St. Barts is now welcoming fully vaccinated U.S. travellers in accordance with new vaccination mandates from the French government.
Upon opening (June 9), all restaurants, boutiques, nautical activities and services will be open as usual.
New mandates require visitors to provide documentation of a negative RT-PCR COVID-19 test performed within three days of arrival, in addition to proof of vaccination.
Alternatively, an antigen test performed within 48 hours will also be accepted. Visitors under the age of 18 will not need any proof of vaccination and those below 10 are not subject to testing.
The French Government closed all overseas territories, which included St. Barts, to tourism and non-essential travel for a second time on Feb. 2, 2021, as a preventative measure to stop the spread of COVID-19 variants.
St. Barts is currently a Level 1 on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) travel advisory guidance scale indicating a low level of COVID-19 on the island.
Nils DuFau, president of the Tourism Committee of St. Barts, said that: “After two successful vaccination campaigns, the majority of our residents are vaccinated and we are ready to reopen our borders and welcome visitors back to St. Barts.”
DuFau continued: “We have a great deal to look forward to, including the upcoming St. Barts Gourmet Festival in November where we will once again welcome the very best of France’s culinary talent to present a one-of-kind culinary event.”
Go to www.saintbarth-tourisme.com/en for more.
Photo credit — St Barts Tourism Committee