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  • hollylombardo's Avatar
    07-07-2020, 02:23 PM
    You are smart to book with miles and yes prices are expected to increase across the board in 2021. There are 2 types of insurance to consider . 1. Cancel for any reason available through very limited insurance companies including a few wholesalers. please know there is a small window of opportunity to book this type of insurance either at time of booking or within 21 days depending on what you are insuring. 2. Then you have traditional medical only cancel. The company i work with covers covid as a medical condition if you contract it prior / during travel and will also cover you for quarintine. All insurance companies are different. If you are traveling in 2021 MAKE SURE you are insured and do not entertain working with any company or hotel who will not refund your monies if...
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  • dadto6's Avatar
    07-07-2020, 01:24 PM
    Thank you Ellen, Interesting how the Covid-19 rules change rapidly. I feel for those who will get caught in the midst of change.
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  • elgreaux's Avatar
    07-07-2020, 12:41 PM
    You realize that the local rules have changed since this article was published and you now need negative test results from within 72 hours before your flight. You cannot come without that and expect to be admitted and tested later. That is no longer the case! There is another thread where that is mentioned, so as for the tests, this was published yesterday, which says if you have been anywhere other than the French islands or the Schengen zone, you must show negative results from a test done within three days before flying… you cannot wait to get a test when you arrive:A compter du 10 juillet 2020 inclus, tous les voyageurs à destination de Saint-Barthélemy ayant séjourné au cours des 14 derniers jours dans un autre territoire que la Guadeloupe, la Martinique, Saint-Martin, Sint-Maarten...
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  • Snorkeler's Avatar
    07-07-2020, 11:20 AM
    I'm interested in hearing from any U.S. citizens who have traveled from the U.S. to St. Barths in the past 10 days. How easy was it to get a Covid-19 test in the U.S.? What type of paperwork did you bring to document your test results? Did authorities in St. Barths examine your test result paperwork? And finally, are you enjoying your stay in St. Barths?
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  • belinda's Avatar
    07-07-2020, 09:44 AM
    Wow, steady on chaps, a bit too much Information for me, only checking on the market being open. Lol Now we’re eating eyes, cheeks...... I’m a Pescetarian now verging on vegetarian lol. Will try again this week to go but staying away from the eyes etc so you all can have my share of them. Enjoy ��
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  • crescentbeach's Avatar
    07-07-2020, 09:17 AM
    The right thing to do is stay away for the sake of the island, imho. On the other hand it would be an economic disaster for businesses and jobs if that idea were to take hold. The island will open up in November and one can only pray that it won't be devastated by an outbreak.
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  • lisa b's Avatar
    07-07-2020, 08:25 AM
    We booked with WIMCO last month for March 2021. We did not get any assurance that we’d get a refund if borders were closed or COVID test were to come back positive; 20% of villa cost would be lost if we canceled before early Jan, 30% after that. Ouch! Fingers crossed.
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  • andynap's Avatar
    07-07-2020, 07:10 AM
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  • Izzy's Avatar
    07-07-2020, 06:52 AM
    Below is a google translated article of current interest from Le Journal and data from Santé publique France. The first forum appearance of dengue (2006), according to a prior post from JEK, may be interesting to read after these years of Forum Virology and Epidemiology. Many will have remember that just as COVID-19 is getting the attention these days, other viruses got attention during 2014-15 and during a prior dengue epidemic year (2015-16) in St Barth. Can you name those viruses? Click here and here for answers. THE EMERGING DENGUE EPIDEMIC by V.A 07/01/2020 Saint-Barthélemy will soon be in an epidemic situation with the circulation of dengue. The number of cases has been increasing steadily since mid-April. The resurgence of dengue cases continues. If all the districts...
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  • Izzy's Avatar
    07-07-2020, 06:18 AM
    Issues regarding enforcement of the test requirement were addressed in this Le Journal article. The full article contains additional information and is posted in another thread: (Bruno Magras:) "There remains one point to clarify, border control. It should be the ARS (Agence Régionale de Santé/Regional Health Agency) or the state that does it, as I understand the gendarmerie does not wish to deal with it. The question arises, to call on a service provider to take people's temperature, check their tests or send them to the laboratory." Indeed, many arrivals, local but also tourists, have been surprised in recent days to receive no special instructions on their arrival on the island, or even to find that they did not verify their certificate of negative Covid-19 test . They brought...
