Spotter Paradise St. Maarten To Open It Borders To Canadian and European Travelers On July 1, 2020

  • Sint Maarten will open up its borders to parts of the wider world on July 1, 2020.
  • Travelers from Canada and Europe will be allowed to enter once they meet the mandated requirements.
  • This represents a modified version of phase 3 of their re-opening plan as the border was already opened up in June via two earlier phases to the Dutch, French and English-speaking nations within the Caribbean.
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The Sint Maarten Tourism Bureau has announced that the country will finally re-open its borders to parts of the international community on July 1, 2020. Travelers from Canada and Europe will be allowed to enter the island tomorrow once they meet the below criteria.

Travelers from the United States still on hold

According to a June 29 update, travelers from the U.S. were also carded to be allowed re-entry on the 1st, but government officials have since backtracked on the decision given the spike in COVID-19 cases.

They will continue entry to all flights originating from the U.S. by a further two weeks in the first instance. Affected airlines were also informed about the change earlier today. If you were booked to fly in within the next two weeks, contact your airline as soon as possible to discuss date changes or arranging for a refund.

Entry Requirements

Like other islands opening up their borders, incoming passengers will be required to satisfy a number of safety measures as set out by the St. Maarten’s Ministry of Public Health. They are as follows:

Before you depart

  • Complete health declaration form online 72 hours prior to arrival
  • Visitors have to purchase their own Travel Insurance
  • Certified COVID-19 (PCR) Negative Test Results no older than 72-hours
  • Please travel with masks and hand sanitizer
  • Please wear the mask during travel
  • Research and read the guidelines and protocols of the Airline you are traveling on and your Airport of Embarkation and visit The SXM Airport website for any updates

Arriving at the airport

  • Follow instructions given by the airline handlers and airport personnel
  • Follow signs at the airport upon arrival
  • Wear face mask and adhere to social distancing upon disembarkation
  • Avoid touching surfaces as much as possible
  • Sanitize and wash hands frequently
  • Go through Airport Thermal Scanner
  • At Immigration show your health declaration confirmation and Certified COVID-19 (PCR) Negative Test

While on the island

  • Get to know the guidelines and protocols of your lodging facility and activity providers, and adhere to these guidelines and protocols
  • Wear masks when social distancing is not possible, during your stay on island and avoid touching Mouth, Eyes, Nose
  • Sanitize and wash hands frequently
  • Avoid touching surfaces as much as possible
  • We recommend to vacation safe and adhere to the guidelines while exploring our Friendly Island
  • If feeling unwell, contact the Hotel’s Front Desk immediately or contact the health department and dial 914

Which hotels are opening?

A number of resorts will also be re-opening on July 1, including the Sonesta Ocean Point Resort (adults only), Divi Little Bay Beach Resort and Simpsons Bay Beach Resort and Marina. For those looking to stay at the Sonesta Maho, unfortunately that resort will remain closed for the month of July.

[Featured Photo: Bradley Wint/Gate Checked]

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