St. Martin Says “Bonjour” To Two Brand-New Frontier Airlines Services

St. Martin, W.I (July 12, 2021) – On Saturday, July 10th, Frontier Airlines inaugurated two nonstop flights from Miami and Orlando to the shores of St. Martin. Orlando in particular is a brand-new gateway for St. Martin, which opens up opportunities in the feeder markets of Atlanta, Denver, Philadelphia, Newark and Baltimore.

Ms. Valérie Damaseau, the first Vice President of the French St. Martin Territorial Council and President of St. Martin’s Tourist Office was present for the ribbon cutting ceremony at the Princess Juliana International Airport, alongside Ms. De Weever, Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Traffic and Telecommunication of Sint Maarten.

“We are delighted that Frontier Airlines has added two new services to our friendly island. The new launch will help us expand our presence in key regions in Florida, in both Miami and Orlando. We will continue to work diligently in order to maintain St. Martin as one of the most sought-after Caribbean destinations to visit,” stated Ms. Aida Weinum, Director of the St. Martin Tourist Office. “With high demand travel to the Caribbean, we thank and welcome visitors, honeymooners, and any beach lovers to fly Frontier Airlines as they visit the tropical paradise of St. Martin.”

Frontier Airlines is now a valued partner for St. Martin, allowing the destination to expand its outreach within the Florida area. It is hoped that the power of both Miami and Orlando to attract international visitors from all across the globe will result in St. Martin being part of a two-center vacation for visitors seeking to combine Florida with an amazing Euro-Caribbean experience. S t. Martin has a great deal to offer — cooler summers, white sand beaches, a host of outdoor adventure activities and multi-cultured cuisine.

The new Miami and Orlando flights are now operating weekly on Saturdays. For more information and to make reservations, please contact flyfrontier.com or your preferred Travel Agent.

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St. Kitts & Nevis Reduces Restrictions for International Air Travelers

Basseterre, St. Kitts (July 12, 2021) – On Saturday, July 10, 2021, The Prime Minister of St. Kitts & Nevis, Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris announced, effective Monday, July 12, 2021, the Vacation in Place period for fully vaccinated international air travelers is reduced from nine days to three days, with testing on day four and the ability to fully integrate into the Federation upon receipt of a negative test result.

International borders remain open for travel by commercial air and sea vessels. As summer family travel is at its peak in July, the travel requirements for non-vaccinated children under 18 have been aligned with those of their parents:

  • Non-vaccinated children under 18 traveling with fully vaccinated parents are welcome.
  • Non-vaccinated children under 18 traveling with fully vaccinated parents will observe the same period of Vacation in Place as their parents.

The increased vaccination rate in the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis, with 69.7% of the adult population having received one dose of the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine and 57.6% of the adult population fully vaccinated, has achieved notable improvements over the past two weeks managing the number of Covid-19 cases since the first case of community spread was reported on May 19, 2021, resulting in 530 cases and three (3) deaths.

As announced on May 29, 2021 only fully vaccinated travelers will be allowed entry to the Federation. Exemptions are in place for Citizens and Residents of the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis and children under the age of 18 coming from international destinations. All Travel Protocols and Requirements remain in place for the Federation of St. Kitts & Nevis. Please see  https://www.stkittstourism.kn/travel-requirements

Travel Restrictions for the UK, Brazil, India and South Africa remain in place, with persons from the aforementioned destinations denied entry into the Federation at this time.

The previously announced travel requirements for non-vaccinated travelers are null and void.  Below are the travel requirements for fully vaccinated travelers:

  1. A traveler is considered fully vaccinated when two weeks have passed since receiving their second dose of a two dose vaccine series (Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna or AstraZeneca/Oxford) or two weeks after they have received a single dose vaccine (Johnson + Johnson).
  1. Proof of vaccination is a scanned copy of the traveler’s official COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card. Upon submission of their vaccination card and completion of their travel authorization form, once verified, international travelers will receive authorization of their vaccination card and a KN number.
  1. Traveler must complete the Travel Authorization Form on the national website (www.knatravelform.kn), including uploading your proof of vaccination and proof of booking at a Travel Approved hotel.
  1. Upon submission of a completed KNA travel form, the traveler must upload their official COVID-19 RT-PCR negative test result from a CLIA/CDC/UKAS approved lab accredited with ISO/IEC 17025 standard taken 72 hours prior to travel. There are no exceptions to the 72-hour timeframe. 

