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    kenn is offline
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    Flights canceled to SXM

    From the Daily Herald. https://thedailyherald.sx/islands/in...eeks-from-tues

    PHILIPSBURG--All international flights and cruises originating from the United States of America, Europe and the United Kingdom to Sint Maarten will be cancelled for two weeks as of Tuesday, March 17, Chairperson of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs said in a national address today, Saturday.
    As of March 14, up until and including Monday, March 16, there is an opportunity for St. Maarten students studying abroad and residents as well as essential personnel to return to the country ahead of the two-week travel restrictions.
    The travel restrictions do not apply for regional air and sea travel at this time. Travel within the Dutch Caribbean: Saba, St. Eustatius, Bonaire, Aruba, and Curacao remains in place until further notice. This travel restriction also applies to other seafaring vessels.
    Jacobs said arrangements will be put in place for visitors to return home with their carriers. Cargo flights/vessels bringing in food supplies, household goods, oil, gas, as well as medicine will continue. Also allowed, will be travel by technical and medical assistants whether via commercial or chartered airlines.
    “All residents and nationals traveling back to Sint Maarten from the United States, Europe and the United Kingdom during this period, are recommended to monitor their health for 14-days for consistent cough, fever or respiratory problems (consistent with COVID-19) and maintain a social distance for the safety and security of the community. If you experience the aforementioned symptoms, please call your family physician. Do not go to your doctor or the medical center. During the phone call with your doctor, you will be advised further what actions should be taken,” she stressed.
    The PM said these preventive measures are to limit the exposure of the Sint Maarten people to COVID-19 due to an increase in COVID-19 cases in Europe and the United States of America and based on the World Health Organisation (WHO’s) declaration on Wednesday, March 11, that the coronavirus has become a global pandemic. “Based on this declaration, the Government of Sint Maarten has stepped up its preparations and today March 14, after deliberation with the Council of Ministers and the EOC a number of decisions have been taken,” she said
    ken

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    KevinS is offline
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    Re: Flights canceled to SXM

    I've found a link to the Sint Maarten Government Press Release:

    http://www.sintmaartengov.org/PressR...H-14-2020.aspx

    14 March 2020




    “People of St. Maarten, I hereby address you, as Prime Minister and Chair of the EOC (Emergency Operations Center), in an update for today Saturday March 14, 2020, as part of the process to keep the community of Sint Maarten informed about the latest developments and the Governments COVID-19 preparedness, prevention, mitigation and response measures.



    The World Health Organization declared on Wednesday March 11 that the coronaviris COVID-19 has become a global pandemic. Based on this delcaration, the Government of Sint Maarten has stepped up its preparations and today March 14, after deliberation with the Council of Ministers and the EOC a number of decisions have been taken.



    These preventive measures are to limit the exposure of the Sint Maarten people to COVID-19 due to an increase in COVID-19 cases in Europe and the United States of America.


    Effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020, all international flights and cruises originating from the United States of America, Europe and the United Kingdom to Sint Maarten are cancelled for a period of two weeks. These travel restrictions do not apply for regional air and sea travel at this time. Travel within the Dutch Caribbean – Saba, St. Eustatius, Bonaire, Aruba, and Curacao remains in place until further notice. This travel restriction also applies to other seafaring vessels.



    Arrangements will be put in place for visitors to return home with their carriers. Cargo flights/vessels bringing in food supplies, household goods, oil, gas, as well as medicine will continue. Also allowed, will be travel by technical and medical assistants whether via commercial or chartered airlines.


    I would like to reiterate that there is no food shortage on the island. There is no reason to engage in panic buying or hoarding of food. There is a sufficient supply of food and medication on the island. We remain in constant contact with our suppliers and have been assured that replenishments will continue.


    As of today, March 14th, up until and including Monday, March 16th, there is an opportunity for St. Maarten students studying abroad and residents as well as essential personnel to return to the country ahead of the 2 week travel restrictions.


