Terms & Conditions of Travel
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Official information about the sanitary evolution on Saint-Martin are available on the Prefecture’s website for the French side (saint-barth-saint-martin.gouv.fr), and on the EHAS website (stmaartenehas.com) for the Dutch side.

Airports

Princess Juliana International Airport

For all travelers, even those in transit:

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 Saint Martin residents. Without the health pre-authorization boarding will not be possible.

Be advised that processing time can take up to 12 hours.

  • The requirements vary depending on the risk status of the country of origin.
  • Children must have the online health form filled out by their parents.
  • The application must be completed in order to be processed. This includes the purchase of the mandatory COVID-19 insurance and a negative COVID-19 test result in case they are required.
  • If you are suffering from flu like symptoms and/or fever travel will be denied by the airline and by the EHAS.
  • As of January 27, 2021, until further notice, a travel ban is in place for people who have been the 14 days before departing to Sint Maarten in a banned country as mentioned in the “banned countries” table below. https://stmaartenehas.com/travel-requirements/
  • Sint Maarten/Saint Martin/Saba/St. Eustatius residents are exempted from the travel ban and should get a rt-PCR test before departure. The EHAS application must be completed.
  • 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.
  • Provide a working email address on which you are reachable.
  • Monitor your health on a daily basis during your stay.
  • 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 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.
  • If health authorization is not pre-approved, you will receive an e-mail informing you that health pre-authorization has been denied.

Travelers from Paris (ORY or CDG)

In addition to the test and the EHAS form:

  • A PCR test of less than 72h is required.

MANDATORY INSURANCE

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, flight crews, transiting cruise ship crews, French nationals residing in France or a French territory, BES-ZVK medical referrals 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

COVID-19 TEST REQUIREMENTS

  • A rt-PCR test for the SARS-COV-2 virus obtained from a naso-pharyngeal swab 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 risk. Antibody tests and tests performed outside of the 72 hours period will not be accepted. Results from home covid-19 collection test kits will also not be accepted.
  • For travelers from the USA, US territories and Canada the time frame remains 72 hrs. prior to departure. This will remain in effect as long as the national health authorities of the USA and Canada do not require differently for their traveling citizens.

Alternatively, travelers originating from the USA and Canada 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. All FDA approved antigen tests including those with Emergency Use Authorization only (EUA) are accepted. Tests performed outside of the 48 hours period and home tests will not be accepted.

  • Travelers coming from a low-risk country are exempted from the mandatory rt-PCR or antigen test.
  • Vaccinated residents of Saint Martin are also exempt from taking a test, unless they are coming from a high-risk country*. People who are considered fully vaccinated with an approved vaccine:
    • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series
    • 4 weeks after a single-dose vaccine
    • 2 weeks after a dose for people who already previously got Covid-19 (all vaccines included)

*High-risk countries include: Argentina, Bolivia, Brezil, Chili, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, French Guyana, Guyana, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, South Africa, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela.

  • 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 72 respectively 48 hours prior to departure to Sint Maarten (last leg in case of connecting flights).
  •  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. Incomplete results, hand written or e-mail statements from doctors will not be accepted.
  • 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.
  • 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.

SELF-MONITORING

  • 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 during 5 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. Temperature measuring possibilities will also be offered in the lobby in most hotels and other lodging facilities.

OUTBOUND TRAVELERS

For information on testing locations please visit:  https://stmaartenupdates.com/testing-on-island/

For travelers with accommodation on the French side

If you are staying in an establishment on the French side of the island, a negative test result of less than 72 hours is mandatory.

From Sint Maarten / Juliana to Paris (ORY or CDG):

  • Travelers do not need an overriding reason for their trip

People over the age of 11 traveling to Paris from Juliana International Airport:

  • Must provide an overriding reason if they are not vaccinated
  • Must provide the negative result of a PCR test of less than 72 hours
  • Must provide proof of honor that they are symptom-free and unaware of having been in contact with a confirmed case of covid-19 within fourteen days prior to the flight.
  • Must undertake a seven-day isolation
  • Must undertake to repeat a test at the end of this period.


