St. Barth & Covid-19

Last updated 04-9-21

A local vaccination campaign is underway, targeting to open the borders to tourism as soon as possible. Guests interested to reserve a stay in the coming weeks, should contact us to discuss the options for entry.  Submit your inquiry here or call us at +1-508-528-7727 to speak with a specialist.

On March 29, after lengthy negotiations with France, local authorities shared an outline to increase efforts for vaccinating the majority of the St. Barth Residents in mid April, targeting a re-opening of the borders as soon as possible.  As the situation gains clarity, we will post additional updates as soon as they are announced. For our clients with reservations that may be affected, your St. Barth Specialist will be in direct contact to discuss options for rescheduling your stay.

EFFECTIVE FEBRUARY 3, 2021: France announced (on January 31, 2021) a border closure for their country which unfortunately did not omit its overseas territories.  Under this order travel to France and its overseas territories is currently limited to those with “compelling reasons” (Medical, Professional, and Family).  The local St. Barth government worked diligently in negotiating with France.  Unfortunately, France has been very slow to react.

February 19, 2021 People in the tourism industry -hotels, villas rentals, taxi, restaurants, etc.- stand in front of the Collectivité in support of its meeting to reopen the borders as soon as possible. Photo courtesy of Jeanne Le Menn.

Locally in St. Barth, life is normal. Restaurants, boutiques, and businesses, including our St. Barth Properties Sotheby’s International Realty offices, are open. The beaches are available for all to enjoy, and our clients on island are extending their stays.  For this reason, we are hopeful these measures will be temporary.

Prior to the above measures being put in place, the below was the protocol for entry to St. Barth up to February 2, 2021.  We will continue to update this page as updates are announced.

The following is provided for informational purposes only and is based upon information that has been made available to St. Barth Properties.  The Covid-19 situation is fluid and may vary by State and Country.  It is the responsibility of each traveler to confirm individual requirements that may be pertinent to them. 

We are happy to share that St. Barth officially reopened to tourists on June 22, 2020. We are thankful to the local authorities who took swift action in March to put safety measures in place to ensure the future of St. Barth remains bright.

To reserve your stay please submit your inquiry here or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. call 1-800-421-3396 or +1-508-528-7727.  A St. Barth Specialist will get back to you immediately.

Current St. Barth requirements for entry

 

St. Barth (SBH) arrival: Visitors (age 10+) are required to show a negative Covid-19 PCR test. The date the test was administered must be within 72 hours (3 days) of their arrival. (Antigen tests are not accepted to enter St. Barth).

While you are in St. Barth. In response to the Covid-19 restriction measures published in France on January 16, visitors to St. Barth will be asked to make certain efforts to reduce exposure and the potential spread of Covid-19.  The common goal is to keep St. Barth a safe place for all to enjoy going forward.

Prior to boarding either your flight or ferry to St. Barths, you will be asked to acknowledge you agree to take the following actions during your stay:

  1. Prophylactic measures (*Prophylactic is defined as "intended to prevent disease") to protect the community by not frequenting enclosed or potentially crowded areas for the first 7 days they are on the island. Particular examples are restaurants, bars, boutiques, churches, or any place where social distancing can not be achieved.
  2. Visitors staying longer than 7 days on the island are asked to get a PCR Covid-19 test in St. Barth on Day 8 of their stay.

During your vacation, you will have unrestricted access to all public spaces, including the beautiful beaches.   Grocery stores are open, fully stocked, and accessible to all.  Food delivery from several restaurants can be arranged via DeliFoodSBH and our Concierge team remains available to assist, including arranging in-villa Private Chef services.

St. Barth (SBH) departure (USA Citizens): Effective January 26, 2021, all travelers (age 2+) RETURNING to the UNITED STATES from an international destination will be required to show a negative Viral Covid-19 test (PCR or Antigen) and fill out a passenger disclosure and attestation form provided by the CDC (your airline should provide this or download form here) in order to board your flight.  Read the CDC announcement hereView location of testing centers in St. Barth here.

