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Contact Headquarters : 5 Hent Meneyer, 29 950 Gouesnac'h, France.
Postal address : 2 impasse de Kervégant, 29 350 Moëlan sur mer, France.

Getting there

By air

As St Barts only has a small airport, the large carriers do not land here; only small aircraft with between eight and 18 seats. Therefore the journey must be undertaken in two stages: an international flight to St Martin, Antigua or Guadeloupe, then a short flight on a small aircraft to reach Saint Barthélemy.

take off
photo by Leonard Zhukovsky / Shutterstock.com

The island’s principal connection is via the Princess Juliana International Airport in St Maarten, the Dutch side of the island of St Martin, as there are many flights per day from here.

The French side of St Martin has a smaller regional airport, L’Esperance at Grand-Case, and several companies operate from here.

The flight from either of these airports to Saint Barthélemy takes 12 minutes. The approach into St Barts is spectacular because, after coming around the side of a 'morne' (a local phrase for a volcanic hill), the Col de la Tourmente, the aeroplane descends very steeply onto the runway. It is one of the most difficult landings in the world, because the runway is also very short, less than 800 metres, and ends abruptly at the beach. But only experienced pilots fly this route and this connection is still one of the safest in the Caribbean.

aéroport Saint Barth
photo by Caroline Piquet

landing at St Barts
photo by phototravellers / Shutterstock.com

Aéroport de St Barth
photo by Leonard Zhukovsky / Shutterstock.com

St Barts is also served by airline companies operating out of Anguilla, Antigua, St Kitts, Nevis, Guadeloupe, San Juan and other islands further afield.

The majority of flights coming from Europe or the USA to St Martin ou Guadeloupe are direct. British Airways flies from the UK direct to Antigua.

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From Guadeloupe, it takes about 50 minutes to fly to St Barts. Air Caraïbes offer four or five flights a day.

Other companies which fly to St Barts are: Air Antilles Express, Saint Barth Commuter, Tradewind Aviation, Winair, Windward Express Airways…

By sea

There are numerous boat connections between St Martin and Saint Barthélemy, including ferries or catamarans which undertake the crossing between the two islands, from either the French side or the Dutch side of St Martin. There are a good number of crossings every day, and the different maritime companies offering this service should be able to provide information regarding arrival and departure times and the various embarkation points. Our agency would also be happy to advise you in this regard, to help you organise your trip.

There are also private charter companies who organise transfers between the two islands.

The crossing, which can be absolutely delightful or less enjoyable depending on the weather conditions, can last between thirty minutes and an hour and a half, according to the type of boat hired.

Enquiries can be made to the following principal maritime companies: Great Bay Express, Voyager 1 & 2, Ocean Must, St Barth Sailor, Top Loc, Bosco Yacht, Jicky Marine Service, Master Ski Pilou…

entrée du port de Gustavia
photo © Tourist Board of Saint Barthélemy

Formalities for entering St Barts

To come for a short-term holiday here, tourists from all countries outside of the European Union, such as Americans and Canadians for example, must be in possession of a valid passport.

It is also necessary to have a return ticket back to your country of origin. For nationals of other countries outside the EEC, a tourist visa may also be required in some cases. Advice should be sought at the French Embassy in your country of origin.

For any long-term stay, and for nationals of countries outside the EEC, a residence visa is necessary.

No specific vaccines are necessary.

However, in terms of animals being brought into St Barts, it is necessary to have a valid Rabies vaccination certificate and also a health certificate dated within 5 days of arrival.

Animals belonging to French tourists must, in addition, have an identification tattoo.


Importing items for personal use (tobacco, photographic or electronic equipment etc) is allowed with no formalities and is not taxed. Regarding the importation of other items which are forbidden here, such as firearms for example, French law only will apply.

The last aeroplane of the day takes off at 5:30pm and the last boat leaves port at 6:30pm, but perhaps you don’t want to leave anymore…