Severity: Critical Alert

Exit/Entry: Officials in Sint Maarten extend current coronavrus disease-related travel restrictions through at least late September.

Alert Begins 15 Sep 2020 07:04 PM UTC
Alert Expires 28 Sep 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 extended current travel restrictions through at least late September, as part of the territory's response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

Officials have permitted the entry of travelers from European countries and Canada since July 1. US travelers may enter Sint Maarten; however, they cannot cross the border into Saint Martin until further notice. All arriving passengers must complete an online health declaration form​ 72 hours before arrival and must present a negative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test taken within 72 hours of arrival. In addition, travelers must obtain health insurance coverage. There are no restrictions on cargo flights.

Flight operations continue between Sint Maarten and several regional island nations and territories, 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 before their departure; no quarantine is necessary upon arrival to Sint Maarten.

Travelers entering by sea, or who are transiting through the island, are also required to provide a negative PCR test result and a completed online health declaration form.

Individuals are required to wear face masks in public places. Lingering business and transport disruptions are likely to persist, and authorities could reimpose measures 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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