Traveling to St Barts – What Covid-19 Testing is Required to Enter?

The content on this page is provided for informational purposes only. It is sourced from official government press releases and updates made available to WIMCO’s St Barths office. The island’s regulations governing tourism during the COVID-19 era is fluid. It is the responsibility of each traveler to confirm the requirements that apply to their travel dates and individual situations.

April 9 update:

The government of St Barts announced a plan to vaccinate residents of St Barts, so the island could be re-opened to tourism. Starting April 19, residents can go to the soccer stadium in St Jean and get vaccinated without an appointment. Once a majority of the local population is vaccinated, the island’s government will petition the regional French authorities to re-open the borders to tourism. This re-opening is expected sometime between May 15-June 15, 2021.

If you have proof of being fully vaccinated, contact your WIMCO villa specialist to discuss entry options.

 

Traveling to St. Barths today? What’s required to enter:

All inbound visitors to St. Barths are required to present a negative COVID-19 rt-PCR test result, from a test taken within 3 days prior to arrival in St. Barths.  Children age 10 or younger are exempt from this requirement. Please note: Even if you have been vaccinated, you will be still required to get tested in order to enter St. Barths, and to wear a mask in public buildings once there.

Looking for a testing center near you in the U.S.? Here are some helpful links:

Tests for Travelers

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

We recommend using COVID testing centers 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. If you do not live in an area with a medical center that can quickly process test results, you may want to order an at-home test.

Here are three at-home nasal swab testing options:

Let’s Get Checked 

The Covid Consultants  

Empower DX Lab

Please send your test results to WIMCO prior to departing so your reservations agent can confirm to airlines and local authorities that you have met the entry requirements.

 

Effective January 21 –  Travelers are asked not frequent public areas for their first 7 days on the island, in particular restaurants, bars, boutiques, and churches. During this time travelers may shop for groceries, ask their WIMCO concierge to arrange food delivery or pick-up, visit beaches, and walk around town as long as they are wearing a mask and practicing social distancing.

On day 7, travelers are asked to get a COVID-19 test if staying longer than a week. If this test is negative, travelers are free to enter restaurants, bars, boutiques, churches, and all other public spaces. 

See map with COVID test center sites

 

Travel Insurance Options

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.

 

What Tests Are Required When Returning to the US?

Effective January 26, 2021, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expanding the requirement for a negative COVID-19 test to ALL air passengers entering the United States. Read full CDC guidelines.

All people entering the U.S. from a foreign country are required to get a viral test (a PCR or Antigen test for current infection) within the 3 days before their flight to the U.S. departs, and provide written documentation of their laboratory test result (paper or electronic copy) to the airline or provide documentation of having recovered from COVID-19. Passengers should download and complete the CDC test attestation form prior to boarding.

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).

Airlines will ask passengers to fill out this Covid test attestation form to confirm the negative test result for all passengers or documentation of recovery before they board. If a passenger does not have proof of a negative test or recovery, or chooses not to take a test, the airline must deny boarding to the passenger.   See St. Barths COVID-19 test center map.

 

Connecting to St. Barths through St Martin (SXM)? 

If you are traveling to St. Barths through St Martin, you will also need to fill out a travel entry request form for St Martin, and submit it prior to travel, along with your COVID-19 test result information.  St Martin requires that everyone filling out an entry request form purchase a $30 medical insurance policy, however, this is NOT required if you are not spending the night in St Martin. If flying to St Martin, you will need to fill out the St Martin travel application form.

Please note: you will also be required to submit a request to enter St Martin on your returning flight, although no additional testing is required.

St Martin will accept COVID-19 PCR tests, and if your end destination is St Barths, that test needs to have been taken within the last 3 full days prior to arrival.

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.

 

Connecting to St. Barths through San Juan (SJU)?

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. 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.

 

Staying in St Barths for more than a week?

If you are staying on St Barths longer than 7 days, you are required to be tested on-island on day 7 using a rapid antigen test. This test is available at the Red Cross mobile drive-up testing center located in a parking lot in St Jean (near the soccer stadium, across the street from the pedestrian walkway to St Jean beach). Alternatively, the testing can be scheduled in your villa at a cost of 100 euros per person. Your WIMCO concierge in St Barths can assist in scheduling this in-villa test.

See St. Barths COVID-19 test center map.

 

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

If at any time a visitor gets a positive test result while on St Barths, 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 plane needs to be chartered by someone in the clients’ traveling party, at their expense, which ranges from 1,500 to 2,000 euros. WIMCO’s concierge department or the concierge desk of any hotel can arrange the 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 plane 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 COVID-19 protections are in place on-island?

  • On October 17, the local health authorities required restaurants to cap table sizes at 6 persons, and to space tables 3-4 meters apart.
  • By French government decree, masks must be worn in all public places. See full details on the St. Barths COVID-19 travel page.

 

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. Barths?

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 Barths?

Yes, as of June 22 you can reserve a stay in most 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 will be open this season. We welcome you to drop in to say hello!

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

St Barths Regattas in 2021

The organizers of the St Barth Bucket Regatta and the Les Voiles de St Barth regatta have both announced that these regattas will not be held in 2021 due to the concerns about keeping crew safe during the coronavirus pandemic. The events are scheduled to return to St Barths in 2022.

St. Barths Hotel re-opening news:

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.

Les Islets de la Plage: re-opened in June

Pearl Beach hotel: reopened in June

Baie des Anges:  re-opened in June

Manapany: re-opened in July

Carl Gustaf : re-opened in October

Eden Rock: re-opened in October

Le Barthélemy: re-opened in October

Hotel Cheval Blanc: re-opened in October

Le Toiny:  re-opened in November

Villa Marie: re-opened in November

Hotel Christopher:  re-opened in November

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:

Caribbean Island Travel – Where Can I Go Now?

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