St Maarten updates COVID-19 entry requirements for travelers

The Dutch Caribbean island of St Maarten will move from pandemic to endemic status, easing COVID-19 entry requirements from March 1.

Starting next month, all visitors who are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 within the past nine months will no longer be required to present proof of a negative test upon arrival. However, unvaccinated visitors will still need to provide a negative PCR test taken 48 hours before arrival or an antigen test taken 24 hours before arrival. All travelers, regardless of their vaccination status, must continue to complete a health pre-authorization form from 72 hours before their arrival on stmaartenentry.com.

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To be considered fully vaccinated, individuals’ full vaccination date cannot be earlier than one year, unless they received a booster shot before the end of the one-year term. In addition, the booster shot must be at least 14 days old.

Additionally, starting Friday, February 25, all nightlife hours on St. Maarten will be extended until 3 a.m. local time.

“This is not a hasty decision or one to be confused with complacency about the situation. As we take steps towards normalcy, we will do so in a safe and responsible manner. Case numbers remain low , our protocols have made St. Maarten one of the safest places to visit today,” Omar Ottley, Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor, said in a statement. -19 as endemic to our island is essential, and we will be working for months on pioneering policies that prioritize everyone’s health and simultaneously allow easy but safe travel to and within St. Maarten. We are confident that the introduction of these new protocols will help us smoothly return to normalcy and maintenance while welcoming increasing numbers of valued visitors to our friendly island.”

“We remain more united than ever in our efforts to further reposition Saint-Martin as a leading destination and to restore our tourism prestige by adapting our processes to meet consumer expectations and provide an easy travel experience on our well-established island. -loved,” added Roger Lawrence. , Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunications (TEATT). “As we transition to normal, we will continue to promote safety measures to ensure a safe and fun environment for our residents and visitors throughout the transition period.”

According to the Saint-Martin Tourist Office, the destination’s recovery is in full swing, with the destination welcoming almost 30,000 visitors last month, which represents a 39% increase compared to January 2019 figures.

Currently, travelers have many options for getting to St. Maarten, with major US airlines such as American, Delta, JetBlue, Spirit and United serving Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM) from several major cities, including Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, New York and Washington, DC

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