Coronavirus St Martin

We will be posting regular updates on this page to keep you informed of the Coronavirus situation in St Martin / St Maarten, Anguilla, St Barths and Saba. As soon as travel restrictions end, you'll see it here first!

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Last Updated: 28 Jan 2022

Cases overview in St Martin:

  • Confirmed: 18 668
  • Deaths: 140

 

If you plan on travelling to St Martin/St Maarten, Anguilla, St Barths or Saba, we invite you to check the following sections:

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St Maarten ferry services COVID-19

Ferry services are available between Saba, Anguilla, St Barths and St Martin/St Maarten. 

Funtime Charters - Operating
Calypso Charters - Operating
Voyager Ferry - Operating
Edge Ferry - Operating
Great Bay Express -  Operating 
Dawn II - Not operating until further notice
 
You can keep up-to-date by following our Facebook page.
 

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COVID-19 St Maarten

Since June 2020, St Maarten is open to international tourism, allowing tourism to slowly return to the island, albeit under strict health and safety measures. 

Thankfully, most businesses, including shops, markets, restaurants, bars, and casinos, have reopened. Beaches are accessible, and water activities are once again allowed. 

Travel entry requirements:

  • All travelers who have visited one of the following African countries within 14 days prior to traveling to Sint Maarten will be denied entry: South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Mozambique.
  • Anyone wishing to visit St Maarten, or transit through it to a neighbouring island, must first submit a mandatory health authorisation application via an Electronic Health Authorisation System (EHAS). Click here to apply via the official website: www.stmaartenehas.com. 

    Processing time can take up to 12 hours.The application must be completed in order to be processed. This includes the purchase of the mandatory COVID-19 insurance, information on the vaccination status (including proof of completed vaccination in case fully vaccinated), a negative COVID-19 test result in case they are required.

    If health authorization is pre-approved, you will receive a (printable) pre-authorization PDF via e-mail, which must be presented at check in and to the health and immigration authorities upon arrival. This PDF will also contain a QR code which will show the vaccination status and COVID test result when scanned. Keep the original rt-PCR or antigen test result and proof of vaccination always with you.
  • People are considered Fully Vaccinated:
    • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
    • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine,or
    • 2 weeks after the second dose in a 2-dose series combination of a single dose Pfizer or Moderna with a single dose Astra Zeneca, or
    • 2 weeks after a single-dose of vaccine after a confirmed COVID-19 infection within 6 months before the vaccination (to be stated on proof of vaccination in absence of a digital COVID-19 infection certificate).
  • The completed vaccination date cannot be older than one year, unless a booster shot has been administered before the ending of the one year term.
  • The accepted COVID-19 vaccines are: Comirnaty (Pfizer), Spikevax (Moderna), Vaxzevria (Astrazeneca), Johnson & Johnson/Janssen, Covishield (Astrazeneca), Sinopharm and Sinovac/CoronaVac.
 

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COVID-19 Test Requirements for St Maarten

FULLY VACCINATED + BOOSTER SHOT administered no more than 9 months = NO TEST REQUIRED
FULLY VACCINATED WITHOUT BOOSTER SHOT  (5 years and older) = PCR TEST < 48 hours // ANTIGEN TEST < 24 hours
NOT FULLY VACCINATED ( 5 years and older) = PCR TEST < 48 hours
CHILDREN (0 to 5 years) = NO TEST REQUIRED
  • rt-PCR and Antigen test samples for the SARS-COV-2 virus must be obtained from naso-pharyngeal swab in adolescents and adults.
  • Booster shot should be at least 2 weeks old and not exceed 9 months since the date administered

 

  • The government of Sint Maarten has implemented a mandatory COVID-19 insurance for all travelers with destination Sint Maarten with the exception of of Sint Maarten residents, transit passengers departing the same day, flight crews, transiting cruise ship crews, French nationals residing in France or a French territory, BES-ZVK insured and AUC faculty and students.

    The insurance purchasing process is an integrated step in the EHAS application. Check the St Maarten proctection plan website for more details. 
  • All incoming passengers are subjected to temperature checks and other screening protocols and may be subjected to mandatory testing at their own expense. 
    If re-tested upon arrival you will be required to self-isolate or self-quarantine at your place of lodging/residence until the test results are known. 
  • A 5 consecutive days of self-monitoring of body temperature and possible flu like symptoms is mandatory. Travellers will receive during 5 days an automated daily email alert providing a link for submitting the required information online. 

