Notice for U.S. citizens – Aftermath of Hurricane Irma – Sitrep 10

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The Department continues to monitor requests from U.S. citizens in Sint Maarten. Concerned citizens may contact the Department at

The Department received information that the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line ship Majesty of the Seas will make a humanitarian visit to Sint Maarten to deliver supplies and board passengers seeking to depart the island. The ship is scheduled to arrive Friday, September 15 at 8:00 a.m. We understand that the ship will dock in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Onward travel arrangements from San Juan will be the responsibility of the traveler.

In a previous evacuation, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines permitted a limited number of evacuees to board with pets. Contact the cruise line directly with any questions at Please note that the U.S. Department of Agriculture will inspect all animals upon entry to the United States at San Juan. Dogs require a valid rabies vaccination and certificate; cats do not require documentation. If you are not traveling with the original documentation, contact your veterinarian for a scanned copy of your certificate. If you do not have proper documentation for your pet, you may be required to quarantine the animal for a period to be determined by the entry agent. For more information, visit Puerto Rico Pet Import Requirements.

Commercial Evacuation Flights
• Delta Airlines will operate a humanitarian flight scheduled to arrive in Sint Maarten at 11:15 a.m. on Thursday, September 14. The flight will return to Detroit via San Juan, Puerto Rico.
• Jet Blue will operate a similar flight due to arrive Thursday, September 14 at 10:30 a.m. and depart at 2:30 p.m. bound for John F. Kennedy airport in New York.
• Additionally KLM Royal Dutch Airlines expects to provide shuttle flights to Aruba on Friday, September 15.
All airlines have indicated there may be available seats on these flights for passengers wishing to depart the island.