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Updated Covid-19 Travel Requirements

St Barths, Italy, & France Updated Covid-19 Travel Requirements 

While some places around the world are still battling with Covid-19—and a small handful remains fully closed—we are finally entering a new stage in the pandemic. 
 The vast majority of countries still have some kind of travel restrictions in place. However, thanks to the global vaccination rollout and improved safety measures, those restrictions are not as stringent as they once were. 
In the most recent developments, some countries have become stable enough to remove their Covid-19 entry restrictions entirely.
Leading the way in this new era of travel are three of the world's biggest and most beautiful travel destinations: St Barths, Italy, and France. 
Here you can find all the latest (as of August 9th, 2022) and fully-verified information regarding Covid-19 travel restrictions to these three countries.
  • St.Barths Covid-19 Restrictions For Travel (Updated August 2022)
  • Italy Covid-19 Restrictions For Travel (Updated August 2022)
  • France Covid-19 Restrictions For Travel (Updated August 2022)

St Barths Covid-19 Restrictions For Travel (Updated August 2022)

St.Barths has been open to tourists since June 9th, 2021. It is on the list of green countries indicated by the CDC as a Level 1 risk, meaning there is no active circulation of the COVID-19 virus. 
As of August 1st, 2022, there are no St Barths Covid-19 restrictions. All travelers to St Barths are allowed to enter without requiring to present proof of vaccination or any COVID-19 test results.

St Barths Covid-19 Requirements FAQs (August 2022)

  • Wearing a mask is mandatory in closed public places. Failure to wear a mask can result in a fine of 135 euros.
  • As of March 10th, 2022, U.S. travelers arriving via Puerto Rico on a domestic flight are no longer required to present a negative test. Non-U.S. citizens arriving in Puerto Rico must show proof of vaccination to enter the United States.
  • All non-U.S. citizens must be vaccinated against COVID-19 to enter the United States, including Puerto Rico. As of June 12th, travelers returning back to the United States from an international destination do not need to present a negative COVID-19 test to enter.
  • If you test positive for COVID-19 during your stay in St Barths, you will be required to quarantine for 7 days after a positive test.


Italy Covid-19 Restrictions For Travel (Updated August 2022)

After being one of the countries hardest hit by the pandemic, since June 1st, 2022, all Italy Covid-19 restrictions for entering have been dropped. 
This means you no longer have to show proof of Covid-19 vaccination—the “green pass”—or a negative test result to enter. It also abolishes the quarantine requirement for non-vaccinated travelers.

Italy Covid-19 Requirements FAQs (August 2022)

  •  It is no longer mandatory to wear a mask on flights. Individual airlines can still enforce their own mask requirement—check your airline before you board.
  •  It is still mandatory to wear a mask on other forms of public transport (trains, buses, metros).
  • PCR and/or antigen tests are available for U.S. citizens in Italy, with test results reliably available within 72 hours.
  • At present in Italy, antigen tests cost approximately $20, while PCR tests cost approximately $70.
  • Individuals who test positive in Italy will need to self-isolate between 7-21 days, depending on the specifics of the case. The self-isolation will occur at the traveler’s own expense.

France Covid-19 Restrictions For Travel (Updated August 2022)

As of August 1st, 2022, the rules that previously applied to travelers to France no longer apply. There are no France Covid-19 restrictions for entering the country.
This means travelers to France are no longer required to present proof of Covid-19 vaccination—the “vaccine pass”—or a negative test result, justification for travel, or a sworn statement of non-contamination.

France Covid-19 Requirements FAQs (August 2022)

  • Since March 14th, 2022, the “vaccine pass” has been lifted in France in all areas where it was previously required (cultural and leisure venues, commercial catering, professional trade shows, etc.). 
  • If you test positive for COVID-19 in France and you’re fully vaccinated, or if you’ve had COVID-19 in the last 4 months, you must self-isolate for 7 days from the day on which you first develop symptoms or test positive. Self-isolation can be reduced to 5 days if you take a negative PCR or antigen test (supervised, not self-administered) on day 5 and you have not displayed any symptoms over the previous 48 hours. These isolation rules also apply to children under the age of 12, regardless of their vaccination status.
  • If you’re unvaccinated or partially vaccinated and you haven’t had COVID-19 in the last 4 months, you must self-isolate for 10 days from the day on which you first develop symptoms or test positive. 
  • Mask-wearing is no longer mandatory in establishments open to the public or on public transport. Mask-wearing continues to be recommended in enclosed and small spaces, and at large gatherings for vulnerable persons.

Tips For Safe & Stress-Free Travel

  • We are finally entering a stage of the Covid-19 pandemic where vaccination rates are high and travel is returning back to how it once was. 
  • However, travel continues to be affected by delays and, of course, any place where many people are gathered together presents an increased risk of infection. 
  • Therefore, it is important to still take all the necessary precautions and follow recommended guidelines to ensure a safe and stress-free travel experience:
  •  Make sure your passport will still be valid at the time of travel.  US Passporrenewals take longer to process now, so it is essential to plan ahead.
  • May Countries may further restrict travel or bring in new rules at short notice, for example, due to a new COVID-19 variant. Check with your travel agent or airline for any transport changes which may delay your journey home.
  • For the latest information on Covid-19 health alerts and travel restrictions, keep an eye on the CDC website.
  • Regardless of where you choose to travel, it is recommended to purchase travel insurance that offers a high level of cover around Covid-19.
  • Working with an expert travel concierge can help assure you are fully up-to-date with local requirements and there will be no unexpected disruptions to your plans. Contact our expert travel team today to plan your next luxury vacation or trip.