The Dutch Caribbean island of Saba is officially open again for tourism, Caribbean Journal has confirmed.
The island near St Maarten began welcoming back tourists on May 1.
Most notably, Saba has lifted its quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated visitors, following a vaccination drive that has seen more than 85 percent of the population vaccinated.
“With nearly the entire population vaccinated and our emphasis on enjoying the natural beauty, Saba is one of the best and safest destinations for those looking to explore and rejuvenate after the past year of quarantining,” said Saba Commissioner Bruce Zagers.
There are several new ways to reach the island, which is home to the world’s smallest commercial runway.
That includes regular service on Winair, along with a new charter flight option on SXM Airways.
Several resorts have also taken advantage of the pandemic to renovate and expand; that includes Juliana’s Hotel, which has launched its new Captain’s Suites, four “oversized” guest rooms with spectacular views that celebrate the island’s seafaring history.
The island’s leading resort, the Queen’s Gardens, has added a new yoga deck.
Travelers who connect through St Maarten to visit Saba must follow St Maarten’s entry protocols.
And in a boost for Saba’s community of diving enthusiasts, officials have announced the discovery of two large ship cannons on the sea floor, found by the Saba Archaeological Center.
So how do you visit?
For fully-vaccinated visitors Saba requires proof of a negative PCR test within 72 hours before arrival, or an antigen test taken within 48 hours.
Non-vaccinated travelers need to quarantine for five days and take rapid antigen test on the fifth day.
For more, visit Saba.