 

During your stay:

All visitors are expected to adhere to the general health & safety measures in effect on both sides of the island:

  • It is mandatory to wear a face mask in all public places, on public transportation,
    in supermarkets and all areas where social distancing is not feasible.
  • Keep a social distance of 5-6 ft (1.5 – 2 m) at all times, including beach visits.
  • Always cough or sneeze into a tissue or crook of your elbow.
  • Frequently wash and/or sanitise your hands, especially before entering a store.
  • Immediately report any flu-like symptoms or signs of fever to your hotel front desk
    and/or the public health authorities immediately on  914 (on St Martin call +15).

The above measures have been put in place to control the spread of the Coronavirus and ensure St. Maarten remains a safe destination. You can check our travel tips to plan your vacation once the crisis subsides.

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Coronavirus in Anguilla

Since May 25th 2021, the island’s borders are open once again to visitors 

Travellers to Anguilla must follow the below requirements:
For Day Trippers:
  • They must be fully vaccinated with an approved vaccine
  • They must have a negative approved COVID-19 test conducted no more than 2 days prior to their travel date
  • Day trippers entering the island will be assigned a day trip wristband, which can only be removed by authorised personnel upon leaving the island.

For One way and Overnights: 

  • Obtain travel authorization by applying online at ivisitanguilla.com
  • The application for entry will include an arrival testing fee of US$50 per person.
  • All visitors to Anguilla who are eligible to be vaccinated against COVID-19 (except pregnant women and children 18 years ) are required to be fully vaccinated at least three weeks before arrival.
    According to Anguilla’s Ministry of Health, fully vaccinated means, visitor has received last dose (in a 2 dose vaccine) only dose (in a 1 dose vaccine) 3 weeks/ 21 days prior to arrival on Anguilla. Mixed vaccines are accepted but they must be a variation of Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Moderna.
  • All travelers are required to produce a negative COVID-19 test administered 2-5 days prior to arrival. Acceptable test are: RT-PCR tests, NAA tests, RNA or molecular tests. An antigen test completed via a nasopharyngeal swab between 48 and 24 hours prior to arrival is also accepted.
  • All travellers will be tested at Port of Entry.
  • After clearing Immigration and Customs, travellers will be required to travel immediately via Safe Environment Certified ground transportation to their accommodation/properties.
  • All international leisure visitors stayin at hotel or villa are required to remain at their accommodation/properties until in receipt of their Port of Entry negative RT-PCR COVID-19 test result. (Test results are usually received within 24hrs of testing.). 
  • Use of rental vehicles before receipt of port of entry negative RT-PCR test result is prohibited.
  • Guests staying on island for more than 8 days may be tested on Day 4 of their visit, at no additional cost.
  • All leisure visitors staying with persons leaving in Anguilla, at private home or rental accomodation which is not a licensed villa, are required to quarantine for 4 days.
  • Business and technical short-term visitors must opperate in a Ministry approved bubble for 4 days. 
  • Use of rental vehicles before receipt of Port of Entry negative RT-PCR COVID-19 test result, is prohibited.
  • Children 18yrs and under may be subjected to RT-PCR testing 4 days after arrival.
You can check our travel tips to plan your vacation.
 

 

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Anguilla beach

Anguilla

 

Coronavirus in St Barthelemy


TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS BETWEEN FRENCH ST MARTIN AND ST BARTHS
(this might vary if you are flying to the island):

  NEGATIVE
COVID-19 TEST

PCR Test
within 72hrs of arrival
- OR -
Antigen Test
within 48hrs of arrival
COMPELLING
REASON

Must have a COMPELLING REASON to travel
(professional, medical, legal, family support,
or return home)
QUARANTINE
SELF ISOLATE for the first
7 DAYS

FULLY VACCINATED
 
     

NON-FULLY-VACCINATED
 
X    
* FULLY VACCINATED VISITORS must show proof of being fully vaccinated, at check-in. No further restrictions.
 
TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS BETWEEN DUTCH ST MAARTEN AND ST BARTS
(this might vary if you are flying to the island):
 
  NEGATIVE COVID-19 TEST
PCR Test
within 72hrs of arrival
- OR -
Antigen Test
within 48hrs of arrival
NEGATIVE
COVID-19 TEST

PCR Test or Antigen Test
within 48 hrs of arrival
COMPELLING
REASON NECESSARY

(professional, medical, legal, family support,
or return home)
QUARANTINE
SELF ISOLATE for the first
7 DAYS

 EHAS Form

(When travelling from St Barth to St Maarten)

FULLY VACCINATED
(Second Injection or booster within 7 months prior to travel)

         X 
FULLY VACCINATED
(Second Injection ore booster more than 7 months prior to travel)
  X     X
FULLY VACCINATED FROM FRANCE   X     X

NON-FULLY-VACCINATED
 
X   X X X
NON-FULLY-VACCINATED FROM FRANCE   X X X X

*Children 12 Years or Younger are exempt from these travel requirements. 

*FULLY VACCINATED VISITORS must show proof of their vaccination status at check-in. 

*None Vaccinated Persons from France will need to Fill Out and Sign the Self Quarantine Document Before Being Allowed to Enter St Barthelemy.

*You will be tested at the end of the 7 days quarantine (when applicable).

*You can complete the EHAS Form here. Your original EHAS Form that you used to enter Sint Maarten can be used if no older than 14 days. 

 
Read our St Barths travel tips page to plan a trip to the island.
 

Coronavirus in Saba

Saba is now open to foreign visitors, albeit under specific regulations based on your vaccination status and the risk level assigned to your country. For the most up-to-date information, please check the official travel advisory.

IMPORTANT: All visitors are responsible for complying with the regulations and for having all necessary forms/documents for entry into Saba and, where necessary, their return to St Maarten.
 
THE FOLLOWING ENTRY RESTRICTIONS APPLY TO ALL VISITORS TO SABA:
  • PCR TEST - Proof must be shown of a Negative PCR test,
    taken a maximum of 72 hours before arrival to the island. No other tests accepted!
  • If you have tested positive within the last 8 weeks for COVID you are allowed to enter with proof of having had COVID recently and a Rapid Antigen test no older than 48 hours prior to arrival.
  • SABA EHAS FORM - Proof of an approved Saba EHAS form, filled out and
    submitted 24 hours before arrival. You can find the form here
  • ST MAARTEN EHAS FORM - Proof of an approved St Maarten EHAS form,
    even if only in transit
  • DAY 2 AND 5 TESTING
    Vaccinated visitors are required to get tested on days 2 and 5 after arrival on Saba
  • QUARANTINE
    Non-vaccinated
    visitors are required to complete mandatory 5 days quarantine

Saba travel requirements


Saba travel

Saba Entry Requirements:

Saba Entry Requirements


  • You can apply for your Saba EHAS form here. 
     
  • You can apply for your St Maarten form here.
     
  • Masks are required during travel to Saba and inside the terminal and port buildings.
     
  • ​You are considered fully vaccinated: 

- 2 weeks after the second dose in a 2-dose series
- 28 days after a single-dose vaccine
- 14 days after the second dose of Sinopahrm

Special rules for children:

  • Children must also apply for the Saba EHAS form (and the St Maarten EHAS form when applicable).
  • Children aged 2-10 can arrive with a pre-travel test or take an anterior nasal antigen test on arrival.
  • Children over 10 traveling to Saba must show proof of a negative PCR (max. 72-hours before arrival).

Risk categorization: you can find the risk categorization here

  • Low-risk countries: Low-risk countries are places with no active local transmission of Covid-19 in the previous 14 days.
  • High-risk countries: High-risk countries are places where there is local transmission of Covid-19.
  • Very high-risk countries: Very High Rick Countries are designated by the Dutch Ministry of Health, based on widespread circulation of some Variants of Concern.
For more general information about Saba, you can check our travel tips page. 
 


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What can we do to help the locals?

St Martin's tourism industry has almost entirely collapsed. St Martin/St Maarten and its surrounding islands are suffering from a severe economic downturn, putting many people out of work and under incredible strain, given that tourism drives the region's economy.

A way to help the locals is to consider rescheduling your travel plans instead of cancelling bookings entirely.

You could also decide to book your next vacation now, even if this means booking more than a year in advance. 

When it is safe to travel again, and if you have the time, why not explore more of the region than you may have previously considered. St MartinSabaAnguilla and St Barths are all within easy reach of each other and offer something unique and worth experiencing.

You can learn more about the region to help plan your trip on our dedicated Travel Tips pages.


Contact information

If you had a ferry or fast boat booking for travel in the next few months, or for other destination-related questions, feel free to contact us directly if you wish to reschedule your trip. We also invite you to consult our Terms and Conditions if you have any questions regarding a cancellation.

 

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