News and research before you hear about it on CNBC and others. Claim your 1-week free trial for StreetInsider Premium here.
The island welcomes fully vaccinated visitors
St Barthélemy, June 08, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Nils Dufau, chairman of the St. Barts tourism committee, today announced a plan to reopen the island’s borders to residents of the United States and most other countries, effective June 9, 2021.
US residents will be allowed to enter St Barths if they meet these two conditions:
- Provide proof of being fully vaccinated
- Provide a negative test result from a PCR test performed no more than three full days prior to arrival (rapid antigen testing will also be accepted, based on testing no more than two full days prior to arrival)
For residents of the United Kingdom and the European Union
UK and EU residents only need a PCR test 72 hours before arrival or a Rapid Anti-gen test 48 hours before arrival
Villa rental agencies and hotels are responsible by the local government to collect this proof of vaccination from their guests prior to arrival to verify that they meet entry requirements. Once a traveler arrives in St Barth, he can move around freely, without any restrictions. The villa rental specialist WIMCO has summarized the entry requirements in its St Barth peat bog.
CDC lowers St Barth’s travel risk advisory from level 4 to level 1, June 7, 2021
In related news, As the COVID-19 situation evolves, the CDC is monitoring the COVID-19 risk in destinations around the world and making travel recommendations. On June 7, the The CDC released a new advice on St Barth on June 7, reclassifying it to level one – the lowest risk level.
Where to stay in Saint-Barth
Those visiting St Barts this summer would do well to consider renting a private villa. With spacious outdoor living areas, fully equipped kitchens, and private pools, travelers on vacation for the first time since the start of the pandemic might find staying in a private villa to be the most comfortable option. WIMCO Villas, which has been operating in Saint-Barth for over thirty-five years, confirms that all 360 private villas he represents on the island are open and available for hire.
Most of the island’s best restaurants are open this summer, including popular beaches like Nikki Beach, Shellona, Lil Rock, and Pearl Beach. For dinner, travelers have a plethora of options including Mayans, Tamarin, Black Ginger, Isola, Ociela, and many more. Those looking for after-dinner excitement will love Bagatelle, Baz Baz, Modjo, and The Sky Bar.
“Life on the island has returned to normal,” added WIMCO President Stiles Bennet. “The island’s top restaurants are open without restriction and the shops in Gustavia and St Jean are operating as usual.”
In addition to the rental of private villas, from its office in St Barth, WIMCO also offers a 24/7 concierge service to its clients. Families can feel safe knowing that WIMCO will outfit a villa in advance to make the day of arrival less stressful. Their local WIMCO concierge team will provide a villa, deliver take out, and organize private chefs, whether that’s for sit-down meals or making an easy assembly.
About WIMCO Villas
Recently voted one of the ‘Top Three’ villa rental companies in the world by readers of Conde Nast
Traveler’s magazine, and featured in The New York Times, and on the Today Show, WIMCO offers a selective and personally visited collection of private villas in the Caribbean and Europe. Well-Traveled Villas Specialists match clients with the villa that suits their preferences and needs, then organize all aspects of their trip including: booking international flights, pre-stocking races and arranging meeting with guests at the airport. In addition, they can arrange car rentals, restaurant reservations, and local activities, all supported by itineraries.
WIMCO’s private villa portfolio with concierge service includes properties on eleven Caribbean islands (including St. Barts, Turks & Caicos and Anguilla), a dozen private resorts, and southern Europe (including coastal Amalfi, Saint-Tropez and Mykonos). Browse the villas on wimco.com or speak directly with a villa specialist at +1 (401) 849-8012.
WIMCO also operates a real estate sales office in St. Barts, with listings ranging from undeveloped land to spacious villas. Requests for villa rentals or real estate sales can be sent to [email protected]