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St Kitts & Nevis: 2 Best Prepaid SIM Cards Buying Guide (2022)

St Kitts & Nevis – one of six countries with and in their names.

The dual-island nation is primarily known for its beaches, resorts & lovely weather.

Located in the Lesser Antilles, you will not be missing out on sunshine while in Antigua and Barbuda.

Sure, you can spend all your time on the beach while in this country, but there are plenty of other things you can do there.

You should visit the Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park.

Mount Liamuiga is absolutely stunning.

And if you really prefer to be on the beach all day, head to Pinneys Beach and sunbathe in peace.

But before you post these incredible photos online, you should know that international roaming can be expensive.

That is why you should get a local SIM card to enjoy local rates.

Fortunately, SIM cards are not crazy expensive in St Kitts & Nevis.

You can get a St Kittitian and Nevisian SIM card for 23.40 XCD (8.65 USD) from Digicel. Flow even hands out SIM cards for free, but be prepared to purchase a plan or top-up on the spot. SIM cards are not sold at St Kitts/Basseterre-Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport (SKB) nor Nevis/Charlestown-Vance W. Amory International Airport (NEV).

Flow's cheapest plan, Prepaid 1 Day Plan, costs 5 XCD (1.85 USD), so SIM cards are truly inexpensive in St Kitts & Nevis.

In this guide, I will tell you everything you need to know about buying a SIM card in St Kitts and Nevis. Let's get started.

Buying a SIM Card in Saint Kitts & Nevis Guide (logos of Flow & Digicel)

Original publication: 12th of March 2020. Last updated: 20th of September 2022.


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Can You Buy a SIM Card in St Kitts & Nevis?

You can buy a St Kittitian and Nevisian SIM card from Digicel and Flow as a tourist. There is nothing preventing travelers from buying a SIM card in St Kitts & Nevis.

You do have to comply with the SIM card registration regulations.

Moreover, your phone has to support the frequencies used in St Kitts and Nevis.

Finally, your phone needs to be unlocked (SIM-lock free) to use a St Kittitian and Nevisian SIM card.

Where Can You Buy a SIM Card in St Kitts & Nevis?

You can get a St Kittitian and Nevisian SIM card in the official stores of Digicel and Flow. They are not available at St Kitts/Basseterre-Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport (SKB) nor Nevis/Charlestown-Vance W. Amory International Airport (NEV).

You can expect to pay the following for St Kittitian and Nevisian SIM cards:

  • Flow St Kitts & Nevis: Free! But expect to purchase a plan on the spot
  • Digicel St Kitts & Nevis: 23.40 XCD
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Can You Use Your Phone in St Kitts & Nevis?

St Kitts and Nevis GSM for their cellular communications, meaning that you need a GSM-capable phone to use your phone in the country. Fortunately, there is about a 99% chance your phone supports GSM.

Besides that, you need to be aware of the ITU regions to determine whether your phone will work in other parts of the world.

Although there are 3 ITU regions, you only need to know these two terms: American frequencies and European frequencies.

Africa, Asia (including the Middle East), Europe & Oceania (ITU Regions 1 & 3) typically use European frequencies, meaning phones bought in those regions can be used in countries using European frequencies without issues.

The Americas (North-, Central– & South America + the Caribbean), ITU Region 2, use American frequencies, which are different from the European frequencies.

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By Maximilian Dörrbecker (Chumwa) – Own work, using this file by Denelson83, CC BY-SA 2.5

St Kitts and Nevis use a mix of American frequencies and European frequencies for 2G and 3G, depending on the mobile operator. 4G/LTE is exclusively on American frequencies.

If you bought your phone in the Americas (ITU region 2) and have a low/medium-end device (without Tri-Band or Quad-Band) support, you want to go with Flow St Kitts and Nevis.

It supports traditional American frequencies on 2G, 3G & 4G/LTE, meaning that you can take full advantage of its network.

If you purchased your phone in Africa, Asia, Europe, or Oceania (ITU regions 1 & 3) and have a low/medium-end device (without Tri-Band or Quad-Band) support, you want to go with Digicel St Kitts and Nevis.

It supports traditional European frequencies on 2G and 3G, but you will not be able to use its 4G/LTE network.

Suppose you have a medium/high-end device with Tri-Band or Quad-Band support. In that case, you can go with any mobile operator, as your phone will support both American frequencies and European frequencies, even on 4G/LTE.

Mobile Operators, Networks & Frequencies in St Kitts & Nevis

St Kitts & Nevis has two mobile operators offering prepaid services:

  • Digicel St Kitts & Nevis
  • Flow St Kitts & Nevis

The following frequencies are used in St Kitts & Nevis:

  • 2G: 850 MHz, 900 MHz & 1800 MHz
  • 3G: 850 MHz, 1900 MHz & 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 700 MHz (Band 13 & Band 17)

You can learn more about frequencies in the video below.

