Travel Requirements

TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS (January 26, 2021)

  1. 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 arriving by air including transits, Sint Maarten and Sint Martin residents. Without the health pre-authorization boarding will not be possible. Be advised that processing time can take up to 12 hours. Visitors arriving on a vessel please read the latest requirements here.
  2. As of January 11, 2021 the government of Sint Maarten has implemented a mandatory COVID-19 insurance for all travelers visiting Sint Maarten with the exception of residents, transit passengers (checkbox), flight crews (checkbox), transiting cruise ship crews (checkbox), French nationals, AUC faculty and students (special procedure) and BES-ZVK medical referrals (checkbox). The insurance purchasing process is an integrated step in the EHAS application. Travelers requiring the COVID-19 insurance must complete this process timely. For more information on and all questions related to the COVID-19 insurance please visit www.sxmprotectionplan.com or contact customer support at info@sxmprotectionplan.com
  3. As of January 27 2021 until further notice, a travel ban is in place for the countries mentioned in the “banned countries” table below. Sint Maarten/Sint Martin residents and other Dutch nationals can return if possible and get tested upon arrival for a fee of $125.00.
  4. As of January 27 2021 until further notice, all travelers embarking in Aruba are required to submit a negative rt-PCR test within 72 hours before departure to Sint Maarten .
  5. Health pre-authorization for travel will only be granted if the application has been completely filled out, the COVID-19 test result meets the requirements and the mandatory COVID-19 insurance has been purchased.
  6. If you are suffering from flu like symptoms and/or fever travel will be denied by the airline and by the EHAS.
  7. A rt-PCR test for the SARS-COV-2 virus obtained from a naso-pharyngeal swab performed within 120 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 and tests performed outside of the 120 hours period will not be accepted. Results from home covid-19 collection test kits will also not be accepted. Airlines might require you to show a negative lab test result.
  8. Alternatively, travelers originating from a country that is categorized as high can do an antigen test for the SARS-COV-2 virus obtained from a naso-pharyngeal swab performed within 48 hours prior to departure to Sint Maarten. Only the following antigen tests are approved: the Becton Dickinson (BD) Veritor Plus, the Abbott Panbio, the Abott BinaxNow and the Roche/SD Biosensor F antigen tests. Tests performed outside of the 48 hours period or other brand and type of antigen tests will not be accepted.
  9. Travelers residing in and traveling from a low-risk country are exempted from the mandatory rt-PCR or antigen test.
  10. Travelers who reside in a low risk country but have visited a high-risk country in the 14 days prior to departing to Sint Maarten, must also have a rt-PCR or antigen test for the SARS-COV-2 virus performed within 120 respectively 48 hours prior to departure to Sint Maarten (last leg in case of connecting flights).
  11. The original result of the test must be uploaded as soon as possible as part of the health authorization application procedure in order to be processed. Processing can take up to 12 hours. The test result must clearly specify the name of the laboratory or clinic, full name of test subject, type of test administered, name of antigen test, swab date, source of the swab, result date and the result. Incomplete results, hand written or e-mail statements from doctors will not be accepted.
  12. Children must have the online health form filled out by their parents. Children of age 10 and under are exempted from the mandatory rt-PCR or antigen test. As of the day after the 10th birthday, a rt-PCR or antigen test has to be submitted.
  13. 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 120 hours or 48 hours of departure to Sint Maarten) negative rt-PCR or antigen test upon arrival. Crew members not in possession of a valid negative rt-PCR or antigen test must self-quarantine until their departure flight.
  14. Provide an email address on which you are reachable and monitor on a daily basis during your stay. Alerts and monitoring requests will be sent via email.
  15. The application must be completed in order to be processed. Applicants will receive confirmation of their accepted application. Non-completed applications will be automatically deleted within a day after the provided travel date.
  16. If health authorization is pre-approved, you will receive a (printable) authorization via e-mail, which must be presented to the health and immigration authorities upon arrival. The original rt-PCR or antigen 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.
  17. If health authorization is not pre-approved, you will receive an e-mail informing you that health authorization has been denied.
  18. For travelers originating from a high-risk country, 14 consecutive days of self-monitoring of body temperature and possible flu like symptoms is mandatory. The travelers in this category will receive during 14 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.

Please be informed that receiving pre-approval does not mean that you are cleared to enter St. Maarten. Upon arrival you must still pass through the additional medical screening measures at the Airport Health Checkpoint. All incoming passengers are subjected to temperature checks and other screening protocols and may be subjected to mandatory testing at their own expense. If re-tested upon arrival you will be expected to self-isolate or self-quarantine at your place of lodging/residence until the test results are known. Failure to adhere to the screening upon arrival will result in you not being cleared to enter St. Maarten and sent back to your originating country.

Thank you for choosing St. Maarten as your preferred vacation destination.

COUNTRY RISK ASSESSMENT

A risk assessment of countries is necessary. This will classify a country in either a low 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 (January 26 2021)

If a country is not listed in the low risk category, this country is considered a high risk country for the transmission of COVID-19.

Low risk of transmission
  • Anguilla
  • Antiqua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Barbados
  • Bermuda
  • Bonaire
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Cayman Islands
  • China
  • Curacao
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Montserrat
  • New Zealand
  • Saba
  • Saint Barthelemy
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Singapore
  • Sint Eustatius
  • Thailand
Banned Countries
  • Argentina
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • French Guyana
  • Guyana
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • South Africa
  • Surinam
  • United Kingdom
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela