Spring (January) 2022 Semester
Saba University School of Medicine Information 

Saba University School of Medicine ("SUSOM") is excited to again welcome all students back to the Saba campus for the Spring (January) 2022 semester.  All students in the basic science portion of the program are expected to be on campus in time to attend the first day of classes in January. Remote access will not be available for the Spring 2022 term.  Additionally, consistent with the school's priority of protecting the health of our community, including the Saba community, vaccinations will be required for all returning students, faculty, staff and administrators. Given the logistics of vaccination, and traveling to Saba (including government entry approval), students should plan their vaccinations immediately (if not already complete), and book their travel as soon as possible. Availability of flights to Saba is often limited at the start of a school term. This will be especially true for this coming January semester due to the holidays. You may have to arrive on Saba prior to the start of the term in order to be in classes at the start of the term.

Below is additional information regarding the return to Saba for the Spring 2022 semester. If you have any additional questions, please contact returning-students@saba.edu.

Will the Spring 2022 semester start in person or online?

All students will be welcomed back to in-person learning on campus on Saba for the Spring term. It is mandatory to be on campus, in person from the first day of the semester (Orientation is on January 3, 2022 and classes begin on January 4, 2022).  Attendance will be taken from the first day of classes forward, and any absences will be recorded in accordance with the school's attendance policy.

Our priority is protecting your health, and that of the Saba community, by preventing the spread of the disease. Consistent with this, COVID-19 vaccinations are required for all returning students, faculty, staff, and administrators. 

Will virtual learning be an option?

No, virtual learning will not be available for the Spring 2022 term.

COVID-19 And Vaccination Requirements

For the most up-to-date information regarding coronavirus on Saba and the actions being taken in accordance with the situation, please visit the Saba Government website https://www.sabagov.com/covid-19-information

Is the COVID-19 vaccine mandatory for access to campus?

Yes. COVID-19 vaccinations are required for all returning students, faculty, staff, and administrators.

What safety measures and protocols have been put in place on campus to prevent the spread of the virus?

The school has implemented the appropriate infection control public health measures to protect the Saba University School of Medicine community on campus. While the school community will be vaccinated, we continue to encourage students, faculty and staff to follow safety guidelines as directed by the Saba government.

The re-opening of Saba remains a phased approach and is continuously monitored by the Outbreak Management Team (OMT).

The situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic remains fluid, and the Island Government of the Public Entity Saba reserves the right to change any conditions at all times when the circumstances require such.

With over 90% of the adult population and more than 80% of the total population of Saba currently fully vaccinated against COVID, and no cases of local transmission of COVID on Saba in the past year, the United States Centers for Disease Control places Saba in its safest category of countries (https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/covid-1/coronavirus-saba). Since May 1st, anyone traveling to the island from high-risk areas who is fully vaccinated does not have to quarantine. Vaccinated persons coming from “very high risk” countries must socially distance for their first five days on Saba, and until testing negative for COVID on the fifth day. As of September 2021, the United States is considered a “very high risk” country. The list of “very high risk” countries can also be found at the Saba government website.  Non-vaccinated persons traveling from high-risk areas must  strictly quarantine for 5 days after arrival on Saba.

Persons under the age of 18 traveling from high-risk areas do not have to quarantine but will have to stay out of school, daycare, afterschool care, and other social activities 5 days after arrival.

Does the student health insurance cover COVID treatment and testing?

Yes, COVID-19 medical treatment is covered and considered like any other medical treatment. COVID-19 testing is covered if deemed medically necessary (does not include testing required for travel). The SUSOM-sponsored health plan covers accident or illness as described in the student health insurance brochure.

Travel Requirements

What are the travel requirements for Saba?

The Saba Government publishes guidelines for travel on their website (https://www.sabagov.nl/covid-19-information). Students should visit this website for the most up-to-date information regarding travelling to Saba. Please fill in the entry form (http://www.sabatourism.com/travel-requirements) 72 hours (max) before travel. You should receive a response within 24 hours of your submission. Please familiarize yourself with all entry requirements before completing the entry form. This should be done prior to booking any travel. The COVID-19 Travel Requirements for Saba include:

  • An approved travel document from the authorities on Saba
  • A negative COVID-19 PCR or rapid antigen test if traveling from high-risk areas, within 72 hours of arrival.  A negative PCR test is required if traveling from a “very high risk” location.
  • When traveling to Saba via St. Maarten, ensure you meet St. Maarten's entry requirements, including completing St. Maarten’s entry form, here: https://stmaartenehas.com/
  • Please ensure you have your vaccination card

In addition to the Saba Government related quarantine and entry procedures, students should also check if any other governmental travel restrictions apply to their planned itinerary.

Students are responsible for arranging their own travel to Saba. There are regularly scheduled flights to St. Maarten from Miami, Charlotte, Atlanta, Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, Fort Lauderdale, Montreal/Toronto (beginning end of November), Amsterdam and Paris. Winair is currently operating flights from St. Maarten to Saba on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and charter flights are available. There is also a boat service from St. Maarten to Saba (Edge Ferry).

Saba Government country risk categorization

The Saba Government categorizes countries into three risk level groups: low risk; high risk; and very high risk Students should check the Saba Travel Requirements site (http://www.sabatourism.com/travel-requirements) for the most up to date list of country risk categorizations. As of September 27, 2021 the United States of America was considered very high risk, and Canada was considered high risk.

I am fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Will I need to quarantine when I get to Saba?

No. Vaccinated individuals are not required to quarantine upon entry to Saba at this point. Vaccinated individuals coming from “very high risk” countries may be required to socially distance for five days on arrival, however.

Are there quarantine sites on Saba?

Yes, certain hotels are approved sites. In addition, the Saba Government allows people to quarantine in their own homes / apartments upon approval which is generally granted.

Application Process/Requirements

Will SUSOM admissions requirements/deadlines become more flexible or change as a result of COVID-19 disruptions? How will this impact my application review and decision on acceptance?

Our Admissions Committee has made a number of accommodations to provide extra flexibility to students affected by COVID-19. While there are no changes to our admission standards, the Admissions Committee understands that many external examinations have been canceled or postponed during this pandemic. We continue to monitor the changes and the availability of external test administrations and are prepared to offer conditional acceptances and to exercise reasonable flexibility in making admissions decisions.

Please contact your admissions officer or admissions@saba.edu for specific details.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been disruptions in the administration of the MCAT examination. Will SUSOM make any changes to the application requirements as a result of these disruptions?

While SUSOM requires the MCAT for US citizens, permanent residents and nationals, we understand that COVID-19 may have interfered with your ability to take the MCAT. As such, SUSOM will waive the MCAT score requirement for applicants to the Spring 2022 (January) term who are not able to secure a test date. Applicants who have an MCAT score, or a pending MCAT score, are required to submit their score(s) with their application.

If my undergraduate institution has switched to virtual learning during this pandemic, will that affect my admissibility?

We understand that the disruptions caused by the coronavirus may have changed the course of your education. Please be assured that your candidacy will not be negatively impacted by the fact that your labs/lectures were conducted virtually.

Thank you,
Saba University School of Medicine