St Barts - Formalities
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. Barts, no outgoing clearance is necessary (the St. Martin clearance software doesn't even have an entry for St. Barts as a destination) or possible. Boats must clear in to St. Barts as normal, but this is more a way for them to control boat traffic.
When leaving St. Barts an outgoing clearance is always necessary, even when departing for St. Martin.
Last updated August 2015.
A visitors must have a passport valid for 3 at least months on arrival.
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 " or "DFA" (French Departments in the Americas).
Because of the duty-free status of St Barts, visa regulations are less strictly enforced than on Guadeloupe or Martinique.
Last updated January 2017.
Items for personal use are admitted without tax if not in excessive quantity.
For other items, including firearms, French regulations apply.
Last updated August 2015.
ZIKA VIRUS ALERT: (September 2016) There have been recent safety alerts from the US State Department, UK Foreign Office, and Center for Disease Control (CDC) regarding travel to parts of Central and South America, Africa, southern Asia, the Caribbean, and the South Pacific islands. Saint Barts is an area of interest. There is growing concern about the rapid spread of the ZIKA Virus and the impact of the virus on pregnant women and babies. ZIKA is transmitted by mosquitos in tropical and sub-tropical climates, and there is currently no cure or vaccine. This situation is evolving rapidly, so please refer to the CDC’s dedicated website if you are intending to cruise in one of the effected areas.
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.
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).
Cats and dogs may be admitted temporarily with a certificate of good health issued not more than 5 days prior to arrival on the island, and proof of an anti-rabies vaccination given at least 30 days (but not more than 12 months) prior to arrival. Documents must be issued by a licensed veterinarian. Dogs are now required to be micro-chipped for entry.
Note: You may find that officials do not ask to see any documentation for your pet. However cruisers who have visited the French Islands with pets advise the following:
Make sure your dog's vaccinations and rabies documentation are current, get an International Health Certificate from your local vet prior to traveling, have an international microchip and keep invoices for products such as flea/tick/heartworm treatments. It is quite possible the officials in the French Islands will not question you or care about your pet. However, if they do, you can have a local vet provide the documentation required if something is missing from your records.
Last updated May 2016.