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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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Booking Travel to St Maarten Right Now
St Maarten’s borders are open. Commercial travel through the Princess Juliana International Airport is now possible. Internal borders between French and Dutch St Maarten are open and airline’s are reintroducing flight service in a phased manner because of the ongoing pandemic. In addition, many hotels, restaurants and tour operators around the island are also open with new health and safety guidelines in place for guests. St Maarten is open, get started planning a trip here, and make sure to check cancellation policies before booking. 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
Last updated: January 13, 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.
- As of January 11, 2021 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.
- Entry pre-authorization will only be granted if you have submitted a completed application, COVID-19 test results meet the requirements and COVID-19 insurance has been purchased.
- Travelers experiencing any flu-like symptoms and or fever will be denied boarding by the airline and the EHAS.
- A rt-PCR test for the SARS-COV-2 virus obtained from a naso-pharyngeal swab performed within 120 hours prior to departure to St Maarten (or last leg in case of connecting flights) is required for all travelers traveling from a country that is categorized as medium or high risk. Other tests such as antibody tests and tests performed outside of the 120 hour window will not be accepted.
- 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 St 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.
- Travelers residing in and traveling from a low-risk country are exempted from the mandatory rt-PCR or antigen test.
- Travelers who reside in a low risk country but have visited a high risk country in the last 14 days prior to traveling to St Maarten, must also have a rt-PCR or antigen test performed for the SARS-COV-2 virus within 120 or 48 hours respectively prior to departure to St Maarten (or last leg in case of connecting flights).
- The original test result must be uploaded as soon as possible as part of the EHAS procedure in order to be processed and obtain your pre-authorization for travel and entry. Processing time 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. Please note that any incomplete results, hand written or email statements from doctors will not be accepted.
- Parents must be sure to complete the online EHAS for their kids. Children 10 and under are exempted from the mandatory rt-PCR or antigen test. As of the day of their 10th birthday, a rt-PCR or antigen test result has to be submitted.
- Airline and private flight crew who stop in St Maarten or St Martin must complete the EHAS procedure and demonstrate a valid (performed within 120 or 48 hours respectively) negative rt-PCR or antigen test result upon arrival in St Maarten. If you are not in possession of such, you will be required to self-quarantine until the departure of the flight.
- You are required to provide a valid email address through which you can be reached and monitor on a daily basis during your stay in St Maarten. Alerts and monitoring requests are sent via email.
- The application must be completed in order to be processed. Non-completed applications are automatically deleted within a day after the provided travel date.
- If EHAS is pre-approved, you will receive a (printable) authorization via email which must be presented to health and immigration authorities upon arrival in St Maarten. The original rt-PCR or antigen test result should also be presented to the health authorities upon request. Be sure to check your spam or junk inbox folders if you have not received a response.
- If your health authorization is not pre-approved, you will receive an email informing you that it has been denied.
- For travelers originating from high risk countries, 14 consecutive days of self-monitoring of body temperature and possible flu-like symptoms is mandatory during your stay in St Maarten. Travelers in this category will receive during their first 14 days in St Maarten, an automated email daily providing a link for submitting the required information online. If you are staying on the island for a shorter time period, you will have to submit the same information for the time you are on the island.
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.
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