512 / 869-465-2754
- Royal St. Kitts Hotel
Ocean View Doreen Tyson
Bed & Breakfast
One mile from RUSVM
Also visit www.stkittstourism.kn to learn more about St. Kitts & Nevis.
The St. Kitts Scenic Railway
"The Sugar Train" is offering RUSVM students (ID required), faculty, and family members the local rate of EC$120.00 to ride the new double deck trains. These luxurious railcars were built specifically for touring the island of St. Kitts on the tracks of the current working sugar trains. To make reservations, call 869-465-7263, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.StKittsScenicRailway.com and make sure you tell them we sent you.
Car Rental Offices in St. Kitts
- Avis Rent A Car
- C&C Economy Car Rental
- G&L Car Rentals (rental for persons aged under 25 years)
- Thrifty Car Rental
- Bullseye Car Rental
The US State Department has recently updated the information for travel documentation. Many countries no longer accept hospital-issued birth certificates as acceptable documentation.
Minors traveling outside of their country of residence without both parents/guardians may require additional documents. For additional details go to www.aa.com/children.
Effective January 8, 2007, all nationals, including US citizens, will be required to hold a valid passport to enter the US by air. This also applies when coming from Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Bermuda. The new passport requirement mean that all travelers, including US citizens, who are departing the US and intend to re-enter the US, are required to hold a valid passport upon departure from the US.
Documentation Needed Upon Arrival in St. Kitts
Students need to bring their US or Canadian passport and their Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine acceptance immigration letter to present at Immigration upon arrival at the airport in St. Kitts. Please advise Michele-Ann Cardozo, director of off campus housing, if you are traveling on another country's passport by emailing email@example.com.
For a legal extended stay in St. Kitts, you must have your passport stamped with a Student Visa. The government of St. Kitts, with Ross University School of Veterinary facilitating the process, will process the Student Visa prior to the expiration date of the stamp in your passport from when you first arrive. 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. Your ticket must have a return date of no earlier than the end of the first semester or be open-ended. The semester ends for first semester students with their last exam on the Thursday of final exam week, and for Vet Prep students on the Monday of final exam week. Students are free to leave when exams are completed.
For your Student Visa stamp you will need to submit:
- Valid passport from student's home country.
- One passport-sized color photograph (student's shoulders must be covered. No sleeveless shirts or low cut shirts/blouses and no tank tops).
- Round-trip airline ticket – open-ended ticket, or return date no earlier than the last day of the semester.
Original or Certified copy of documents listed below:
- Birth Certificate (certified copy preferred).
- Original Police Certificate/affidavit – obtained from the country where the applicant lived for the past six months.
- Your childhood/adult immunization records which must include your MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) records.
- VDRL/RPR test.
- Mantoux or PPD for tuberculosis – proof of test required.
- Chest x-ray reading only if Mantoux or PPD test is positive.
- Confirmation/Immigration Letter of Enrollment from RUSVM New Jersey office.
- Proof of funding if by loans (print from MyRoss the page that shows the total amount of loans approved).
- Proof of funding if by personal arrangements – on official letterhead, a Statement of Means from your bank, chartered account, and/or wealth manager certifying your ability to cover all living expenses in the amount of a minimum of US$10,000 during your period of study addressed to the Minister of National Security.
- US$150.00 or EC$400.00 – Cash only.
- These documents, along with your passport, will be collected at your assigned time during "One Stop" in new student orientation. The University will process your Student Visa application for you.
- Children aged between 5 to 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 Off Campus Housing Office, located in Wood Hall 202 and 210.
RUSVM will liaise with the authorized St. Kitts government authority in the submission of your applications.
Children Preparatory School Attendance
- (School Visas - this is done on a yearly basis).
- Completed form (issued by prep school).
- Immunization card (only for first time applicants).
- Passport sized photo.
- Cash or check made out for the required amount, and made payable to accountant general.
Note: (EC$75.00 per application for school year any part thereof).
Adult Requirements (non-students)
- Valid Passport.
- Application form (available from the Off Campus Housing Office).
- 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.
- Original airline/travel itinerary or electronic return ticket number.
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).
All documents may be obtained from the Off Campus Housing Office, located in Woods Hall 202 and 210. This office will submit applications to the Ministry of Homeland Security on your behalf.
American Eagle flies from San Juan and will only transport cabin pets to St. Kitts. US Air will take only cabin pets. AA will transport crated pets, with a combined weight of up to 99 lbs. Amerijet transports live animals over 99 lbs out of Miami International. Pet Limousine facilitates boarding and deliveries to Amerijet if required.
Please note that taking your pets home during semester breaks will be on an allocated system only as the 7th semester students moving off of St. Kitts have priority in booking flights for their pets. This is a professional courtesy that should be extended to them by other students.
To ensure you have all the necessary paperwork when bringing your pet, please read through all the information on Pet Information in this website and take care of the following: an import license issued by the CVO in St. Kitts, a USDA issued Health Certificate, and a 72-hour, vet-issued Heath Certificate with you when you reach your port of embarkation and disembarkation. Students bringing pets must have all their titers done and received by the St. Kitts government vet at least three weeks before arrival. The last minute issuance of Import Permits with students who have not had the titers drawn within the stipulated time frames will is not an accepted business practice as it compromises the entire Pet Import Protocol.