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St Barths and the Gustaf III Airport (SBH) RE-Opened to Tourism June 22

St. Barths reopened its borders to tourism on June 22.  On August 6, the CDC classified St Barts as having one of the lowest levels of health risk on earth – level one – low risk. The article below includes information on testing requirements for travelers, what restaurants are open, and what to expect when vacationing in St. Barths this summer.  You can also contact one of  WIMCO’s St Barths specialists directly at info@wimco.com.  This page is updated daily.

When can I travel to St. Barths?

Good news. St. Barths re-opened its borders to tourism effective Monday, June 22. Villas and hotels are open. The following conditions apply to travelers who want to vacation in St Barths.

  • Travelers are required to present a copy of a negative COVID 19-PCR test in order to gain entry to St Barts (A July 10 government press release required that the test be taken no more than 72 hours prior to their arrival).
  • Villa rental agencies ask that the traveler emails their test result to the agency before leaving home
  • Children under 10 years old are not required to be tested.
  • Travelers staying in St Barts for more than 7 days are asked to take a second Covid 19 PCR test on island. Your WIMCO concierge can make an appointment for you, or you can walk in to the test center in Gustavia.

Please use the search tool below to find a test center near you. We recommend using testing centers affiliated with large hospitals and university medical centers such as Weill Cornell Medical in Manhattan, Yale New Haven medical centers in Fairfield County and Tufts medical center in Boston.

US Government Link to Test Center finderHealth & Human Services test center search tool

What businesses are open this summer?

  • St. Barths is open for business. You can freely move about beaches, restaurants, and shops. 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.
  • Restaurants in St. Barths now offer dine-in service, with increased spacing between the tables. Take-out service continues in many restaurants.
  • Grocery stores, pharmacies, banks, government offices, and other essential services are open.

Which Airlines are Flying to St. Barths?

Tradewind Aviation resumed scheduled service between San Juan Airport (SJU) and St Barths Gustaf III Airport (SBH) on June 22. You can find direct flights to San Juan from several US airports, including cities New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Miami, and Fort Lauderdale. For assistance with flights, please email the WIMCO Air Department at AirReservations@wimco.com

The Princess Juliana Airport (SXM) in St Martin reopened to international flights on July 1. Win-Air and St. Barth Commuter will resume scheduled service between St. Martin and St. Barths on July 1.  Please note, the airport in St Martin will not accept flights originating in the US  until August at the earliest, and there may be further restrictions this coming winter.

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

Tradewind landing in St. Barths

Are all Villas Available to Rent this Summer?

Yes, as of June 22 you will be able to vacation in most villas on St Barts this summer. (Exceptions include villas under renovation.) We have revised our concierge arrivals service per health authority guidelines, and have provided enhanced guidelines for housekeeping for the 375 residences that we represent on the island. You can view those guidelines here:

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

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Other news:

  • WIMCO’s concierge services office and real estate sales office are both open. We welcome you to say hello!
  • Any resident of St. Barths who is returning to the island after traveling abroad after June 22, is asked to take an RT-PCR test upon arrival, and to self-quarantine until the test results have been confirmed negative.

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

St. Barths Coronavirus Hotel re-opening plans:

Le Toiny:  Reopening in June as a private club for this summer only. The restaurant and beach club will be exclusively reserved for hotel guests. They will be open to non-hotel guests only on Saturdays and Sundays

Baie des Anges:  Re-opening in June

Manapany: Re-opening July 11

Eden Rock: Re-opening October 22. The beach club bar will be open for lunch this summer

Hotel Cheval Blanc: Re-opening October 2020

Hotel Christopher:  Re-opening November 25

Le Barthélemy: Re-opening October 28

The Rosewood Guanahani St Bart – re-opening Spring of 2021

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 coronavirus travel restrictions, please see this related article:

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Travel Restrictions for Caribbean Islands and Airports

  • New CDC guidelines for airline travel mandate that travelers wear face masks as soon as they enter an airport, and to keep it on while boarding, and for the duration of their flight. For more details about air travel, read our “What is it like to fly now” article.
  • All travelers will be asked to produce a copy of the test results (printed or digital copy) when they arrive at the passport control desk at the St. Barths airport
  • Per French government decree, face masks must be worn in all public spaces and businesses
  • If a visitor’s stay exceeds 7 nights, they must go to the St Barths Covid-19 test center in Gustavia on the 7th day to be tested to confirm they remain virus-free
  • At any time if a visitor gets a positive test result while on St Barths, they will be asked to self- quarantine in their villa for 14 nights, or until they test negative. If a visitor’s condition worsens and they require medical assistance, 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 test negative again.

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