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St Barths Travel Information

The Basics

Time

GMT -4

Electricity

Electrical current is 220 volts, 60Hz. Two-pin rounded plugs are standard.

Language

French is the official language. English is also widely spoken.

Travel Health

There are no specific health risks associated with travel to St Barths. A yellow fever vaccination is required for all travellers over the age of one arriving from a yellow-fever-infected country in Africa or the Americas. There have been recent outbreaks of chikungunya fever, a mosquito-borne disease, in St Barths; there is no vaccine or treatment for chikungunya fever, but visitors to St Barths should take precautions against mosquito bites.

Medical care on St Barths is extremely limited, with only one small hospital in Gustavia. Those with serious medical problems must travel to St Martin or Guadeloupe for treatment. Travellers are advised to have comprehensive health insurance and to take along all necessary medications, accompanied by a signed and dated letter from their doctor detailing what the medication is and why it is needed.

Local Customs

St Barths has a traditional French culture, and it is polite to greet with 'bonjour' in a shop or restaurant or when passing a stranger in an uncrowded environment, and likewise to take leave with 'au revoir'. Men and women may kiss on both cheeks when greeting, starting with the right. While men may greet with a handshake, men and women shake hands in business environments only. It is considered rude to honk your horn when driving.

Duty Free

Visitors to St Barths may import reasonable quantities of items for personal use without incurring customs duty. permits are required for firearms and ammunition.

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