Preparing for Your Trip to St. Martin

Entry and Immigration Formalities

All travelers are required to fill out an immigration card, which is generally provided on the plane. This card must be presented upon arrival at Princess Juliana International Airport, located on the Dutch side of the island. Before your arrival, it’s important for you to know the exact address of where you will be staying in St. Martin.

Even though St. Martin is a French territory, flights departing from France most often arrive into Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM), on the Dutch side. French citizens must therefore present a valid passport as well as a return ticket in order to continue their journey. For French citizens flying into Grand Case Airport (SFG), on the French side, a valid ID card is acceptable.

EU nationals arriving into Grand Case Airport are required to show a valid passport, or a valid French residency card (carte de séjour). Visas are not required.

US and Canadian citizens are required to present a valid passport as well as a return ticket or a ticket for onward travel. Naturalized citizens must also present their original naturalization certificate with photo identification. Tourists are permitted to stay in St. Martin for a maximum of three months.

For visitors from most other countries, a visa is needed to enter St. Martin. Before departing from your country of residence, make an appointment with the local French Embassy to request a visa for St. Martin island. A valid passport is also required as well as a return or onward travel ticket. Vaccinations are not required.

Travel with pets older than three months is permitted on the condition that you show a recent letter of good health provided by your veterinarian as well as an up-to-date vaccination card including the vaccination for rabies. Please consult the airline for information on the procedures and requirements for animal transport.

Traveling between St. Martin and St. Maarten

There is no physical border between the French side of St. Martin and the Dutch side of St. Maarten. The movement of people and goods is completely open.

Customs Rules  

When arriving or returning from the French West Indies, you must declare the goods you are carrying and pay the taxes (VAT, dock dues, and regional dock dues) on purchased and gifted items. You do not have to pay a customs fee. You are limited to a certain value and quantity of the products listed below, which if respected will exempt you from paying duties or taxes on these products.

  • Total value allowed of purchased or gifted items: 1000 €
  • Tobacco: 200 cigarettes, 100 cigarillos, 50 cigars, or 250g of tobacco.
  • Alcoholic beverages: 4 liters of still wine and 16 liters of beer, or 1 liter of any beverage over 22% ABV or 2 liters of any beverage with less than 22% ABV.  

Quantities of the above products cannot be combined.  Tax exemptions are subject to change, so please request the correct, up-to-date information from the customs authorities in your own country.