Foreign travel advice

St Martin and St Barthélemy

Important COVID-19 travel guidance

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office currently advises British nationals against all but essential international travel. Travel to some countries and territories is currently exempted.

This advice is being kept under constant review. Travel disruption is still possible and national control measures may be brought in with little notice, so check our travel guidance.


St Martin and St Barthélemy is exempt from the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO)’s advice against all non-essential international travel. This is based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.

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Preparing for your return journey to the UK

If you’re returning to the UK from overseas, you will need to:

To enter the French Overseas Territories, you will need to complete a travel certificate. See Entry requirements

There are currently limited commercial options available to return to the UK from French overseas territories. See Return to the UK

St Martin and St Barthélemy are French overseas territories. Consular support is not available from the British government in St Martin or St Barthélemy. However, the British Embassy in Paris, France can provide consular support to British nationals.

Most visits to the French Caribbean are trouble-free. Crime levels are low, but you should take sensible precautions. See Crime

The island of St Martin was severely affected by the passage of Hurricanes Irma and Maria in September 2017. Many buildings were destroyed and infrastructure damaged. Reconstruction has begun, but due to the size of the devastation, the effects are still noticeable. The tourism sector was severely affected and room capacity may be reduced; it’s advisable to make prior reservations.

The hurricane season in St Martin and St Barthélemy normally runs from June to November. You should monitor local and international weather updates from the US National Hurricane Centre. See Natural disasters

UK health authorities have classified St Martin and St Barthélemy as having a risk of Zika virus transmission. For more information and advice, visit the National Travel Health Network and Centre website.

Although there’s no recent history of terrorism in St Martin or St Barthélemy, attacks can’t be ruled out. See Terrorism

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.