Traveling to St Barts – Is St Barts Open Now?

June, 2021 Update – St Barts is open for tourism.

Wondering when St Barts will reopen its borders to US residents? The good news is that effective June 9 St Barts will reopen its borders to those who have proof of vaccination, who live in the US, and most other countries in North America, Central America and Europe.

June 21 update – What’s required to enter St Barts?

Here are the requirements for travel to St Barts, effective June 21.

‘1. Proof of vaccination. All travelers aged 18 and older will need to provide proof that they have been fully or partially vaccinated.  Travelers should send proof of vaccination to their villa rental agency or hotel prior when making their reservation. Travelers may also be asked to show proof of vaccination when checking in, and again when arriving.

2. Negative PCR test. All travelers aged 10 and older will need to provide proof of a negative Covid 19 PCR test taken no more than 3 full days prior to arrival. For example, if you are scheduled to arrive on Saturday afternoon, then plan to schedule your PCR test for the Wednesday morning prior to that. Travelers will need to show proof of a negative result when checking in for their flights.

Alternatively, travelers can take a Covid-19 rapid antigen test no more than two full days prior to arrival.

3. Entry conditions for travelers who are NOT vaccinated.  As of June 21, travelers who are not vaccinated can enter St Barts if they meet two requirements

A. Provide proof of a negative PCR test

B. Agree to self-isolate for 7 days, which involves staying out of public places such as restaurants and boutiques. These travelers may go to beaches, and may walk around Gustavia if they agree to wear a mask.

4. Pre-registration for authorization to enter St Martin. If you are traveling to St. Barths through St Martin, even if you are not spending a night in St Martin, travelers will need to pre-register to enter St Martin airport. The online form is called EHAS  (Electronic Health Authorization System). To complete it you will need the results of your PCR test (or antigen test). There is a $30 fee associated with this which covers mandatory travel insurance.  EHAS 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.


Please note: When returning home via St Martin you will also be required to submit a request via EHAS to enter St Martin, although no additional testing is required.

See official letter about the June 9 reopening from the Comite du Tourisme de Saint Barthelemy.

French Government Classification of Health Risk Map  – Residents from the countries in red are prohibited from entering St Barts at this time. We anticipate that these travel restrictions will ease as the new case counts decline in the affected countries.

 

Ready to Start Planning Your Trip to 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, making restaurant reservations and so much more. Call 1-401-849-8012, email: info@wimco.com, or use our general inquiry form.

 

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

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

 

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,   All people entering the U.S. from a foreign country are required to get a viral test (a PCR or Antigen test ) within the 3 days before their flight to the U.S. departs.

Airlines will ask passengers to show their test result or to fill out this Covid test attestation form to confirm the negative test result for all passengers before they board. If a passenger does not have proof of a negative test then thus must 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 must deny boarding to any passenger that does not produce a test result or letter.

In St Barts, you can get a rapid antigen at the Red Cross testing station in St. Jean, in the parking lot parallel to the end of the airport runway, near the cemetery. There are no appointments, just walk up. Your WIMCO concierge can tell you what the hours of operation are.

June 2021 – St Jean Red Cross Covid 19 hours of operation

8 am to 3pm on weekdays

8am to noon on Saturdays

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 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).

May 19, 2021 Update – Is St Barts Open Now?

The short answer is “Yes”, depending on where you live and if you meet specific requirements.

On May 19, the Collectivite of St Barths took the first step in officially re-opening its borders to tourism. In part one of the re-opening, all residents of the EU, plus a list of safe countries* and those transiting through France, are only required to produce a negative COVID-19 PCR test result, from a test taken no more than 3 full days prior to arrival in St. Barths (for example: Get tested on Wednesday morning, arrive in St Barths Saturday afternoon).

Effective June 9, any traveler who has been fully vaccinated will be allowed to enter, and then move freely about the island upon arrival

*Safe countries are: Andorra, Australia, South Korea, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, New Zealand, United Kingdom, San Marino, San Marino Headquarters, Singapore, Switzerland.

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.

Can residents of the US and Canada enter St Barts Now?

 

The short answer is “Yes”, depending on when you want to travel, if you meet specific requirements.

If you are a resident of the US and Canada, while the central government in Paris has not officially reopened French territory to you, the local government of St Barths has created a process for you to request entrance into St Barths.

What’s required?

  • Proof of being vaccinated (CDC card showing at least one shot)
  • A negative COVID-19 PCR test result, from a test taken no more than 3 full days prior to arrival in St. Barts (for example: Get tested on Wednesday morning, arrive in St Barths Saturday afternoon). This applies to all travelers 10 years old and older.

 

The catch is that for all travelers not living in the EU, there are additional steps.

You need to send your proof of vaccination (CDC card) to your villa rental agency, or hotel front desk, and they will then submit a petition for entry. The review process usually takes less than 24 hours. If traveling through St Martin, you will also be required to upload this information, along with PCR test results, into an online portal (see details below)

If you live outside of the EU and are put off by all these special requirements, help is on the way. President Macron of France stated that effective June 9, any traveler with proof of being fully vaccinated will be allowed to enter France, and its overseas territories like St Barths, and move freely about the island upon arrival.

 

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.

 

Where Can I Get a PCR Test?

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.

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

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

 

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 for test site locations

 

When Connecting to St Barts via St Martin, One Extra Step is Required.

If you are traveling to St. Barths through St Martin, even if you are not spending a night there, you will need to pre-register to enter St Martin. The online form is called EHAS  (Electronic Health Authorization System). To complete it you will need the results of your PCR test.

Please note: you will also be required to submit a request via EHAS 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.

 

Staying in St Barths for more than a week?

If you are staying on St Barths longer than 7 days,the local authorities advise you 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 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-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 COVID-19 protections are in place on St Barts?

  • Local health authorities provided guidance to restaurants to provide a safe dining environment. Steps include capping table sizes at 6 persons, and spacing 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. 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 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 Coronavirus travel restrictions, please see this related article:

Caribbean Island Travel – Where Can I Go Now?

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