Grand Case Espérance Airport

  • Inter-islands travels:
    • Unvaccinated people over 11 years old traveling to Grand Case Airport from Guadeloupe and Martinique:
      • Must provide an overriding reason
      • must provide the negative result of a PCR test of less than 72 hours or an antigen test of less than 48h
      • must provide proof of honor that they are symptom-free and unaware of having been in contact with a confirmed case of covid-19 in the fourteen days prior to the flight. https://bit.ly/3x88BF7
      • undertake to respect a seven-day isolation
      • undertake to repeat a PCR test at the end of this period
    • Vaccinated people over 11 years old traveling to Grand Case Airport from Guadeloupe and Martinique:
      • no mandatory test
      • No overriding reason needed
      • no isolation is required
    • People who are considered fully vaccinated with an approved vaccine:
      • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series
      • 4 weeks after a single-dose vaccine
      • 2 weeks after a dose for people who already previously got Covid-19 (all vaccines included)

  • Travels from France:
    • Unvaccinated people over 11 years old traveling from France, upon arrival in Grand Case, Saint-Martin
      • must provide an overriding reason
      • must provide proof of honor that they are symptom-free and unaware of having been in contact with a confirmed case of covid-19 in the fourteen days prior to the flight.
      • must provide the negative result of a PCR test of less than 72 hours
      • undertake to respect a seven-day isolation if they are not vaccinated
      • undertake to repeat a PCR test at the end of this period

Unvaccinated minors can move freely. They do not have to present a vaccination certificate or self-isolate, if they accompany their vaccinated parents.

    • Vaccinated people over 11 years old traveling from France, upon arrival in Grand Case, Saint-Martin
      • must provide proof of honor that they are symptom-free and unaware of having been in contact with a confirmed case of covid-19 in the fourteen days prior to the flight.
      • must provide the negative result of a PCR test of less than 72 hours
      • no isolation is required
  • Travels to France:
    • Unvaccinated people over 11 years old traveling to France from Grand Case, Saint Martin:
      • must provide an overriding reason
      • Must provide the negative result of a PCR test of less than 72 hours
      • Must provide proof of honor that they are symptom-free and unaware of having been in contact with a confirmed case of covid-19 in the fourteen days prior to the flight.
      • Undertake to respect a seven-day isolation
      • Undertake to repeat a PCR test at the end of this period
    • Vaccinated people over 11 years old traveling to France from Grand Case, Saint Martin:
      • Must provide proof of honor that they are symptom-free and unaware of having been in contact with a confirmed case of covid-19 in the fourteen days prior to the flight.
      • No isolation is required
  • Between Saint Martin and Saint Barthélemy:

    Unvaccinated people travelling from Saint-Martin to Saint Barthélemy:

    • Must provide an overring reason
    • Must provide the negative result of a PCR test less than 72 hours or an antigen test less than 48 hours
    • Must respect a seven-day isolation and repeat a PCR test at the end of this period

    These obligations do not apply to vaccinated people.


Inter-island Ferries

  • Anguilla:
    • Connections by ferry between St. Martin and the nearby island of Anguilla are suspended.

  • Saint Barthélemy:
    • Travel between Saint Barthélemy and Saint Martin is not subject to any compelling reason.
    • No test needed (or declaration) for French citizens, of the EEC, Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, Japan.
    • Negative PCR (less than 72 hours) compulsory for other nationals (Americans, Canadians, Brazilians and Argentines, etc.)

For your safety and peace of mind:

  • Temperature check at departure
  • Boats are disinfected daily
  • Physical distancing is ensured by means of a floor plan
  • It is mandatory to wear a mask on board and in the departure lounge
  • Hydroalcoholic gel is at your disposal on board.


Cruise port

The reception of cruise ships is prohibited on both sides of the island.
The refueling of cruise ships is authorized.


For more information, please click the following links

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