What You Need To Know
Travel to St Maarten | COVID-19
St Maarten joins the international community in trying to navigate through the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Our team at SintMaartenVacation.com has put together this page to position ourselves to better inform persons wishing to travel to St Maarten.
We will keep you up to date here, on the latest on how the virus is affecting travel to the island, suggest ways through which you can help stop the spread of the novel COVID-19 corona virus, and provide some resources for staying up to date with this ongoing situation.
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Booking Travel to St Maarten Right Now
St Maarten’s borders are currently closed. Commercial travel through the Princess Juliana International Airport is not possible at this time. The cruise port is also closed. The relevant authorities in St Maarten are reviewing travel restrictions and current travel bans in anticipation of reopening the island’s borders for inbound travel. While Delta has announced plans to flights to St Maarten in June from the United States, and Air Caraibes as of July 3, from France, there has been no official word on this from the St Maarten Government. We do anticipate that when the borders do reopen, this will be in a phased manner with airlines operating a heavily reduced flight service because of the pandemic. In addition, many hotels, restaurants and tour operators around the island are reviewing health and safety guidelines and implementing increased hygienic efforts in their daily operating procedures. While it’s uncertain when travel restrictions to St Maarten will lift, if you’re considering planning a trip here, make sure to check cancellation policies before booking. The following resources are meant to be a helpful place to start, after all
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Resources for Planning a Trip to St Maarten:
- Make Sure You are Covered if Your Travel Plans are Interrupted – Get Flight Cancellation Coverage
- Airline Directory, Cancellations and Change Policies
- St Maarten Hotel Cancellation Policies
- Our Cancellation Policy on Booked Activities & Tours in St Maarten
- What You Need to Know If You Get Sick While on St Maarten
How Can I Help Slow the Spread?
The novel COVID-19 corona virus is spread mainly person to person through respiratory droplets when when an infected person speaks, coughs or sneezes within close proximity. The CDC has also warned that the spread is also possible via touching surfaces or objects and then proceeding to touch your face – moth, nose or eyes.
Although there is currently no vaccine, there are measures you can take to help reduce the spread of the virus. The WHO recommends:
- Washing your hands regularly with an alcohol-based sanitizer, or with soap and water
- Maintaining distance of at least 1.5 meters (or about 6 feet) between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing
- Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth
- Seeking immediate medical care at first signs of any possible symptoms
Help these Local St Maarten Organizations
You can give to local organizations on the ground in St Maarten working towards providing prevention, relief and support services to the most vulnerable persons in St Maarten’s communities. Here are a list of a few organizations our Team at SintMaartenVacation.com recommend:
- K1 Britannia Foundation – more information coming soon.
- St Maarten Red Cross – more information coming soon.
COVID-19 News & Resources
- The Latest St Maarten Travel News
- Government of St Maarten – COVID-19
- The World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Resource Hub
- The Centers for Disease Control’s COVID-19 Resource Center
- Apple’s COVID-19 self-screening tool (developed in partnership with the CDC, and available on the web and in the App Store for iPhone and iPad)
- Google’s COVID-19 Information and Resource Page