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Covid-19 in Saint-Tropez

Discover the latest Saint-Tropez Covid-19 Coronavirus updates

Ana Hernández, Saint-Tropez Editor | Published

As more and more airlines announce their intention to resume international flights this summer, we ponder if and when you should consider coming to Saint-Tropez and whether France is safe to visit this summer. Spoiler alert – on balance, our answer is yes; local businesses and authorities are working hard to turn Saint-Tropez into a safe haven for visitors and are preparing to safely welcome travellers as soon as they possibly can.

The world has been turned upside down in the last few weeks and our new normal is full of uncommon words like lockdown and social distancing, while face masks and hand sanitiser are now part of our daily routine. However, things are rapidly changing and, as Europe takes the first steps to open its borders, we take a look at the situation in Saint-Tropez.

When will the lockdown be lifted in Saint-Tropez?

The short answer is that lockdown will probably be lifted in France in mid to late June. Here's why:

Saint-Tropez entered lockdown on March 17th 2020 together with the rest of France. As coronavirus cases have dwindled, the French government has started to take the first steps on what they call 'déconfinement' or their plan to ease lockdown, which began on May 11th. The French government has created a map that divides the country into red and green departments based on the level of circulation of the virus, pressure on hospitals and intensive care units, and the ability to test for Covid-19. Saint-Tropez is situated in a green region, meaning that the virus is less active here.

Saint-Tropez is currently on phase 2 of the 'déconfinement'. This means that, from June 2nd, there is no limit to what distance people can travel within France. Gatherings of up to 10 people are also possible, as are outdoor sports. Plenty of public spaces are now open, including beaches, lakes, sports centres, swimming pools, forests, gardens, parks, shops smaller than 40,000m2 (which is most of them), open-air markets, schools, public transport, libraries, cinemas, theatres and museums. Social distancing, safety and hygiene measures must remain firmly in place.

Cafes, bars, restaurants, beach clubs and campsites have also been able to reopen on June 2nd albeit with restrictions: there can't be more than 10 people per table, which must be separated by a distance of at least 1m between, while both staff and customers will have to wear masks, although it can be removed when not moving around the facilities. Gatherings of more than 5,000 people won't be authorised before September 2020.

When will you be able to travel to Saint-Tropez?

French borders opened to EU citizens on June 15th, so you can visit Saint-Tropez if you're from a European country. International visitors will have to wait just a bit longer, until July 1st. Quarantines won't be imposed on those visiting France. However, if you're coming from a country that has quarantines in place, such as the UK, you may be asked to voluntarily self-quarantine – if you decide not to, there won't be any checks or fines. Just bear in mind that you may have to go into quarantine once you return to your own country.

On June 14th, France's Prime Minister, Emmanuel Macron, confirmed that the country could start safely welcoming European tourists on June 15th. This was in response to the European Commission's call on member states to gradually reopen internal borders to kickstart the summer season. External EU borders will reopen on July 1st and only visitors from 15 countries will be able to enter Europe during the first phase. The list, disclosed by Brussels on June 29th, includes the following states: Argelia, Australia, Canada, South Korea, Japan, Georgia, Morocco, Montenegro, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, Thailand, Tunisia, China and Uruguay.

Strict safety measures such as temperature checks, disinfection of aircrafts, compulsory use of masks, online check-ins and reduction in the number of bags to be taken onboard will ensure that everyone is safe when coming to Saint-Tropez.

When will hotels & restaurants open in Saint-Tropez?

Hotels, bars, restaurants, cafes and beach clubs are already open! Accommodation providers have not been forced to close during the lockdown in France. It's only their common areas that have had to stop welcoming visitors, although around 75% of them have decided to shut their doors and may reopen them as the second p

Bars, restaurants and beach clubs, on the other hand, had to close during lockdown but were able to reopen on June 2nd, as did other tourist establishments like campsites. They all need to comply with strict safety and hygiene measures, and reduce their capacity. A distance of at least 1m must be kept between tables, while only groups of up to 10 people will be allowed to sit down together. There will be no standing service at the bars and staff must wear masks, as must customers when moving around the facilities.

What are businesses in Saint-Tropez doing to keep customers safe?

We keep talking about safety and hygiene measures but, what are they exactly? Businesses in Saint-Tropez have taken steps to ensure that they provide a safe environment for both their customers and their workers, such as:

  • Social distancing: In general, experts recommend keeping a distance of 1m to 2m between people. There are different ways to ensure this, from reducing capacity to increasing the space between tables at bars and restaurants, and even installing screens to separate customers – many hospitality businesses have already been testing them.
  • Disinfection: Beach clubs, shops, bars, restaurants, rental properties, hotels... they'll all be fully disinfected periodically, as well as after each customer when workers will also clean their hands thoroughly. Hand sanitiser is already available everywhere to customers, from supermarkets to small shops and cafes.
  • Protection: Wearing gloves and face masks is encouraged in public spaces. Masks are obligatory in public transport (including planes), when entering shops if the business requires it, and in bars, restaurants and cafes when wandering around the facilities. Temperature checks will also be commonplace and they're already being carried out in airports.
  • Information: Businesses in Saint-Tropez are designing specific Covid-19 protocols and they'll inform the public of the steps and instructions to follow before and during their visit.