    All residents and nationals traveling back to Sint Maarten from the United States, Europe and the United Kingdom during this period, are recommended to monitor their health for 14-days for consistent cough, fever or respiratory problems (consitent with COVID-19) and maintain a social distance for the safety and security of the community. If you experience the aforementioned symptoms, please call your family physician. Do not go to your doctor or the medical center. During the phone call with your doctor, you will be advised further what actions should be taken.


    The second decision regards large gatherings. With respect to social gatherings throughout the country, new permits will not be granted for gatherings of more than 100 persons. Permits which have already been issued relating to gatherings of more than 100 persons will be postponed until further notice.


    Government also strongly recommends that persons in a public setting should keep a distance of at least one meter from each other under certain settings. All institutions, businesses, organizations, religious services and other entities should adhere to these recommended advices in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.


    The current situation unfolding at the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA) has been brought to my attention, as there was some confusion as to the travel history of 6 passengers on the Air France flight which landed today Saturday, March 14th, based on the fact that German nationals were on board. As we know germany has been added on March 11th to our list of restricted areas of travel. In the latest update received, two of the passengers are residents of Switserland and orignated from there and therefore are allowed to travel to St. Maarten as per our current travel restrictions. The other 4 passengers of German nationality who originated in Germany will return on the same flight back to France. The passengers were kept on board until this information was confirmed, and none have any symptoms related to COVID-19.


    PJIA will issue a press release on this matter. The general public is advised not to allow themselves to be riled up before having all the facts. I will also continue to provide updates as the situation develops.


    Follow our Government Radio station – 107.9FM. For official information, statements and news updates or visit the Government website at www.sintmaartengov.org/coronavirus and our Facebook Page: Government of Sint Maarten.


    As Prime Minister of St. Maarten, I wish to encourage all of us to remain steadfast in preparing for what is a world wide pandemic. While we currently have zero confirmed cases, these are all measures aimed at maintaining a COVID-19 status. I pray that we would take our fellow man/woman into consideration while going about our daily activities, and with the knowledge that we are ensuring your safety, refrain from panic buying and fear mongering. Continue to practice proper hygiene at home, at work and in the community.


    Knowledge is power! Stay informed and be prepared. We are strong, resilient and faithful people and trust that this too shall pass.


    God bless St. Maarten and her people as we work together; government and community to keep her safe. Thank you.

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    Jim A is offline
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    Re: Flights canceled to SXM

    And 2 weeks has a funny way of turning into a lot more...

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    kenn is offline
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    2 weeks will probably turn in to 2 months which would be devastating for the Islands (SXM, SBH, AXA) economies.
    ken

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    I wonder what SBH is going to do? As of now I guess you can still fly from the U.S. to SJU and take Tradewinds to SBH.

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    Ouch. We were flying Saturday to SXM from Washington Dulles. Guess NO MORE. The Bucket is such a huge event, wondering the financial impact on the Island if there are going to be many cancelations?

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    Canuck is offline
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    As a traveler coming from Canada I expect this will extend to Westjet and Air Canada. Our government has already stated that it recommends no travel outside of Canada. If there is a restriction on flights from USA that’s gonna be all I need to cancel this year’s visit. The problem is going to be how Villa rentals are dealt with because I doubt travel insurance (for those who bother to get it) will cover this flight cancellation reason.

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    Jim A is offline
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    Quote Originally Posted by dadto6 View Post
    Ouch. We were flying Saturday to SXM from Washington Dulles. Guess NO MORE. The Bucket is such a huge event, wondering the financial impact on the Island if there are going to be many cancelations?
    Sorry to hear Bob and to all who will have their trips cancelled for them. I guess it is for the best in the long run for everyone, but I still feel bad for all of those who won't be able to go like yourself and also to those on Island that will be hurt financially by this ban. Hopefully things will improve quickly

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    JoR is offline
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    Can't get through to Delta or online to confirm my March 17 flight is cancelled but this seems definitive. I'm crushed. Thanks for the heads up. Sorry, sorry, sorry for all. Jo.

