TRAVEL INFORMATION – ST BARTS ISLAND

Last up date on February 2sd, 2021

 

 

As the world is facing the resurgence of the Coronavirus, St. Barts is accounting for some cases but is thankfully not enduring any epidemic. We have managed to keep it at bay, the situation is well managed and under control.

However, independently of the will of our local authorities to keep St. Barts open, the French Government has just decided to put in place new preventive measures against COVID-19 “variants”.

This means, from February 3rd, 2021 no visitors will be allowed to travel to St. Barts or any other French overseas territories until further notice.

St Barts authorities are right now negotiating with the French government to ease the entry restrictions and find an alternative solution. Our aim is to reopen the island’s borders as soon as possible.

We will update you on the unfolding situation regularly.

Nils DUFAU

President of the Tourism Board

 


 

Following the measures of January 26 taken by Sint-Maarten, travelers from Brazil and the United Kingdom are no longer allowed to transit through Juliana to get to StBarth.

 


 

 

Safety Covid-19 updated release

22 January 2021

Since beginning of January 2021, the world is witnessing the resurgence of the pandemic. While St. Barts has been largely preserved since the start of the crisis that arose last year, we strive to keep it this way. That’s why we are presently enforcing our vigilance to keep our island as safe as possible for our visitors and residents. Our intent is to continue implementing pragmatic preventive measures to keep Covid-19 at bay while at the same time maintaining the economy of our island open. Our hotels & villas, restaurants, shops, leisure activities, sports and wellness services, beaches… have all remained opened since June 2020. St. Barts will continue to be a safe haven as long as our traveling visitors and residents alike adhere to the same common-sense moral commitment:

Anyone arriving to St. Barts will be asked to follow this ethical engagement to self-isolate from persons outside of its known inner-circle for a period of 7 days. During that time, you will be able to visit our dreamlike beaches, take some well-deserved R&R under our sunny weather, or simply just take a walk or go for a swim.

Additionally, all travelers shall be
• Required to produce a negative RT-PCR test of less than 72h, including children over 11 years old
• Required to test again on the 7th day

Antigen test and rapid test are NO MORE ACCEPTED to enter to St Barthélemy.

The wide range of villas and hotels available on the island will offer and assist you all needed services you wish for.

We are looking forward welcoming you.
St Barts – The art of being an island.

 

 


 

  • Travelers in transit via Juliana airport in Sint-Maarten or on the island Sint-Maarten <-> Saint Martin must have completed online the EHAS form before travelling. Without they will not be able to transit (on the way in and out St Barth)! https://stmaartenehas.com/application-form/   

 

 


 

 

  • From January 17, 2021, passengers departing or arriving from Metropolitan France territory & Guadeloupe have to follow new restrictions. Please visit the french side on our website for all details.

 

 


The Red Cross screening center in Saint Jean will now perform all samples for PCR testing

 

As of this Thursday, January 21, all persons needing a PCR test in Saint-Barthélemy (symptomatic persons, contact cases, travelers) will have to go to the Red Cross screening center in Saint-Jean.

The Biopôle laboratory in Gustavia will no longer take samples.

Currently, due to the high demand following the recent national measures, the delay to obtain the results of the PCR test is estimated at 48 hours. The results will be sent by e-mail directly. It is imperative for travelers to take these timeframes into account before departure.

Antigen test results will be delivered within 1 hour on site or by e-mail.

The opening hours of the Red Cross screening center in St-Jean remain unchanged: Monday to Friday from 8am to 3pm and Saturday from 8am to 12pm. The center is closed on Sundays and bank holidays.

However, it is requested to arrive on site no later than 2:30 pm on weekdays, and no later than 11:30 am on Saturdays (10 am for PCR on Saturdays).  After this time, samples will no longer be accepted.

In order to register, you must have your passport. People with French social insurance are invited to present their “carte vitale” or their insurance certificate.

There will be a fee for all persons who do not have a Carte Vitale when realizing the PCR test.

The Collectivité, the ARS and the Red Cross thank you for your patience and hope that this new organization will help to ease the demand while relieving the burden on the Biopôle laboratory in Gustavia and its medical staff.

 

 


 

NOTICE:

Effective January 26, 2021, all air passengers arriving in the U.S. from a foreign country, regardless of vaccination status, are required to get tested within 72 hours of their flight departure. Travelers are required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 to the airline before boarding the flight.

This order was issued by the CDC on January 12, 2021. It applies to all air passengers traveling into the U.S., including U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents.

Travelers must be tested no more than three days before the departure of their inbound US flight.

For more information on the CDC Order please call the CDC hotline at 800-232-4636.

TEST REQUIREMENTS:

  • Travelers must be tested with a viral test (NAAT or antigen test) to determine if they are currently infected with COVID-19.
  • Travelers must receive negative results and present verifiable documentation (paper or electronic copy) to board their flight.
  • All air passengers, regardless of vaccination status, are required to provide a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery.
  • In addition to this test, passengers 2 years of age and older, must complete a Health Attestation document

DOCUMENTATION OF RECOVERY:

  • If a traveler has had a positive viral test in the past three months and has met the criteria to end isolation, they may travel with documentation of the positive viral test results and a letter from a healthcare provider or public health official that states they have been cleared for travel.

