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22Jun

From June 22nd St Barths will be open again to ALL travel and tourism!

Les Ilets is OPEN and we have all the relevant safety procedures in place to keep visitors and staff safe. Please message us or email info@lesilets.com  if you need any further details, have an enquiry or any further questions.

Some FAQ to assist with some of your Covid enquiries!!

 

Q   When can I travel to St Barths?
A   From June 22nd St Barths will be open again to ALL travel and tourism.

 

Q  What are the Covid safety requirements for entry to the island and to the property?
A  You will be asked to provide proof of a Covid-negative RT-PCR test performed within 3 days prior to your visit to the island. You must show this on entry at the port or airport and to your hotel reception. You can email a copy to us before arrival but must still show proof on entry to the island.

 

Q  What if I didn’t get tested or my results didn’t arrive in time?
A  If you do not have proof of a Covid-negative RT-PCR test performed within 3 days prior to your visit, you will be required to be tested for Covid 19 on island and within 24 hours of your arrival.  Until your test results are known you will have to observe strict quarantine in your villa during which time interaction is limited to only those traveling in your party. HOWEVER, WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND THAT YOU TAKE THE TEST BEFORE ARRIVAL TO AVOID UNWITTINGLY INFECTING ANYONE ON YOUR TRAVELS AND THE POSSIBILITY OF HAVING TO QUARANTINE ON ISLAND.

 

Q  What if my test results are over 3 days old?
A  You will be required to take a new test for Covid 19 on island within 24 hours of your arrival.

Until your test results are known you will be required to observe strict quarantine in your villa during which time interaction is limited to only those traveling in your party.

 

Q  We are transiting through another island, will they have different requirements?
A  This varies but presently as follows:

 SXM – Juliana airport St Maarten – Airport due to reopen on July 1st – Passengers are required to show proof of a negative Covid-19 taken with 72 hours of arrival. Passengers will be subjected to thermal screening and temperate checks on arrival and random Covid testing. You will be required to wear a face mask inside the airport at all times.

By boat from St Martin French side – Same conditions apply as St Barths, i.e. you must have proof of a negative test within 3 days prior to travel unless you have been in St Martin for over 14 consecutive days as free movement has already been restored, without testing or quarantine between the French islands.

ANU – Antigua – You are required to wear a mask at the airport, disembarking the planes and in all public areas. You will be monitored on arrival with random testing and temperate checks. You must also complete a heath declaration form. In transit you must distance yourself from other passengers and if you are obliged to transit overnight you will be accommodated in a government bio-secure hotel or accommodation centre.

SJU – San Juan, Puerto RicoAll travellers must wear a mask in the airport and in any building in Puerto Rico. All inbound passengers will undergo a COVID-19 screening on arrival. The screening is located just outside of baggage claim. The screening involves questions about your health and a quick temperature check. Please do not travel if you have symptoms. If you are identified to have symptoms of COVID-19, you will be required to quarantine. Free testing is available in San Juan airport but please do not rely on this for transfers unless you have over 3 hours between flights.

PTP – Point a Pitre, Guadeloupe – Same conditions apply as St Barths, i.e. you must have proof of a negative test within 3 days prior to travel unless you have been in Guadeloupe for over 14 consecutive days as free movement has already been restored, without testing or quarantine between the French islands.


Q How long will it take to get test results on St Barths?
A Test results will take less than 24 hours to be released.

 

Q  Do children need a test?
Children aged 10 and below are not subjected to testing.

 

Q  What if we are on the island for a long stay?
A  If you are staying on the island for a period that exceeds 7 days, a second RT-PCR test will be required on Day 7 following your arrival and you must show this to us in order to be able to remain in residence.

 

Q  We are staying for 7 nights, does that mean we need a test on our last day?
A  No – the test would be due on your 8th day, and as you are leaving that day, it’s not required.


Q  We live in or have been staying in Guadeloupe/St Martin/Martinique do we still need a test before we come?
A  It depends – Testing does not apply to people who have spent the last 14 days in Guadeloupe, Martinique, or Saint-Martin as free movement has already been restored, without testing or quarantine between the French islands. If you have been off island within the 14 day period to another territory other the 3 mentioned then you WILL be required to take a test.

 

Q  How can I get a test on St Barths?
To schedule an appointment to be tested in Saint-Barths, please contact: https://www.biopoleantilles.fr/covid-19-depistage-par-pcr-du-sars-cov-2/

+590 (0)590 29 75 02 from 7am – 1pm  or email : covid19sbh@biopoleantilles.com

The laboratory is located in Gustavia and will provide you with the results within a few hours. Please let us know if you need any assistance booking this test.

 

Q   How much does the test cost?
A The test costs €125 per person or free of charge if you have a French social security “carte vitale”

 

Q  What if I’ve already had Covid and have antibodies, do I still need a test 3 days before I travel?
A  YES – As it currently stands, there is not enough  evidence to confirm that having had Covid & having Covid antibodies protect you from further infection or from spreading the virus, so the island is still requesting proof of  a Covid-negative RT-PCR test performed within 3 days prior your visit to the island. However, the science is evolving rapidly so if this advice changes, we will certainly advise accordingly.

 

Q  What if I develop Covid symptoms on island?
A  If you develop a fever or a new and persistent cough or a loss of taste or smell you must inform us immediately and we will put you in touch with the relevant health professionals. They will issue guidance and you must strictly follow their instructions.
 

Q  What happens if I test positive on the island?
A  You and your immediate party will be obliged to isolate in your villa and follow strict instructions as issued by the health professionals and authorities on the island.
 

Q  When can we leave isolation and will I have to pay for the accommodation to stay on?
A   (i) The health professionals will advise you when you can safely leave, it is likely to be once you are no longer showing any symptoms and subsequently test negative.

      (ii) Yes – you will need to pay for the accommodation and any other costs, so please ensure you accept full responsibility for this before travel and/or have adequate and appropriate travel insurance in place.

 

Q   Is there a hospital on the island if I need it?
A  Yes – there is a small hospital and we have excellent doctors on island; however, facilities are limited and in case of extreme emergency you would be evacuated to St Martin or Guadeloupe.


Q   Do we need to wear a face mask on the island?
A  No – you are not required to wear a face mask when you are out and about on the island, but your airline may well require that you wear one as indeed some shops on island and at the airports. We advise you to travel with one as well as a pocket hand sanitizer. We do have spare disposable masks at Les Ilets if required.

 

Q  What if I have to cancel last minute due to a Covid related issue?                                                   
A  Concerning our specific Covid-19 cancellation policy – if travel is impossible due to Covid-19 illness, restrictions, or change of government advice concerning travel, we would roll over deposits for a future stay, valid for 18 months.

 

Q  Is there Covid on the island?
A  NO – St Barths has been Covid free since mid-April.
 

Q  Are shops, restaurants and water sports and other activities open this summer?
A Yes – Life on the island has returned to normal. Island beaches are open without restriction, restaurants and boutiques are operating as usual, houses of worship are open and holding services, and nautical activities as well as the other services to which you are accustomed are being provided as usual. Some of the larger hotels will remain closed until October.  We can provide you with a full “summer” restaurant list if required.

 

Q   Will I have to quarantine on return to my country of residence?
A   You will need to verify the specific government travel advice that applies to your country but currently NO quarantine is required on return to the US or France*. The UK and Canada currently require 14 days quarantine on return but this advice is subject to review.

* Pls check for updates or changes with your Government Travel Advisory Service.

 

You can download the Covid-19 FAQ pdf document HERE.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for any further details!

A bientôt @ the beach!

The Team at Les Ilets

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