COVID-19 Precautionary Measures in Saint Martin (27 April Update)

Can a resident enter the country?

  • Yes

  • Residents and citizens are allowed to enter.

Can a foreigner enter the country?

  • Yes, with exceptions

  • The borders between Sint Maarten and Saint Martin are open. Travellers are allowed to enter by air at Princess Juliana International Airport, located on the Dutch side in Sint Maarten and through the border with Sint Maarten.

  • Travel between the French West Indies islands, except for St. Barthelemy, is prohibited. The travel between other regions will be limited to compelling reasons for travel.

  • Only residents of Sint Maarten, Saint Martin, Saba and St. Eustatius are permitted to return from Aruba, Curacao, and Bonaire to Sint Maarten.

Is a test required on arrival?

  • No, with exceptions

  • All travellers will be subject to health screenings at the airport. All travellers are not required to be tested on arrival. However, some visitors may be subject to compulsory testing at their own expense.

Is a test certificate allowed?

  • Yes

  • PCR and antigen test certificates issued outside Saint Martin are accepted.

Test certificate required?

  • Yes, with exceptions

  • A certificate for a negative PCR test performed within the last 72 hours before departure from the point of origin will be required for all travellers arriving in Sint Maarten from high-risk countries. However, travellers staying on the French side (Saint Martin) must have a negative PCR test taken within the last 72 hours before entering Saint Martin. Children below eleven years of age are exempt. For travellers from the USA, US territories, and Canada, the time frame remains 120 hours before departure. Travellers residing in and/or travelling from a low-risk country are exempted from the mandatory rt-PCR or antigen test.

  • As of April 1, 2021, a certificate for a negative RT-PCR test result performed 72 hours before departure, and a negative antigen test result performed 24 hours before departure are mandatory for all travellers originating from Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao. Alternatively, only a negative RT-PCR test 24 hours before departure will also be accepted.

  • The list of high-risk and low-risk countries can be found here

Is quarantine required on arrival?

  • Yes

  • All travellers are required to self-isolate for seven days or until they retest negative.

  • Travellers travelling between Saint Martin and Saint Barthelemy are exempted if they stay less than three days.

  • Travellers from high-risk countries must monitor their temperature and symptoms for 14 days.

  • Based on the above restrictions, the travellers will be required to spend between zero and seven days in quarantine.

Entry form required?

  • Yes

  • A health authorization form must be completed and approved before departure. The form can be found here and must be presented upon arrival at the airport.

  • Travellers arriving at Grand Case L’Esperance Airport must complete a sworn statement stating that they do not have any COVID-19 symptoms and have not been in any contact with a confirmed or suspected COVID-19 case in the last 14-days before arrival in Saint Martin.

  • Travel restriction forms for maritime vessels are required and can be found here:

  • Declaration of COVID-19 symptoms.

  • Entry form.

Recommended border app

Is a vaccination required?

  • No

  • A COVID-19 vaccination is not required for entry to Saint Martin.

Insurance required?

  • Yes, with exceptions

  • The Government of Sint Maarten has made it compulsory to have special insurance relating to COVID-19. This is required for all passengers except residents, transit passengers, flight crew, cruise staff, people of French nationality, students of the AUC faculty (specific procedure), and medical advisers. The insurance purchasing process is an integrated step in the EHAS application. Travellers 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.

Airline restrictions

  • Minimal

  • Princess Juliana Airport reopened for international tourism. Most international and regional flights are operating.

  • Airlines may deny boarding to passengers without a negative COVID-19 test certificate or a self-declaration. Travellers with positive results will not be allowed to board the aeroplane.

Border restrictions

  • Significant

  • Borders are open with some restrictions. Travel is prohibited between the French West Indies islands of Saint Martin, Guadeloupe, and Martinique (except St. Barthelemy) unless there are compelling personal or family reasons, emergency health reasons, or a professional reason that cannot be postponed. These new conditions do not apply to passengers in transit to and from Paris.

  • Reception of cruise ships is prohibited on both sides of the island.

  • Travel restrictions for arriving yachts apply and are based on the vessel's last port of call. Masks are mandatory in vessels and port terminals.

  • Ferries are operating to Saint Barthelemy. However, there are currently no ferry services available between Saint Martin and Anguilla.

Curfew restrictions

  • Minimal

  • There is no curfew in place. Saint Martin is under a “State of Emergency.”

Social distancing restrictions

  • Minimal

  • Movement in public places is permitted, provided social distancing is followed.

  • Gatherings/meetings of more than six people are prohibited in public places. It is recommended to limit social gatherings/interactions to a maximum of six people at homes.

  • Work-from-home is recommended whenever possible.

Internal travel restrictions

  • Minimal

  • Bus and taxi services have resumed with reduced capacity. The use of face masks/coverings is mandatory on public transportation.

Non-essential shops open?

  • Yes

  • Shops, markets, and cinemas are open. However, shops must close by midnight.

Restaurants open?

  • Yes

  • Restaurants are open. Customers will be limited to six people per table, and the contact details of every customer must be recorded. A minimum of the 1-meter distance between tables must be maintained. Restaurants must close by midnight, and all customers must be seated.

Bars and cafes open?

  • Yes

  • Bars are open. Customers will be limited to six per table, and the contact details of every customer must be recorded. Bars must close by 22:00.

Beaches and tourism sites open?

  • Yes

  • Swimming and walking on the beach and other water activities are allowed.

Museums and heritage sites open?

  • Yes

  • Art galleries have reopened.

*Personal care services open? *

  • Yes

  • Hairdressers are open.

Places of worship open?

  • Yes

  • Churches are open.

Events allowed?

  • Yes

  • For events with more than ten people, a prefecture authorization will be required using the event form. The form can be accessed here.

  • Sports matches are allowed, with prefectural authorization. The spectators must be seated, a minimum distance of one seat must be maintained between two seated individuals. More than 300 people are prohibited, and regroupings are not allowed. Face masks are mandatory. Itinerant or takeaway sales are restricted inside the establishment.

  • Contact sports are permitted.

  • Wedding services are permitted. Private parties are banned in public places.

Masks required in public?

  • Yes

  • Face masks/coverings are required for everyone over the age of 11 in enclosed public places. Violators will be fined.

Other

  • Banks and other financial services have resumed. Healthcare services are open.

  • Classes in primary schools partially resumed.

  • Businesses in the tourism sector are open.

Advice For Travellers

The COVID-19 epidemic is constantly changing worldwide. Travel and border restrictions may change with little or no notice. Airlines may have their own requirements for testing, masking, and distancing. It is recommended that travellers carry a supply of face masks since the requirement can vary by location. It is recommended that travellers avoid crowded areas and practice social distancing, maintaining a 6-foot distance from other individuals. Check with your airline, booking agent, or country's embassy for information on your specific travel plans.