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Is St. Maarten Open for Tourists? – Latest Travel Restrictions

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Last update: 2/24/2021

St. Maarten has been open for international tourism since July 2020. Tourists from countries all over the world can visit, making it one of the easiest-to-visit countries that are open to tourists.

All visitors must submit an Electronic Health Authorization System Form at least 12 hours before their departure and purchase mandatory COVID-19 insurance as part of completing the form.

Travelers who are from high-risk countries must also have proof of a negative PCR test result that was obtained within 120 hours of departure or an antigen test with nasal swab within 48 hours of departure.

Can I travel to St. Maarten right now?  

St. Maarten is allowing travelers from all countries to visit. Below is a map of all the countries that can visit Sint Maarten at the moment.

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Travelers from any country can currently visit St. Maarten.

St. Maarten has not banned travelers from any country.

St. Maarten COVID-19 travel restrictions

St. Maarten’s entry requirements vary depending on the country you are traveling from.

All travelers, regardless of the country they’re coming from, must fill in an Electronic Health Authorization System Form at least 12 hours before their departure and opt in to mandatory COVID-19 insurance as part of completing the form.

Travelers who are not included on the list of low-risk countries must present proof of a negative PCR test result that was obtained within 120 hours of departure or an antigen test with naso-pharyngeal swab that was taken within 48 hours of departure.

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St. Maarten COVID-19 travel restrictions and entry requirements

Travelers from low-risk countries (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Australia, Barbados, Bermuda, Bonaire, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, China, Curacao, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, New Zealand, Saba, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Singapore, Sint Eustatius, Thailand) are exempt from the PCR/antigen test requirement.

Is PCR testing mandatory to travel to St. Maarten?

If you are arriving from a high-risk country, you must have proof of a negative PCR test result from within 120 hours of departure or an antigen test with naso-pharyngeal swab that was taken within 48 hours of departure.

If you are traveling from a low-risk country (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Australia, Barbados, Bermuda, Bonaire, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, China, Curacao, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, New Zealand, Saba, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent, and the Grenadines, Singapore, Sint Eustatius, Thailand), you do not have to take a PCR or antigen test to enter St. Maarten. Children under the age of 10 are also exempt from the PCR/antigen test requirement.

Is there a mandatory quarantine upon arrival in St. Maarten?

There is no mandatory quarantine upon arrival in St. Maarten as long as you do not test positive for COVID-19.

If you are traveling from a high-risk country, you will have to monitor your temperature and the appearance of any flu-like symptoms for 14 days from your arrival. You will be able to submit this information online daily.

Travel insurance with COVID-19 coverage to visit St. Maarten

Unless you are a St. Maarten resident or French national, you must opt in to mandatory COVID-19 insurance as part of completing your Electronic Health Authorization System Form.

This insurance covers hospital and intensive care unit costs, isolation expenses, COVID-19 testing, medical evacuation, and more, up to a limit of $50,000 USD. It costs $10 for children ages 0-14 and $30 for anyone age 15 and older. You will be able to pay this fee when you complete your EHAS form.

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COVID-19 vaccine to travel to St. Maarten

Although COVID-19 vaccine distribution has begun in most countries around the world, the government of St. Maarten has not yet confirmed whether it will be mandatory to present a proof of vaccine record (POVR) or an international certificate of vaccination or prophylaxis (ICVP) to enter St. Maarten.

If you’re going to get the COVID-19 vaccine before traveling to St. Maarten, I recommend taking a copy of a vaccination record or certificate with you in case Sint Maarten changes its travel restrictions.

Other travel restrictions for St. Maarten during COVID-19

Visitors to St. Maarten must abide by a few other travel restrictions:

  • All travelers will be subject to temperature checks on arrival.
  • Face masks are required in all public areas.
  • Social distancing rules (6 feet or 2 meters) must be observed.
  • You may need a tourist visa to visit St. Maarten. Check if you need one below.

What’s open in St. Maarten

St. Maarten has reopened many of its businesses, including hotels and restaurants. Additionally, tours are operating and beaches are open, so you should have plenty to do while you’re in Sint Maarten.

