Traveling to St Barts: What Vaccinations and Testing are Required to Enter?

St Barts is open for tourism. What vaccinations and testing are required to enter St Barts?

Travel news updates for January, 2022:

  • St Barts Vaccination Requirements:
    • All travelers 18 and older must provide proof of full vaccination (CDC card) to enter St Barts.
    • Travelers under 18 are not required to provide proof of vaccination
    • Unvaccinated travelers 18 and older will not be permitted to enter St Barts.
    • UK residents are not permitted to enter St Barts, effective January 3
  • The World Health Organization (WHO) and FDA agree that a person is “FULLY vaccinated” once 14 days have passed since their second shot (for two shot vaccines). In the case of a one shot vaccine, 21 days need to have passed for a traveler to be considered “fully vaccinated.

 

  • St Barts Covid testing Requirements:
    • All travelers 12 and older are required to provide a negative ANTIGEN or PCR result
    • Antigen  and PCR test must be no older than 48 hours at the time when you board the flight into St Barts. However, residents of the UK must provide a test result that is no more than 24 hours old.
    • Children under 12 are not required to provide test results, however it is a good idea to get tested when traveling.
    • If traveling via St Martin, pre-registration and uploading of test results is required 24 hours prior to arrival in St Martin. Please note that St Martin will not accept self-administered at home antigen tests – visit EHAS to submit an application

 

  • St Barts Passport Requirements
    • A valid passport is required.
    • No visa is required to enter St Barts if  you are a citizen of the US, Canada, any EU country, and most of Central and South America. Not sure if you need a visa to enter French St Barts? Use this French government search tool to determine if you need a visa to enter St Barts
  •  Travelers entering/returning to the US are required to present a negative covid test (antigen or pcr) taken no more than one day prior to arrival. Effective December 6, 2021.

Covid protection measures on-island:  Proof of vaccination and/or proof of a recent negative covid test is required to enter all restaurants and bars. Travelers can show their CDC cards at the door (actual card or a photo of it),  or can register for a digital “Pass Sanitaire” , which is a proof of vaccination that you can carry in your cell phone. To get the digital covid Pass Sanitaire, simply download the Tous-Anti-Covid app in the Apple App store or Google Play store.

What is the CDC Health Alert level for St Barts? For the most up to date information, visit the CDC Health Alert Classification. website

Ready to Start Planning Your Vacation in St Barts?

When you are ready to start planning your vacation in St Barts, why not let WIMCO take care of all the details? Contact Us for assistance in finding the ideal villa, booking your international and inter-island flights, renting a car, setting up airport arrivals service, making restaurant reservations, booking water sports and other activities and so much more. Call 1-401-849-8012, email: info@wimco.com, or use our general inquiry form.

Insiders tip – make sure your passport will still be valid at the time of travel. Please note that US Passport Renewals take longer to process now, so plan ahead. For information on how to renew your passport, visit the USA GOV site, and read the “How to Renew a US Passport” section. You can mail in the application to renew, or call a regional Passport Agency office for an expedited process, which will involve extra fees.

 

Travel Insurance Options for travel to St Barts

Regardless of where you choose to travel, we recommend purchasing travel insurance. Visit the travel insurance marketplace to shop for the policy that best fits your needs.

Travel Tip:  Looking for an extra level of assurance when traveling? Consider a MedJets membership for peace of mind.

 

If Flying to St Barts via St Martin, Pre-Registration is Required

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are traveling to St. Barths through the Princess Juliana Airport in St Martin, even if you are not spending a night in St Martin, you will need to pre-register 24-48 hours prior to departure with  EHAS  (Electronic Health Authorization System ).

Once you complete the EHAS pre-trip registration and submit it, they will then send you a confirmation email authorizing you to enter St Martin. You will need this email in order to board your flight to St Martin.

Effective January 1, 2022

– FULLY vaccinated travelers who have been boosted, and children 17 and under who have been vaccinated,  do not need to submit a covid test when filling out the EHAS form. 

– If the test is an antigen test, it can be no older than 24 hours old. If the test is a PCR test, it can be no older than 48 hours old at the time of arrival.

– For unvaccinated travelers 17 and younger, only a PCR test will be accepted, taken no more than 48 hours prior to arrival in St Martin.

– Purchase of $30 medical insurance policy is required in order to complete the EHAS registration – however, those not spending the night in St Martin are exempt from this requirement.

WHEN DEPARTING TO RETURN HOME: When returning home via St Martin, if unvaccinated, you will also be required to submit a new covid-19 test result via EHAS to transit through St Martin.

Rapid testing site at St Martin’s Princess Juliana Airport

There is a test center outside of the airport terminal which administers rapid antigen tests. However, please note that a traveler has to clear security to leave the airport, then upon being tested, one has to got back through security screening again. This can take 2-3 hours.

