Updated Sept 11th 2021
Everything is now open until midnight. No more curfew in place.
The following information is provided as a courtesy update. Please visit official government sites for the latest updates since COVID protocols are subject to change without notice.
Effective June 21, 2021, St Barts is welcoming guests under the following conditions:
European Union, USA and Canadian Travelers (Green Zone)
Travelers from Green Zones (European Union, USA, Canada, Israel, Japan, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand) are permitted to enter. Vaccinated travelers will need to show proof of vaccination (see notes below) and a negative COVID test prior to entry. Acceptable COVID tests are a negative PCR within 72 hours and a negative rapid antigen test within 48 hours of entry. Tests are only required for travelers 11 and older.
If travelers are not vaccinated then a negative COVID test is required for each traveler 11 years or older. Accepted results are a negative PCR or antigenic test taken within 72 hours before the flight. Non-vaccinated travelers are requested to self isolate in their villa for 7 days (Meaning to mainly staying out of public places such as banks shops, bars, nightclubs and inside restaurants. It is possible to go to the beaches, and walk around the harbor / villages wearing a mask.). An additional test after 7 days may be required.
Please note that St Barts COVID entry requirements vary from mainland France requirements.
All Other Destinations
For all other origin destinations please view the following link for St Barts Entry requirements for countries designated as Orange and Red Zone Countries
Official St Barts COVID entry requirements
Approved Vaccination Status
St Barts will consider a traveler vaccinated 14 days after their second shot (Moderna, Pfizer or Astra Zeneca) and 4 weeks after the one shot vaccine (Johnson and Johnson).
Visitors under age 18 are not required to be vaccinated. For visitors under age 10, testing requirements are waived.
2 STEPS FOR ST BARTS ENTRY
1. Proof of vaccination. Official vaccine cards will need to be presented during the reservation process. You may be asked to present the vaccination card when checking in.
2. Negative PCR or Antigenic Test- For all travelers from Green Zone countries, St Barts will accept a negative COVID PCR within 72 hours or rapid antigenic test within 48 hours of the flight. The test result must come from the lab and be typewritten. The result form should specify the name of the laboratory, test subject name, birth date, test date, result, type of test administered and how test was obtained. Doctors notes or emails will not be accepted. A formal lab test document will be required.
TRANSIT VIA ST MARTIN ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Please note that if you are transiting through St Maarten (airport code SXM) you will be required to meet the entry requirements for St Martin (www.stmaartenentry.com) that requires a negative PCR within 72 hours of arrival or negative Rapid Antigen test within 48 hours. The island also requires the purchase of a $30 insurance coverage for each adult (transit passengers are exempted). The cost of children 14 and younger is $10.
*Please note that St Martin protocols may change so please visit the official site for the latest protocols
The population of St Barts has been successfully vaccinated. The beaches, stores and restaurants are open and operating normally.
New Protocol measures may require that guests show proof of vaccination to enter enclosed areas such as restaurants, shops, bars. Limited dining table seating capacity and social distancing still in place. Masks required in closed areas
RETURN TRAVEL TO THE US- ST BARTS TESTING SITES
As of January 26th, the US is requiring inbound travelers to have a negative COVID test (PCR or Rapid Antigen Test) within 3 days before their flight departure to the US. Guests should complete the US COVID Attestation form once they have their test result. Guests can visit the Red Cross testing site for a free antigen tes.
Location: St Jean parking lot (behind cemetary) (via on map)
Cost: Rapid antigen tests are free. 135 euros for PCR
Please bring your passport
Closed Sundays and public holidays
Local pharmacies may offer COVID testing for 50 euros.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the island Fully open ?
Starting August 5th 2021 A curfew is in place between 10pm and 5am. This will be revised on August 19th 2021.
All shops, restaurants, grocery stores are open as usual. Beaches remain totally accessible. Restaurants seat maximum 6 people per table.
If I am coming from an Orange Zone What are the Covid safety requirements for entry to the island?
Proof of full covid-19 Vaccination, and a Covid-negative RT-PCR performed within 72 hours prior to arrival date, or a Covid-19 rapid antigen test taken no more than 48 hours prior to arrival is required to enter St Barts .
The original documents must be presented upon entry to the island, regardless if you have sent it in advance via email.
What if I didn’t get tested or my results didn’t arrive on time?
Anyone who does not present proof of a Covid-negative RT-PCR performed within 72 hours, shall not be allowed entry to St Barts
What if my test results are over 72 hours?
Should your negative RT-PCR test be over 72 hours you shall not be guaranteed access to St Barts
What if we are on the island for a long stay?
If you are staying on the island for a period that exceeds 7 days, at this time a second RT-PCR test is no longer required on day 8 but is strongly recommended and test results will be given within 24 to 48 hours.
Do children need a test?