To check whether your phone will work in St Kitts & Nevis, check out this page by Will My Phone Work.

Again, make sure your phone is unlocked. Otherwise, you will not be able to use any SIM card except the one from your home operator (meaning you have to roam internationally or buy another unlocked phone that does support the frequencies listed above).

If you want to learn how international roaming works, this guide explains it in-depth. If you wonder why it is often so expensive to roam, this article explains the hidden reason they do not want you to know.

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VoLTE & VoWiFi in St Kitts & Nevis

Both VoLTE (Voice over LTE (4G) – also known as HD Voice) and VoWiFi (Voice over WiFi – also known as WiFI calling) are not offered by the mobile operators in St Kitts and Nevis (yet).

This means that when you make a call, your phone will downgrade to 3G (or 2G when 3G is not available) instead of staying connected to 4G/LTE.

This is also why you often cannot use mobile while calling if not connected to WiFi.

VoWiFi is, as the name implies, calling on a WiFi connection as opposed to on a cellular network.

5G NR in St Kitts & Nevis

5G NR is not available in St Kitts & Nevis as of 2022, and the St Kittitian and Nevisian government has not made any indications of when it will auction 5G licenses.

Best SIM Card St Kitts & Nevis

If you want to buy the best SIM card in St Kitts & Nevis, I recommend going with Digicel. Its 4G/LTE coverage is better than Flow's. Moreover, Digicel has attractive plans (Prime Bundles) with dedicated data allowances for Prime apps, TikTok & YouTube (up to 45 GB per app).

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Best eSIM in St Kitts & Nevis

Unfortunately, none of the mobile operators offer eSIM (to prepaid customers) in St Kitts & Nevis yet.

However, you can get travel eSIMs from Airalo.

Airalo has the Kittcom eSIMs:

St Kitts & Nevis Kittcom eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

You have one option:

  1. St Kitts & Nevis/Kittcom 1 GB eSIM for 7 days

For Airalo eSIMs, the links above and below will automatically get you the Phone Travel Wiz exclusive offers available – a code is not necessary.

With this eSIM, you can skip St Kitts & Nevis' SIM card registration scheme entirely and use it immediately upon arriving in St Kitts & Nevis!

  • Find out about the best local eSIMs, travel eSIMs & travel SIM cards for every country (lookup tool)
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TIP: Check out my eSIM lookup tool for an overview of local mobile operators offering eSIMs to prepaid customers and travel eSIMs I use and love (for eSIMs in St Kitts & Nevis and eSIMs worldwide).

If you plan on visiting other neighboring Caribbean nations, consider the Island Hopper eSIM with 1 GB of data (7 days) in St Kitts & Nevis and these other islands:

With the Island Hopper eSIM, you can save a lot of money by skipping the initial SIM card costs per country you visit – averaging 8 USD/country in the Caribbean!

SIM Card Registration in St Kitts & Nevis 

SIM card registration with your passport information is required in St Kitts & Nevis. It will be done at the point of sale.

St Kitts & Nevis Mobile Internet Prices & Insights

Flag of Saint Kitts and Nevis

The Caribbean is not known for being a cheap travel region.

With many luxurious resorts and PRISTINE beaches, it is somewhat understandable why the region is a bit high-class (with some exceptions, like the Dominican Republic and Haiti).

But what about mobile data costs? Are they cheap in St Kitts & Nevis?

They are not cheap, but they are not expensive either.

The average price for 1 GB of data in St Kitts & Nevis is 3.70 USD, around the Caribbean average of 4.44 USD. The world average is 4.07 USD.

Just a year ago, the average cost of 1 GB of data was 7 USD more than now.

Compared to 2019's numbers, the average cost of 1 GB of data decreased by 75.2%.

While there is not much information about mobile data speeds in the country because not many people do speed tests there, I can mention something about speeds.

Flow St Kitts & Nevis claims the maximum achievable speed you can get on their network is 35 Mbps.

But remember, this is the maximum speed – you will most likely get speeds ranging between 10 Mbps and 25 Mbps.

With reasonably priced SIM cards, close to excellent nationwide coverage, decent mobile download speeds, and average mobile data rates, you should have a smooth network experience in St Kitts & Nevis.

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Currency in St Kitts & Nevis

East Caribbean Dollar Notes (5, 10, 20, 50 & 100)
© Eastern Caribbean Central Bank

St Kitts & Nevis uses the East Caribbean Dollar with the symbol XCD (which will be used throughout this guide).

