- Due to the COVID-19 epidemic Sint Maarten has established a mandatory health authorization application through an Electronic Health Authorization System (EHAS) for every visitor whether arriving by air, boat or in transit. This includes Sint Maarten and Sint Martin residents.
- If you are suffering from flu like symptoms and/or fever travel will be denied by the airline and by the EHAS .
- A rt-PCR test for the SARS-COV-2 virus obtained from a naso-pharyngeal swab only and performed 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 or moderate risk . Other tests such as antibody tests or antigen tests and tests performed outside of this 72 hours period will not be accepted.
- Travelers residing in a low risk countries are exempted from the mandatory rt-PCR test.
- Travelers who reside in a low risk country but have visited a moderate or 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 within 72 hours prior to departure to Sint Maarten (last leg in case of connecting flights).
- The original result of this test must be uploaded as soon as possible as part of the health authorization application procedure in order to be processed. Processing takes 1-2 hours. 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.
- Children under 10 years of age are exempted from the mandatory rt-PCR test.
- Airline and private flight crews with stopovers in St. Maarten or St. Martin must complete the health authorization procedure and demonstrate a valid (performed within 72 hours of departure to Sint Maarten) negative rt-PCR test upon arrival. Crew members not in possession of a valid negative rt-PCR test must self-quarantine until their departure flight.
- Travelers with end destination Sint Maarten are required to have health insurance coverage. Additional travel insurance covering COVID-19 related expenses is strongly recommended.
- Provide an email address on which you are reachable and monitor on a daily basis during your stay. Alerts will be sent via email.
- The application must be completed in order to be processed. Non-completed applications will be automatically deleted within a day after the provided travel date.
- If health authorization is approved, the applicant will receive a (printable) authorization via e-mail, which must be presented to the health and immigration authorities upon arrival. The original rt-PCR test result should be presented to the health authorities upon request. Please check your spam/junk mail folder as well in case you haven’t received a response.
- If health authorization is not approved, the applicant will receive a letter whereby health authorization has been denied.
- For travelers originating from a high-risk country, 14 consecutive days self-monitoring of body temperature and possible flu like symptoms is mandatory. For travelers from a moderate risk country the mandatory self-monitoring period is 8 days. The travelers in these categories will receive during the 14 or 8 days an automated daily email alert providing a link for submitting the required information online. 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.
COUNTRY RISK ASSESSMENT
A risk assessment of countries is necessary. This will classify a country in either a low, moderate or high-risk category for transmission of COVID-19. This categorization of countries is very dynamic and may change in time. Categorization will be managed by the IHR focal point of the Ministry of Public Health, Social Services and Labor.
Risk classification COVID-19, as of 27-06-2020
If a country is not listed, this country is considered a high risk of transmission of COVID-19.
High risk of transmission
- Dominican Republic
- Puerto Rico
- United Kingdom
- United States of America
- United States Virgin Islands
Moderate risk of transmission
- Antigua and Barbuda
- British Virgin Islands
- Cayman Islands
- Saint Kitts and Nevis
- Saint Lucia
- St. Vincent and Grenadines
- Trinidad and Tobago
- Turks and Caicos
Low risk of transmission
- Saint Barthelemy
- Saint Martin
- Sint Eustatius
- Sint Maarten