Upon submission of the copy of their official vaccination card and copy of their COVID -19 RT-PCR test negative result, the traveler’s information will be reviewed and they will receive the approval letter to enter the Federation.

  1. For their trip, the traveler should bring a copy of their COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card and their negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test. Please note, acceptable COVID-19 RT-PCR tests must be taken by nasopharyngeal sample. Self-samples, rapid tests, or home tests will be considered invalid.
  1. International travelers will undergo a health screening at the airport which includes a temperature check and a health questionnaire. Upon arrival, if a fully vaccinated traveler is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 during the health screening, they can be required to undergo a RT- PCR test at the airport at their own cost (150 USD).
  1. Fully vaccinated international travelers arriving by air will be asked to Vacation in Place at a “Travel Approved” hotel for three days.
  2. All fully vaccinated international travelers arriving by air are free to move throughout the “Travel Approved” hotel, interact with other guests and partake in hotel activities only.
  1. Fully vaccinated international travelers arriving by air and staying beyond three days are required to be tested on day four (USD 150 visitors’ cost) of their stay and once their test is negative, they may integrate into the Federation.
  1. Effective May 1, 2021, fully vaccinated international travelers arriving by air are not required to submit an exit RT-PCR test. If a pre-departure test is still required for the country of destination, the RT-PCR test will be taken 72 hours prior to departure. Example: If a person is staying 7 days, their pre-departure test will be on day 4; if a person is staying 14 days, their pre-departure test will be taken on day 11.
  2. Travel Approved hotels for international travelers are:
    1. Four Seasons
    2. Golden Rock Inn
    3. Marriott Beach Club
    4. Montpelier Plantation & Beach
    5. Paradise Beach
    6. Park Hyatt

International travelers who would like to stay at private rental home or condo must stay at a property that has been pre-approved as a quarantine housing at their own cost, including security. Please submit request to [email protected]

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TTAL To Diversify Tobago’s Tourism Product With Wellness Niche

SCARBOROUGH Tobago, Wednesday July 07, 2021: Tobago’s tourism authorities have initiated a three-phased project that will strategically develop a wellness tourism niche for the destination, with phase one involving the upcoming virtual conference “Exploring Wellness Tourism 360” from July 8th to 9th, 2021.

The Tobago Tourism Agency Limited’s Roadmap for Growth 2020 – 2023 identified the need to explore new niche development and diversification, as well as support and rejuvenate existing niches. In reassessing Tobago’s assets to ascertain growth potential in the post-COVID era of tourism and travel, the wellness tourism niche was identified as a viable option to be developed into quality and competitive tourism products.

The Honourable Ancil Dennis, Tobago’s Chief Secretary and Secretary for Tourism, Culture and Transportation stated:

I am comfortable that Tobago has all the components necessary for wellness tourism. Fresh air, beautiful scenery, natural green spaces, endless exciting physical activities. In fact, this has been one of several aspects of tourism that the Tobago House of Assembly has been discussing for quite some time now to diversify our tourism product. Covid-19 has allowed us a unique opportunity to reset. We in the Tobago House of Assembly remain committed to sustaining the environment and providing the necessary resources needed to ensure Tobago’s continued and improved attractiveness and competitiveness.”

Wellness tourism puts one’s health and well-being at the epicentre of their travel experience.  Trips organized around the principle of wellness tourism usually include healthy food, exercise, spa treatments, and opportunities to experience holistic development and spiritual activities including mediation and yoga. However, for Tobago, the Agency will seek to develop a unique brand of wellness that aligns with the destination’s brand position of providing “Beyond Ordinary” experiences that go beyond the typical wellness offerings.

TTAL’s development of Tobago’s wellness tourism niche will occur in three phases: phase one involves the hosting of an international educational and inspirational conference called “Exploring Wellness Tourism 360”; phase two will include follow up workshops for on-island tourism stakeholders; and phase three will seethe creative development and launch of the niche offerings as part of the destinations suite of experiences in a post COVID-19 world.