If Flying to St. Barths via San Juan (SJU), no Pre-Registration is required

If you are traveling to St. Barths through San Juan, and you are not spending the night there, you do not need to complete the online travel request form required for travel to Puerto Rico. Just show your negative COVID-19 test result, and continue on to St. Barths. The same is true when you are transiting back through San Juan on your way home.

If you are spending one or more nights in Puerto Rico, you will need to apply for permission to enter, which requires proof of vaccination or proof of a recent PCR test.

Travel Safe Puerto Rico registration form

Ready to Travel to St Barts? Where Can You Get a Covid-19 Test?

Almost all countries are requiring proof of a negative covid test result in order to enter, and St Barts is no exception. St Barts will accept either a antigen test (from no more than two days prior to arrival) or a PCR test (taken no more than three days prior to arrival)

We recommend using COVID testing centers run by your state, or those affiliated with large hospitals and university medical centers such as Weill Cornell Medicine in Manhattan, Yale New Haven Health centers in Connecticut, and Tufts Medical Center in Boston.

Here are some helpful links to find a PCR test center near you:  Tests for Travelers

U.S. Government Test Center finder: Health & Human Services test center search tool

At Home Antigen Tests for Travelers

If you do not have access to rapid antigen testing, you may want to order an at-home antigen test. Here are two at-home remote medical observation nasal swab antigen testing options. Tests are self administered, under the video supervision of a lab technician to verify your identity and the results. samples are uploaded to a lab via a cassette connected to your wifi network, or via a visual method. Test results are emailed to you, date and time stamped, usually within 15 minutes:

ABBOTT /Binax at home antigen test

 

Get Tested Now/ Clarity at home antigen test

 

NOTE:  We advise you to check in advance whether the destination you are traveling to accepts test results from self-administered at home tests,

Rapid Antigen Testing in Airports – Day of departure

Several airports now offer rapid antigen testing the day of departure, for a fee, by appointment only. Select the link below that corresponds with the airport you will be departing from. We recommend that you still get tested the day before travel to make sure you are not positive before you depart for the airport.

In the Northeast

https://www.doctorstestcenters.com/flyri – Chicago and Providence

https://xprescheck.com/locations#0 – New York, New Jersey, Boston, Atlanta, Washington and more

https://www.rrtesting.com/phl – Philadelphia

In Paris

https://www.doctolib.fr/centre-depistage-covid/roissy-en-france/depistage-covid-aeroport-charles-de-gaulle – Charles de Gaulle airport

https://www.doctolib.fr/centre-depistage-covid/orly/cerballiance-aeroport-d-orly-orly – Orly airport

 

 

For residents of the EU

What Covid Tests Are Required When Returning from St Barts to the US?

Effective Monday, December 6, 2021,   All travelers entering the U.S. from a foreign country, 2 years and older,  are required to present proof of a negative viral test (a PCR or Antigen test ) taken within one day (24 hours) of their arrival in the US. If a traveler has had covid within the last 90 days they can also present documentation of having recovered from COVID-19.

When issuing boarding passes, most airlines will ask passengers to show their test results in order to board. Some airlines may ask passengers to fill out this Covid test attestation form to confirm the negative test result before they board. If a passenger does not have proof of a negative test then they are required to show a letter documenting that they had covid and have recovered (or a letter explaining that they can’t get vaccinated due to medical concerns). The airline is required to deny boarding to any passenger that does not produce a negative test result or letter.

St Barts Covid Testing Sites

The island of St Barts operates several covid test sites. The main site is the Red Cross testing station in St. Jean, in the parking lot parallel to the end of the airport runway, near the cemetery.

St Barts Red Cross Testing Site

This testing center can perform both antigen (40 euros) and PCR tests (135 euros). Red Cross officials request that you make a reservation online at the St Barts Red Cross test center site

– Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 1:45 p.m., arrive before 10.45 a.m. for the RT-PCR tests

– on Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., arrive before 10:45 a.m. for the RT-PCR tests.

– The screening center is closed on Sundays and public holidays.

See St. Barths COVID-19 test center map for test site locations

St Barts Pharmacies offering Covid testing

There are three Pharmacies in St Barts that perform Covid 19 antigen tests. The cost is 50 euros.

1) Pharmacie in St Jean, across the street from the airport.
2)  Pharmacie in Gustavia, near the ferry terminal. 8am – 7:30pm
3)  Pharmacie in St Jean, near Zion, 8am – 8pm

 

IMPORTANT CONSIDERATION – If you have had COVID-19, we recommend that you take the PCR test when traveling. The reason is that even after recovering from COVID-19, you will most likely test positive when using the antigen test method.  If you have no other option than to take the Antigen test, and you test positive because you had COVID-19 at some earlier date, you will need to produce proof of recovery (the PCR test result you got once you recovered).

What is the Covid-19 situation on St Barts now?  How many new cases of Covid-19 were registered in St Barts last week? How much of the local population of St Barts has been vaccinated? Read official reporting here.

 

Want to book travel to St Barts now?

