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 St Barts - Formalities

Clearance

Clear in at Gustavia at the Port Captain's office. Immigration is also dealt with here.

When going from the French side of St. Martin to St. Barths, no outgoing clearance is necessary (the St. Martin clearance software doesn't even have an entry for St. Barths as a destination) or possible. Boats must clear in to St. Barths as normal, but this is more a way for them to control boat traffic.

When leaving St. Barths an outgoing clearance is always necessary, even when departing for St. Martin.

Last updated March 2013.

Immigration

St Barthelemy is part of France and the European Union, and immigration requirements are now the same.

For the exact details applicable to St barts, see the French Embassy website

If a visa is required, note that the visa application must specify "France + St Barthelemy ".

Because of the duty-free status of St Barts, visa regulations are less strictly enforced than on Guadeloupe or Martinique.

Last updated August 2013.

Customs

Items for personal use are admitted without tax if not in excessive quantity.

For other items, including firearms, French regulations apply.

Last updated August 2013.

Fees

Port dues are payable in the main harbour of Gustavia and they are collected by a roving harbour patrol. The daily fees depend on length and location, being lowest if anchoring in the outer harbour, higher in the inner harbour and if coming stern-to the quay. One is charged per night of stay depending on the length of boat.

Restrictions

Anchoring is not permitted in Baie St Jean. Water-skiing or jet-skiing is prohibited within 350 metres of any beach. No water sports, fishing or diving are allowed inside Gustavia harbour. The use of barbecues is prohibited on boats docked at the quay.

The speed limit in the harbour is 3kn (including tenders).

Pets

PET REGULATIONS - Cats and dogs over three months old are admitted if accompanied by health and anti-rabies inoculation certificates issued by Licenced Veterinarian from the country of shipment.

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