Saint Kitts and Nevis Country Report
St Kitts and Nevis welcomes foreign investment and has sought to prioritise infrastructure spending, especially within the tourism sector, to promote economic growth. Labour strikes and protests are relatively uncommon, although the risk of peaceful economically motivated demonstrations in the next 12 months will increase as unemployment is likely to rise as a result of the expected negative economic impact of COVID-19. Also, certain operational risks persist, including a fairly low-skilled workforce, and the islands’ susceptibility to hurricanes and other natural disasters, with Hurricanes Irma and Maria in September 2017 costing USD150 million in losses.
There is no history of terrorist attacks or groups on the islands, and the risk of future terrorist incidents remains low. There has been no evidence to suggest that any terrorist group has the intention of conducting attacks on the islands.
The main threat for visitors is petty crime, although this is of a low level when compared with other Caribbean states. Reported criminal incidents decreased by 27% in 2019 compared with 2018. Violent crime tends to be linked to drug trafficking and criminal gangs and is not usually specifically directed at foreign nationals or businesspeople.
St Kitts and Nevis mantains friendly relations with most of its neighbours. Its coastguard capabilities are limited to counter-narcotics operations. The country is highly unlikely to go to war with other countries. The country, together with other Caribbean nations, disputes Venezuela’s claim over Aves Island (Bird Rock).