COVID-19 Entry Policy of St. Eustatius effective as of November 12th, 2021

All persons, except non vaccinated tourists from (very) high risk countries 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 and people entering by plane.

Everyone that wants to enter St. Eustatius must register through the St. Eustatius EHAS system.
Besides this the captain/owner of a vessel need to ask separately for permission to enter Statia harbor through info.covid19@statiagov.com
 

The request for entrance can be done within 72 hours before the planned date of arrival.

Approval will be within 12 hours after receiving the request.

You need to be fully vaccinated: this implies two weeks after the second shot of a two shots vaccine and four weeks after a one shot vaccine. Allowed are the WHO approved vaccines: https://covid19.trackvaccines.org/agency/who/

The valid country lists for the risk levels of COVID 19 can be found here.

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

  • Persons from low risk, high risk countries and very high risk countries must have a negative COVID 19-PCR test taken within 48 hours before departure to Statia. 

[NOTE: Some people continue to test positive when they have had COVID-19, even if they no longer have any symptoms and can no longer infect others. They may still travel with the following documents: 

  • proof of recovery, from within the EU and at least 11 days but no more than 180 days old before travelling.

Or when they don’t have a proof of recovery:

  • a positive NAAT (PCR) test result or antigen test result based on a sample collected at least 11 days but no more than 180 days before travelling;
  • a positive NAAT (PCR) test result based on a sample collected no more than 48 hours before departure to the Netherlands.

They must also show:

  • an antigen test result on departure based on a sample collected no more than 24 hours before departure; or
  • if the antigen test result is positive, a doctor’s certificate stating that they can no longer infect others. This certificate must have been issued no more than 48 hours before departure.]
  • For trips lasting less than 48 hours (maximum 2 nights of stay) no testing is needed upon return. Mandatory quarantine might still be applicable, but this depends on the country you have visited prior to your arrival on Statia.
     

Transit through (very) high risk countries travelling from countries with a lower risk

  • Persons coming from a country with a lower risk and a transit of more than 5 hours in a very high risk country will be treated as if they come from the transit country. 

EHAS system

Everybody entering Statia needs to register for entry in the EHAS Statia website and can only enter after having received a pre-approval in the EHAS system. 

Quarantine measures

Non vaccinated Persons entering from low risk, high risk and very high risk countries must go into quarantine upon entry for 10 days (not including the day of travel).

Exclusions from quarantine obligations:

  • Persons coming from very Low Risk countries, no quarantine is required. However, you 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.
  • Persons vaccinated coming from low risk countries : people who have received their vaccination will be exempted from quarantine if they are fully vaccinated  at least 2 weeks before (re-) entering.
  • Persons vaccinated coming from high risk countries: people who have received their vaccination will be exempted from quarantine if they are fully vaccinated at least 2 weeks before (re-) entering. These persons have to adhere to the monitoring protocol.  After 5 days they will be tested by the Public Health Department. The behavioural advice consists of social distancing, wearing a face make and hand hygiene. During these 5 days, it is not permitted to visit events. Visiting bars and restaurants is limited to outdoor seating.
  • Persons vaccinated coming from very high risk countries: people who have received their vaccination will be exempted from quarantine if they are fully vaccinated at least 2 weeks before (re-) entering. These persons have to take a quick antigen test upon arrival (on their own costs being 60 USD for non Statian residents. Statian residents will not be charged for the antigen test) and after a negative test result to adhere to the monitoring protocol.  After 5 days they will be tested by the Public Health Department. The behavioural advice consists of social distancing, wearing a face make and hand hygiene. During these 5 days, it is not permitted to visit events and work in indoor areas. Visiting bars and restaurants is limited to outdoor seating.

Also, the following regulations apply:

  • The government will not give permission to conduct work during the quarantine for persons entering. Exemptions can be requested for conducting essential work, exemptions will require extra testing on cost of the person in quarantine.
  • If vaccinated persons under monitoring need to conduct work which is not possible under the monitoring protocol exemptions can be granted, exemptions will require extra testing on cost of the person under monitoring.
  • Non vaccinated tourists from high and very high risk countries will not be allowed to enter.

Testing and Quarantine Regulations for children arriving from low risk, high risk and very high risk countries

Children between 12-17 years

  • Must be tested before traveling to Statia; this means that they must have a test result upon entry
  • Regarding quarantine and/or monitoring the rules for adults are applicable.
  • During quarantine they needs to be supervised by an adult in Quarantine 

Children between 6-11 years

  • No entry test is required for children between 6-11 years of age [NOTE: Please be aware that a COVID test is required for children of 5-11 for in or transferring on Sint Maarten from a high risk country or very high risk country according to their classification]
  • They must go into quarantine for 10 days – this is also applicable if their parents are vaccinated. Thus this means that children must go into quarantine for 10 days if their parents are vaccinated or not vaccinated.
  • They will be tested by the Public Health Department at their quarantine location on the 10th day
  • On the 10th day, an exit test will be done at the quarantine location, by the Public Health Department
  • If they travelled on their own, they must go into quarantine for 10 days as well (with an adult). In this case, they will also be tested by the Public Health Department at their quarantine location on the 10th day.
  • No underage child is allowed to quarantine by themselves.

Children between 2-5 years

  • No entry test is required for children between 2 and 5 years of age
  • If the parents are vaccinated, the children must also adhere to the monitoring protocol of 5 days (just as their parents). In this case the children are not allowed to go to school or daycare. These children will also be tested on the 5th day (just like their parents); this will be done at the Public Health Department 
  • On the 10th day an exit test will be done at the quarantine location, by the Public Health Department
  • If they travel alone, they must go into quarantine for 10 days with an adult. In this case, they will also be tested by the Public Health Department at their quarantine location on the 10th day.

Children between 0-1 years 

  • No entry test is required for children between 0 and 2 years of age
  • It is not necessary for these children to adhere to the monitoring protocol if their parents are vaccinated
  • These children will not be tested on the 5th day 
  • If the parents are not vaccinated, these children must also go in quarantine for 10 days (just like their parents)
  • On the 10th day an exit test is not required for these children
  • If they travel alone, they must go into quarantine for 10 days with an adult but will not be tested on the 10th day. The adult that has supervised the child during quarantine will be tested on the 10th day by the Public Health Department.
     

Travelling abroad

People are free to travel abroad, no permission is needed, however Statia residents travelling abroad from now on will not be entitled to any form of repatriation assistance and must pay for quarantine upon return, under all circumstances. While people travelling abroad are responsible to obtain the permission to enter the destination country themselves.
The cost for Testing for travelling abroad are for the persons travelling (125 USD for a PCR test and 60 USD for rapid antigen tests). Tests can only be conducted during weekdays.