Summary

St Martin and St Barthélemy are French overseas territories. There is no resident British diplomatic representation in either St Martin or St Barthélemy. For urgent consular assistance, you should contact the British Embassy in Paris. See Consular assistance

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.

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

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

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.