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 July 2022:  What’s required to enter St Barts now?

  • If you are Fully Vaccinated
    • No test is required to enter St Barts
    • You will be asked to show your CDC card as proof of being fully vaccinated
  • 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.
  • If you are Unvaccinated

    • You can enter St Barts with proof of a negative Antigen no more than 48 hours old, or a PCR test no more than 72 hours old at the time you board the flight into St. Barth
    • Children under 12 are exempt from the testing requirement
  • St Barts Passport Requirements
    • A valid passport is required to enter St Barts
    • 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
    • You are NO LONGER required to present a negative covid test to re-enter the US

 

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.

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

 

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 at EHAS

 

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 72 hours prior to departure with  EHAS  (Electronic Health Authorization System ).

Adults who are fully vaccinated and boosted do not need to submit a test result.

Those who are unvaccinated, including children 12 and older are required to submit a negative PCR or an RT-PCR test that is no more than 48 hours old at the time you arrive in St Martin.

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.

– Purchase of a $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, you will also be required to submit a new request via EHAS for approval 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 that 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 get 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,  you do not need to complete the online travel request form required for travel to Puerto Rico. 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 show proof of vaccination or proof of a recent PCR test. Please visit the Puerto Rico travel website  to learn about what to expect when traveling to Puerto Rico.

 

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

 

Effective Monday, May , 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 Pharmacies offering Raid Antigen Covid Testing

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

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

 

St Barts PCR Test Sites

There is a Red Cross testing center in St Jean that 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

The Red Cross test site is open during the peak season from November to April. It will close on April 30, 2022. Service may resume in the fall of 2022, based on demand, and whether the US still requires travelers to produce a negative test to reenter the country.

Starting Monday, May 2, travelers needing a PCR test may go to the Biopole Antilles laboratory in Gustavia .

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

 

IMPORTANT CONSIDERATION – If you have had COVID-19, we recommend that you take the Antigen test when traveling. The reason is that even after recovering from COVID-19, you will most likely test positive when using the PCR test method.

What is the Covid-19 situation on St Barts now? 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.

 

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 visitor’s 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 services 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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Where Can You Get a Covid-19 Test?

If you want to get tested for peace of mind, 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

 

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

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