Travel Requirements

TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS (September 17, 2021)

ANNOUNCEMENT

As of October 1, 2021 the current banned country list will be converted into a “very high-risk” country list and the following requirements will enter into effect for this category:

  1. travelers originating from these countries must be fully vaccinated (as defined below)
  2. travelers must provide a valid proof of a neg PCR test not older than 48 hours before departure on last leg to Sint Maarten.
  3. non-vaccinated travelers must provide valid proof of a negative PCR test not older than 24 hours before departure on last leg to Sint Maarten.

GENERAL INFORMATION

  1. Due to the COVID-19 epidemic Sint Maarten has established a mandatory health pre-authorization application through an Electronic Health Authorization System (EHAS) for every visitor arriving by air including transits, Sint Maarten and Saint 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 maritime vessel please read the latest requirements here.
  2. The requirements vary depending on the country risk status which can be found at the bottom of this page.
  3. People are considered fully vaccinated with an approved vaccine :
    • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer, Moderna and Astrazeneca vaccines, or
    • 4 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine
    • the approved vaccines are: Comirnaty (Pfizer), Spikevax (Moderna), Vaxzevria (Astrazeneca) and Johnson & Johnson/Janssen
  4. The government of Sint Maarten has implemented a mandatory COVID-19 insurance for all travelers with destination Sint Maarten with the exception of Sint Maarten residents, transit passengers departing the same day (checkbox), flight crews (checkbox), transiting cruise ship crews (checkbox), French nationals residing in France or a French territory, BES-ZVK insured (checkbox) and AUC faculty and students (special procedure). The insurance purchasing process is an integrated step in the EHAS application. Travelers requiring the COVID-19 insurance must complete this process upon application. 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
  5. The application must be completed in order to be processed. This includes proof of a negative COVID-19 test result, information on the vaccination status (including proof of completed vaccination in case fully vaccinated) and the purchase of the mandatory COVID-19 insurance in case required. Children must have the online health form filled out by their parents. Provide a working personal email address on which you are reachable.
  6. As of January 27, 2021, until further notice, a travel ban is in place for persons who have been the 14 days before departing to Sint Maarten in a banned country as mentioned in the “banned countries” table below. Sint Maarten/Saint Martin/Saba/St. Eustatius residents are exempted from the travel ban and should get a rt-PCR test before departure (see below). The EHAS application must be completed.
  7. All incoming passengers are subjected to temperature checks and other screening protocols and may be subjected to mandatory testing at their own expense. Failure to comply with the screening at the Health Check Point upon arrival will result in you not being cleared to enter St. Maarten and sent back to your originating country. If re-tested upon arrival you will be required to self-isolate or self-quarantine at your place of lodging/residence until the test results are known.
  8. Applicants will receive confirmation of their accepted application. Non-completed applications will be automatically deleted within a day after the provided travel date.
  9. If health authorization is pre-approved, you will receive a (printable) pre-authorization PDF via e-mail, which must be presented at check in and to the health and immigration authorities upon arrival. This PDF will also contain a QR code which will show the vaccination status and COVID test result when scanned. Keep the original rt-PCR or antigen test result and proof of vaccination always with you. Please check your spam/junk mail folder as well in case you haven’t received a response. If health authorization is not pre-approved, you will receive an e-mail informing you that health pre-authorization has been denied.
  10. As Saba has their own EHAS operational, same day transit travelers to Saba no longer need to apply in the Sint Maarten EHAS system, but only the Saba EHAS system which can be found at http://www.sabatourism.com/travel-requirements. Proof of the Saba EHAS approval must be demonstrated when transiting through Princess Juliana Airport Sint Maarten.

COVID-19 TEST REQUIREMENTS

Traveling to Sint Maarten from:

EHAS application required

Resident

Sint Maarten, Saint Martin, St. Eustatius, Saba.

Non-resident Child under 10 yrs. of age
vaccinated unvaccinated vaccinated unvaccinated
Low-risk country ¹ yes no test no test no test no test no test
High risk country yes  rt-PCR test within 72 hrs. or Ag test 48 hrs. before departure rt-PCR test within 72 hrs. before departure rt-PCR test within 72 hrs. before departure rt-PCR test within 72 hrs. before departure no test
Banned country ² yes rt-PCR test within 72 hrs. before departure rt-PCR test within 72 hrs. before departure banned  banned no test
USA/Canada yes rt-PCR test within 72 hrs. or Ag test within 48 hrs. before departure rt-PCR test within 72 hrs. or Ag test within 48 hrs. before departure rt-PCR test within 72 hrs. or Ag test within 48 hrs. before departure rt-PCR test within 72 hrs. or Ag test within 48 hrs. before departure no test
  • rt-PCR and antigen test sample for the SARS-COV-2 virus must be obtained from naso-pharyngeal swab.
  • Results from home covid-19 collection test kits will also not be accepted. Airlines might require you to show a negative lab test result.
  • The original test result to be uploaded as part of EHAS application procedure 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 a negative result. Non-compliant test results, hand written or e-mail statements from doctors will not be accepted.
  • Airline and private flight crews with stopovers in St. Maarten or St. Martin must demonstrate a valid 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.

¹ 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 test for the    SARS-COV-2 virus performed in the country of origin within 72 respectively 48 hours prior to departure to Sint Maarten (last leg in case of connecting flights).

² Fully vaccinated non-residents whose presence is required on Sint Maarten can submit an exemption request to the Minister of Public Health, Social Development  and Labor stating the reason(s) and include a copy of the passport and the travel itinerary.

CRUISE SHIP PASSENGERS ARRIVING BY AIR AND DEPARTING FROM SINT MAARTEN

  1. All passengers must complete the application procedure through EHAS before departing to Sint Maarten.
  2. Within 48 hours, before disembarking again in Sint Maarten at the end of the cruise, all passengers older than 10 years must have an antigen test performed by the cruise line.
  3. Applying through EHAS is not necessary when returning to Sint Maarten at the end of the cruise.
  4. The purchase of COVID-19 insurance (see below) is mandatory when staying more than one (1) day in Sint Maarten either before or after the cruise. The insurance is only valid during the days of stay in Sint Maarten between the arrival date and return date to the country of origin.

SELF MONITORING

  1. For travelers originating from a high-risk country, 5 consecutive days of self-monitoring of body temperature and possible flu like symptoms is mandatory. The travelers in this category will receive an automated daily email alert providing a link for submitting the required information online the first 5 days of their stay. 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. Temperature measuring possibilities will also be offered in the lobby in most hotels and other lodging facilities.

OUTBOUND TRAVELERS

  1. For information on testing locations please visit https://stmaartenupdates.com/testing-on-island/  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 (June 14, 2021)

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

Low risk of transmission
  • Anguilla
  • Barbados
  • Bonaire
  • Cayman Islands
  • China
  • Grenada
  • Hong Kong
  • Montserrat
  • New Zealand
  • Saba
  • Singapore
  • St. Barthelemy
  • St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  • St. Eustatius
  • Turks and Caicos
Banned Countries
  • Argentina
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Ecuador
  • French Guyana
  • Guyana
  • India
  • Nepal
  • Pakistan
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • South Africa
  • Surinam
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela