FAQ

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Prior to travel

Are other types of COVID-19 tests allowed instead of the rt-PCR COVID-19 test?
Yes, FDA (EUA) approved antigen tests are only accepted from USA/Canada residents. The test must be performed on a nasopharyngeal sample taken within 48 hours prior to departure to St. Maarten. Antigen tests on samples taken outside of the 48 hours period or non FDA approved will not be accepted.
Is travel insurance required to be able to enter St. Maarten?
Health insurance coverage is required for travelers with destination Sint Maarten. Residents and transit passengers are exempted. In addition, it is strongly recommended to have travel insurance that covers COVID-19 related expenses.
How will I know if I have received health authorization for traveling to St. Maarten?
Once you have completed the EHAS application and uploaded your proof of full vaccination (if applicable) and negative rt-COVID-19 test result document, you will be notified by email within 12 hours if your health authorization for traveling to Sint Maarten has been pre-approved or not.
How far in advance do I need to take my rt-PCR COVID-19 or antigen test?
The rt-PCR test sample should be taken within 72 hours and the antigen test sample within 48 hours prior to departure to St. Maarten (last leg in case of connecting flights).
Are all visitors required to have official documentation of a negative rt-PCR or antigen COVID-19 test?
Visitors coming from a low risk country are not required to take a rt-PCR or antigen COVID-19 test or provide negative rt-PCR or antigen COVID-19 test results. However, if you have visited a high risk country in the 14 days prior to coming to Sint Maarten, you will also need to have a rt-PCR or antigen test performed within 72 respectively 48 hours prior to departure to St. Maarten (last leg in case of connecting flights). Visitors 10 years and under are not required to take a rt-PCR or antigen COVID-19 test. As of the day after the 10th birthday a rt-PCR or antigen test has to be submitted.
Are all visitors required to fill out the health authorization form?
All visitors, including Sint Maarten, Sint Martin residents and flight crews that are going to remain on the island are required to fill out the health authorization form. For visitors 10 years and under, the application should be filled out by the parents. Airline and private flight crews must demonstrate a valid (performed within 72 hours of departure to Sint Maarten, last leg in case of multiple flights) negative rt-PCR test. Crew members not in possession of a valid negative rt-PCR test must self-quarantine until their departure flight.
I am unable to take a rt-PCR or antigen COVID-19 test in my country; will I be able to take test upon arrival on St. Maarten?
No, all visitors are required to take the rt-PCR or antigen COVID-19 test in their country of origin within 72 respectively 48 hours of traveling to St. Maarten and to present a negative rt-PCR or antigen COVID-19 test result upon arrival. A traveler will only be re-tested in case a fever is detected upon arrival or when there is any doubt in the presented test. This will cause a delay at the airport and will also require quarantine until the test result is known.

Transit Passengers

I am in transit to another neighboring island, do I need to provide proof of negative rt-PCR COVID-19 or antigen test?
Yes, passengers transiting through Princess Juliana International Airport from high risk countries are required to fill out the EHAS application as well as to provide upon arrival, proof of a negative rt-PCR or antigen COVID-19 test result and of full vaccination if applicable .
I am in transit to another neighboring island, do I need to fill out the EHAS application?
All passengers transiting the same day through Princess Juliana International Airport are required to fill out the EHAS application as well as to provide proof of a negative rt-PCR or Ag COVID-19 test result upon arrival if arriving from high risk countries or having visited one in the 14 days prior to travel to Sint Maarten. Proof of full vaccination if applicable, must be provided as well.

Marine Vessel Passengers

Is St. Maarten open to Marine Vessels?
St. Maarten is open to Yachts, Cruisers and Private Vessels. For more information please visit the official website of The St. Maarten Marine Trade Association.

Private Plane Passengers

What are the requirements for private planes to land at Princess Juliana International Airport?
Private planes are able to land, upon request and approval of said request. Passengers on private flights are required to fill out the EHAS application and provide proof of a valid negative rt-PCR or antigen COVID-19 test result and of full vaccination if applicable upon arrival. Private flight crews are exempted from the health authorization procedure, but must demonstrate a valid (performed within 72 respectively 48 hours of departure to Sint Maarten, last leg in case of multiple flights) negative rt-PCR or antigen test. Crew members not in possession of a valid negative rt-PCR or antigen test must self-quarantine until their departure flight or until the result of a performed rt-PCR or antigen test is known if staying for more than one day.

On island

How can I stay updated on the situation related to COVID-19 in St. Martin, the French Side of the island?
Visitors can stay updated on matters concerning COVID-19 on the French Side via the St. Martin Tourism Website.
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 the Front Desk at your lodging facility or dial the hotline 914
How can I stay updated on the situation related to COVID-19 on St. Maarten?
Visitors can stay up to date via dedicated COVID-19 information page on the St. Maarten’s Government’s Health Updates NOVEL CORONAVIRUS (2019-NCOV)..