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: 23rd October 2020

Cases overview in St Martin:

  • Confirmed: 1392
  • Recovered: 1177
  • Deaths: 30

 

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.

Funtime Charters - Service to resume 1st November
Calypso Charters - Service to resume 1st November
Voyager Ferry - Operating temporary schedule
Edge Ferry - Not operating until further notice
Great Bay Express -  Not operating until further notice
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

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.


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Coronavirus in Anguilla

Anguilla’s ports, sea and air are closed for all regular inbound passenger movements until Saturday 31 October. Entry to Anguilla is restricted and must be pre-approved. All travellers to Anguilla, including returning resident are required to: 
 
  • 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.
Anguilla is preparing for Phase Two of the tourism reopening, starting on 01 November 2020. In Phase Two, hotels, resorts, and villas, have been added into the approved and certified accommodations mix for visitors to the island. The government is introducing the bubble concept, which allows properties to safely offer their guests access to a variety of approved amenities, services, and activities while they stay in place.
The travel requirement will stay the same as listed previously. 
 
You will also need to pay a fee, to cover the re-entry protocols and procedures (2 tests per person, surveillance and costs associated with the additional public health presence):
 
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.
 
All fees are payable only on approval of the travel application.

Ferry services between Anguilla and St. Maarten will resume on 1 November 2020. 
You can check our travel tips to plan your vacation after the crisis subsides.
 

Coronavirus in St Barthelemy

As the Island does not count any infected since April 21, some restrictions were lifted starting from May 12. Bars, restaurants, and businesses will be able to reopen if they respect the social distancing rule and practice good hygienic measures. Residents of St Barths can now move freely about the island while practising social distancing.
As of June 22, St Barths is once again open to non-essential travel and tourism. Life on the Island is back to normal. Beaches are open without restrictions. Restaurants, boutiques, and houses of worship are open. Nautical activities are provided as usual. Face masks are mandatory from 7.00 AM. to 2:00 AM. in areas frequented by a large public such as bars, schools and shops surrounding. Violators are subject to a fine of 135 euros.
 
Travel requirements:
  • 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.
Read our St Barths travel tips page to plan your travel to the island after the crisis subsides. 

 

 

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Coronavirus in Saba

Saba is closed for visitors and non-essential travel until further notice (this is valid for both airport and harbour). 
Residents of Saba can always leave the island with no requirements from the local government (It is your own responsibility to check transit and destination requirements). All persons wishing to (re)enter Saba must email [email protected] to request approval from the Island Governor. Returning residents, medical students, or essential workers should be aware that a 14-day quarantine is required for persons travelling from high-risk areas. 
 
The Saba University School of Medicine campus is currently open. For students coming from abroad to Saba for the September 2020 semester, requirements include:
  • 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


social distancing

Personal hygiene is asked. People should wash their hands regularly, sneeze or cough in their elbow, not touch their face, avoid handshakes, pay with their bank card whenever possible. 
 
For more general information about Saba, you can check our travel tips page. 
 

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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*List of Countries by Transmission Risk (as per 20th October 2020)
 
High Risk
Moderate Risk
Low Risk

Andorra
Bahamas
Belgium
Brazil
Bulgaria
Colombia
Costa Rica
Croatia
Czech Republic
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
Estonia
France
Guadeloupe
Haiti
Hong Kong
India
Luxembourg
Malta
Martinique

Monaco
Netherlands
Panama
Philippines
Portugal
Puerto Rico
Romania
Saint Martin
Singapore
Spain
Switzerland
Venezuela
United Arabic Emirates
United Kingdom
United States of America
US Virgin Islands

Aruba
Austria
Australia
Canada
China
Cuba
Curacao
Cyprus
Denmark
Finland
French Guyana
Germany
Greece
Guyana
Hungary
Iceland
Ireland
Italy
Jamaica
Japan

Latvia
Lithuania
Malaysia
Mongolia
Morocco
Northern Mariana Islands
Norway
Peru
Poland
Slovenia
Slovakia
South Korea
Sweden
Taiwan
Trinidad and Tobago
Tunisia
Turkey
Turks and Caicos
Uruguay

Anguilla
Antiqua and Barbuda
Barbados
Bermuda
Bonaire
British Virgin Islands
Cayman Islands
Dominica
Grenada
Montserrat
Saba
Saint Barthelemy
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
St. Eustatius
Thailand

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