Travel policy of Statia from the 6th of December 2020

The Government of St. Eustatius would like inform you about the Travel and Quarantine policy of Statia, starting the 6st of December, 2020.

People of the following categories are allowed to enter Statia (in priority order):

  1. Returning medical referrals
  2. Returning Statia residents
  3. Essential workers (both for government and for companies)
  4. Returning Students
  5. Long stay  Business, touristic and family visits (> 3 weeks)
  6. Short Business, touristic and family visits (< 3 weeks)
    • allowed from low risk countries,
    • allowed for essential business trips (with specific quarantine protocols)
    • allowed for touristic groups (f.e. divers) with specific quarantine protocols)

Exemptions on humanitarian grounds (f.e. visiting a funeral) can be made by the Government Commissioner.

Outbound travel is always permitted but return is strictly reserved to the above mentioned categories.

Quarantine measures based on risk in country of origin

The level of risk of countries is based on the amount of new COVID-cases per 100.000 inhabitants in a country in the last 14 days.

The list of countries is valid until further notice. The risk of countries will be continuously monitored by the Public Health Department.

The Quarantine period is 12 consecutive calendar days (not including the day of travel). For people coming form high risk countries it is effectively 12 days as they will be tested on the 10th day of quarantine and only will be released after having received a negative test result

To be excluded from quarantine obligations, people must have been in a low risk country for 14 consecutive calendar days (not including the day of travel).

Everybody wanting to enter Statia from a medium or high risk country  has to request entrance by email to info.covid19@statiagov.com. Your email must include motivation, planned date of entry, name, date of birth, nationality and place of stay during the last 14 days. The request for entrance needs to be received at least 72 hours before the planned date of arrival. Acceptance will be within 48 hours after receiving the request.

The government has limitations for the amount of people at the same moment in quarantine (currently 60 excluding returning medical patients) which can limit the amount of people entering at the same moment. Starting the 1st of January 2021 the limitations for the amount of people in quarantine will be skipped

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

When you travel to Statia through Sint Maarten taking a COVID test within 120 hrs before arriving obligatory based on the requirements of the Sint Maarten Authorities.
All persons will be screened on health and travel history upon arrival on Statia. The Public Health Department can issue a quarantine obligation for every incoming person, based on the screening results.

If incoming passengers on a flight are from different risk categories. The government will treat them as being from the highest risk category present on the flight.

Persons should make use of face masks during air-travel. With most airlines, the use is obligatory.  You are yourselves responsible for acquiring facemasks.
For general information on COVID and updates, see the Statia Government website

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 have in all situation to pay themselves for quarantine upon return.   While travelling abroad people are responsible to obtain the permission to enter the destination country themselves.

Testing on Statia of people who need a test for travelling abroad is at the moment only limited possible with a 5 days-notice to the public health and the can take place on Mondays with a result available on Wednesday night  and on Wednesday with a results available on Friday night . Other test moments and quicker availability of test results for travelling is only possible in exceptional cases.
People travelling outbound from Statia are exempted from the COVID-testing requirements of Sint Maarten.

Additional travel information

https://www.knatravelform.kn/

Website with the requirements for travelling to St. Kitts and Nevis and giving access to the forms which you need to fill in for St. Kitts and Nevis.

https://stmaartenehas.com/application-form/ 

Application form for entering St. Maarten (not needed for transit departing St. Eustatius, but needed for transiting arriving to St. Eustatius)