What You Need To Know
Travel to St Maarten | COVID-19
St Maarten joins the international community in trying to navigate through the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Our team at SintMaartenVacation.com has put together this page to position ourselves to better inform persons wishing to travel to St Maarten.
We will keep you up to date here, with the latest on how the virus is affecting travel to the island, suggest ways through which you can help stop the spread of the novel COVID-19 corona virus, and provide some resources for staying up to date with this ongoing situation.
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St Maarten’s borders are open. Internal borders between French and Dutch St Maarten are open and several major airlines are flying to St Maarten. In addition, many hotels, restaurants and tour operators around the island are also open with new health and safety guidelines in place for guests. The following resources are meant to be a helpful place to start, and after all vacations are for relaxation; click here to get your free travel insurance quote now.
St Maarten COVID-19 Entry Requirements
As of October 1, 2021, the current list of banned countries will be converted into a “very high-risk” country list and the following requirements will enter in effect from this date:
- Travelers originating from a country in the very high-risk category must be fully vaccinated
- Travelers must provide a valid proof of negative PCR test not older than 48 hours before departure (or on last leg) to St Maarten
- Non-vaccinated travelers must provide valid proof of a negative PCR test not older than 24 hours before departure (or on last leg) to St Maarten
Last updated: September 3, 2021
- Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all travelers wishing to visit St Maarten must apply for entry authorization through the Electronic Health Authorization System (EHAS). Processing time can take up to 12 hours. Travelers arriving by yacht or boat vessel can read the latest updates here for the 2020-2021 yachting season.
- Requirements vary depending on the country risk status.
- Low Risk Countries: Anguilla, Barbados, Bonaire, Cayman Islands, China, Grenada, Hong Kong, Montserrat, New Zealand, Saba, Singapore, St Barth, St Vincent and the Grenadines, St Eustatius and Turks and Caicos (last update June 14, 2021).
- Until October 1, a travel ban is in place for persons who have been in the last 14 days before departing for St Maarten, in a banned country. Banned countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guyana, Guyana, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, South Africa, Surinam, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, and Venezuela (last update June 14, 2021).
- Persons are considered fully vaccinated with an approved vaccine:
- 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
- 2 weeks after a single-dose, such as the Johnson & Johnson/ Janssen vaccine
- the approved vaccines are: Pfizer, Moderna, Astrazeneca and Johnson & Johnson/ Janssen
- The Government of St Maarten is requiring that all travelers visiting St Maarten (with the exception of residents, transit passengers, flight crew and French nationals) purchase a mandatory COVID-19 insurance. This insurance is integrated in the EHAS application and offers advanced protected in case you test positive for COVID-19 during your stay in St Maarten. It covers hospital costs, intensive care unit costs, transportation*, doctor consults*, isolation expenses*, COVID-19 testing*, and medical evacuation*. Visit this link for more information.
- The application must be fully completed in order to be processed and must include:
- proof of a negative COVID-19 test result
- vaccination status, including proof if fully vaccinated
- purchase of COVID-19 insurance
- All incoming passengers are subject to temperature checks and other screening protocol upon arrival and may be subjected to mandatory testing at their own expense.
- Applicants will receive confirmation of their accepted application. Non-completed applications will be automatically deleted within a day after the provided travel date.
- If health authorization is pre-approved, you will receive a (printable) pre-authorization PDF via email. You must present this at check-in and to the health and immigration authorities upon arrival. This PDF also contains 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 with you at all times.
Cruise Passengers arriving by air
- All cruise passengers arriving by air must complete the application procedure through EHAS before departing to St Maarten.
- Within 48 hours, before disembarking again in St Maarten at the end of the cruise, all passengers older then 10 years must have an Antigen test performed by the cruise line.
- Applying through EHAS is not necessary when returning to St Maarten at the end of the cruise.
- The purchase of COVID-19 insurance is mandatory when staying more than one (1) day in St Maarten either before or after the cruise. The insurance is only valid during the days of stay in St Maarten between the arrival date and the return date to the country of origin.
Please note that receiving pre-approval does not guarantee you entry into St Maarten. Upon arrival you must still meet and clear immigration requirements and the additional medical screening measures at the Airport Health Checkpoint. All incoming passengers are subject to temperature checks and other screening protocol and may be subject to testing (approx. $125) at their own expense. If you are subject to mandatory testing or re-testing upon arrival, you are expected to self-isolate or self-quarantine at your place of accommodation until the test results are known. Failure to adhere to these measures will result in you not being allowed entry to the island.
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How Can I Help Slow the Spread?
The novel COVID-19 corona virus is spread mainly person to person through respiratory droplets when when an infected person speaks, coughs or sneezes within close proximity. The CDC has also warned that the spread is also possible via touching surfaces or objects and then proceeding to touch your face – moth, nose or eyes.
Although vaccines are slowly being rolled out, there are measures you can take to help reduce the spread of the virus. The WHO recommends:
- Washing your hands regularly with an alcohol-based sanitizer, or with soap and water
- Maintaining distance of at least 1.5 meters (or about 6 feet) between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing
- Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth
- Seeking immediate medical care at first signs of any possible symptoms
If you become sick with flu-like symptoms while in St Maarten, do contact the hotel front desk and or public health authorities immediately by phone. Dial 914. Be sure to bring a reliable thermometer with you for your trip to St Maarten for self monitoring.
Get a COVID-19 PCR test in St Maarten
Do you need to get a COVID-19 PCR test done?
The Health Care Laboratory in St Maarten can perform the swab by appointment between 11am – 12pm Monday through Friday and on Saturdays from 11am – 11:30am. The cost of the test is $70 and you will receive the results within 24 hours.
The Health Care Laboratory St Maarten is located at Orange Grove Mall Unit 12-13, Union Road, Cole Bay. You can call +1 721 544 1036/1038 for appointments and information.
The Mullet Bay Clinic in the Maho area offers COVID-19 rt-PCR testing for $106. Results can be expected within 24 hours. The swabbing takes place in the morning hours between 8 and 10am. Walk-in antigen testing is also available for $60 with results in as little as 15 minutes.
The Mullet Bay Clinic is located in the Maho area and can be reached via phone at +1 721 545 4280.
Help these Local St Maarten Organizations
You can give to local organizations on the ground in St Maarten working towards providing prevention, relief and support services to the most vulnerable persons in St Maarten’s communities. Here are a list of a few organizations our Team at SintMaartenVacation.com recommend:
COVID-19 News & Resources
- The Latest St Maarten Travel News
- Update June 20, 2020: St Maarten reopened for international tourism on July 1, 2020!
- Government of St Maarten – COVID-19
- French St Martin Government – COVID-19
- The World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Resource Hub
- The Centers for Disease Control’s COVID-19 Resource Center
- Google’s COVID-19 Information and Resource Page