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Saint Barthélemy Travel Information

According to beautypically, Saint-Barthélemy (Saint Bartholomew) is an island and overseas collectivity of France, located in the Caribbean Sea (North America). Saint Barthélemy is part of the Windward Islands of the Lesser Antilles. The capital of Saint Barthélemy is Gustavia.

Saint-Barthélemy is a mountainous island with lots of greenery. Nowadays, the island mostly runs on tourism. This is reflected in the many hotels and the marina in the capital, which is full of luxury boats. The island has about 20 sandy beaches that lie on the clear blue water. The waters around Saint-Barthélemy are ideal for diving, snorkelling and surfing. Furthermore, the island is known for the relaxed and friendly population and the duty-free shopping at the many shops. See insidewatch for Saint Barthelemy the art of living.

Where is Saint Barthelemy located?

Travel information of Saint Barthélemy

Official name: Collectivité de Saint-Barthélemy
Continent: North America
Area: 21 km²
Capital: Gustavia
Country code: BL, BLM
Population: 7,122 inhabitants (2020)
Government: Overseas collectivity of France
Highest point: 286 m (Morne du Vitet)
Distance (Amsterdam – Gustavia): 6,900 km
Flight time: approximately 8 hours and 15 minutes

Travel advice
Current status: No special security risks.
Current color code: Green.
A detailed explanation of this travel advice can be found at
Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), there may be (temporary) measures in Saint-Barthélemy that you as a tourist may have to deal with. For the most up-to-date corona travel advice, please refer to our special coronavirus travel advice page. For the number of current corona infections, number of deaths and various corona-related graphs of Saint-Barthélemy, please visit Countryaah.

Travel offer
At the moment there are no travel organizations that offer travel to Saint Barthélemy. If you want to put together your own trip or are looking for separate travel components such as hotels, airline tickets and a rental car, please visit our travel offer page.

Travel guides and maps
Are you looking for a travel guide, map, hiking map, cycling map, book or DVD about Saint-Barthélemy?

Weather and climate
Saint-Barthélemy has a tropical climate.
Temperatures are around 25 degrees all year round.
The current weather (weather forecast) and a weather forecast for Saint-Barthélemy can be found on our detailed weather page.
Detailed information about the climate of Saint-Barthélemy can be found at Climate info.

Best time
May and June are the best months to travel to Saint Barthélemy. This avoids the rainy and hurricane season and the expensive winter months.

French is the official language on Saint-Barthélemy. In addition, English is widely spoken.
Would you like to translate from or into French for free? Use the Google translator for this.

Travel documents
You must have a passport that is valid for at least 3 months upon departure from Saint-Barthélemy.
A visa is not necessary if you stay in Saint-Barthélemy for less than 3 months.

Embassies and consulates
Below is an overview of relevant diplomatic representations, including addresses and contact details.
Dutch Embassy in France (also for Saint-Barthélemy):
French Embassy in the Netherlands:
French consulates in the Netherlands:
For urgent assistance, you can contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24/7 on +31247247247.

Vaccination (inoculation)
Before visiting Saint-Barthélemy, it is advisable to get one or more vaccinations.
For extensive vaccination advice and to make a vaccination appointment at home, please visit You can also see here whether your health insurance reimburses the vaccination(s).

Money and Currency matters
On Saint-Barthélemy, payment is made with the euro (EUR).
An overview of all ATMs on Saint-Barthélemy can be found on our ATMs page.

It is customary to tip in Saint-Barthélemy. Usually service costs are already included in the bill. If the service is good, people generally tip an additional 5-10%.

Time difference
During our summer time it is 6 hours earlier on Saint-Barthélemy.
During our winter time it is 5 hours earlier on Saint-Barthélemy.
Saint-Barthélemy has no difference between winter time and summer time.
Find the local time, date and time zone for Saint Barthélemy on our time difference page.

Traffic and route
At Saint-Barthélemy you have to drive on the right.
With the Google route planner you can compile a route description from, to or within Saint-Barthélemy.

On Saint-Barthélemy you need a travel plug.
More information about common plugs and sockets on Saint-Barthélemy can be found on our electricity page.

Emergency services
If you need help from the police, fire brigade and/or ambulance in an emergency, you can use the emergency numbers below.
– Police: 17 or 276666
– Fire: 18 or 276613
– Ambulance: 18

Tap water
It is not recommended to drink water from the tap.
If you are unable to buy bottled water, use a water purifier to purify the water or boil the water for 5 minutes. After this you can safely use it as drinking water and for things like brushing teeth, cleaning lenses and washing vegetables and / or fruit. More information about drinking water and/or the purchase of water purification products can be found on our drinking water page.

News and newspapers
The latest news related to Saint-Barthélemy can be found on Google news.
Online newspaper from Saint-Barthélemy:

Websites from Saint-Barthélemy end
Official website of Saint Barthélemy:

The country code (international access code) to call someone on Saint-Barthélemy is 00590 or +590.
Do you want to call the Netherlands from Saint-Barthélemy? Then use the Dutch country code 0031 or +31.
(If using a country code, omit the leading 0 of the number to be called.)
Company details can be found in the Saint-Barthélemy Yellow Pages.

Photos and videos
On Flickr you will find a nice collection of photos of Saint-Barthélemy.
On Youtube you will find a nice collection of videos of Saint-Barthélemy.

Public holidays
An overview of all public holidays in Saint-Barthélemy can be found on

Reviews and travel experiences
On Zoover and TripAdvisor you will find reviews from travelers about accommodations (eg hotels and holiday homes), restaurants and destinations on Saint-Barthelemy, supplemented with photos, videos and places of interest.

Nature and world heritage
An overview of the protected nature areas (including national parks, reserves and wildlife parks) in Saint-Barthélemy can be found on Protectedplanet.
Saint-Barthélemy is not on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Customs rules
Do you want to know how much you are allowed to import and export when traveling to Saint-Barthélemy? On the IATA website you will find an overview with the maximum quantities of cigarettes, alcohol and money, among other things. If you stick to these quantities, you don’t have to declare anything to customs. You will also find the laws and regulations regarding the entry of pets on this website.

Relevant legislation
Below you will find relevant laws and regulations that you may encounter during your visit to Saint-Barthélemy.
– Alcohol: Buying and/or drinking from the age of 18.
– Alcohol and traffic: The maximum permitted alcohol content is 0.5.
– Tobacco: Buy from the age of 18, smoking at all ages.
– Smoking ban: In public places.
– Homosexuality: Allowed

Did you know that…
…The inhabitants of Saint-Barthélemy are mainly descended from settlers from France?
…Saint-Barthélemy left the European Union in 2012?
…Saint-Barthélemy is especially popular among the rich?
…The airport on Saint-Barthélemy can only receive small planes.
…Saint-Barthélemy is also called the Cannes of the islands?

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