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Border restrictions with Curacao may be relaxed

POND ISLAND: St. Maarten’s border restrictions with Curacao and Bonaire may be relaxed in the coming weeks if the decline of COVID-19 cases continue on those two sister Dutch Caribbean islands.

No relaxation of border restrictions with Aruba is not recommended at present due to the level of virus outbreak there.

New Public Health Minister Omar Ottley announced the pending restriction change in the Council of Ministers’ Press Briefing on Wednesday. He said the restrictions were put in place to safeguard against any major outbreak, particularly from the UK variant of the virus.

Only St. Maarten residents are allowed to fly into the island from Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao. They do require a negative COVID-19 test to be allowed on the incoming flights. The relaxing of restrictions with Curacao and Bonaire would mean that two-way travel for non-residents will return among the islands, minus Aruba. 

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