Coronavirus St Martin
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Last Updated: 23rd October 2020
Cases overview in St Martin:
St Maarten ferry services COVID-19
There are currently no ferry services operating between St Martin/St Maarten and the islands of Anguilla or Saba, with only a limited service to/from St Barths.
COVID-19 St Maarten
In June 2020, St Maarten - as the gateway to the region - began a phased reopening of its borders to visitors from a limited list of countries based on coronavirus transmission risk levels. Initially, the list comprised of countries considered Low Risk. Since then, other countries - considered Moderate or High Risk - have been added, 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. And while boat rental and charters services have resumed, most ferry services to/from neighbouring islands have yet to restart.
Travel entry requirements:
- 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.
- Passengers arriving from Moderate and High Risk countries are also obliged to show proof of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test. The test must be performed within 120 hours before departure to St Maarten (last leg in case of connecting flights). The original test results must be uploaded for processing as soon as possible as part of the EHAS application procedure. Processing takes 6-8 hours. Children aged under 10 years old are exempt from testing.
- If health authorisation is pre-approved, you will receive a (printable) authorisation via email, which must be presented to the health and immigration authorities upon arrival. You may also be asked to show the original PCR test result.
- Upon arrival, passengers must pass through additional medical screening measures at the Airport Health Checkpoint, including temperature check and other screening protocols.
- All passengers must wear a face mask at the airport.
- SXM airport will only be accessible to passengers and employees.
- Travellers are required to have health insurance coverage. Additional travel insurance covering COVID-19 related expenses is strongly recommended.
- Mandatory periods of self-monitoring (body temperature and possible flu-like symptoms) are required for all travellers from high-risk countries (14-consecutive days) and moderate-risk countries (8-consecutive days). An automated daily email alert, providing a link for submitting the required information online, will be sent out.
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 phone number 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.
Coronavirus in Anguilla
- Obtain pre-travel authorization by applying online at ivisitanguilla.com
- Provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test conducted within 3-5 days prior to arrival date.
- Be insured for COVID-19 medical costs and full hospitalization, doctors’ visits, prescriptions and air ambulance.
- Complete online passenger information and health screening questionnaire.
- The use of mask is required on vessels to Anguilla, during transit through ports of entry (airport and seaport) and en route to your pre-approved accommodations.
- Undergo a mandatory COVID-19 PCR test and health screening on arrival.
- Be transferred to your accommodations to await test results.
- Remain quarantined at your approved location for at least 10 days
- A second test will be administered on day 10 of your visit, if you are originating from low-risk countries, and on day 14 if you are arriving from higher-risk countries. Once a negative result is returned after the second test, you are then free to explore the island.
The travel requirement will stay the same as listed previously.
|Duration of your stay||Individual Traveler||Couple||Family|
|5 days or less||US$300||US$500||Main applicant US$300 + US$250 per additional family member.|
|6 days to 3 months (90 days)||US$400||US$600 + US$250 per additional family member.||Main applicant US$400 + US$250 per additional family member.|
Ferry services between Anguilla and St. Maarten will resume on 1 November 2020.
Coronavirus in St Barthelemy
- All visitors age 11+ will be required to show a negative RT-PCR Covid-19 test (this is the molecular-based nasal swab test) where the date the test was administered is within 72 hours of their arrival.
- If you are staying on the Islands for longer than 7 days, a second RT-PCR test will be required on Day 7 following your arrival.
Coronavirus in Saba
- Negative Covid-19 test required 72 hours before departure from home country
- Covid-19 test upon arrival to Saba
- Self-quarantine for 14 days after arrival on Saba
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 Martin, Saba, Anguilla 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.
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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