Speaking on the upcoming event to be hosted on July 8th and 9th, TTAL’s Director of Product Development and Destination Management, Mr. Narendra Ramgulam said:

“The Exploring Wellness Tourism 360 conference presents an ideal environment for enhancing and building our local capacity, and kick-start our niche development efforts with a collaborative approach that embraces local and international stakeholder involvement. We are excited to feature industry experts from around the globe to speak on topics from wellness to branding and entrepreneurship, as well as local wellness and tourism stakeholders that can help give insight into what the destination has to offer.

The event is both is both educational and participative in nature, and will inspire – and challenge – attendees to go beyond the traditional concept of wellness. If I had to sum it up into three words, this conference is about awakening our potential.”

Interested persons can register online for “Exploring Wellness Tourism 360” at www.hopin.com/events/exploring-wellness-tourism-360

For more information on the event, follow the Tobago Tourism Agency Limited on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ttaltobago, and visit the “Exploring Wellness Tourism 360” Facebook event page at https://fb.me/e/dEo9pzgwz

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Statia Introduces EHAS For Travellers Entering The Island

The Public Entity St. Eustatius introduces the Electronic Health Authorization System (EHAS) as of today, Wednesday, July 6th, 2021. This system must be used by all incoming travellers within 72 hours before arrival in Statia. The link to the EHAS form is available on the website on the COVID-19 page: Electronic Health Authorization System (EHAS) | COVID-19 | St. Eustatius (statiagovernment.com)

Registration via e-mail is not possible anymore as of Monday, July 12, 2021. From this day on, all Statians and visitors including tourists who want to enter Statia must use the EHAS-system and entering Statia is only possible after having received a pre-approval through the EHAS system.

The implementation of EHAS is a drastic change of the process to register for entry. A positive outcome of the introduction of EHAS is that it will be possible to pass St. Maarten with an EHAS approval from St. Eustatius. Another advantage of EHAS is that it is an easy and quick approval process with less work for the traveler.

Registration

For registering through EHAS, the applicant must upload the PCR-test result, have a passport ready if required, and the proof of vaccination if available. Pictures of these documents are allowed.

Only when the EHAS-form is completed, it can be submitted. Upon submitting the form, the applicant will receive a confirmation mail that permission to enter was requested. This is followed by an e-mail to the applicant with either a pre-approval or a motivated denial. It is expected that almost everyone will be approved to enter Statia. A decision will be made within 12 hours after submitting the form.

For very low risk countries the applicant will receive immediately approval. For all other countries a Public Health Officer will review the application and, based on the information provided, will approve or deny the request.

On Statia a last check will be done by the Public Health staff to check if the pre-approval is correct. If they conclude that information is not correct it can lead to stricter requirements for quarantine.

The airlines will be informed that only travelers with an EHAS pre-approval will be allowed to enter Statia.  EHAS is already introduced on Saba and St. Maarten.

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Vaccination Certification Now Also Available on Statia

The Public Entity St. Eustatius introduces a Vaccination Certification. This consists of a letter and a QR code that is accepted in all European Union (EU) countries and also on Aruba, Curaçao and St. Maarten. Later on, the certificate may also be accepted more widely, for example in the USA. Everyone is recommended to get their COVID-19 vaccination certificate.

The certificate can be requested via email [email protected] or via WhatsApp +599-318-5146. The full name (as noted in the applicant’s passport), date of birth and also an email-address of the applicant must be provided. Within one week the Public Health Department will email the applicant the letter with the QR code. If the applicant has no email address, the request can be sent via WhatsApp. In this case, the QR code can be picked up at Public Health on the Cottage Road (on Mondays) during the week following your request

Current vaccination card

It is recommended that persons that were vaccinated, keep their current vaccination card. In most countries outside of the EU, the current vaccination card will still be proof of the COVID-19 vaccination. In addition, the card is required when a person uses the Electronic Health Authorization System (EHAS) to ask permission to enter Statia. Also, if there is a mistake in the system, the current vaccination card will allow the Public Health Department to still provide the applicant with a proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

The EU has agreed on requirements for a COVID-19 vaccination certificate that is valid from July 1st 2021. It is called DCC (Digital Corona Certificate). It is a uniform system that makes travelling easier. In the whole European Union, the same certificates will be used and accepted. Saba, St Eustatius and Bonaire have been working the previous weeks with the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sports (VWS) in the Netherlands to be able to also provide persons who are vaccinated with a certification.

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