Saturday,  September 18, 2021  2:52 pm

St. Barts, Bora Bora, Tahiti & others close borders to tourists

St. Barts, Bora Bora, Tahiti & others close borders to tourists
Bora Bora, French Polynesia.
Pax Global Media

Its overseas territories might attract the rich and famous, but France isn’t taking any chances.

The French government has shut down island hot spots to tourists in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, according to an update posted to Facebook.

Reports say the islands of Guadeloupe, Martinique, Saint-Martin, Saint Pierre, Miquelon and St. Barthelemy will turn away tourists until the pandemic is under control.

French Polynesia, which includes Tahiti and Bora Bora, has also reportedly suspended travel for tourists, according to a notice posted to Tahiti Tourisme.

The measure in French Polynesia is expected to last for two months (until March 31).

Nils Dufau, president of the tourism board in St. Barts, says local authorities are negotiating with the French government to ease entry restrictions.

“Our aim is to reopen the island’s borders as soon as possible,” Dufau said in a statement.

Currently, anyone wishing to enter St. Barts will only be able to do so for “compelling reasons,” such as pressing medical, professional or familial needs, the French government said.

On Sunday, France announced a ban on all non-essential travellers from outside the European Union.

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