This Caribbean island is dropping its requirements to enter this week
One of the last remaining Caribbean islands with COVID-19 restrictions is lifting some of its requirements. Saint Maarten will no longer require visitors to present proof of vaccination or a negative test result to enter the country, from November 1.
“St. Maarten has done exceptionally well in its fight against… COVID-19,” Tourism Minister Omar Ottley said in announcing the change, according to the Caribbean Diary. “The country is now fully committed to restoring economic activity, and one of the key aspects of economic revitalization is the return of visitors in large numbers.”
This news will not only benefit the Dutch side of the island, but also the French side of St Maarten as the majority of visitors arrive via Princess Juliana Airport on the Dutch side where the requirement was still in place.
The St. Maarten Hotel and Tourism Association had urged action to help the travel industry recover.
Ottley acknowledged this during his announcement, but also warned the nation to remain vigilant in the fight against the pandemic.
“At the same time, as we focus on rebuilding our tourist destination, our work will continue to protect people, including our visitors,” he said.
The action comes about a month after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention moved the island nation into its moderate risk category, or Level 2, for COVID-19.
Previously, St. Maarten had been listed as “unknown” by the CDC due to insufficient data.
According to Caribbean Diary, St. Maarten is the latest of the Dutch Caribbean islands to drop entry requirements. Bonaire, Aruba, Curacao, Statia and Saba had all previously dropped vaccination status or negative tests as entry requirements.
Ottley issued a warning, however.
“St. Maarten must remain vigilant and keep in mind that prior to COVID-19, hotels and the island faced other communicable diseases that harmed the economy and the population,” he said. -he declares.
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