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    krand1 is offline
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    We are also so disappointed. We were supposed to fly into St Maarten next Saturday on American Airlines. We have now had to cancel our entire trip. Although I am not surprised, it is a bitter pill to swallow as we were bound and determined to get on that flight. Working with WIMCO now to see what can be done with our reservation. I also feel badly about how this ban is going to effect business in St Barth and St Maarten. No-win situation for all. Best to everyone. Stay safe and HEALTHY.

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    Jeanne is offline
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    Jo, our flight was for the 30th and we were so looking forward to seeing you. I’ll email you so we can keep in touch. Jeanne and Tony

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    TJH is offline
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    We're scheduled on an April 1st flight and though we're outside the two week ban, I can't imagine that it won't be extended beyond the two weeks...

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    didier is offline
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    I wonder how people that are already here are planning to get back. if planes from usa not allowed to enter sxm, then there would not be a plane to take you back to the usa. the only other option would be to take tradewinds to sju? this does not go into effect until march 17th, but the planes must be full already with people who had booked for this time.

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    We are devastated......we were to fly to SBH via SXM on Wednesday, planned for almost a year. With all this hysteria, we were so looking forward to our toes in the sand on Lorient Beach!

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    Quote Originally Posted by deblollar View Post
    We are devastated......we were to fly to SBH via SXM on Wednesday, planned for almost a year. With all this hysteria, we were so looking forward to our toes in the sand on Lorient Beach!
    tradewinds still flying out of sju to sbh. perhaps an option for you?

    won't be much going on here but the sand and the waves. kind of like coming in june without nikki beach or shellona

    or picture coming in september, it might be exactly like that month.

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    Are restaurants closed currently? That's one of the things we were wondering..

    Was supposed to leave tomorrow and return the 24th but now its looking unlikely... however the travel restrictions are effective Tuesday and it does say:

    "Commercial and private/chartered airlines will be allowed to land and take-off after the March 16th deadline date to facilitate the following:

    • Visitors who are currently on the island, or neighboring islands, who are scheduled to travel out via PJIA in the coming weeks to return to their home country. "

    It says in the coming weeks.. so I think we may be safe but mi amor is less optimistic...

    Also gutted.

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    We’re in the same predicament, mentaloriental. We’re wondering if it’s wise to still come, and also wondering what will be open on the island during this time. We’d already begun packing, and the thought of having to unpack is quite depressing. Just trying to remind ourselves that as disappointed as we’ll be (and we’ll be crushed), there are many in much worse predicaments right now.

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    Just finished unpacking--very sad. Apparently the restaurants and stores are closing tomorrow for 2 weeks, with only grocery stores and
    pharmacies open.

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    Return flight cancelled on us by Jetblue, so we had to cancel our trip. Was refunded. Good to know about the closings! Supermarkets here looking scary too!

    Sad.. stay safe & healthy everyone

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    We have been here on SBH since Wednesday. We were scheduled to fly back to KC from SXM through CLT. I called AA this morning and was told that all flights on all airlines from SXM to CONUS are cancelled. We’ve been rebooked on a flight from SXM to MIA on 3/27.

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    didier is offline
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chilehead View Post
    We have been here on SBH since Wednesday. We were scheduled to fly back to KC from SXM through CLT. I called AA this morning and was told that all flights on all airlines from SXM to CONUS are cancelled. We’ve been rebooked on a flight from SXM to MIA on 3/27.
    so you are extending your rental till then? might be less expensive to catch tradewinds to sju

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    Chilehead is offline
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    Yes, for now. We have travel insurance that will cover it, at least for 7 days. WiFi and iPhone and can work remotely. Thx for the idea tho; I noticed that despite AA’s claim to the contrary, there appear to be flights back to CONUS via SJU on at least United, maybe other carriers.

