St. Maarten has postponed all U.S. commercial flights for two weeks.

The destination was slated to resume full operations at Princess Juliana Airport on July 1. However, due to the surging number of Covid-19 cases in the U.S., all flights to and from the U.S. have been pushed back, tourism minister Ludmilla de Weever told the Daily Herald newspaper

St. Maarten shares a border with French St. Martin, and there was a risk that the border between the two would be closed if flights from the U.S. were permitted to land on the Dutch side.

Flights from Europe and Canada are being allowed. Flights from Aruba, Curacao, Saba, St. Eustatius, Anguilla, St. Barts, Martinique, Guadeloupe, St. Kitts and Nevis, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica and the British Virgin Islands also will be permitted to land.

Strict health protocols for arriving and departing passengers include proof of a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours of travel, thermal temperature checks and mandatory mask wearing in the airport and in public spaces on the island.

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