St Maarten is officially reopening for tourism on July 1, Tour telegraph has learned.
According to St Maarten Tourism Minister Ludmila de Weever, The Dutch Caribbean destination will begin receiving visitors from Europe and North America on the proposed date.
As of June 22nd, the Princess Juliana International Airport is open with no testing/quarantine to passengers from Saba, Sint Eustatius, Bonaire, Curacao, Aruba, Anguilla, St. Barths, Martinique, Guadeloupe, St. Lucia, Antigua and Barbuda, St. Kitts and Nevis, Dominica, and the BVI’s. Nevertheless, before the July 1st opening these countries can only come in if they have physically been in the above countries for the past 21 days.
“The Ministry understands the urgent need for increased economic activity on the island but we intend to re-open in a safe and responsible manner for our residents and visitors,” de Weever said.
Travel Entry Requirements for St. Maarten.
According to the government statement, Here are the details of the travel entry requirements for St. Maarten for their reopening on July 1st. Please note, as this story is just breaking with limited information coming out of official government sources, this information may change.
Is there any mandatory testing for arrivals into St. Maarten?
Currently no mandatory testing, only recommended.
- Inbound passengers to SXM are recommended to take a PCR test within 72 hours prior to boarding and bring the negative test results with them.
- The ministry of tourism also states that incoming travelers MAY be randomly tested upon arrival.
What rules and health measures are in place for tourists arriving into St. Maarten?
- All passengers are required to wear a mask on their flight and inside the airport
- Travelers will undergo a thermal screening process upon arrival
- Tourists are asked to practice social distancing and frequent hand washing
What’s Open in St. Maarten?
Tourists coming tto the island will discover that mostly everything has reopened, but they might have different hours or capacity regulations.
Here is a snapshot of what has reopened:
- Many hotels and resorts
- Restaurants, cafes and some bars
- Shops, boutiques and markets
- Ferry connection with St. Barths
- Beach, boating and watersport activities
- Marina Fort Louis
Nightclubs are still closed until further notice.
What Flights Have Resumed To St. Maarten?
- From NYC on JetBlue starting July 10
- From Atlanta on Delta starting July 2
- From Miami on American Airlines starting July 7
- From Charlotte on American Airlines starting July 9
- From Fort Lauderdale on JetBlue starting July 4 and Spirit on July 18
- From San Juan on Silver Airways starting July 4
- From Kingston on Caribbean Airlines starting July 15
- From St. Barths on Winair starting July 4
- From France on Air Caraibes starting July 3 and Air France starting July 5
- From Toronto on WestJet starting Aug 9