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) and EU approved antigen tests are accepted. The test must be performed on a nasopharyngeal sample taken within 24 hours prior to departure to St. Maarten. Antigen tests on samples taken outside of the 24 hours period or non FDA/EU approved tests 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 receive a receipt confirmation. A pre-approval or denial of your application will be emailed within 6-12 hours.
How far in advance do I need to take my rt-PCR COVID-19 or antigen test?
Please see the table with the Covid-19 test requirements on the travel requirements page.
Are all visitors required to have official documentation of a negative rt-PCR or antigen COVID-19 test?
Yes, demonstrable proof of a negative test result can be requested at check in and upon arrival. Children of 5 years and older are also required to take a rt-PCR or antigen COVID-19 test.
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 more than one night 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 negative Covid test result in accordance with the test requirements. Crew members not in possession of a valid negative 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 before traveling to St. Maarten. A traveler will only be re-tested upon arrival 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. The cost of this test are for the traveler.
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 are required fill out an EHAS application and upload valid proof of a negative rt-PCR or antigen COVID-19 test result in accordance with the test requirements.
I am in transit to another neighboring island, do I need to fill out the EHAS application?
All passengers transiting through Princess Juliana International Airport are required to fill out the EHAS application .
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 in accordance with the test requirements upon arrival. Private flight crews departing within 1 night are exempted from the health authorization procedure, but must demonstrate a valid negative rt-PCR or antigen test (performed within 48 respectively 24 hours of departure to Sint Maarten, last leg in case of multiple flights). If staying for more than one night an EHAS application must be submitted.
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. Inform everyone you had contact with from the day of a positive test until now (asymptomatic) or 2 days before you first had symptoms (symptomatic). Review your EHAS travel insurance policy. Maintain general measures; wash your hands; wear a mask properly; keep a 2 m distance; ensure adequate ventilation. Do not travel if: You are sick, you tested positive for COVID-19 or are awaiting your results of the COVID-19 test.
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)..