The Government of St. Maarten is continuously monitoring global developments to ensure the safety of our visitors and citizens. We advise to regularly check our updates pertaining to entry requirements and protocols before your travels.

Last Updated: August 2nd 10:47 AM

A MESSAGE TO OUR VISITORS

Since March, we’ve all been staying home, wearing masks, and social distancing for the safety of all our citizens, and our visitors. The time away has been a bitter moment for all of us, but The Friendly Island is proud to announce that we are welcoming back our international visitors to our beautiful shores. We kindly ask our visitors to read our safety protocol and travel requirements below before traveling to St. Maarten. See you soon!

TRAVEL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

To ensure the safety and well-being of visitors and residents, entry requirements will be in place for visitors to enter St. Maarten along with other safety measures at the Princess Juliana International Airport.
GENERAL INFORMATION

1. Due to the COVID-19 epidemic Sint Maarten has established a mandatory health pre-authorization application through an Electronic Health Authorization System (EHAS) for every visitor arriving by air including transits, Sint Maarten and Sint Martin residents. Without the health pre-authorization boarding will not be possible. Be advised that processing time can take up to 12 hours. Visitors arriving on a maritime vessel please read the latest requirements here.

2. As Saba has their own EHAS operational, same day transit travelers to Saba no longer need to apply in the Sint Maarten EHAS system, but only the Saba EHAS system which can be found at http://www.sabatourism.com/travel-requirements. Proof of the Saba EHAS approval must be demonstrated when transiting through Princess Juliana Airport Sint Maarten.

3.The requirements vary depending on the country risk status which can be found at the bottom of this page.

4.People are considered fully vaccinated:
- 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
- 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

5.The application must be completed in order to be processed. This includes proof of a negative COVID-19 test result, information on the vaccination status (including proof of completed vaccination in case fully vaccinated) and the purchase of the mandatory COVID-19 insurance in case required. Children must have the online health form filled out by their parents. Provide a working email address on which you are reachable.

6. Do not travel if you are suffering from flu like symptoms and/or have a fever.

7. As of January 27, 2021, until further notice, a travel ban is in place for persons who have been the 14 days before departing to Sint Maarten in a banned country as mentioned in the “banned countries” table below.

8. Sint Maarten/Sint Martin/Saba/St. Eustatius residents are exempted from the travel ban and should get a rt-PCR test before departure (see below). The EHAS application must be completed.

9. All incoming passengers are subjected to temperature checks and other screening protocols and may be subjected to mandatory testing at their own expense. Failure to comply with the screening at the Health Check Point upon arrival will result in you not being cleared to enter St. Maarten and sent back to your originating country.

10. If re-tested upon arrival you will be required to self-isolate or self-quarantine at your place of lodging/residence until the test results are known.

11. Applicants will receive confirmation of their accepted application. Non-completed applications will be automatically deleted within a day after the provided travel date.

12. If health authorization is pre-approved, you will receive a (printable) pre-authorization PDF via e-mail, which must be presented at check in and to the health and immigration authorities upon arrival. This PDF will also contain a QR code which will show the vaccination status and COVID test result when scanned. Keep the original rt-PCR or antigen test result and proof of vaccination always with you. Please check your spam/junk mail folder as well in case you haven’t received a response.

13. If health authorization is not pre-approved, you will receive an e-mail informing you that health pre-authorization has been denied.

CRUISE SHIP PASSENGERS ARRIVING BY AIR AND DEPARTING FROM SINT MAARTEN

1. All passengers must complete the application procedure through EHAS before departing to Sint Maarten.

2. Within 48 hours, before disembarking again in Sint Maarten at the end of the cruise, all passengers 10 years of age and older must have an antigen test performed by the cruise line.

3. Applying through EHAS is not necessary when returning to Sint Maarten at the end of the cruise.

4. The purchase of COVID-19 insurance (see below) is mandatory when staying more than one (1) day in Sint Maarten either before or after the cruise. The insurance is only valid during the days of stay in Sint Maarten between the arrival date and return date to the country of origin.

