Saint-Barthélemy, the French overseas territory commonly known as St. Barts, has announced its official reopening for June 9 to travelers with proof of vaccination against COVID-19 for those who live in the U.S. and others in North America, Central America and Europe. The reopening comes in tandem with France reopening its borders to non-European Union countries on Wednesday. First reopened in June 2020 before closing February 3 over the fear of COVID-19 variants, visitors to St. Barts must provide proof of full vaccination, plus proof of a negative PCR test done within three days of arrival or an antigen test result taken within 48 hours. Visitors under 18 do not need proof of vaccination, and those below the age of five are not subject to testing.
Effective June 9, 2021, fully vaccinated travelers (vaccination required for all age 18+) from zones identified in Orange and Green below, may enter St. Barth. If arriving from an Orange Zone, proof of vaccination and a negative Covid-19 rapid Antigen test taken within 48 hours (2 days) of arrival OR a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours (3 days) of arrival will be required to enter. If arriving from a Green Zone, no test is required. Borders remain closed to Red Zone countries except for those with a compelling reason to enter.
Other Caribbean islands —Martinique and Guadeloupe—have not yet announced their reopening dates. No quarantine or self-isolation will be necessary once visitors are on St. Barts, and no Covid test will be required during their stay except the test to enter the U.S., according to Nils Dufau, president of the Tourism Committee.
“After two successful vaccination campaigns, the vast majority of our island’s citizens are now vaccinated, and our efficient Covid-19 testing center offers swift service for everyone.”
– Nils Dufau, President of the St. Barts Tourism Committee
Restaurants, boutiques, water activities, and all services are being provided as usual. Additionally, hotels and private villas on the island are open for tourism.