However, prices are often listed as ECD, EC$, or $. For example, 25 ECD = ECD/EC$/$ 25.

XCD is pegged 2.70:1 to the US Dollar (USD), meaning that 2.70 XCD is 1 USD. 27.10 XCD would be 10 USD. 270 is 100 USD, etc.

1 XCD is 0.37 USD, 10 XCD is 3.70 USD, 100 XCD is 37 USD – you know the drill.

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St Kitts & Nevis Prepaid SIM Cards

Below, I will guide you through Digicel St Kitts & Nevis & Flow St Kitts & Nevis, and go through:

  • Background information
  • Mobile coverage
  • SIM card types, prices & availability
  • Recharge / top-up information
  • Combo plans, data plans & special packs (such as social media packs) 

With that being said, let’s see what St Kitts & Nevis have to offer to us.


Digicel St Kitts & Nevis 

Digicel Logo
© Digicel

Digicel St Kitts & Nevis, just Digicel, is one of the two mobile operators in St Kitts & Nevis.

Digicel, as a company, is active in many other Caribbean nations, Central America & Oceania.

Digicel uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 900 MHz & 1800 MHz
  • 3G: 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 700 MHz (Band 13 & Band 17)

This is what you will learn about Digicel:

* Coverage
* How to Get a Digicel SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods
* Plans & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – Digicel St Kitts & Nevis

Digicel has the best 4G/LTE coverage in St Kitts & Nevis.

4G/LTE reception is available almost everywhere in St Kitts.

The same counts for Northern Nevis. However, you will most likely deal with 3G reception on Southern Nevis.

Below is Digicel's coverage map:

SIM Card Price – Digicel St Kitts & Nevis

You can get a Digicel SIM card for 23.40 XCD in Digicel stores. They are not sold at St Kitts/Basseterre-Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport (SKB) nor Nevis/Charlestown-Vance W. Amory International Airport (NEV).

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You may have to dial *122# to activate your Digicel SIM card if your SIM card does not work upon purchase.

Dial *129# to see your Digicel phone number.

Dial *141# to access the Digicel menu.

Digicel SIM cards get deactivated if there has been no activity for 120 days (no top-up for 120 days or no activity for 120 days).

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Digicel St Kitts & Nevis

Digicel top-up vouchers are sold in Digicel stores, kiosks, gas stations & grocery stores.

To top up your Digicel SIM card, dial *125*VoucherCode# or dial *141# and follow the instructions.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would dial *125*123456#.

You can also tell the salesperson how much credit you want, your phone number, pay, and they will top up your SIM card with the POS system.

You can also recharge online with (international) debit and credit cards.

Dial *120# or *141# to check your Digicel balance.

You can also top up and check your balance on the Digicel app (Android/iOS).

Digicel App
© Digicel

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Digicel St Kitts & Nevis

Digicel has two data-featured plans: Prepaid Prime Bundles (combo) & Prepaid Prime Plus Bundles (combo).

All Digicel plans can be activated by dialing *141#:

Prepaid Prime Bundles – Digicel St Kitts & Nevis

The Prepaid Prime Bundles are combo plans with data, data for select Digicel apps, minutes & SMS.

Digicel Prime Bundles Apps (logos of  D'Music, PlayGo, SportsMax, BiP, Loop, Billo & Go Loud)
© Digicel

The following Prepaid Prime Bundles are available, which can be activated by dialing *141#:

PricePlanAny Use DataListen More (Music) DataListen More (Radio) DataWatch More DataPlay More DataShare More DataKnow More DataStore More DataLocal MinutesInternational MinutesValidity
12 XCD3 Day Digicel Prime Bundle2 GB3 GB3 GB3 GB3 GB3 GB3 GB3 GB100 minutesN/A3 days
50 XCD14 Day Digicel Prime Bundle6 GB14 GB14 GB14 GB14 GB14 GB14 GB14 GB1000 mintuesN/A14 days
130 XCD30 Day Digicel Prime Bundle15 GB30 GB30 GB30 GB30 GB30 GB30 GB30 GB1200 minutes500 minutes30 days

You can download any Prime Bundle app by visiting the links below:

Prepaid Prime Bundles auto-renew. To disable auto-renewal, dial *141#.

Digicel St Kitts and Nevis Prepaid Digicel Prime Bundles
Prepaid Prime Plus Bundles – Digicel St Kitts & Nevis

The Prepaid Prime Plus Bundles are combo plans with data, data for select Digicel apps, minutes & SMS.

Unlike the Prepaid Prime Bundles, Prepaid Prime Plus Bundles include TikTok and YouTube data allowances as well.