MANDATORY COVID-19 INSURANCE

1. The government of Sint Maarten has implemented a mandatory COVID-19 insurance for all travelers with destination Sint Maarten with the exception of Sint Maarten residents, transit passengers (checkbox), flight crews (checkbox), transiting cruise ship crews (checkbox), French nationals residing in France or a French territory, BES-ZVK insured (checkbox) and AUC faculty and students (special procedure).

2. The insurance purchasing process is an integrated step in the EHAS application. Travelers requiring the COVID-19 insurance must complete this process upon application.

3. For more information on and all questions related to the COVID-19 insurance please visit www.sxmprotectionplan.com or contact customer support at info@sxmprotectionplan.com

COVID-19 TEST REQUIREMENTS

Residents from Sint Maarten, Saint Martin, Saba and St. Eustatious who are fully vaccinated for two weeks or more, can enter Sint Maarten without testing when originating from a high-risk country. However, when origination from a banned country a rt-PCR test done within 72 hours before departure must be taken.

1.A rt-PCR test for the SARS-COV-2 virus obtained from a naso-pharyngeal swab performed in the country of origin and within 72 hours prior to departure to Sint Maarten (last leg in case of connecting flights) is required for all travelers originating from a country that is categorized as high risk. PCR tests performed outside of the 72 hours period will not be accepted. Results from home covid-19 collection test kits will also not be accepted. Airlines might require you to show a negative lab test result.

2. Alternatively, travelers originating from the USA and Canada can also do an antigen test for the SARS-COV-2 virus obtained from a naso-pharyngeal swab performed within 48 hours prior to departure to Sint Maarten. All FDA approved antigen tests using a nasopharyngeal sample including those with Emergency Use Authorization only (EUA) are accepted. Tests performed outside of the 48 hours period and home tests will not be accepted.

3.Travelers residing in and/or traveling from a low-risk country are exempted from the mandatory rt-PCR or antigen test.

4.Travelers who reside in a low-risk country but have visited a high-risk country in the 14 days prior to departing to Sint Maarten, must also have a rt-PCR test for the SARS-COV-2 virus performed in the country of origin within 72 respectively 48 hours prior to departure to Sint Maarten (last leg in case of connecting flights).

5.The original test result to be uploaded as part of EHAS application procedure must clearly specify the name of the laboratory or clinic, full name of test subject, type of test administered, name of antigen test, swab date, source of the swab, result date and a negative result. Non-compliant test results, hand written or e-mail statements from doctors will not be accepted.

6.Children of age 10 and under are exempted from the mandatory rt-PCR or antigen test. As of the day after the 10th birthday, a rt-PCR or antigen test has to be submitted.

7.Airline and private flight crews with stopovers in St. Maarten or St. Martin must demonstrate a valid negative rt-PCR or antigen test upon arrival. Crew members not in possession of a valid negative rt-PCR or antigen test must self-quarantine until their departure flight.

SELF MONITORING

1. For travelers originating from a high-risk country, 5 consecutive days of self-monitoring of body temperature and possible flu like symptoms is mandatory. The travelers in this category will receive an automated daily email alert providing a link for submitting the required information online the first 5 days of their stay. If you are remaining for a shorter term on the island, you will have to submit the information for the time you are on the island. Temperature measuring possibilities will also be offered in the lobby in most hotels and other lodging facilities.

OUTBOUND TRAVELERS

For information on testing locations please visit https://stmaartenupdates.com/testing-on-island/ Thank you for choosing St. Maarten as your preferred vacation destination.

Thank you for choosing St. Maarten as your preferred vacation destination!