What is the testing protocol for connecting airports to St. Barth?
  • San Juan (SJU) airport.
    • In Transit passengers: Travelers who are in transit to St. Barth are exempt from testing requirements and pre-arrival declaration forms for Puerto Rico itself but in order to continue to St. Barth, all travelers (age 10+) are required to show a negative Covid-19 PCR test. The date the test was administered must be within 72 hours (3 days) of their arrival in St. Barth. Those who have been in San Juan for less than 24 hours are exempt from quarantine requirements that several US states may have on your return.  Tradewind Aviation offers daily flights to St. Barth.  Private charters are also available.  Clients of St. Barth Properties should contact our Concierge team to reserve your Tradewind flight.
    • Non In Transit passengers: Travelers who intend to stay in Puerto Rico for more than 24 hours must show a negative PCR Covid-19 test (this is the molecular-based nasal swab test) where the date the test was administered is dated within 72 hours of their arrival. For those planning to overnight in San Juan, a pre-arrival travel declaration must also be filled out by all arriving.   View full San Juan travel requirements here
  • St. Maarten Princess Juliana (SXM) airport. View St. Maarten travel updates here.
    • In Transit passengers: Travelers (age 10+) are 1) Required to show a negative Covid-19 PCR test. The date the test was administered must be within 72 hours (3 days) of their arrival in St. Barth. 2) have completed a pre-arrival travel declaration form, including uploading your negative result (IMPORTANT: IN ORDER TO BOARD YOUR FLIGHT TO ST. MAARTEN) you will be asked to show the airline you have received back the acceptance of this form from the St. Maarten authorities. The form is required in both directions for all passing through St. Maarten but on your return, you do not need to upload a test result. (fill out online here).  Connecting flights to St. Barth are available via Windward Island Airways and St. Barth Commuter. Private charters are also available. Ferry services between St. Maarten & St. Barth are running. Schedule and operation status subject to change, please visit The Voyageur and Great Bay Express websites to check schedules.
    • Non In Transit passengers: For those staying in St. Maarten, you may review the specific protocols on their website here.
  • Antigua (ANU) airport is open: ARRIVAL: Travelers must show a negative PCR Covid-19 test where the date the test was administered is dated within 72 hours of their arrival.

Helpful resources to locate testing centers near you.

Rapid test for travel - Find testing sites

US Dept. of Health & Human Services - Find testing sites

The Covid Consultants - At home, PCR test kits and 24 hr turn around

Testing while in St. Barth

View locations and costs for available testing centers in St. Barth here.

FAQ:

Are there active cases of Covid-19 on St. Barth?

Yes.  The situation is monitored very closely and strong protocols remain in place to control the possibility of new cases entering the island or spreading locally.  Updates are published on the Préfet de Saint-Barthélemy et de Saint-Martin Facebook page here.

Are restaurants, boutiques, and businesses open?

Yes. Restaurants are promoting social distancing and may limit the number of persons allowed at each table. Masks are required when not seated at your table.

Are masks required?

Yes. In accordance with announcements made by Emmanuel Macron, the President of France, a mask is encouraged when social distancing is not possible and is required on busy streets and when entering indoor establishments such as shops, grocery stores, banks etc.  For restaurants, guests may remove them while seated at their table and are asked to keep them on when entering or moving about.

Are beaches open?

Yes. All beaches are open with no restrictions.  Masks are NOT required on beaches.  Social distancing is encouraged.

 
St. Barth Properties looks forward to welcoming you back for your Dream Vacation. See you soon.

"Savaku" stands strong in St. Barth. Who is Savaku? A freelance graphic designer in Paris, 27 year-old Guillaume Blanchard is the creator of “Savaku” the Arawak spirit representing the forces of nature. Savaku evokes the soul of St Barth, a metaphor for the island as envisioned by the artist. An Arawak Indian is standing on a rock, which seen from above is in the shape of the island. In his right hand he has a spear to defend his land, and he is blowing in a conch shell, which represents the cry of nature, a nature perhaps too often abused. He is accompanied by an iguana, which evokes the earth, wisdom, and patience. A pelican represents the official symbol of the island as well as air and the sea, which provides sustenance, as the people of St Barth have been fishermen since the earliest days of the island. For Guillaume, “the stance of this simply dressed warrior shows that he is proud of his island, as meager and difficult as it was then."