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: November 19th, 9:18 AM

Update in the Travel Entry Requirements, as of November 25th, selected Rapid Antigen tests will be accepted. Read FAQ for details

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.
St. Maarten Travel Entry Requirements updated November 19 2020
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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
Disclaimer: Protocols are subject to change based on advice from the Ministry of Public Health

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

01. What countries are permitted to enter St. Maarten?
1. Passengers with a resident permit issued by St. Maarten;

2. Passengers arriving from Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Bermuda, Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba, Bulgaria, Canada, Cayman Isl., China (People's Rep.), Croatia, Cuba, Curacao, Cyprus, Denmark, Dominica, Dominican Rep., Estonia, Finland, France, French West Indies, Germany, Greece, Grenada, Hungary, Italy, Jamaica, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Montserrat, Netherlands, Norway, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, St. Barthelemy, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Sweden, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Isl., USA or Virgin Isl. (British).

3. Passengers arriving from Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba, Cayman Isl., Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Barthelemy, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines or Virgin Isl. (British) must have a completed health declaration form obtained at www.stmaartenentry.com

4. Passengers arriving from Aruba, Austria, Bahamas, Belgium, Bermuda, Bulgaria, Canada, China (People's Rep.), Croatia, Cuba, Curacao, Cyprus, Denmark, Dominican Rep., Estonia, Finland, France, French West Indies, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Jamaica, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Isl. or USA must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) molecular SARS-CoV-2 test based on a nasal swab, issued at most 120 hours before departure of the last direct flight to Sint Maarten.
- This does not apply to passengers younger than 10 years.

5. Residents of St. Maarten arriving from USA without a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) molecular SARS-CoV-2 test must have a health declaration form obtained at www.stmaartenentry.com and are subject to Coronavirus (COVID-19) test at their own expense.
- This does not apply to passengers younger than 10 years.

6. Passengers arriving from Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Bermuda, Bulgaria, Canada, Cayman Isl., China (People's Rep.), Croatia, Curacao, Cyprus, Denmark, Dominican Rep., Estonia, Finland, France, French West Indies, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Jamaica, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Sweden, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Isl., USA or Virgin Isl. (British) must complete a health declaration before departure at www.stmaartenentry.com, which must be presented upon arrival.

7. Airline crew staying for a maximum of 24 hours and arriving without negative RT-PCR test for the SARS-COV-2 virus obtained from a naso-pharyngeal swab issued at most 120 hours before departure of the last direct flight to Sint Maarten are subject to quarantine until their next flight. They must have a completed health declaration form obtained at www.stmaartenentry.com

8. Passengers in transit must:
- have a completed health declaration form obtained at www.stmaartenentry.com; or
- have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) RT-PCR test result (Molecular SARS-CoV-2 test based on a naso-pharyngeal swab) issued at most 120 hours before departure of the last direct flight to Sint Maarten.

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02. What type of COVID-19 tests are recognized upon entry?
Passengers can provide copy of a negative rt PCR COVID-19 Test administered by naso-pharyngeal swab, and, as of November 25th, passengers will have the option of providing a copy of a negative rapid antigen test obtained from a naso-pharyngeal swab and performed within 48 hours from the date of swab to departure. The only antigen tests accepted are:
a). Abbott – CGIA (Panbio COVID-19 Ag rapid test
b). Becton Dickinson (BD) –CGIA BD Veritor COVID test
c). Roche/ SD biosensor F test.
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.
03. How far in advance do I need to take my COVID-19 test?
The rt PCR COVID-19 test has to be taken and the result received within 120 hours before your departure date. The Negative rapid Antigen test (accepted as of November 25th) has to be performed within 48 hours before your departure date.
04. 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
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.
06. 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.
07. 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.
08. 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.
09. 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.
10. 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.
11. 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
12. If arrive on the Dutch Side, can I stay on the French Side?
Yes you are able to stay on the French side.
13. 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.
14. 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.