Severity: Critical Alert

Exit/Entry: Officials in the Caribbean Netherlands extend flight ban for most countries until Sept. 1 due to ongoing COVID-19 activity.

  • Alert Begins: 31 Jul 2020 10:43 PM UTC
  • Alert Expires: 01 Sep 2020 11:59 PM UTC
  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Bonaire, Saba, and Sint Eustatius (map)
  • Time Frame: Through at least Sept. 1
  • Impact: Transport and business disruptions

Authorities in the Caribbean Netherlands have extended their existing ban on passenger flights to the islands through at least Sept. 1 as part of the territories' response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Flights to and from Aruba, Curacao, and Sint Maarten, as well as the EU countries of Belgium, France, Germany, and the Netherlands, are exempt from the ban. Cargo flights are operating normally. Officials in Bonaire, Saba, and Sint Eustatius retain the authority to impose additional measures as needed and will likely maintain existing restrictions on entry to the islands, especially for nonresidents. All returning citizens and legal residents will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days upon their return.

Most businesses and facilities have been allowed to reopen across the islands, provided they adhere to social-distancing standards and enhanced sanitation procedures. Some transport and business disruptions will probably continue despite restrictions being relaxed. Authorities could reimpose, extend, further ease, or otherwise amend any restrictions with little-to-no notice depending on disease activity over the coming weeks.

Abide by national health and safety measures. Reconfirm all travel arrangements. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance.

Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.

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