TRAVEL INFORMATION – ST BARTS ISLAND

Covid 19: Reminders of protocols and instructions 

Following publication of law # 2020-856 dated July 9, 2020 in the Official Journal, organizing the end of the health emergency state, the Collectivity of Saint-Barthélemy wishes to issue several reminders and updates on the instructions and protocols applicable to travelers to or from the island.

1) Travelers from a State outside the Schengen area must have a negative PCR test carried out 72 hours (maximum) before their flight to enter the territory of Saint-Barthélemy. This obligation has been applicable since Friday July 10, 2020.

2) Travelers from Metropolitan France or from a State belonging to the Schengen area, via Guadeloupe, must either present a negative PCR test carried out 72 hours before their flight . The Collectivity stresses that the law dated July 9, 2020 authorizes the Government to make compulsory by decree the presentation of a test carried out within 72 hours before travelling from Metropolitan France to Saint-Barthélemy, via Guadeloupe, boarding being refused if the test is not presented.

3) Travelers from Metropolitan France, via Juliana Airport to Sint-Maarten, must present a negative PCR test carried out within 72 hours before travelling to be able to transit through Sint-Maarten.

4) No negative PCR test is required from travelers departing from Saint-Barthélemy to Metropolitan France or the Schengen area. This test exemption applies both to travelers passing through Juliana and Pointe-à-Pitre.

5) The health protocol requires that each traveler arriving in Saint-Barthélemy, whatever their origin, (except for travelers coming from Martinique, Guadeloupe, Saint-Martin and Sint-Maarten – the inter-island « Green zone » – who are still exempt from the tests before departure, on arrival or at D+7) carry out a PCR test 7 days after their arrival on the island. This second test is essential to guarantee the health of your family and friends and the health security of the island.

6) Children under the age of 11 are exempt from the test requirement.

7) Finally, let’s continue to comply with protective measures and social distancing. This remains the best possible protection.

President of the Territorial Council

(information up dated on Oct.26th, 2020)

Find out all the Travel Information you need to know about St Barts island here.

Getting to Saint Barthélemy Newcomers as well as seasoned visitors will always remember their first arrival in St Barts island, as every arrival on the island has an air of adventure about it. From days of yore when sailors arrived on merchant ships or large schooners, when maritime ferries and private mega yachts dock in Gustavia, or by way of the spectacular landing over the Col de la Tourmente onto the once grass-covered runway, the memories of that first sighting of the island unforgettable.

Where is St Barts - flying to St Barts aiport

GETTING TO ST BARTS ISLAND – TRAVEL INFORMATION

Being a tiny island, St Barts Island cannot afford space for airplanes with more than 20-seats. So, the popular way to get there is to fly by big jets to St. Maarten’s Princess Juliana International Airport. After that, travelers can either take a one-hour ferry service or a 10-minute connecting flight from St. Maarten to St. Barts. Le Raizet Airport in Pointe-à-Pitre Guadeloupe and Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport in San Juan Puerto Rico also offer flights to Saint-Barthélemy.

ARRIVING BY PLANE

Connection via St Maarten

The main way to travel to St Barts  island from the United States and Europe is by a connecting flight through nearby St. Maarten via Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM). The 12-minute connecting flight arrives into St. Barth’s Remy de Haenen Airport (SBH), which is located a short 10-minute drive away from the hotel.

United Airlines, Air France, KLM, Air Caraibes, Corsair and Copa Airlines have affiliations with Winair and St Barth Commuter (the local airlines offering the connection between St. Maarten and St. Barth), allowing baggage to be checked through to St. Barth. Upon arrival into St. Maarten, you can proceed directly to the Transfer Information Desk prior to Immigration where local airline representatives will advise you on how to proceed.

For those traveling into St. Maarten on a non-affiliated carrier such as American Airlines, US Airways, Jet Blue, Air Canada or West Jet. A transfer agent will greet you on arrival at the Transfer Information Desk, accompany you through Immigration, collect your baggage for transfer to the inter-island carrier and escort you to the departure lounge.

Winair and St Barth Commuter offer scheduled inter-island flights into St. Barth. The flight duration is approximately 15 minutes. The airport in St. Barth operates from 7 a.m. to sunset.

Connecting via San Juan, Puerto Rico

San Juan International Airport (SJU) offers daily non-stop service to/from New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Boston, Miami, Philadelphia, Charlotte, Houston, Dallas, Toronto, Baltimore, Hartford, Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Washington DC (Reagan and Dulles), Caracas and Panama City.

Carriers include Copa Airlines, Avianca and a number of U.S.-based airlines.

Tradewind Aviation offers scheduled service and private charters from San Juan into St. Barth in modern, turbo-powered Pilatus PC-12 and Cessna Grand Caravan aircrafts. The dual-piloted planes offer air-conditioning and complimentary snack and beverage service. This connection allows for seamless transfer without double processing through customs.

Connecting via Antigua

British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and a number of U.S.-based airlines offer regularly scheduled flights into Antigua’s V. C. Bird International Airport (ANU).

Tradewind Aviation and St Barth Commuter offer scheduled service and private charters from Antigua. Tradewind Aviation’s scheduled flights run from Oct. 15-Apr 10. St Barth Commuter’s scheduled flights operate from Dec. 1-Apr. 30.

Connecting via St Thomas

Tradewind Aviation offers scheduled service and private charters from St. Thomas.

AIRLINES TO ST BARTH
Air Antilles
, St Barth Commuter, Tradewind Aviation, Winair, Windward Express

CUSTOMS / IMMIGRATION

Citizens of the European Union must have valid passports. Citizens of the United States and Canada must have a valid passport as well as a return ticket or proof of continuation of travel. The passport must be valid for more than three months from the date of entry to Saint Barth. No other visa or paperwork is necessary for a stay of less than or equal to 90 days. Citizens of other countries, except Brazil, must have a valid passport and a tourist visa provided by the French Embassy or Consulateclosest to their home.

ARRIVING BY BOAT

This is the most traditional way to reach St Barts Island. Upon your arrival in Saint-Martin (French side), Sint-Maarten (Dutch side) or Anguilla, multiple boat chartering services are available along with scheduled ferries.

Via Voyager Ferry: from Marigot to St. Barth (1h15).

Via Great Bay Express: from Philipsburg (Bobby’s Marina 1h) to Gustavia, St. Barth. Shuttle service available from Juliana Airport.

Via private boat: 45 minutes in duration; few luxury boats are available.
Marterski pilou and Jicky Marine.

GETTING AROUND ST BARTS ISLAND

With the mountainous terrain of the island, it is important to have the proper means of transportation. Available to rent by the hour, day, or week: taxis, scooters, quads, 4-wheel drive vehicles, electric cars, and luxury SUVs and convertibles.

Travel Information provided by St Barth Tourisme Office.
Please visit SaintBarth-Tourisme.com for more information.