FAQ

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Prior to travel

Are other types of COVID-19 tests allowed instead of the rt-PCR COVID-19 test?
No other tests are accepted. Only a rt-PCR test for SARS-COV-2 virus performed on a naso-pharyngheal sample within 72 hours prior to departure to St. Maarten is allowed. Other types of tests such as antibody or antigen tests or tests taken outside of the 72 hours period will not be accepted.
Is travel insurance required to be able to enter St. Maarten?
Health insurance is required for travel to Sint Maarten. 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 negative rt-COVID-19 test result document, you will be notified by email within 4-6 hours if your health authorization for traveling to Sint Maarten has been approved or not.
How far in advance do I need to take my rt-PCR COVID-19 test?
The test should be taken within 72 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 COVID-19 test?
Visitors coming from a low risk country, and visitors under the age of 10, are not required to take a rt-PCR COVID-19 test or provide negative rt-PCR COVID-19 test results. However, if you have visited a high or moderate risk country in the 14 days prior to coming to Sint Maarten, you will also need to have a rt-PCR test performed within 72 hours prior to departure to St. Maarten (last leg in case of connecting flights).
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 under the age of 10 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 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 COVID-19 test in their country of origin within 72 hours of traveling to St. Maarten and to present a negative rt-PCR 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 rt-PCR 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 test?
Yes, passengers transiting through Princess Juliana International Airport from high and moderate risk countries are required to fill out the EHAS application as well as to provide documentation of proof of a negative rt-PCR COVID-19 test result upon arrival.
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 arriving from high and moderate risk countries or having visited one in the 14 days prior to travel to Sint Maarten, are required to fill out the EHAS application as well as to provide documentation of proof of a negative rt-PCR COVID-19 test result upon arrival.

Marine Vessels Passengers

Is St. Maarten open to Marine Vessels?
St. Maarten is open to Yachts, Cruisers and Private Vessels. All crew and passengers are required to fill out the EHAS application. This must be done within 36 hours after arrival, giving ample time to perform a rt-PCR test which can be uploaded as well. In the meantime all crew and passengers must quarantine on board until health authorization approval has been received. For visitors under the age of 10 the application should be filled out by the parents. 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.

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 documentation of proof of a valid negative rt-PCR COVID-19 test result upon arrival. Private flight crews are exempted from the health authorization procedure, but 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 or until the result of a performed rt-PCR 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)..