MONDAY 9/11/2017 UPDATE: Hurricane Irma Response Efforts
The Caribbean – Consular Updates
- The Department of State, in coordination with the Department of Defense, continued air evacuation of U.S. citizens from Sint Maarten via military transport on Sunday, September 10. The Department of State is working with the Department of Defense to resume evacuation flights on September 11.
- The U.S. government has assisted the evacuation of more than 1,500 people from Sint Maarten since Friday. Royal Caribbean has also evacuated approximately 300 people from Sint Maarten via cruise ship.
- U.S. citizens desiring to leave should proceed to the airport as soon as it is safe to do so on Monday, September 11 carrying their U.S. passport or other proof of U.S. citizenship and identity. Passengers may be allowed carry on one small bag. Medications and any other essential items should be carried on your person.
- Please note, passengers arriving at Sint Maarten Airport should expect long wait times. There is no running water at the airport and very limited shelter.
- U.S. citizens in need of evacuation on Sint Maarten should listen to 101.1 FM radio for updates.
Sint Maarten Border Closing
- As of the evening of Sunday, September 10, 2017, the Dutch government reports all border crossings into the Dutch Sint Maarten are closed. U.S. Citizens may be prevented from crossing into Sint Maarten. The State Department is engaged with the Dutch and French governments to request passage of U.S. citizens across the border.
- U.S. citizens in the French Saint Martin are recommended to shelter in place and await further information.
British Virgin Islands
- We are in contact with U.S. citizens needing assistance in the British Virgin Islands. We are working through local authorities there to provide assistance and identify the quickest means to transport them to safety.
Turks and Caicos
- We understand from local authorities that the airport is closed to commercial traffic – only humanitarian and aid flights are being allowed to land.
- We are working through our contacts to clarify the situation on the ground and assist U.S. citizens there.
- Visit the Hurricane Irma page on State.Gov. Use the link for Task Force Alert, then select “2017 Hurricane Irma” to enter information about U.S. citizens in need of assistance. Email us at IrmaEmergencyUSC@state.gov . Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries.