Crossing the borders, a major worrying flow regarding the spread of Covid-19


As of Friday, April 17, 200 official authorizations have been granted by the Prefecture of Saint-Martin against 2200 issued by the Dutch authorities.

This difference is difficult to explain as the activities are almost frozen on either side of the border.

Contrary to what we had announced, 200 residents of Sint Maarten were authorized on a daily basis to go to the French part after obtaining a document issued and signed by the prefect of the Northern Islands, Sylvie Feucher in the following 2 cases only:

1) Travel between the home and the place of exercise of the professional activity if teleworking is not possible.
2) Travel for urgent medical reasons with supporting documents.

In the other direction, it is 2200 passes which were granted to residents of Saint-Martin by the Dutch authorities to go to Sint Maarten also for the same only following reasons:

1) Travel between my home and place of work when working remotely is not possible
2) Travel for urgent medical reasons with supporting documents

The problem remains the same regarding the legitimate question that we decided to ask the president of the Community, Daniel Gibbs, Monday April 20, during his weekly update by Facebook Live:

"Do the back and forth of these thousands of vehicles at the Bellevue border and at Belle-Plaine not worry you about the spread of the Covid-19 in the French part?"

Answer Monday!

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    • Stephen tackling April 19, 2020 at 11:06 Reply

      For 30 years i have been trying to convince the northern side governments to install an lpg plant (liquid petroleum gas) so as not to depend on first hand necessities from the southern side, the situation is getting more and more difficult to get product from the southern side tomorrow if the hospital call for gas what do I do.

  1. Reader April 19, 2020 at 09:02 Reply

    Was this question asked to the prefect also since she is the one who manages the passages with the MP of the Dutch side?

  2. Philippe BARBET April 19, 2020 at 09:18 Reply

    It is clear that 2200 people cannot be essential to the functioning of the French side, either all the nursing assistants, the doctors live on the Dutch side or we allow people who should not leave their territory ... knowing that they do not allow French from crossing the border for professional reasons, I have personally experienced it. I had to move to the French side to continue my activity. I take this opportunity to thank the prefect for allowing us to come home.
    I think that the population would like to have the details of the beneficiaries ...

  3. Reader April 19, 2020 at 12:10 Reply

    In fact it is the reverse, the 200 authorizations granted by the prefect allow people living on the Dutch side to come to work on the French side and the 2200 authorizations issued by the Dutch government are for French residents working on the Dutch side.

  4. Mezhoud April 19, 2020 at 13:03 Reply

    Thanks for the correction
    It makes the difference indeed!

    I live on the French coast and I have to go to the Dutch side to work punctually
    Who do I speak to?

    Thank you for the details

  5. Reader April 19, 2020 at 17:41 Reply

    It is the further demonstration of the island's dysfunction. A very large number of people live on the French side and benefit greatly from the French social universe. This social shock absorber allows certain Dutch employers to make these nationals work illegally at low cost on the Dutch side. What makes their businesses more competitive. In fact, France finances its in competitiveness !!! We are strong right?
    Nothing new, everyone has known this for a long time and since many benefit from it, there is no reason why it should change. But let's not be surprised.

  6. James April 20, 2020 at 13:12 Reply

    Everyone can measure the idiocy of the system of permits issued and consequently the absurdity of this border which allows both to earn three francs six sous on the backs of governments ,,,,,, while waiting for the virus to go around and beware of damage. Prime ministers and junk president are really puppets

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