Latest News January 3 2021.

FYI From Richard March at the Royal Islander Timeshare Group Jan 3, 2021. An information  update

This is my 29th year of involvement at the owners Group. I am not on the Island but in snowy Canada.  Let me first wish you all the best for 2021, the situation must surely get better next year.  It is such a difficult time with COVID with a severe impact on travel of all kinds.  Rentals this year, reflect the current travel challenges, and so far, are quite low.  Clearly many owners are not travelling to the Island.  

Today I spoke with an owner who has been at the Resort for the past three weeks. I will share their comments FYI.  I am not looking for a response or comments on this post, pro or co​n​  If you have to “vent” please do it elsewhere.   its simply information that I believe is accurate and you can choose to use or otherwise.    Since we have not heard a peep from the Resort, I hope this will be helpful.

“Current occupancy at the Resort appears less than 35%.   Pool chairs are spread to allow for social distancing.  The Tortuga has gone through a slow opening but is now serving lunches with a limited menu. The towel booth is not attended and open on an exchange towel basis but does seem to open irregular hours.  The Resort has advised in their web site.www.royalislander.com “we have implemented extensive and comprehensive new measures to safeguard your health, safety and wellbeing in accordance with public health and government recommendations.

You will now have the option to check-in prior to arrival and check-out online before departure. An infrared surveillance system is installed to screen your temperature upon arrival and throughout your stay. Face coverings are required in areas where social distancing cannot be maintained.

Our staff has received enhanced COVID-19 related health and safety training including correct procedures for wearing masks, PPE and distancing awareness

I am “told” the Casino has taken significant hygiene measures to allow for gambling enjoyment and social distancing efforts are evident.  Local restaurants are largely open including those in the Maho area.    

The Government of St. Maarten advises on their web site

Please adhere to the following general measures in effect on both sides of the island and help us keep it safe:

Wearing a mask is mandatory in all public places, airport, public transportation, supermarkets and in all areas, buildings and stores where social distancing is not possible.  Keep a safe distance of 5-6 ft (1.5 – 2 m) at all times, including beach visits.

Wash your hand frequently with soap during 20 sec. or use hand sanitizer containing at least 65% alcohol.

Sanitize your hands before entering a store or supermarket.

Discard of the disposable mask in a closed bin. Wash a re-usable mask at least every other day

If you become sick with fever and flu like symptoms, please contact the hotel front desk and/or the public health authorities immediately on phone number 914.

Make sure to carry along a reliable thermometer, in the event that you may have to be quarantined and for daily self-monitoring.

Do not take more than 4 persons in your rental vehicle if not part of your family.

Comply with all instructions from the island authorities and the airport, your hotel, restaurants, stores etc”

When you arrive at the Airport there are specific protocols you must meet in order to be allowed in and out      Click on www.stmaartenentry.com.     You will need to advise authorities of your temperature by email daily so bring a thermometer.    Depending where you are from the states you require a COVID test prior to travelling back to the USA. Each state rules are different, and you need to know your state rules that apply to you.

Air Traffic currently includes incoming flights from Spirit, Jet Blue, American, Delta, United, Air France and KLM

GOVERNMENT OF ST. MAARTEN Announcement effective January 10 2021

** Vacation Safe in St. Maarten with the SXM Protection Plan **

As of January 10, 2021, St. Maarten will roll out the SXM Protection Plan, a mandatory health coverage for its visitors that is very affordable and assures the tourist a relaxing and safe vacation. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, St. Maarten wants to ensure that all visitors are properly protected, and have an advanced protection in case they test positive while vacationing on our friendly island.

A visitor who tests positive for COVID-19 in St. Maarten, will have very few, if any, out-of-pocket expenses, giving the visitors a peace of mind in case they test positive, and if they cannot be assisted in St. Maarten, the SXM Protection Plan covers also medical evacuation costs. The overall maximum limit for all benefits together, except Medical Evacuation, is $50,000. Emergency medical evacuation to the nearest qualified hospital to prevent loss of life, is up to a maximum limit of $20,000, provided the patient cannot be treated locally in St. Maarten.

In case of hospitalization, the expenses to treat severe COVID-19 symptoms includes specialist fees, diagnostic x-rays, lab expenses and nursing costs. Costs of specialized transportation of a Covid-19 infected person. It also covers a maximum sublimit of $125 per day, max. 14 days, in case of a positive Covid-19 test result. Intensive Care Unit charges for treatment of a critical ailment caused by COVID-19. Costs of doctor consults. Max. 4 medically necessary Covid-19 tests as outpatient with a sublimit of $75 per test.

Tests are only covered with referral from the St. Maarten Government Health Department. Emergency medical evacuation to the nearest qualified hospital to prevent loss of life. Preventive government mandated quarantines for fellow travellers and those who tested negative are NOT COVERED.

The insurance is required for all foreign nationals with the exception of residents, visitors who arrive, leave the same day, crewmembers and transit/transfer passengers who do not need to recheck their luggage.

The St. Maarten Visitors Protection Plan sold and processed via the mandatory online health form on www.stmaartenentry.com
For detailed information on the St. Maarten Visitors Protection Plan please visit www.sxmprotectionplan.com There is extensive information on the web sites to assist you so please use the resources available to answer your questions

Dear Royal Islander Club Members and Guests,

This is the announcement made by the Royal Islander Club August 1 2020.

Dear Royal Islander Club Members and Guests,

We know you have all been waiting to hear when the Island Government will lift its travel restrictions for incoming flights from USA, finally August 1st, 2020.

In preparation to welcoming you back, we have implemented extensive and comprehensive new measures to safeguard your health, safety and wellbeing in accordance with public health and government recommendations.

You will now have the option to check-in prior to arrival and check-out online before departure. An infrared surveillance system is installed to screen your temperature upon arrival and throughout your stay. Face coverings are required in areas where social distancing cannot be maintained.

Our staff has received enhanced COVID-19 related health and safety training including correct procedures for wearing masks, PPE and distancing awareness.

As we continue to maintain and improve the resort, we hope you will be happy with the new improvements we’ve implemented at the resort.

All arrivals are encouraged to visit St. Maarten’s official website www.sintmaartengov.org  for updated Entry Requirements.

We have missed you and can’t wait to welcome you back again.

Safe travel and see you soon!

Warmest regards

Management

Royal Islander Club

August 1, 2020

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