Terminal Drop-Off Charge

A £5 charge now applies to vehicles dropping off passengers at the designated drop-off zones, located directly outside the terminals. Discounts and exemptions will apply. Free drop-off will be available at the Long Stay car parks.

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No rail services to Heathrow - 4 & 5 December

Due to engineering works at Heathrow, there will be no mainline rail services to or from Heathrow Airport on 4 & 5 December.

 

London Underground services between the terminals and London will continue to operate, passengers looking to travel to central London, or connecting between terminals 5 and 2/3, will be required to use the London Underground services.

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Coronavirus update

Face coverings are mandatory at the airport and we encourage everyone to wear one at all times, unless they’re exempt. Passengers can purchase face coverings at several retailers at the airport including Boots and WHSmith. 

 

The safety of both passengers and colleagues has always been Heathrow’s number one priority. The airport has several COVID-secure measures in place to make sure everyone has a safe journey including: 

 

- Enhance cleaning regimes including Hygiene Technicians, UV robots and other anti-viral technologies to ensure continuous disinfection across terminals

- Dedicated COVID marshals to enforce social distancing

- 600 hand sanitiser stations 

 

Due to the emergence of a new Coronavirus variant, the UK Government have advised that fully vaccinated passengers arriving into England must:

 

Take a PCR test no later than 2 days after their arrival.

- Self isolate until they receive their result.

- If a passenger tests positive, they must isolate for 10 days.

- If a passenger tests negative, they can leave self isolation.

 

Passengers arriving from a country on the red list must book a managed quarantine hotel.

 

Passengers who are not fully vaccinated must continue to follow separate guidance.

 

As countries may change their entry requirements, we advise customers to check the UK Government website for up to date information.

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  • Overview

    Saint Barthelemy, generally known as St Barths, is a tiny and luxurious Caribbean island famous for its beauty and A-list visitors. It is an overseas collectivity of France and has a distinctly French flavour. St Barths was also once a Swedish colony, a curious fact commemorated in the name of the capital, Gustavia. Situated in the northeastern Caribbean, St Barths is close to other tropical gems like Saint Martin and St Kitts.

    This lush volcanic island is fully encircled by shallow reefs and home to a number of marinas, making it a fabulous sailing, snorkelling and scuba diving destination. Other popular watersports in St Barths include wind surfing, kite surfing and sport fishing. There are 23 beaches on the island, all magnificent and relatively secluded. Overall, mountainous St Barths is surprisingly undeveloped, preserving much of its small-town character and natural beauty.

    Celebrities flock here to enjoy the seclusion afforded by the private villa-style accommodation, the absence of mass tourism as well as the top-quality restaurants and hotels. The shopping is also surprisingly top-notch. The period between Christmas and Easter is referred to as 'The Season' and is when the majority of visitors come to enjoy St Barths.

    Crime is practically unheard of on this paradise island, and people invariably greet strangers and friends alike with a hearty 'bonjour!'.

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    St Barths only experiences minor seasonal variations in temperature and the year can be roughly divided into the hotter, wetter summer months between May and November, and drier, slightly cooler winter months between December and April. In the cooler months, temperatures average between 72°F (22°C) and 82°F (28°C), with summer temperatures averaging only slightly higher between 75°F (24°C) and 86°F (30°C). The east of the island is marginally wetter than the west but, as the climate is essentially arid, plenty of sunshine can be expected year-round.

    Money:

    The official currency is the Euro (EUR); ATMs are easy to find in Gustavia and in St Jean, and credit cards are accepted in most establishments. Banking facilities are of a high standard on the island with banks generally open 8am to 3.30pm Monday to Friday, with a closure of an hour or two over lunch.

    Language:

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

    Electricity:

    Electrical current is 220 volts, 60Hz. Rounded two-pin plugs are standard.

    Entry Requirements:

    US nationals: A passport valid for the period of intended stay is required, no visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days.

    UK nationals: A passport valid for the period of intended stay is required, no visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days.

    CA nationals: A passport valid for the period of intended stay is required, no visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days.

    AU nationals: A passport valid for the period of intended stay is required, no visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days.

    ZA nationals: A passport valid for the period of intended stay is required, a visa is required.

    IR nationals: A passport valid for the period of intended stay is required, no visa is required.

    NZ nationals: A passport valid for the period of intended stay is required, no visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days.

    Passport/Visa Note:Visa:

    Visitors should have a return/onward ticket on arrival. It is recommended that visitors have passports with six months' validity past intended stay.

    Travel Health:

    There are no specific health risks associated with travel to St Barths but 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. A hepatitis A vaccination is also recommended. There have been outbreaks of chikungunya fever in the past and dengue fever is common on the island, so visitors should take precautions against mosquito bites.

    General health care facilities (including emergency services in health service hospitals and the availability of doctors) are good, though travellers may only find some specialist treatment on the larger French islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe. 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.

    Tipping:

    Service charges are often included in the bill, as in France, but tipping small amounts for good service has become more common on St Barths. If there is no service charge, waiters appreciate tip of about 10 percent, and this tip is usually left in cash. Hotel staff appreciate small tips for service.

    Safety Information:

    St Barths is virtually crime-free and is considered one of the safest destinations in the Caribbean. Travellers should always be alert to the possibility of petty crime but even things such as pickpocketing are rare on the island.

    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 generally only shake hands in business environments. Topless sunbathing is common on the island, but nude sunbathing is only acceptable on the more remote beaches.

    Communications:

    The country code for St Barths is +590. Visitors should check with their home service provider about roaming capabilities and costs; shops opposite the airport sell SIM cards that can be used in unlocked phones. Free wifi is available at virtually all hotels, and most bars and cafes.

    Duty Free:

    Visitors to St Barths may import reasonable quantities of items for personal use without incurring customs duty. The exact amount that constitutes a reasonable quantity is at the discretion of the border officials but generally about four litres of alcohol and a carton of cigarettes or equivalent in tobacco or cigars is acceptable.

    Useful Contacts:

    St.Barths Tourist Office, Gustavia, St.Barths: +011 590 590 27 87 27

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