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Covid Testing Option Simpson Bay #246400
02/03/2021 10:38 AM
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Re: Covid Testing Option Simpson Bay [Re: ruralcarrier] #246402
02/03/2021 10:53 AM
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For the people staying at LaVista, Atrium, Royal Palm and Flamingo you can get tested at the facility at Simpson Bay resort.

Re: Covid Testing Option Simpson Bay [Re: SXMScubaman] #246403
02/03/2021 10:56 AM
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Yes, I am aware of that but not everyone stays at those places so this is another option. Initial reports from a couple of other testing sites have not been positive and have taken 2-3 hours to get through the process.


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Re: Covid Testing Option Simpson Bay [Re: ruralcarrier] #246406
02/03/2021 11:29 AM
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Agreed, initial reports from several places have not been good. This place I guess is brand new? Or they are just starting to do tourist testing as of this weekend? Not sure which..


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Re: Covid Testing Option Simpson Bay [Re: ruralcarrier] #246411
02/03/2021 11:53 AM
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The clinic/lab referenced requires pre-payment to secure a reservation for testing.

No thanks.

Re: Covid Testing Option Simpson Bay [Re: BillDauterive] #246413
02/03/2021 12:49 PM
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What? You don't want to give your Credit Card number over the phone or over the internet in a foreign country. Me either.

Re: Covid Testing Option Simpson Bay [Re: BillDauterive] #246415
02/03/2021 12:54 PM
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Wow, I think I would decline also..


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Re: Covid Testing Option Simpson Bay [Re: SXMScubaman] #246427
02/03/2021 03:16 PM
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Originally Posted by SXMScubaman
What? You don't want to give your Credit Card number over the phone or over the internet in a foreign country. Me either.

I do not think they do phone appointments but I am not 100% sure.


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Re: Covid Testing Option Simpson Bay [Re: ruralcarrier] #246443
02/03/2021 04:52 PM
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We will be using the Simpson Bay testing as we are staying there on the last portion of our vacation. Will let you know how it went.

Re: Covid Testing Option Simpson Bay [Re: ruralcarrier] #246457
02/03/2021 06:17 PM
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We used the lab in the Orange Grove plaza. We had booked it in late December right after Canada make it a requirement to return, test was done on Friday and printed negative results were available for pickup Saturday which was our departure day. We payed $70 each at time of testing. PCR test is required for Canada so the Simpson Bay resort option was no good for us. We had several American friends use that facility and while the first night was a bit chaotic they improved things quickly. Getting tested in SXM was easier, cheaper and more efficient than in Canada. Things have gotten tighter in Canada now with testing before departure, testing on arrival and probably the deal breaker for most will be the mandatory quarantine at a hotel until your test are recieved (stated cost $2000 per person) if negative you must still quarantine at home for the rest of your 14 days. Our timing was fortunate as we were able to quarantine at home which we are now doing. The month in SXM was well worth the efforts.

Re: Covid Testing Option Simpson Bay [Re: Canuck54] #246461
02/03/2021 06:34 PM
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Well, that's CAD $2,000. That's just USD $1,565!

Now...that's not too bad.... grin

Re: Covid Testing Option Simpson Bay [Re: BillDauterive] #246463
02/03/2021 06:40 PM
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True, but that's at the END of the vacation so not many loonies left. 😀

Re: Covid Testing Option Simpson Bay [Re: Canuck54] #246465
02/03/2021 07:08 PM
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Something that needs to be factored in to the vacation budget to plan ahead for if needed.

Re: Covid Testing Option Simpson Bay [Re: ruralcarrier] #246707
02/06/2021 07:30 AM
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Can I get tested on the French side instead of Dutch for test to return to US?

Re: Covid Testing Option Simpson Bay [Re: Mountaineer] #246709
02/06/2021 07:32 AM
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I wouldn't know why not, you just need to find a place for testing and results in a timely manner.


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Re: Covid Testing Option Simpson Bay [Re: Mountaineer] #246710
02/06/2021 07:40 AM
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Our Airbnb host said most pharmacies on the French side offer rapid tests and that would be an option if we had issues. We are planning for a doc's office in Philipsburg, so we didn't try it.


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Re: Covid Testing Option Simpson Bay [Re: ruralcarrier] #246761
02/06/2021 02:13 PM
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Just finished the process with SLS located across the street from the medical center on Cay Hill. Registered and received our appointment time prior to leaving on 1/30/21.
15 minute process the day of our appt. on 2/5/21. Negative results emailed to our portal at 9:30 a.m on 2/6/21. $75/ each.....paid cash........couldn't have been easier.
Not sure why folks are stressing over this simple process????


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