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6 hours ago Where to stay in SXM if fail the return to US Covid test [by barryvabeach]
Assume you get a negative test in the US and visit SXM, then when you go to return you get a positive test ( false positive or real positive doesn't matter) Where will you be able to stay for the duration of the quarantine, and where will you get a letter from a health care provider allowing you to return?


The full story is that we have stayed in SXM a number of times, though not compared to many posters here, and love it . We were there last Feb, and booked our return trip for this Feb, though I did buy cancel anytime travel insurance. I have been back and forth about whether to cancel this trip, mostly concerned about the airport terminals, but just traveled domestically this past week and felt pretty safe . Everyone was wearing masks, mostly social distancing, even on the jet ramp, so by the end of that trip I was 100% go to SXM.

Then the US announced that they will not accept a return with a negative COVID test ( with some exceptions) On the other posts, real questions have been raised as to whether SXM will be administer enough tests per day and get results timely to allow us to be able to return on schedule. Since my trip isn't till the end of Feb, I hope that will be sorted out by now.

My bigger questions is what happens if when we test to return, we test positive? We are staying at an airbnb owned by an individual in Grand Case, and it is booked immediately after our stay, so staying there for 10 extra days won't work. I can't imagine it would be easy to find a hotel when I say I am staying because I tested positive - also I wonder what to do about food , etc, while trying to quarantine. Is there a designated place on SXM for tourists who test positive? I thought I read about that last year, but may be mistaken.

Also, the way I read the CDC guidance, they don't suggest another test after testing positive, though I guess if I test positive, then take a test the next day and am negative, I may be permitted to return based on the assumption that it was a false positive. According to the CDC order, you either need a negative test, or a positive test plus a letter from a health care provider or public health care officer that I have met the criteria to end isolation - which is in essence 10 days from onset of symptoms, or 10 days from the positive test. So that raises the question will there be health care providers in SXM willing to attest to that , in English?

Any input would be appreciated. I really do want to go, but this part has me pretty worried.
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Yesterday at 09:57 PM Where to Quarantine - Land or Sea? [by bailau]
I have to use a Moorings credit in 2021 and it seems like the best way to do this to go down longer than 8 days...14 days due to the quarantine rules.

I was trying to think through the pros and cons of all 14 days at sea vs 4 on land and then 10 at sea.

Thoughts?

Thanks my friends...and Happy New Year
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Yesterday at 06:31 PM Simpson Bay Resort / Covid testing [by PHLarry]
Simpson Bay Resort will begin offering Covid testing January 20th; https://www.simpsonbayresort.com/sbr-covid19-test.asp
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Yesterday at 05:58 PM Current situation at Royal Palm [by ruralcarrier]
This was posted on the "FORECLUSURE" thread but since it deals specifically with a recently reopened resort, I am going to make it a stand-alone post. It was posted by "Nowhatched"

Nowhatched
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Joined: Feb 2014
Posts: 70
Cape Cod, Massachusetts
This information was exactly what I was looking for today.
I’ve been an owner at RP for 21 years. We checked in on Saturday January 9... it was a “st” show.
The place is NOWHERE NEAR READY TO BE taking guests never mind our money.
I’ve held in with them through all the Irma aftermath, and frankly excuses.
I really thought when we got back in the place would be fabulous .
The market isn’t open, the beach is still a construction site. They put new Palapas on the beach..guess what, they don’t even create any shade. They are built to high and not wide enough. I’m sure that will cost plenty to fix that.
The storage area in the unit is great if you want to hoard can goods for about a year. The shelves are so small I don’t even think you could store paper towels there. I could go on but bottom line..I’m done. We left on the 10th and at Simpson Bay Resort.
I have 6 or so “weeks” banked because I paid all the maintained fees for the last couple of years. I’m going to lose that. Ya know what? I don’t even care. I won’t give them another dime.
One more thing..Flamingo looks the same...
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Yesterday at 05:39 PM Speaking of iguanas... and a faithful friend.. [by Carol_Hill]
Those of you who love Beachside Villas have known Nicholas, who worked there for YEARS, and who recently passed away, very sadly. Here is a picture I took of Nico, years ago, as he was, with his typical huge smile, doing his job. In this case, getting rid of some pesky iguanas...

[Linked Image]

Rest in peace, Nico.
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Yesterday at 01:00 PM OBBR Announcement [by bonsie]
We are so pleased to announce that OBBR is now offering rt-PCR to in house guests prior to their departure to the USA, if needed to comply with certain state quarantine requirements. The cost of the test is $75.00. This is a voluntary program. We have arranged for medical personnel to collect samples for PCR tests at the resort on Thursday for results to be available no later than Saturday morning. The test can be scheduled any other time at an additional cost or directly with SLS St. Maarten Laboratory services located across from the ST. Maarten Medical Center. Appointment requests can be made at the activities desk or emailed directly to prescreening@sls.sx.
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Yesterday at 03:51 AM FORECLOSURE [by EDARGUS]

Good Evening- This is my dilemma- Tomorrow I have to pay almost 6500 dollars for my 2 weeks at the Flamingo. Of course we have not been been back for almost 3 yrs. As Seniors we are concerned about going this yr. We own fixed weeks(29 and 30). WE have discussed turning back our Time Share. It will cost us almost 6000 dollars to accomplish.
this task. I called Diamond Foreclosure dept today. They said leave your number and someone will get back to you. That was 8hrs ago. By not having The Timeshare it will open up more flexibility for our future visits.So any thoughts of going the foreclosure route. Thanking you inadvance.
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Yesterday at 01:59 AM Private flights [by macaroni]
Can someone tell me what companies are still flying into EIS from San Juan?

Thanks!
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Yesterday at 01:49 AM Does your party have to arrive together? [by Marilyn]
We're a group of eight headed down in May 2021. We plan to do the 4-day quarantine in a villa before getting on the sailboat. Do all of us have to arrive at EIS on the same flight and get transported together to the villa. Or, can the group be split and arrive on separate flights, as long as we all arrive on the same day (i.e. Day 0).

Thanks.
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01/14/2021 11:25 PM Covid - negative [by Trinigerl]
Happy to say we have been home for a week and took a Covid test this past weekend where we’ve tested negative. We took the test because we were in several situations where most folks were not wearing a mask or not wearing them properly, especially New Year’s Eve in Maho . Also some days on mullet beach we were pretty close to other people (tourists and locals), similarly at rainbow beach in grand case . Also our return flights were completely full.

Some pics from happy bay
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