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Before You Go

Health Insurance

A good travel insurance policy that includes health insurance is strongly recommended.

If you are planning on scuba diving, make sure to register for proper diver’s insurance. Try DAN (

Recommended Vaccinations

No vaccinations are required for visiting St-Barthélemy. However, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that all travelers be covered for diphtheria, tetanus, measles, mumps, rubella and polio, regardless of their destination. Since most vaccines don’t produce immunity until at least two weeks after they’re given, visit a doctor at least six weeks before departure.

In St-Barthélemy

Availability & Cost of Healthcare

Medical facilities in Gustavia include the small hospital, Hôpital De Bruyn, and eight local doctors. There are two pharmacies on the island: one in Gustavia and one in St-Jean.

Tap Water

Tap water comes from a variety of sources on St-Barth: desalination plants, cisterns, and personalized purification systems (for some small luxury hotels and private villas). Some properties use water from multiple sources. If in doubt, go for bottled water.