Disclaimer: Protocols are subject to change based on advice from the Ministry of Public Health
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While on Island
• Get to know the guidelines and protocols of your lodging facility and activity providers, and adhere to these guidelines and protocols
• Wear masks when social distancing is not possible, during your stay on island and avoid touching mouth, eyes, nose
• Sanitize and wash hands frequently
• Avoid touching surfaces as much as possible
• We recommend to vacation safe and adhere to the guidelines while exploring our Friendly Island
• If feeling unwell, contact the hotel’s front desk/ hotel's COVID-19 task force team immediately or contact the health department by dialing 914

TESTING ON ISLAND

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Health Care Laboratory

Orange Grove Mall Unit 12
Tel: +1721-544-1036
Email: info@healthcarelab.sx
Website: www.sxmhealthlab.com

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St. Maarten Laboratory Services

1G Hamster Drive
Tel: +1721-542-2518
Email: prescreening@sls.sx
Website: www.sls.sx

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BioPôle Antilles

46 rue Manioc, Hope Estate
+590 (0) 590 77 69 77
Website: www.biopoleantilles.

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Medwork

Puerta Del Sol Plaza, Simpson Bay
Email: sxmtest@medcare.aw”
Website: www.medworksxm.com

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

01. What are the travel entry requirements to enter St. Maarten?
1. Passengers are not allowed to enter if in the past 14 days they have been in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, South Africa, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay or Venezuela.
- This does not apply to:
- residents of St. Maarten, St. Martin, Saba or St. Eustatius;
- passengers younger than 10 years.

2. Residents of Saba, St. Eustatius, St. Maarten or St. Martin who in the past 14 days have been in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, South Africa, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay or Venezuela must have a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test, based on a nasopharyngeal swab and taken at most 72 hours before departure of the last direct flight to St. Maarten.

3. Passengers entering or transiting through St. Maarten from a country other than Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, South Africa, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay or Venezuela must have:
- a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test, based on a nasopharyngeal swab and taken at most 72 hours before departure of the last direct flight to St. Maarten; or
- a negative COVID-19 antigen test, based on a nasopharyngeal swab and taken at most 48 hours before departure of the last direct flight to St. Maarten.
- This does not apply to:
- passengers younger than 10 years; -
passengers arriving from Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba, Cayman Isl., China (People's Rep.), Dominica, Grenada, Hong Kong (SAR China), Montserrat, New Zealand, Singapore, St. Barthelemy, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines or Turks and Caicos Isl.;
- residents of St. Maarten with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 2 weeks before arrival.

4. Passengers entering or transiting through St. Maarten must complete a health declaration form at least 12 hours before departure obtained at https://stmaartenentry.com/ . This will generate a QR code which must be presented at time of check-in and upon arrival.
- This does not apply to passengers transiting in the same calendar day to Saba, with an authorization obtained at www.sabatourism.com/travel-requirements .

5. Airline crew entering or transiting through St. Maarten without a negative COVID-19 antigen or RT-PCR test, based on a nasopharyngeal swab and taken at most 48 hours before departure of the last direct flight to St. Maarten, are subject to quarantine until their next flight.

6. Passengers are subject to medical screening and could be subject to COVID-19 test upon arrival and to self-isolation.
02. What are the requirements for transit passengers?
Transit passengers entering the airport terminal building are required to abide to the travel entry requirements as described above. Travelers coming from low risk countries are not required to take a COVID-19 test as long as they have not been in any of the high risk countries in the last 14 days prior to their travel to St. Maarten.
03. What type of COVID-19 tests are recognized upon entry?
Passengers must provide copy of a negative rt PCR COVID-19 Test administered by naso-pharyngeal swab issued at most 72 hours (3 days) before departure of the last direct flight to St. Maarten, Travelers from the US and Canada have the alternative of providing a copy of a negative rapid antigen test obtained from a naso-pharyngeal swab, issued at most 48 hours before departure of the last direct flight to St. Maarten.

All FDA approved antigen tests including those with Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) are accepted.