VERIFIABLE TEST RESULT:

  • Test results must be in the form of written documentation (paper or electronic copy) of a laboratory test result.
  • Testing must be performed using a viral test (NAAT or antigen).
  • Test result must include personal identification information, specimen collection date and the type of test.

UPON ARRIVAL TO U.S.:

  • CDC recommends travelers get tested three-five days after travel and stay home or self-quarantine for seven days after travel.
  • If a traveler tests negative upon return, guidance recommends staying home for seven days.
  • If a traveler does not get tested, guidance recommends staying home for 10 days.
  • Recommendations or requirements related to travel vary by destination. Please review state and local guidance related to travel.

 

NEW YORK (full description here https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-travel-advisory):

  • Mandatory Traveler Health Form upon arrival in New York – travelers who leave the airport without completing the form are subject to a fine.
  • Mandatory 10-day quarantine for out-of-state travelers. Exemptions apply for essential workers.
    • Travelers from a noncontiguous state, US territory or CDC level 2 or higher travel health advisory can “test out” of the quarantine.
      • Test Out Requirements:
        • Must obtain a negative COVID test (any type) within three days of departure, prior to arrival in New York.
        • Upon arrival in New York, must quarantine for three days.
        • On day 4 of quarantine, the traveler must obtain another COVID test (any type) with negative results, if both tests come back negative, the traveler may exit quarantine early
        • Travelers are not required to personally submit test results to the State of New York, however individual airlines may have other requirements.
      • NOTES
        • Quarantine requirements do not apply to travelers who had a layover in an affected state or country.
        • Failure to comply with mandates may result in a civil penalty/fine.
        • New York Department of Health confirmed any available COVID-19 test is acceptable for “test out” requirements.

 

NEW JERSEY (full description here https://covid19.nj.gov/faqs/nj-information/travel-and-transportation/which-states-are-on-the-travel-advisory-list-are-there-travel-restrictions-to-or-from-new-jersey#direct-link):

  • Travelers and residents returning from any U.S. state or territory beyond the immediate region (New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Delaware) should self-quarantine at their home, hotel, or other temporary lodging following recommendations from the CDC:
  • If travel is unavoidable, travelers should consider getting tested with a viral test (not an antibody test) 1-3 days before the trip and again 3-5 days after the trip.
  • If travelers test positive, they should self-isolate for at least 10 days and should postpone travel during that time.
  • If travelers test negative, they should quarantine for a full 7 days after travel.
  • If testing is not available (or if the results are delayed), travelers should quarantine for 10 days after travel.
  • New Jersey requests that anyone who travels to New Jersey from a state/territory outside the immediate region (New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Delaware) complete a voluntary online surveyto provide information about where they are traveling from and their destination.

 

CONNECTICUT (full description here https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/travel):

  • Mandatory Traveler Health Form upon arrival in Connecticut – travelers who fail to complete the form are subject to a fine.
  • Mandatory 10-day quarantine for:
    • Anyone traveling into Connecticut from a state or territory, other than New York, New Jersey, or Rhode Island, or from a country other than the United States.
  • International travelers must follow CDC recommendations for returning to the United States, for St. Barts, this means:
    • Obtain a viral test 1-3 days prior to returning to the U.S.
    • Upon return to the U.S., get tested within 3-5 days AND self-quarantine for 7 days after travel.
  • Travelers can “test out” of the quarantine.
    • Test Out Requirements:
      • Must obtain a negative COVID test (RT-PCR) within 72 hours of departure, prior to arrival in Connecticut and submit written proof to the Commissioner of Public Health via email to COVID-Travel@ct.gov.
      • If the test was obtained in the 72 hours and has not yet received results, they must quarantine until a negative result is submitted to the Commissioner.
    • NOTES
      • Quarantine requirements do not apply to travelers who had a layover in an affected state or country.
      • Failure to comply with mandates may result in a civil penalty/fine.

 

MASSACHUSETTS (full description here https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-travel-order):

  • Mandatory Traveler Health Form upon arrival in Massachusetts, unless traveling from a lower-risk state designated by the Department of Public Health.
  • Mandatory 10-day quarantine or Negative COVID-19 test (PCR) result that was administered within 72 hours of arrival in Massachusetts.
    • If COVID-19 test results has not been received prior to arrival, visitors and residents must quarantine until they receive a negative test result.
    • Travelers are not required to personally submit test results to the State of Massachusetts, but they must be able to present results upon request.
    • Individual airlines may have other requirements.
  • NOTES
    • Failure to comply with mandates may result in a civil penalty/fine.

 

 


 

These instructions and protocols, which we provide to you for your information, are subject to change at any time. We do everything we can to keep them up to date. However, we recommend that you contact your airline before your trip to make sure they are still current. The hotel can not be responsible for any problems getting to our island.

 

 

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.