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    phil62 is online now
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    Re: Flights canceled to SXM

    Delta also seems to be maintaining at least their daily SJU/JFK service with 3 non-stops still listed. I'm sure there will be cancellations and combining of flights, and things will probably be changing on a day to day basis. It's a good idea to check your carriers website on a daily basis, but obviously any travel right now will be problematic.

    Phil

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    Izzy is online now
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    Carefully heed how rapidly things have evolved when making plans for the upcoming days and weeks. Google back one or two weeks to articles written then about regions upon which the pandemic has descended. Steps taken thus far have been inadequate (and predictably so)) in slowing the exponential spread of the virus.

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    Thanks so much for the info! Although our trip is cancelled, we understand it's for the safety of all. We will miss St. Barts this year.

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    We were booked on American Airlines coming down and Delta going home. American Airlines is saying online that we can rebook a year from Ticket issue or December 31, 2020 whichever comes earlier. In our case it appears we have to rebook before December 31, which means that we cannot use the credit for a rebook for next march, we have to use it for another trip before deadline. I think I am understanding the policy correctly. Delta, on the other hand has issued us a full refund for the cancelled flight home.

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    KevinS is offline
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    Check the wording carefully. I don’t consider “rebook by” and “fly by”
    to be the same thing.

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    Re: Flights canceled to SXM

    Just received this notification from Tradewind on their current situation:

    Dear Friends,
    We hope this note finds you well during this challenging time. The safety and health of our clients and team is number one priority and we have implemented measures to mitigate the risk of virus spread. In accordance with the most current CDC guidelines, we have stepped up our aircraft and lounge cleaning. In addition, we have made hand sanitizer available to our employees and clients at all locations.
    Many of you have asked us about the status of our operations and locations that we fly. At this time, Tradewind is fully operational and we are continuing to fly both scheduled and private charter flights.

    The following is the most current information that we have for the region.
    San Juan:




    • Airport remains open to all flights to/from the US and islands
    • Arriving passengers are being health screened (temperature taken) upon exit from baggage claim
    • We anticipate delays at customs, screening and TSA so we now recommend a connection time of 2 hours from airline to Tradewind and 3 hours from Tradewind to an airline flight
    • People who have been in the Schengen zone, the UK, Ireland, China and Iran in the previous 14 days are barred from entering the US through SJU
    • Puerto Rico now has a curfew from 9pm to 5am. The airport is unaffected by this curfew
    • Hotels remain open. Casinos are to be closed
    • Bars, restaurants and all non-essential business are closed.
    • Grocery stores and pharmacies remain open
    • Bars and restaurants may provide carry-out or delivery
    • The cruise ship port is closed
    • Restrictions are scheduled to lift on March 31

    St. Barth


    • The airport remains open for all flights
    • Bars, restaurants and all non-essential business are to remain closed
    • Grocery stores and pharmacies remain open
    • Bars and restaurants may provide carry-out or delivery
    • Cruise ships are barred from the island

    Antigua


    • Passengers who have travelled to China, Italy, Iran, Japan, Korea or Singapore in the previous 28 days will be denied entry

    St. Maarten


    • Airport remains open for flight operations however people may not enter from the US or EU

    Anguilla


    • No restrictions at this time

    BVI


    • You must fill out a health declaration and based upon this, you might be subject to quarantine.

    We will continue to update you as things change. Please feel free to contact us with your additional questions.
    Thank you,
    -The Tradewind Team

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    Re: Flights canceled to SXM

    I believe Kevin is correct. I used a canceled trip from last June 2019, it was purchased in March of 2019. I had to rebook prior to March 2020, using the rebooked tickets for travel July 2020 to Hungary. I fulfilled the rebook time within 1-year however, the travel will be in excess of 1-year. All approved by United. Albiet, it took some time on the phone with United two weeks ago.

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    Does anyone know or have info on St Barth Commuter cancellations and/or WIMCO cancellations as of this time for upcoming (April) travel?

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