Summary
As of mid-October, officials in Sint Maarten are continuing to enforce entry requirements for all international travelers as part of the territory's coronavirus disease (COVID-19) recovery plan. Officials will conduct temperature checks and other screening protocols for all travelers; some passengers may be subject to mandatory testing at their own expense. The following additional entry requirements are in place:

 

  • All travelers must complete a mandatory health authorization application through an Electronic Health Authorization System (EHAS) ahead of travel.
  • Travelers from medium- and high-risk countries and territories aged 10 and over must present proof of a valid negative COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, taken up to 120 hours before departure.
  • Travelers from low-risk countries do not need to present a negative COVID-19 test provided they have remained in a low-risk country for 14 consecutive days before departure.
  • Maritime crews and passengers must complete the EHAS application within 36 hours of arrival, during which time a PCR test must also be taken. All crew and passengers must quarantine on board until health authorization approval is received.
  • Travelers to Sint Maarten are required to have health insurance coverage.
  • Travelers from high-risk countries, including the US, must complete 14 days of self-monitoring for health symptoms, while travelers from medium-risk countries must complete eight days of self-monitoring.

 


Internally, wearing a facemask is mandatory in all public places, including the airport, public transportation, supermarkets, and in all areas where social distancing is not possible. Individuals must stay at least 1.5-2 meters (5-6 feet) away from each other at all times.

Authorities could reimpose, extend, further ease, or otherwise amend any restrictions with little-to-no notice depending on disease activity over the coming weeks.

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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