Will you be able to go to the beach in Saint-Tropez this summer?

Beaches in Saint-Tropez are already open to the public. Being able to maintain social distancing on beaches is something that both authorities and local businesses have been contemplating for weeks. They've tested several methods to accomplish this, from installing screens to dividing up the sandy surface into grids – we'll see what the best strategy is very soon. Worry not, however, the sun will keep shining bright, the sea waters will probably be cleaner than ever and we expect a drop in the number of beachgoers so the beaches will probably be quieter... a silver lining if ever there was one!

8 tips to stay safe in Saint-Tropez this summer

1. Follow safety and hygiene guidelines
We keep repeating it but following safety and hygiene rules is the best way to stay safe on your holidays in Saint-Tropez: keep a distance of 2 metres, wash your hands and wear a mask (or cover your nose and mouth). Try not to touch your face as well... we know, easier said than done!

2. Trust local businesses
Not only are businesses in Saint-Tropez putting strict safety and hygiene measures in place but they've also made cancellations much more flexible. This means that, if for any reason you're forced to cancel your holiday, you'll probably be given a full refund. Look out for our Covid-Proof Booking symbol when booking your accommodation and your activities on our site.

3. Avoid the crowds
The easiest way to comply with social distancing is to avoid crowds altogether. We've got a few strategies to help you with that like, for example, booking a whole villa or an entire apartment instead of a hotel room, that way you can prevent bumping into other guests during your stay. Or perhaps chartering a private yacht would be more up your alley? Sailing the seas seems like a pretty good way of social distancing.

After weeks of confinement, being outdoors, breathing fresh air and feeling the sun's warmth on our skin is just what we need. In SeeSaintTropez.com, you can also opt for private activities and tours instead of group ones, such as embarking on a private boat trip or hiring a boat and booking individual scooter or jeep tours instead of coach tours. You can even explore Saint-Tropez on a bike or on horsebackbook a private guide for your hiking or sightseeing trip and visit the local vineyards to taste their wine. Scientists are actually testing whether heat and UV radiation in sunlight might affect the SARS-CoV-2 virus, two things which are plentiful in Saint-Tropez in the summer – just remember to lather up with sunscreen!

4. Book early
Limitations regarding the amount of people that businesses can welcome or the crowds that events can gather are being enforced. That's why, now more than ever, we recommend you book early. This will ensure you get the best table on the trendiest restaurant's outside terrace in Saint-Tropez!

5. Get off the beaten path
Another great strategy to avoid the crowds and to discover the hidden gems in Saint-Tropez along the way is to visit its lesser-known places. Saint-Tropez is full of charming towns and villages nestled deep in its rugged coastline and the surrounding hills. Many of these small villages are still no more than 15 minutes away from the nearest beach or lake but they have very few inhabitants and even fewer visitors. This is where the real Saint-Tropez resides, you'll get to mingle with the locals at the weekly markets and enjoy the local wine at the town square cafes. These small towns are also a great base to go hiking, cycling or mountain biking.

Saint-Tropez even has a few charming secluded coves, far from the hustle and bustle of the most popular beach resorts where you can relax and go snorkelling in the most amazing turquoise waters. Culture vultures will appreciate the dozens of Roman ruins, medieval churches, country manors, small museums and art galleries scattered across the area.

6. Entertain at yours
Celebrations aren't off the table this summer in Saint-Tropez. However, instead of booking a restaurant or a beach club, why not ask a catering company to bring the party to you? Private villas, apartments and boats make for great venues and Saint-Tropez has an excellent selection of catering companies ranging from Michelin-starred private chefs to mobile food trucks providing the best street grub from your own private garden.

7. Drive to Saint-Tropez
Maintaining social distancing on planes and trains can be quite tricky, so why not drive to Saint-Tropez? We know that cars aren't great for the environment but their carbon footprint is much lower than that of planes with studies suggesting that flights emit around 133g of carbon dioxide per person while a diesel car carrying four passengers emits only 43gr per person.

8. Come during the off-season
This is our ultimate piece of advice: avoid the high season and move your holidays to the autumn. Autumn in Saint-Tropez is actually an extension of summer thanks to the warm temperatures and wonderfully sunny days. With temperatures usually hovering around 20ºC, you can most definitely still enjoy the empty beaches in September and October in Saint-Tropez while cheaper prices will just be the cherry on the cake.

Everyone's working hard to ensure that Saint-Tropez has a safe summer and winter season. For up to date information on travelling during the Coronavirus crisis, please visit the Covid-19-dedicated WHO's website and the UK Foreign Office's France travel advice website or ask your local authorities.

Stay safe and remember that we're here to help you with your bookings and with any questions you may have about Saint-Tropez.