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Update from St Martin – Oct. 5, 2020

In order to get to Saint-Martin / Sint-Maarten, by air or by sea, the Tourist Office provides you with the latest information and regulations known to date concerning the entry into the territory.

We all want the health situation to improve as quickly as possible, therefore, together, we must follow the protocols put in place by our governments and local health agencies.

Yesterday’s certainties are confronted with today’s reality and impose more and more constraints and vigilance on us. The difficult trade-off between economic asphyxiation and the safeguarding of public health oblige us to the greatest reserve.

The people of Saint-Martin are resilient. We are used to difficult times and we know how to join forces to overcome them, always with a smile!

For you, tourism professionals are doing everything they can to offer optimal hospitality, while respecting current sanitary regulations.

Despite this new situation, The Friendly Island is eager to welcome and offer you and your loved ones the most beautiful experience.

AIRPORTS

Princess Juliana International Airport :

Most of international flights have resumed, as are some regional flights.

However, a negative rt-PCR test performed within 120 hours prior to departure to Sint Maarten (last leg in case of connecting flights) is required for all travelers originating from a country that is categorized as high or moderate risk.

An online health authorization application must be filled and approved before your travel : https://stmaartenehas.com/

The rt-PCR test is not mandatory for children under the age of 10.

For more information and up to date travel regulations, please visit Sint Maarten Government’s official website: https://stmaartenehas.com/

Grand Case Espérance Airport:

Between Guadeloupe, Martinique and Saint-Martin, with the exception of Saint Barthélemy:

Travel is prohibited unless if based on an overriding personal or family reason, an emergency health reason or a professional reason that cannot be postponed.

These conditions do not apply to passengers in transit to and from Paris.

Travelers must present to the airline, before boarding, one or more supporting documents as well as a sworn statement stating the reason for travel available via the link: https://tinyurl.com/yxk6cnet

For more information and up to date travel regulations, please visit the Prefecture de Saint Martin et de Saint Barthélemy’s website : https://tinyurl.com/yxk6cnet

 

NIGHTLIFE AND RESTAURANTS

On the French side, bars, restaurants and shops must close at midnight at the latest.

(Wearing a mask is mandatory from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. in areas frequented by a large public, such as bars, schools and shops’s surroundings, for one month starting Friday September 18th.)

On the Dutch side, nightclubs, bars and restaurants must close at midnight at the latest.

On both sides, social distancing must be respected and wearing a mask is mandatory in closed establishments.

INTER-ISLAND FERRIES

Connections between St. Martin and the nearby island of Anguilla are suspended until November 1st. Connections to St. Barthelemy are maintained.

Travel between Saint Barthélemy and Saint Martin (and vice versa) is not subject to any compelling reason.

Marina Fort Louis

The Captaincy welcomes the public from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday and from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Weekends and holidays.

However, contacts by phone, email and online procedures are preferred – Tel : 590 590 773126 – [email protected].

Access to the Marina is possible to those complying with health safety guidelines.

Cruise port

The reception of cruise ships is prohibited on both sides of the island. The refueling of cruise ships is authorized.

HOSPITAL

At the Louis Constant Fleming Hospital, the precautionary measures were lifted. Consultations are open again. Emergencies remain focused to monitor cases of covid-19.

ORGANIZING EVENTS

For those who wish to organize events and gatherings of more than 10 people, please visit the Prefecture’s website : https://tinyurl.com/y4c2usee

A reminder of good hygiene practices :

– Wash your hands regularly

– Cover your mouth and nose with flexed elbow when coughing and sneezing

– Use disposable tissues

– Maintain a safety distance of 2 meters between individuals

– Greet without shaking hands and avoid kissing

– Call EMERGENCY +15 if symptoms appear (cough, fever…) and stay home.

– Use of masks for staff and customers is mandatory in public areas

– Sick employees MUST NOT go to work

– The use of gloves for staff in contact with the general public is enforced

– Detailed and frequent cleaning of premises and contact surfaces is implemented-

– Public access to businesses must be controlled and regulated.

The Tourist Office is available to answer your questions by e-mail at :

[email protected]

or by phone at: +590 590 875721

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