COVID-19 Entry Policy of St. Eustatius Effective as of 20th April 2021

All persons are allowed to enter St. Eustatius based on the normal immigration rules.
Registration is however required before entering St. Eustatius and the requirements as described below must be fulfilled. This is applicable for people entering by boat[1] and people entering by plane.

[1] For entering by boat see the specific rules on  https://www.statiagovernment.com/key-topics/covid-19/documents/regulations/2020/07/16/protocol-for-inter-island-boat-trips-july-15th-to-and-from-statia

Everyone that wants to enter St. Eustatius must register by email to info.covid19@statiagov.com. Your email must include motivation, planned date of entry, name, date of birth, nationality, which country or countries you stayed during the last 14 days and (if applicable) your preferred place to stay during the quarantine period. The request for entrance needs to be received at least 72 hours before the planned date of arrival. Approval will be within 48 hours after receiving the request.

Testing requirements before entry based on the risk of the country of origin.

1)The list of countries is based on the decision of the minister of public health: ‘Het Besluit aanwijzing gebieden negatieve testverplichtingen Sint Eustatius’ 2) A NAAT test (nucleic acid amplification technique) test for detection of viral RNA (NAAT is a category of tests among with are the following tests: mPOCT, NAAT, PCR of RT PCR, LAMP en TMA)

Persons from high risk countries need to have a negative COVID 19-NAAT test taken within 72 hours before arriving on Statia.

Persons from high risk countries also need to have a negative quick test taken within 24 hours before departing form the high risk country.. We allow antigen test taken at a stopover in Sint Maarten instead of at departure. Sint Maarten is exempted from the quick test  requirement.

Both tests can be replaced by one NAAT test conducted within 24 hours before departure

If you have a stopover of  more than 24 hours the flights are seen as separate flights. And the  antigen test needs to be taken in the country of the long stop over within 24 hours before departure from that country.

Medical patients returning with ZVK organised flights from Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao and Sint Maarten are exempted from the testing requirements.

For trips from Sint Eustatius  to Sint Maarten lasting less than 48 hours (maximum 2 nights of stay) no testing is needed upon return, quarantine is still applicable upon return (except for persons vaccinated on Statia).

Health declaration

Everybody entering Statia needs to fill in a travel questionnaire, which can be found on the website : Questionnaire. The form has to be filled in between 48 and 12 hours before arrival.

Quarantine measures for high risk countries

Persons entering from high risk countries are obliged to go into quarantine upon entry. 

Exclusions from quarantine obligations:

  • Low Risk countries no quarantine: people must have been in a low risk country for 14 consecutive calendar days (not including the day of travel). All persons will be screened on health and travel history upon arrival on Statia. If incoming passengers on a flight are from different risk categories. The government can decide to treat them as being from the highest risk category present on the flight. The Public Health Department can issue a quarantine obligation for every incoming person, based on the screening results.
  • Vaccinated on Statia no quarantine: people who have got their vaccination on Statia will be exempted from quarantine if they have received their second shot at least 2 weeks before (re-)entering. The will have to sign a protocol with a behavioural advice  and after 5 days they will be tested at the public health. The behavioural advice consist of social distancing, wearing a face make , hand hygiene. During the 5 days visit events if not permitted while visiting bars and restaurants is limited to outdoor seating.

The Quarantine period is 10 consecutive calendar days (not including the day of travel). An exit antigen test  will be conducted on  or after the 10th day of quarantine and persons will only be released  from quarantine after having received a negative test result. This  test is executed and paid for by the public health.

People from high risk countries staying on Statia for a period of 10 days or shorter are welcome, but will not be tested on the 10th day and have to stay in quarantine during their whole stay.

The government can give permission to conduct work during the quarantine and has specific protocols developed for the permission which needs to be signed by the persons involved.

Children

The rules for Travel related testing are applicable for children of 12 years and older, younger children are exempted

The rules for Quarantine related testing are applicable for children of 2 years and older, younger children are exempted.

Children younger than 12 years returning with  vaccinated persons returning who do not need to go in quarantine are not required to go into quarantine. As part of the monitoring protocol they will not be allowed to go to school or day care during the monitoring period of 5 days.

Children of 12 years and older returning with vaccinated persons do need to go into quarantine for a period of 10 days.

Travelling abroad

People are free to travel abroad, no permission is needed,  however Statia residents travelling abroad from now on will not be entitled for any form of repatriation assistance and must under all circumstances  pay for quarantine upon return.   While travelling abroad people are responsible to obtain the permission to enter the destination country themselves.

The cost for Testing for travelling abroad (125 USSD for a PCR test) are for the persons travelling.