Children aged 11 years and over are required to present a Covid-negative RT-PCR test or a Covid-19 rapid antigen test taken no more than 48 hours prior to arrival
We are transiting through another island, will they have different requirements?
This varies but presently as follows:
SXM – Princess Juliana airport St Maarten: Airport requires Proof of a Covid-negative RT-PCR test regardless if you are only in Transit
Everyone must complete the SXM health declaration form for pre- approval even if you are going to be in transit: : https://stmaartenehas.com/application-form/.
St Maarten will refuse entry if you have not submitted this (government approved) form and present it upon arrival.
A Face mask is required to be worn in all public areas of the airport at all times. Everybody shall be monitored upon arrival with random testing and temperate checks.
By Ferry / private boat from St Martin French side: Proof of a negative test (per above)
PTP – Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe: You must have proof of a negative test RT-PCR test taken within 3 days prior to travel unless you have been in Guadeloupe for over 14 consecutive days. Please be sure to first check with government authorities that you may enter St Barts when arriving Via Guadeloupe as not all passport holders will be authorized.
How can I get a test on St Barts?
Antigen (and PCR tests) are acceptable for entry to the United States.
We are able to set up private Antigen tests for our villa guests and only by available appointment. For a private Antigen test please contact our guest service department for complete information and pricing.
French Red Cross, St Jean
Offers rapid Antigen tests. Results in 30-40 mins
Walk in tasting available
Get results by email or on-site
PCR tests with results in 48 hours
Walk in testing available
Get results by email
The facility address is:
St Jean Parking Lot (behind the cemetery, across the street from the airport runway)
Monday to Friday: 8 AM to 3 PM (latest sample collect at 2:30 PM)
Saturday: 8 AM to 12 Noon (latest sample collect at 11:30 AM for Antigen tests and 10 AM for PCR tests),
Closed Sunday and public holidays
Note: In order to register, please bring your passport. People under the French Social Insurance are invited to present their "Carte Vitale" or their insurance certificate.
Pharmacy of the Airport
Offers Antigen tests. Results in 30-40 mins
Walk in tasting available
The facility address is:
La Savane Shopping Center,
St. Jean, across from the airport
Phone: +590 (0)5 90 27 66 61
Monday to Saturday: 8 AM to 8 PM,
Sunday and public holidays: 9 AM to 1 PM and 3:30 PM to 7 PM
Private in villa Antigen testing may be set up for our villa guests at a pre-appointed date/time. More information is available via our guest services.
How much does the test cost on island?
The PCR test costs approximately € 135 per person. For French residents it is free of charge with a French social security “Carte Vitale”.
We live on or have been staying in Guadeloupe / St Martin / Martinique do we still need a test before we come?
This is ever changing so please double check with your airline. However if you have been off island within the 14-day period to another territory other than the aforementioned islands, then you would be required to take a test.
What if I’ve already had Covid and have antibodies, do I still need a test before I travel?
Yes, you still need to take the test, as it currently stands there is not enough evidence to confirm that having had Covid and having Covid antibodies protect you from further infection or from spreading the virus, so the island still requires proof of a Covid-negative RT-PCR test performed within 72 hours.
What if I develop Covid symptoms while on island?
If you develop any symptoms including a fever or a new and persistent cough or a loss of taste or smell you must inform us immediately and we will put you in touch with the relevant health professionals. They will issue guidance and you must strictly follow their instructions.
What happens if I test positive on the island?
You and your immediate party will be obliged to self isolate for 14 nights and follow strict instructions as issued by the health professionals and authorities on the island. In the event that the 14 day quarantine is not able to carried out in the your villa, the accommodation center will be offered to you and your travel party at your expense.
When can we leave isolation and will I have to pay for the accommodation to stay on?
The health professionals will advise you when you can safely leave; it is likely to be once you are no longer showing any symptoms and subsequently test negative. You will need to pay for the accommodation and any other costs, so please ensure you accept full responsibility for this before travel and / or have adequate and appropriate travel insurance in place.
Anyone who tests positive will not be allowed to leave the island via charter boat or plane until they test negative.
Is there a hospital on the island if I need it?
Yes, there is a small hospital on St Barts with good doctors, however, facilities are limited and in case of extreme emergency you would be evacuated to St Martin or Guadeloupe.
Do we need to wear a facemask on the island?
A face mask is required to be worn at the airport, in shops, grocery stores, banks and all other enclosed areas. We recommend that you travel with a mask as well as a pocket hand sanitizer. Masks are also available on island at the pharmacies.
Will I need to Quarantine upon my return to my country of Residence ?
You must check all updates with your Government Travel advisory Service.
For More information :
A Government hotline service (French number only) can answer your questions about the Coronavirus COVID-19 non-stop, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week: +33 800 130 000