Severity: Critical Alert

Exit/Entry: Sint Maarten continues phased reopening of borders as of July 1. Significant international travel disruptions persist.

  • Alert Begins: 01 Jul 2020 03:35 PM UTC
  • Alert Expires: 13 Jul 2020 11:59 PM UTC
  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Territorywide (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Transport disruptions, lingering business disruptions

Summary
Officials in Sint Maarten are continuing their phased reopening of the island's borders as of July 1, as part of their recovery plans to lift restrictions related to coronavirus disease (COVID-19). International passenger flights from Europe and North America were scheduled to resume July 1; however, only passengers from Europe and Canada will be permitted to enter. Arriving passengers must complete an online health declaration form​ 72 hours prior to arrival and must present a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival. There are no restrictions on cargo flights.

Previously, flight operations between Sint Maarten and several regional island nations and territories resumed, including Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, British Virgin Islands Caribbean French Overseas Territories, Caribbean Netherlands, Curacao, Dominica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, and Saint Lucia. Travelers are to ensure that they have been present in these locations for at least 21 days prior to their departure; no quarantine will be required upon arrival to Sint Maarten.

As of June 15, all businesses, entertainment venues, and recreational facilities have been permitted to reopen, and social activities have resumed. The curfew has also been lifted. Individuals are required to wear a face mask in public places. Lingering business and transport disruptions are likely to persist, and previously imposed measures could be reimposed at short notice.

Background and Analysis
Several governments globally have implemented recovery plans to lift restrictive measures introduced in response to the outbreak of COVID-19, which was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) March 11. Should the number of COVID-19 cases significantly increase, previously relaxed restrictions may be reapplied. Likewise, a continued low number of cases may result in a further relaxation of restrictions.

Advice
Follow all official instructions. Abide by local health and safety measures. Reconfirm all travel arrangements. 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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