St. Barts, the Caribbean’s leading luxury destination, announced that it will begin welcoming fully vaccinated U.S. travelers back on June 9, 2021, in accordance with new vaccination mandates from the French government. Upon opening, 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 February 2, 2021, as a preventive measure to stop the spread of COVID-19 variants. Since closing its borders, St. Barts has continued to successfully eradicate COVID-19 on the island with no confirmed deaths due to the virus.
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.
One of the most varied and upscale islands in the Caribbean, St. Barts is known for its explosive culinary scene, luxury accommodations and convivial atmosphere. The island’s high season kicks off with the annual Gourmet Festival, November 10-14, 2021, which brings internationally renowned chefs to the island’s leading hotels for four days of gourmet dining and chic parties.