COVID-19

COVID-19 disease is caused by the coronavirus SARS-CoV2. The main symptoms of COVID-19 are recent onset of a new continuous cough and/or a high temperature and/or a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell. Symptoms range from mild to life-threatening. Older people and those with underlying health problems are more likely to develop severe disease. Current evidence also shows that there is a higher risk of infection and of severe disease in Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic groups in the UK. The reasons for this are currently not clear.

The virus is mainly transmitted from human to human by breathing in droplets from the nose or mouth of an infected person or by touching the infected droplets on surfaces, then touching the eyes, nose or mouth. No vaccine is available to prevent COVID-19, and prevention relies on strict attention to social distancing guidance and personal and respiratory hygiene.

Travellers should always check the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office travel advice and their country-specific pages for the latest COVID-19 travel advisories which may include information on travel restrictions, quarantine or COVID-19 testing requirements. This includes considering the recommendations and requirements for any transit countries. Travellers should be aware that case numbers in individual countries/areas can increase rapidly. They should check this page regularly for updates.

COVID-19 in St Barthelemy

Based on currently available information, there is a low risk of exposure to COVID-19 in this country.

Individuals entering or returning to the UK from this country may be required to follow additional UK border measures which may include self-isolation for 14 days. See current UK border control guidance.

Prevention

All travellers should:

  • Consider the risk at all destinations including any transit countries and the risk during travel itself.
  • Check with the airline/tour operator about physical distancing measures or other measures in place to reduce risk during travel.
  • Follow the latest social distancing guidance, including any local requirements and maintain good hand, respiratory, and personal hygiene at all times. This may be particularly important if staying with friends and family.

See guidance on factors to consider when assessing the risk of COVID-19 for travellers.

If travellers develop COVID-19 symptoms while abroad, they should:

  • Follow local guidelines on self-isolation and testing.
  • Contact their travel insurance provider.
  • Seek medical advice if needed and avoid travel for at least 7 days or longer if still unwell with a high temperature.

COVID-19 in brief

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Outbreaks

Using information collated from a variety of sources, we regularly review and update information on overseas disease outbreaks and other health issues that may affect the UK traveller.

Please note that not all cases of disease or outbreaks are reported; some diseases may only be reported if they occur outside of the usual recognised risk area or season, or they have been reported in greater than usual numbers.

Further information on the Outbreak Surveillance section.

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