Hotels that are open in St. Maarten

Hotels in St. Maarten are currently open, so you should be able to find a lovely place to stay. Our recommendations for places to stay in Sint Maarten include:

Guests must keep a distance of 6 feet away from others who are not in their family group and wear a mask in all public areas. They may also be subject to temperature checks upon entering their accommodation. If a guest doesn’t have a mask, their accommodation will provide them with one.

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Hotels that are open in St. Maarten

High-touch and common area surfaces will be disinfected frequently. Hand sanitizer should be available throughout the accommodation for guests to sanitize their hands.

More information on hotel regulations can be found here.

Beaches that are open in St. Maarten

Looking forward to sunbathing? Beaches in St. Maarten are currently open, so you’ll definitely get the chance to enjoy the sun and sand if you visit.

Beachgoers must wear masks when they cannot keep a distance of 6 feet away from others who are not in their household. They must also keep their beach chairs 6 feet apart from the beach chairs of others who are not in their household. Gatherings may not be larger than 5 people.

You can find more details on beach regulations here.

Tours and excursions that are running in St. Maarten right now

Tours and excursions are currently operating in St. Maarten with some health and safety guidelines in place. If you’re looking for something to do, we can’t recommend the following tours and excursions highly enough:

Guests must wear masks and social distance at all times. Tour operators will provide masks for guests who do not have them. Vehicles will only be allowed to seat 50% of their normal capacity.

More information on tour regulations is available here.

Restaurants that are open in St. Maarten

Restaurants in St. Maarten are open for dine-in, delivery, and takeout.

St. Maarten has reopened for international tourism

Restaurants that are open in St. Maarten

Guests must social distance and sanitize their hands. Tables will be 6-8 feet apart from each other. Groups must be no larger than 4 people.

More information on restaurant regulations can be found here.

Airports that are open in St. Maarten

St. Maarten’s international airport, Princess Juliana International Airport, is currently open.

All travelers must wear masks at all times and keep a distance of 6 feet away from others who are not in their household. They will also be subject to temperature checks upon arrival.

COVID-19 testing in Sint Maarten

Your country may require you to take a PCR test in order to fly back home. If you need to get tested in St. Maarten, here is a list of places where you can get a PCR test.

St. Maarten reopening its borders to tourists – F.A.Q.

Check out these FAQs related to St. Maarten reopening for tourists and let us know if you have any other questions in the comments below.

Yes, you can travel to St. Maarten no matter which country you’re from.

There are currently 120+ active cases and 27 deaths due to COVID-19 in St. Maarten as of today. The CDC classifies travel to St. Maarten as “Level 4- Very High Risk.” If you have a pre-existing condition or any health condition that could increase your chances of serious illness, do not travel to St. Maarten. Additionally, even if you are not high-risk, you might want to reconsider travel to St. Maarten.

No, travelers from all countries can visit St. Maarten.

No, there is no mandatory quarantine upon arrival in St. Maarten.

Yes, you must take either a PCR test or an antigen test with naso-pharyngeal swab if you are traveling from a country that is considered high-risk. The PCR test must have generated a negative result and be from within 120 hours of departure. The antigen test must be from within 48 hours of departure.

No, St. Maarten does not currently have a curfew in place.

No, there are no restrictions on intercity and interregional travel.

Yes, hotels are open in St. Maarten.

Yes, St. Maarten’s Princess Juliana International Airport is open.

Yes, restaurants in St. Maarten are open.

Yes, beaches are open, but beachgoers must social distance at all times.

Yes, tours and excursions are operating in St. Maarten. Guests must wear masks and abide by social distancing rules.

Yes, Americans can currently travel to St. Maarten.

Yes, St. Maarten is open to Canadian tourists.

Sources

We will update this guide on St. Maarten reopening to tourism with any new developments. If you need more information on travel to St. Maarten, you can check these official sources:

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Hi, I'm Ascen, a globetrotter based in Philadelphia, USA. I enjoy exploring new landscapes and creating in-depth travel guides for Capture the Atlas.

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