First and foremost, your safety and well-being are always our top priority in the midst of Covid.19 pandemic. While St. Bart’s is a safe territory we are placing even more of a focus on the details and travel restrictions that matter so you can be at ease when visiting us. We have increased the sanitation and hygiene protocol following the guidelines from CDC, WHO, and St. Bart’s Territory.
You will find here Covid-19 Updates & Travel Restrictions in St Barts
Not only is this move better for the environment and supports our sustainability efforts, but it will also help to avoid unnecessary high-touch surfaces to prevent Covid-19. Our check-in and check-out process will be handled seamlessly electronically, and our food and beverage menus will be available electronically as well.
Need to cancel or postpone your stay to St Barts? No worries. We’ve implemented a very flexible booking policy so you can feel comfortable in your future decisions to stay with us. You may cancel your booking up to 10 days before your arrival date in the summer with zero penalties and rebook all stays up to 12-months after the original travel date.
You will be requested to provide a negative RT-PCR Covid-19 test or antigen test performed within 3 days prior arrival. This test will be required at the boarding gate for your flight to St Barth as well as upon arrival in St. Barths. Then, for stays exceeding 7 days, a second test on the seventh day is mandatory, to be done at St Barth laboratory or directly at the hotel.
If you fly through St Maarten, SXM airport will request a negative RT-PCR Covid-19 test performed within 120 hours prior arrival. Kindly fill out the online health declaration form before your arrival in St Maarten : https://stmaartenehas.com/application-form/ This application form will be requested by St Maarten authorities during your transit.
Kindly note that you will be requested to download your negative RT-PCR test when filling out the form and that the approval by St Maarten authorities can take up to 12 hours after application.
Through San Juan (SJU), travelers who are in transit are exempt from testing requirements in Puerto Rico and 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. Travelers who intend to stay in Puerto Rico for more than 24 hours must show a negative RT-PCR Covid-19 test where the date the test was administered is dated within 72 hours of their arrival.
If you fly through Antigua (ANU), you will be requested to provide a negative RT-PCR Covid-19 test performed within 72 hours prior arrival.
All SXM information here: https://stmaartenehas.com/travel-requirements/
A rt-PCR test for the SARS-COV-2 virus obtained from a naso-pharyngeal swab performed within 120 hours prior to departure to Saint Maarten (last leg in case of connecting flights) is required for all travelers originating from a country that is categorized as high or moderate risk. Other tests such as antibody tests and tests performed outside of the 120 hours period will not be accepted. Results from home Covid-19 collection test kits will also not be accepted. Airlines might require you to show a negative coronavirus lab test result for travel restrictions.
Alternatively, travelers originating from a country that is categorized as high or moderate risk can do an antigen test for the SARS-COV-2 virus obtained from a naso-pharyngeal swab performed within 48 hours prior to departure to Sint Maarten. Only the following antigen tests are approved: the Becton Dickinson (BD) Veritor Plus antigen test, the Abbott Panbio Covid-19 antigen test and the Roche/SD Biosensor F antigen test. Tests performed outside of the 48 hours period or other brand and type of antigen tests will not be accepted.
In order to maintain a safe environment, the government of St Barts has implemented to following restrictions:
All inbound visitors are required to present a negative Covid-19 test taken within 3 days prior to arrival. Children age 10 or younger are exempt from this requirement.
See Puerto Rico information here: https://www.travelsafe.pr.gov/
In summary, travelers returning from St. Barts are able to travel freely and do not have to follow any mandatory quarantines applied to Schengen countries at the moment. We will continue to track the State Department and CDC’s websites for any updates.
St. Barts and the French West Indies as defined by the U.S. State Department (Guadalupe, Martinique, French Saint Martin and St. Barts) currently has a normal/low travel advisory and is ranked Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution, meaning Americans are able to travel to and from St. Barts and the French West Indies without difficulty once the airlines resume services. The U.S. State Department travel advisory levels are:
The CDC has also developed a four level ranking for international travel and has ranked St. Barts at Level 2: ongoing community transmission, but we will track this for any updates. Please note, Level 2 is the global baseline at the moment. Updated on 6/2/20, please visit the website for the latest update
To view an interactive map with the CDC’s travel rankings, please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/map-and-travel-notices.html
Upon returning from CDC Level 2 and Level 3 countries, each state in the U.S. has dictated their own “Stay at Home” or self-isolation guidelines for travelers. Americans who are traveling to St. Barts this summer should not have difficulty with U.S. immigration regarding quarantines/self-isolation, and will plan for self-isolation per their state’s recommendations, which are re-evaluated approximately every 14 days.