Digicel Prime Bundles Apps (logos of  D'Music, PlayGo, SportsMax, BiP, Loop, Billo, Go Loud, TikTok &  YouTube)
© Digicel

The following Prepaid Prime Plus Bundles are available, which can be activated by dialing *141#:

PricePlanAny Use DataListen More (Music) DataListen More (Radio) DataWatch More DataPlay More DataShare More DataKnow More DataStore More DataTikTok DataYouTube DataLocal MinutesLocal SMSInternational MinutesValidity
6 XCD1 Day Digicel Prime Bundle1 GB1 GB1 GB1 GB1 GB1 GB1 GB1 GB1 GB1 GBUnlimitedN/AN/A1 day
15 XCD3 Day Digicel Prime Bundle3 GB3 GB3 GB3 GB3 GB3 GB3 GB3 GB3 GB3 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedN/A3 days
35 XCD7 Day Digicel Prime Bundle6 GB7 GB7 GB7 GB7 GB7 GB7 GB7 GB7 GB7 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedN/A7 days
140 XCDPrime More25 GB30 GB30 GB30 GB30 GB30 GB30 GB30 GB30 GB30 GBUnlimitedUnlimited150 minutes30 days
215 XCDPrime Extra50 GB45 GB45 GB45 GB45 GB45 GB45 GB45 GB45 GB45 GBUnlimitedUnlimited250 minutes30 days
250 XCDPrime Max60 GB45 GB45 GB45 GB45 GB45 GB45 GB45 GB45 GB45 GBUnlimitedUnlimited1000 minutes30 days

Prepaid Prime Plus Bundles auto-renew. To disable auto-renewal, dial *141#.

Digicel St Kitts and Nevis Prepaid Digicel Prime Plus Bundles

APN/Internet Settings – Digicel St Kitts & Nevis

  • Name: Digicel
  • APN: web

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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Flow St Kitts & Nevis 

Flow Logo
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Flow St Kitts & Nevis, just Flow, is one of the two mobile operators in St Kitts & Nevis.

Flow is a brand by Cable & Wireless used throughout the Caribbean.

Flow uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 850 MHz & 1900 MHz
  • 3G: 850 MHz & 1900 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 700 MHz (Band 13 & Band 17)

This is what you will learn about Flow:

* Coverage
* How to Get a Flow SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods
* Plans & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – Flow St Kitts & Nevis

Flow has extensive coverage in St Kitts & Nevis.

While Flow's 4G/LTE coverage on St Kitts is extensive, 4G/LTE reception is weak in Nevis.

You will often be on 3G.

Below is Flow's coverage map:

SIM Card Price – Flow St Kitts & Nevis

You can get a Flow SIM card for free in Flow stores. However, be prepared to purchase a plan or top-up when getting your free SIM card. They are not sold at St Kitts/Basseterre-Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport (SKB) nor Nevis/Charlestown-Vance W. Amory International Airport (NEV).

Flow St Kitts and Nevis SIM Card Price
© Flow St Kitts & Nevis
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Dial *129# to access the Flow menu.

Dial *555# to see your Flow phone number.

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Flow St Kitts & Nevis

Flow top-up vouchers are sold in Flow stores, including grocery stores, gas stations & bars.

To top up your Flow SIM card, dial *129# and follow the instructions.

You can also tell the salesperson how much credit you want, your phone number, pay, and they will top up your SIM card with the POS system.

You can also recharge online with (international) debit and credit cards.

Dial *120# or *129# to check your Flow balance.

You can also top up and check your balance on the Flow app (Android/iOS).

Flow App
© Flow

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Flow St Kitts & Nevis

Flow has one type of data-featured plan: the Super Combo Prepaid Plans. It includes data, minutes & SMS.

The following Super Combo Prepaid Plans are available:

PricePlanDataSWIFT Data 1Local MinutesLocal SMSValidityActivation Code
5 XCDPrepaid 1 Day Plan1 GBUnlimited50 minutes50 SMS1 day*244*0#
15 XCDPrepaid 3 Day Plan3 GBUnlimited150 minutes150 SMS3 days*244*1#
35 XCDPrepaid 7 Day Plan7 GBUnlimited350 minutes350 SMS7 days*244*2#
100 XCDPrepaid 30 Da Plan10 GBUnlimited1000 minutes1000 SMS30 days*244*3#

1 for Snapchat, WhatsApp, Instagram, Facebook & Twitter

Flow St Kitts and Nevis Super Combo Prepaid Plans

APN/Internet Settings – Flow St Kitts & Nevis

  • Name: Flow Internet
  • APN: ppinternet

Note: do not use just “internet” as a prepaid customer. That APN is reserved for postpaid customers. Leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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