Regardless of the type of test, all tests must be uploaded when filling out the Electronic Health Authorization System Form. The test result should clearly specify the name of the laboratory, test subject name, test date, type of test administered and how the test sample was obtained. Typed, written or e-mail statements from doctors or non-laboratories will not be accepted.
04. Are all visitors required to fill out the Electronic Health Authorization System Form?
Yes, all passengers are required to fill out the Electronic Health Authorization System Form.
05. Are all visitors required to have official documentation of a negative COVID-19 test?
Travelers coming from low risk countries are not required to take a COVID-19 test as long as they have not been in any of the high risk countries in the last 14 days prior to their travel to St. Maarten. Children under 10 years of age are exempted from the mandatory COVID-19 test. If you do not see your country listed in the low-risk country list, it is automatically regarded as a high-risk country, and you must therefore abide by all travel entry requirements for high-risk countries.
06. Would I still need to upload a negative COVID-19 Test if I've been vaccinated?
The entry requirements to enter St. Maarten require that passengers upload a Negative COVID-19 test, including those who have been vaccinated.
07. Are all visitors required to apply for the Visitor Protection Plan?
As per January 11 2021 the government of Sint Maarten will be implementing a mandatory COVID-19 insurance for all travelers visiting Sint Maarten with the exception of residents, students of American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine St. Maarten campus, transit passengers, and flight crews.

For more information on and all questions related to the COVID-19 insurance please visit www.sxmprotectionplan.com or contact customer support.
08. How do I apply for the Visitor Protection Plan?
As per January 11 2021, the insurance purchasing process is an integrated step in the EHAS application.

For more information on and all questions related to the COVID-19 insurance please visit www.sxmprotectionplan.com or contact customer support.
09. How do I find a testing lab near me?
To find a testing lab near you that administers rt-PCR tests and Rapid Antigen tests obtained from a naso-pharyngeal swab, please check the following resource; Test For Travel
10. Where can I get tested in St. Maarten?
There are two laboratories offering COVID-19 testing on island.

St. Maarten Laboratory Services
1G Hamster Drive
Tel: +1721-542-2518
Email: prescreening@sls.sx

Health Care Laboratory
Orange Grove Mall Unit 12
Tel: +1721-544-1036
Email: info@healthcarelab.sx
11. How can I stay updated on the situation related to COVID-19 in St. Maarten?
We encourage visitors and residents alike to stay updated on the number of cases, essential business schedules, and local curfews, via the St. Maarten’s Government’s official page regarding COVID-19 and the Government of St. Maarten Facebook Page.
12. Is St. Maarten open to marine vessels?
St. Maarten is now open to yachts, cruisers and private vessels. A local registered agent is required for all vessels. Please contact a local agent for more information on the protocol and to arrange your arrival. For more information you can go to the official website of The St. Maarten Marine Trade Association. If you are arriving from outside of one of the Approved countries listed then a 14 day quarantine may be required as well as a COVID-19 PCR test taken and result received within 120 hours prior to departure. As of February 12th, The PCR COVID-19 test has to be issued at most 72 hours (3 days) before departure of the last direct flight to St. Maarten.
13. What are the requirements for private planes to land at SXM Airport
Private planes are able to land, upon request and approval of said request, and have submitted all necessary documents and have adhered to the travel and health requirements as stated.
14. How can I stay updated on the situation related to COVID-19 in St. Martin, the French Side?
Visitors can stay updated on matters concerning COVID-19 on the French Side via the St. Martin Tourism Website
15. If arrive on the Dutch Side, can I stay on the French Side?
Yes you are able to stay on the French side.
16. What should I do if i suspect I have COVID-19 while on-island?
If you are feeling unwell and suspect that you may have COVID-19, please contact your Front Desk or one of the COVID-19 task force members of your property you are staying at, or dial the hotline 914. We recommend you familiarize yourself with the property's guidelines before or upon arrival.
17. Do St. Maarten/St. Martin residents have to test before traveling to the island?
Travelers residing on St. Maarten are exempted from having the mandatory RT-PCR test. However, must test upon arrival at their own expense.
18. Where can I find information on what nationalities need a Visa to enter St. Maarten?
You can find more information on Visa Requirements and Exemptions here.