Gratuities: Same as in the US–10% to 15%, depending on the service. Most restaurants and hotels will automatically add a 10% service charge. If you are in doubt, do not feel uncomfortable asking. Usually, porters and bellhops receive 50 cents per bag, taxi drivers 10-15% of the fare.
Telephones: Calling the U.S. is easy from Nevis. Most hotels offer USA Direct calling service, or they can connect you with a U.S. operator.
Taxes: Nevis has a US$17.00 airport departure tax, and an additional US$1.50 Environmental Levy. The Government requires a mandatory 10% Value Added Tax and a service charge of 10% is typical.
Television: Most hotels have 22 cable channels, including CNN, ESPN, the Disney Channel, premium movie channels and local stations.
Electricity: 230 volts, 60 cycles. Most hotels have 110 volts, and converters are available.
Drinking Water: Safe spring water comes from numerous springs and wells.
Appropriate Attire: Beach attire is appropriate for the beach but not the town, shops or restaurants. Please refrain from short shorts, bikinis and bare chests in these places. Informal, but conservative, clothing is the standard.
Time Zone: Atlantic Standard Time, one hour ahead of Eastern Standard Time and the same as Eastern Daylight Time.
Currency/Money: The official currency is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar, which is fixed to the US dollar. The current exchange rate is US$1.00 = EC$2.70. US currency, travelers checks and major credit cards are welcome everywhere.
Banks: Scotia Bank, First Caribbean International Bank, Bank of Nevis Ltd., and others are available. Banking hours are Monday through Thursday from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm and Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Medical Facilities: Nevis’ Alexandra Hospital provides most care services. Neighboring St. Kitts, has additional services with Puerto Rico and Miami for more extensive needs. Pharmaceutical services are widely available.
Passports and Immigration: A valid passport is required to clear customs.. A return or continuing ticket is also required.
Shopping Hours: Monday through Saturday 8:00 am to noon and 1:00 pm-4:00 pm.
Personal Safety: Nevis is relatively crime free, but exercise normal precautions. For example, don’t leave valuables unattended in rental cars or on the beach.