If you have received a vaccine shot and want to book travel to St Barths, contact us to set up your villa or hotel reservation, rental car, and flights. Your WIMCO reservations agent will take care of the petition to enter paperwork for you. Email: info@wimco.com or call 1-401-849-8012 from anywhere in the world.

 

If you are staying overnight on St Martin

The island of St Martin will accept both Covid19 PCR tests and three types of Rapid Anti-Gen PCR tests, which must be administered via nasal swab. The test must have been taken within the last 2 full days prior to arrival.
a). Abbott – CGIA (Panbio COVID-19 Ag rapid test
b). Becton Dickinson (BD) –CGIA BD Veritor COVID test
c). Roche/ SD biosensor F test.

 

 

What happens if I test positive for COVID-19 while on-St Barts?

If at any time a visitor tests positive for Covid-19 while on St Barts, they will be asked to self-quarantine in their villa for  7-14 nights, or until they show no symptoms.

If a visitors’ condition worsens and they require medical assistance, they will be examined by a physician in the villa, and then if necessary they will be moved to the quarantine housing by the sports stadium in St Jean. They will be monitored there by health professionals until they no longer show symptoms.  Travelers who test positive are permitted to leave the island after they end the quarantine, as long as they do not have any fever or symptoms.

If a visitor becomes gravely ill while vacationing on St. Barths, they will be airlifted to a hospital in St Martin, Guadeloupe, or Martinique where there are larger hospitals better equipped to care for the client.

The medical evacuation plane needs to be chartered by someone in the clients’ traveling party, at their own expense, which ranges from 1,500 to 2,000 euros. WIMCO’s concierge department or the concierge desk of any hotel can arrange the medical charter if this were to occur. Relatives or friends of the client may not accompany them on this flight, they must fly in a separate plane. The client is loaded in a lying-down position into a long plastic capsule with an oxygen tank. The shell is then sealed to protect the crew and is loaded onto the airplane. Here is an example of the capsule used.

The medical charter is met by an ambulance on the tarmac at the destination, and the client is moved to the ambulance, and then to the hospital. Those with a MedJets membership will be met by a MedJet on the Tarmac, and will be flown directly to a destination of their choosing. Medjets will perform these COVID-19 medical evacuation flights if the individual has a MedJets membership and if a local doctor states that they can be moved safely.

 

What businesses are open on St. Barths?

  • Grocery stores, pharmacies, banks, government offices, and other essential services are open
  • Restaurants in St. Barths now offer dine-in service, with increased spacing between the tables. Take-out service continues in many restaurants
  • Visitors are asked to practice responsible behavior, including social distancing and wearing a mask when entering an enclosed public building like the airport, or a store or shop

 

Which Airlines are Flying to St. Barts?

Tradewind Aviation provides scheduled service between San Juan Airport (SJU) and St. Barths Gustaf III Airport (SBH). You can find direct flights to San Juan from several U.S. airports, including New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Miami, and Fort Lauderdale. For assistance with flight planning, please email the WIMCO Air Department at AirReservations@wimco.com.

Win-Air and St. Barth Commuter both provide scheduled service between St Martin and St. Barths.

Looking for a more private flight experience? Contact the WIMCO Air Department to see options for private flight charter service from the U.S. or Europe into San Juan and St Martin, and private charter service to St Barths.

Tradewind landing in St. Barths

Are Private Villas Open and Available to Rent in St Barts?

Yes, now you can reserve a stay in most private villas on St Barths (Exceptions include villas under renovation, or those being used by their owners). WIMCO has revised its concierge arrivals service procedures per health authority guidelines and has provided enhanced guidelines for housekeeping for the 375 residences that we represent on the island. You can view those guidelines here.

For information about renting specific villas, please contact your WIMCO Villa Specialist or start your search here. To contact reservations, please email info@wimco.com or call (401) 849-8012.

Start your villa search (featured here: Villa CMA)

What is the status of the WIMCO St. Barths office?

WIMCO’s concierge services office and real estate sales office in St Barths are open. We welcome you to drop in to say hello! Our offices are directly across the street from the airport.

The WIMCO office, across the street from the airport in St Jean

Will St Barts Stage the Regattas in 2022?

Yes, the regattas will return to St Barts in 2022. The organizers of the St Barth Bucket Regatta and the Les Voiles de St Barth regatta have both announced that these regattas will be held in 2022.

Are hotels in St Barts open?

Yes. If you would like to make a reservation to stay in any hotel in St. Barths, simply contact WIMCO’s reservations department and they will advise you on what rooms are available at what prices. Visit the St. Barths hotel reservations page for more information.

 

Contact your WIMCO villa specialist at info@wimco.com for the most up-to-date information on travel to St. Barths, or to ask to be placed on a destination travel alert list.

For more news updates about Caribbean island travel during COVID-19, countries with a Coronavirus travel ban, and the latest information on Coronavirus travel restrictions, please see this related article:

Caribbean Island Travel – Where Can I Go Now?

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