Saint Kitts and Nevis signs visa waiver agreement with African nation São Tomé and Príncipe
Saint Kitts and Nevis on Wednesday signed a visa waiver agreement with the African nation SÃ£o TomÃ© and PrÃncipe through senior representatives of the two countries in New York.
With the new signature with SÃ£o TomÃ© and Principe, the Saint Kitts and Nevis passport now allows visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 161 countries around the world. He took Saint Kitts and Nevis past Mexico and Israel and brought us closer to Barbados for the number one passport in the Caribbean region and number 24 in the world.
The Henley and Partners Passport Index released in 2021 placed Saint Kitts and Nevis passports 2nd in the Caribbean and 26th in the world. The Index, considered globally authoritative, said Saint Kitts and Nevis passports allow visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to some 157 countries around the world.
Before Saint Kitts and Nevis were Mexico and Israel, whose passports allowed visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 158 countries around the world. Mexico and Israel were tied for 25th in the world.
In the Caribbean, Barbados was ranked first and 24th in the world with visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 161 countries around the world.
A few months ago, Foreign Minister Mark Brantley visited Belgrade, Serbia, and signed visa waiver agreements with Palestine and with the African nations Burkina Faso and Gabon. These signatures allowed Saint Kitts and Nevis passports to access 160 countries around the world visa-free or visa-on-arrival.
In Serbia, Brantley has also started discussions on visa waiver agreements with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of SÃ£o TomÃ© and Principe SE Edite do Ramos da Costa Ten Jua.
âI thank PS Kay Bass, our ambassadors and diplomatic staff at our various embassies and high commissions around the world for making this important milestone possible,â Brantley wrote.