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    didier is offline
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    No compelling reasons needed to take the ferry from st. martin to st. barth

    the latests news from the ferries.

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    Re: No compelling reasons needed to take the ferry from st. martin to st. barth

    Quote Originally Posted by didier View Post
    the latests news from the ferries.
    Clear as mud!


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    Re: No compelling reasons needed to take the ferry from st. martin to st. barth

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    Re: No compelling reasons needed to take the ferry from st. martin to st. barth

    Not particularly clear as to whether or not this applies to the Dutch side, which is where SXM is located. Nor, is it clear that a non-citizen/resident passenger arriving at SXM would be able to transit across to the French side at all, let alone for purposes of travel to St. Barts.

    I noticed Winair now states on their website that these travel restrictions are in effect “at least” until February 28th, so it seems as though anyone with travel plans this month or even early in March may want to start exploring alternative dates.

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    Re: No compelling reasons needed to take the ferry from st. martin to st. barth

    I've just heard from my lodging owner that the borders are open as of today. Hope that is true and it stands for the time being.

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    KevinS is offline
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    Re: No compelling reasons needed to take the ferry from st. martin to st. barth

    Here's a little more confusion (or perhaps clarity) to add, from Great Bay Express, the Dutch-side ferry from Phillipsburg:

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    From the Great Bay Ferry website, where it differentiates between residents and non-residents:

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    Rosita is online now
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    Re: No compelling reasons needed to take the ferry from st. martin to st. barth

    Quote Originally Posted by maryella View Post
    I've just heard from my lodging owner that the borders are open as of today. Hope that is true and it stands for the time being.
    right now itís open only from the French part
    not the Dutch part
    the borders are not open yet
    itís already a lot confusion
    rosita
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    Re: No compelling reasons needed to take the ferry from st. martin to st. barth

    Quote Originally Posted by Rosita View Post
    right now itís open only from the French part
    not the Dutch part
    the borders are not open yet
    itís already a lot confusion
    Agreed. The wording of the actual statement from the Collective seems to be in such a way that it only applies to residents/citizens and *not* tourism. Why would they mention not needing a PCR test for stays under 72-hours unless this decree only applied to those actually living on both islands?

    Regrettably, detailed communication has never been a strongpoint of the local government. It is as if they issue these statements without ever stopping to ask themselves what potential clarifying questions may need to be answered.

    From what I can see, I suspect tourism is still off-limits.


    [TRANSPORT / COVID-19] - LIFT OF IMPERIOUS REASONS FOR MOVEMENT BETWEEN SAINT -
    BARTHELMY AND SAINT MARTIN.
    With a view to ensuring territorial continuity between our territories, the Decree of 5 February [...] prescribing the general measures necessary to cope with the covid19 epidemic as part of the state of health emergency lifts the obligation to justify on an imperative basis the air and sea travel between Saint-Barthťlemy and Saint-Martin as of Saturday, February 6, 2021.
    The circulation of the virus remains active, a PCR or anti-gene test for travel between the two territories remains recommended in case of stay above 72 h.

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