SAINT-MARTIN (MARIGOT) – The border closure has been extended until September 1, according to a joint statement on Friday by the Prefecture of Saint-Barths and Saint-Martin and the public health agency ARS.
The closure extension is due to the increase in the number of cases of COVID-19 on Saint-Martin (41 active cases), Saint-Barths (eight cases), and Sint Maarten (144 cases).
The decision by the French state authorities was take in consultation with the Government of the Collectivite of Saint-Martin and the French Ministry of Overseas Affairs Outre-mer.
The Prefecture statement says that it was imperative to stop the spread of COVID-19 by limiting the movement of people. There is also a limited capacity within the public health sector in Saint-Martin to deal with COVID-19 cases.
Only in extreme cases will border crossing be allowed. These are: a death in the family, a health emergency, medical transport/ambulance and a compelling professional motive.
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The aforementioned must be verified by the Prefecture with respect to border crossing certificates already issued.
Border checks will continue at two border points: Bellevue and Belleplaine. The border points in Cupecoy and Oyster Pond remain closed.
Freight transport services between both sides of the island are allowed.
Travellers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport from European Schengen regions, once they present proof via their ticket among other requirements such as a negative PCR COVID-19 test will be allowed to enter the French side of the island.