Travel Plans and Arriving in St. Kitts

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  

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 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, Seaborne airlines 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.

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.


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).

Private Lodgings

Ocean View Doreen Tyson
Bed & Breakfast 
One mile from RUSVM

Also visit 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, or visit 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)
  • Hertz
  • Thrifty Car Rental
  • Bullseye Car Rental