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Covid 19 Updates: what impact on your holiday in St Barts?

Posted by Olivia on Aug 2, 2021 9:15:00 AM

In St Barth Infos, Informations

The following article is for informational purposes only. The situation is changing quickly and may vary depending of your location in the world. We strongly recommend that you check the requirements that will apply to you and your journey. 

Measures to know for your trip to St Barths

August 2nd update: All non-vaccinated travelers have to justify a compelling reason to enter St Barth. No change for vaccinated visitors. 

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Entry requirements for St Barths differ depending on the classification of your country of origin. The following requirements apply to travelers 11 years of age or older.

You are arriving from a foreign country:

- Your country of origin is classified as "green" (European Area, USA, Canada, Albania, Australia, Bahrain, Bosnia, Brunei, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kosovo, Lebanon, North Macedonia, Montenegro, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Ukraine, the Union of the Comoros and Vanuatu):
If you are vaccinated you must perform a PCR test less than 72 hours or an antigen test less than 48 hours before boarding.
If you are not vaccinated, you need to have a compelling reason and you must perform a PCR test less than 72 hours or an antigen test less than 48 hours before boarding and perform a 7-day isolation measure upon arrival with a PCR test at the end of this period.


- Your country is classified as "orange" (all countries except green and red countries):
If you are vaccinated you must perform a PCR test less than 72 hours old or an antigen test less than 48 hours old before boarding
If you are not vaccinated, you need to have a compelling reason and you must perform a PCR test less than 72 hours or an antigen test less than 48 hours before boarding and perform a 7-day isolation measure upon arrival with a PCR test at the end of this period.


- Your country is classified as "red" (Afghanistan, Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Democratic Republic of Congo, Indonesia, Maldives, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Russia, Seychelles, South Africa, Suriname and Tunisia):
In all cases you must have a compelling reason for travel and provide a PCR test less than 72 hours old or an antigen test less than 48 hours old prior to boarding.
If you are not vaccinated, you will also have to undergo a 7-day isolation measure upon arrival with a PCR test at the end of this period. 


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Current Situation and Measures in Place in St Barth

  • August 2nd update: Clubs are now closed, no dancing in bars / restaurants and no alcohol sold as take away after 6 pm.  
  • St Barth bars, restaurants, and shops are to close at midnight.
  • Face masks need to be worn in all indoor public areas including establishments such as shops, grocery stores, banks. Mask wearing is also required on the busiest streets.
  • Social distancing measures are required.
  • It is forbidden to gather in groups of more than 6 people in public areas.
  • The two-meter distance per person rule applies to establishments that receive visitors.
  • In restaurants, the allowed number of people per table is 6. If you are visiting a restaurant in a group of more than 6 people, you will be seated at different tables. Mask-wearing is compulsory for all staff members, while customers circulating in restaurants also need to wear masks. Guests may remove their masks while seated at their table. Take-out service continues in many restaurants.
  • Pharmacies, grocery shops, government offices, banks, and other services are open to the public.
  • All beaches on the island are all open with no restrictions. Masks are not required on beaches. However, social distancing is encouraged when visiting beaches in St Barth.
St Barts Harbor

Information for passengers in transit to St Barths

We have detailed above the steps to follow to enter St Barths, but if you are transiting through an international airport you will also have to respect the conditions of the airport in question.

Passengers transiting through St Maarten Princess Juliana (SXM):

  • All passengers 10 years of age or older must present a PCR test less than 72 hours old or an antigen test less than 48 hours old prior to departure.
  • A health declaration to be completed at https://stmaartenehas.com/application-form/. It is important to complete this declaration at least 12 hours prior to your departure to St. Marteen in order to board your flight. When you declare for your outbound flight, you will need to upload your scanned test results. You will also need to complete this declaration for your return flight but this time you will not need to upload your test.

Passengers in transit through San Juan (SJU):

  • There are no special measures for passengers in transit (less than 24 hours) to St. Barts via St. Juan. Passengers only need to ensure that they comply with the measures to enter St Barths.

Passengers in transit via Antigua (ANU)

  • All travelers must present a negative PCR test performed within 72 hours of arrival.

Connection by boat from St Martin

  • The Great Bay Express and Voyager ferries operate normally and accept passengers from all over the world.

Important note: Depending on your return destination and travel journey, a PCR or antigen test may also be required by your final destination.

Passengers returning to the United States

The United States requires a proof of Negative Covid-19 test or recovery from Covid-19 for all passengers arriving in the United States from a foreign country. This test has to be done no more than 3 days before your flight departure. It's also possible to show proof of having recovered from Covid-19. 

This applies to all air passengers traveling into the US, including US citizens and legal permanent residents. More info on the CDC website

How to do a Covid test in St Barth?

Since January 21st, 2021, all persons needing to perform a PCR test (symptomatic persons, contact cases, travelers) will have to go to the Red Cross screening center in St Jean. 

Testing is available from Monday to Friday from 8 am to 3 pm and on Saturday from 8 am to 12 noon. You will be asked for your passport. 

St Jean testing facilities location:

 

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