February 3rd, 2021
With each passing day, we find ourselves navigating new rulings that have the potential to impact your upcoming visit to St. Barths. This week, the French government announced a temporary closure of all its borders, including its overseas French territories. Under this new regulation, travel to France and its territories will be limited to “ compelling reasons” only, such as a medical situation, family emergency or professional engagement.
Please know that St. Barthelemy’s local government is currently engaging with French mainland authorities to discuss alternative guidelines for the semi-autonomous territory of St. Barths. We are following these negotiations closely and will share updates as they are confirmed.
We approach these new realities, always, with transparency and your safety in mind. As we await an update from local officials, please know that our Le Barth Villa team stands at the ready to welcome you back in St Barts where we are certain, brighter days are ahead.
Please contact us to advise on the status of your reservation arriving between February 2nd-February 15, as your ability to travel will now be subject to one of the above compelling reasons.
We stay at your entire disposal to discuss options including a rollover of your reservation.
Official St Barts Release
You will be requested to provide a negative RT-PCR Covid-19 test performed within 72 hours prior arrival (kindly check below your transit airport and airline restrictions).
This test will be required at the boarding gate for your flight to St Barth as well as upon arrival in St. Barths.
On the seventh day, you will be required to be tested with a RT-PCR. This test can be done at the Covid-19 test drive in St Jean.
Please note that the only tests currently accepted by St Barts are either a RT-PCR test obtained via nasal swab or antigen test. Antibody tests do not fulfill entry requirements and will be denied boarding.
Children age 10 or younger are exempt from this requirement.
American citizens will be requested to provide a negative RT-PCR Covid-19 test or antigen test to fly back to the USA within 72 hours prior departure (kindly check your transit airport, airline restrictions and state requirements). PCR test cost: 135€ per test.
Travelers will need to go to the Covid-19 test drive for Antigen test or RT PCR test, depending on your airline, transit airport and state requirements.
The Covid-19 test drive is open from Monday to Friday between 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM, and Saturday from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM. The drive is closed on Sunday.
The team of Le Barthélemy will be happy to assist with more details.
For transit through:
A RT-PCR test 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.
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 Saint 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.
Airlines might require you to show a negative coronavirus lab test result for travel restrictions.
An online health declaration form must be filled out 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.
All SXM information here:
https://stmaartenehas.com/travel-requirements/ ; https://stmaartenupdates.com/
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 performed within 72 hours prior arrival.
Passengers will be asked to show their test document at Tradewind check-in. Those who cannot produce this document will be refused boarding to their flight to St Barts.
See Puerto Rico information here: https://www.travelsafe.pr.gov/
A negative RT-PCR Covid-19 test performed within 72 hours prior arrival is required.
For your return trip, we recommend that you keep informed about your next destination or home country’s restrictions established by your local authorities.
The CDC has also developed a four level ranking for international travel.
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
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 for Covid-19 meaning Americans are able to travel to and from St. Barts and the French West Indies without difficulty. The U.S. State Department travel advisory levels are:
American citizens will be requested to provide a negative RT-PCR Covid-19 test or antigen test performed within 72 hours prior to departure to fly back to the USA. 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 should not have difficulty with U.S. immigration regarding quarantines/self-isolation, and will plan for self-isolation per their state’s Covid-19 recommendations, which are re-evaluated approximately every 14 days. Please see resources below.
We continue to monitor developments closely and comply with all recommendations from local health authorities & CDC.
As a result, restaurant services and schedules and other services may be modified to comply with the rules of physical distance. Upon arrival, you will be asked to use the hydroalcoholic gel that will be offered to you. Our employees will wear masks. In accordance with the recommendations of medical experts and good practices in the sector, all guests (from 10 years old) will be required to wear a mask or face protection in the hotel's public indoor areas (reception, restaurants, bars, spa, gym), in the vehicle during transfers or when they receive room services. Masks are highly recommended for children 2 to 9 years old.
On the other hand, all villas are cleaned in the utmost respect for the French regulations in force (use of virucid products validated by L'ARS).
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 30 days before your arrival date with zero penalties and rebook all stays up to 12-months after original travel date.