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  • Izzy's Avatar
    07-07-2020, 06:05 AM
    From Le Journal, this addresses some issues raised in other threads and contains additional information. Translation by M. Google. VALÉRIE DENUX: "FROM THE MOMENT WE REOPEN, WE IMPORT THE VIRUS" by V.A 07/01/2020 Neither the tests nor the protocols fully guarantee that a case of Covid-19 will not be imported to the island, while the epidemic is flaring up on the American continent. Everyone must prepare for it, the authorities by establishing an effective health protocol, and the inhabitants by respecting the barrier gestures. Since the establishment of the Bio Pôle laboratory drive, 515 PCR tests have been carried out, all negative. 110 serological tests (blood test at the fingertip) were analyzed, of which ten returned positive, that is to say that people have been in...
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  • elgreaux's Avatar
    07-06-2020, 11:31 PM
    I will check again tomorrow but for now the word is the test has to have been done within the 72 hours before you board the plane.
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  • andynap's Avatar
    07-06-2020, 10:06 PM
    There are so many variables it's hard to discern what's covered and what isn't. Too late now. I'll take a look in the morning.
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  • KZ1300A1's Avatar
    07-06-2020, 09:40 PM
    I have used AIG Travel Gaurd but have never filed a claim. Here is their covid disclaimer: https://www.travelguard.com/travel-news/coronavirus-advisory Maybe someone else is better at reading these things than I. Based on what I am seeing they will cover you if you get sick just prior to your travel.
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  • JEK's Avatar
    07-06-2020, 09:07 PM
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2020/07/06/prince-edward-island-canada-coronavirus-atlantic-bubble-reopening-travel/
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  • garykool81's Avatar
    07-06-2020, 08:31 PM
    I certainly hope that changes immediately. Otherwise, the island is putting their own safety and that of responsible tourists at risk.
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  • phil62's Avatar
    07-06-2020, 08:23 PM
    We have heard from a few people who arrived over the weekend that there was no enforcement yet at the airport. Hopefully, that will change, and everyone coming to the Island should be prepared to show that they tested negative within the required 72 hour period prior to arrival. It is in everyone's best interest to follow the rules as laid out by the Com. Phil
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  • garykool81's Avatar
    07-06-2020, 07:51 PM
    Elgreaux -- Since you're on the island, do you happen to have any insight into my question and how this is all being enforced in terms of 72-hours vs. 3 days, etc.? There's a lot of conflicting information starting to emerge on various tourism websites and even from the government itself. Any "on the ground" experience would be very much appreciated for planning :D
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  • elgreaux's Avatar
    07-06-2020, 07:49 PM
    :up:
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  • elgreaux's Avatar
    07-06-2020, 07:43 PM
    It might be free or very reasonable, but I doubt you want to stay there, it's the dorms they built for visiting sports teams, very rudimentary! So if you come it's wise to practice social distancing while here so you don't get sick.. I noticed today that the cashiers in U Express are wearing masks again, in light of the influx of tourists, people are being more careful again.
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  • dadto6's Avatar
    07-06-2020, 07:37 PM
    If I test Positive, is my 14-day confinement at a designated lodging facility in St. Jean free of charge?
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  • garykool81's Avatar
    07-06-2020, 07:35 PM
    Adding even further confusion -- found this tonight on another St. Barts tourism website.
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  • garykool81's Avatar
    07-06-2020, 07:12 PM
    Does anyone have any clear insight into whether the island is enforcing a strict 72-hour time window on the age of the COVID test results, or are they taking a more relaxed approach of "3 days"? I keep seeing conflicting information from the government. IE -- if I arrive at 3PM on a Thursday, will a test from 11AM on Monday be OK, or are we truly holding the line at 72-hours?
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  • phil62's Avatar
    07-06-2020, 06:42 PM
    From Facebook. Collectivité de Saint-Barthélemy Officiel 47 mins ·
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  • JEK's Avatar
    07-06-2020, 06:08 PM
    You never know who may pop in for just a minute. Just sayin’ :thinking1:
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  • NancySC's Avatar
    07-06-2020, 05:44 PM
    Ellen, here in SC we are sometimes able to get grouper cheeks at a fish market on the other side of Parris Island, best part of the fish ! Have to pre-order since don't always have. Other parts, not so much for me !
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  • cec1's Avatar
    07-06-2020, 05:31 PM
    The only situation I recall where the owner will not allow a tip to be added to the credit card charge is Maya's . . . it's prohibited by their accountant, whom I know. Talking with him about it, there's an explanation on the basis of French law. Most restaurant owners, however, are either unaware of the law or disregard it.
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  • KevinS's Avatar
    07-06-2020, 05:21 PM
    I have had one experience where I tried to have a tip added to the credit card charge, but was told that the owner didn't allow it. I did leave a tip, but being short on € at that moment, I left it in cash $.
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  • KevinS's Avatar
    07-06-2020, 05:14 PM
    KevinS replied to a thread Roxy in Everything Else
    The SXM airport is closed to US flights until at least 7/15. What happens on/after that date is solely up to the Sint Maarten government.
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