Guadeloupe, Martinique, Saint Barthelemy, and Saint Martin modify coronavirus-related travel restrictions Oct. 7.
Alert Begins 07 Oct 2020 11:30 PM UTC
Alert Expires 30 Oct 2020 11:59 PM UTC
- Incident: Restrictions
- Location(s): Guadeloupe, Martinique, Saint Barthelemy, and Saint Martin (map)
- Time Frame: Indefinite
- Impact: Transport and business disruptions
On Oct. 7, authorities in the French Caribbean islands modified travel restrictions introduced by the French national government to combat the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Per the most recent modifications, travel between the islands is permitted, with the exception of Saint Barthelemy. Flight options remain limited.
All passengers traveling to the islands must produce proof of having tested negative for COVID-19 using a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test taken no more than three days prior to arrival. Travel between the islands and mainland France remains limited. Cargo aircraft continue to operate. Nonresident foreign nationals remain banned from entering the islands. Authorized persons arriving on the islands may be required to self-quarantine for 14 days. Restrictions on ground travel between Saint Martin and Sint Maarten remain in place through at least mid October. Travel between Guadeloupe, Saint Martin, and Martinique is only permitted for travelers having urgent personal, family, or professional reasons, or a health emergency. Maritime travel remains prohibited, except for emergency personal, family, health, or professional reasons.
Officials consider the current risk of transmission in Guadeloupe, Martinique, Saint Barthelemy, and Saint Martin to be high. As of Oct. 7, the following businesses and activities remain open, with restrictions:
- Cafes, bars, and restaurants
- Retail stores and malls
- Tourist accommodations
- Museums, monuments, and parks
- Gyms, fitness centers, pools, and entertainment venues
- Most beaches, with time restrictions
All businesses must enhance sanitation procedures, enforce social distancing measures, and limit the number of customers within their premises. The use of a facemask is mandatory in all public spaces. Gatherings of more than 30 people remain banned.
The local governments could reinstate their own stricter measures, including curfews and other movement restrictions, depending on local disease activity. All restrictions are subject to amendment at short notice.
Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. Reconfirm all travel arrangements. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance. Maintain contact with your diplomatic representation. Ensure contingency plans account for further disruptive measures or extensions of current restrictions.
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.
Location(s) affected by this alert
- Saint Barthelemy*
- Saint Martin