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St. Maarten COVID-19 Entry Requirements Travelers Need To Know

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St. Maarten is well known for its exotic native heritage, beautiful beaches and lagoons, a mountain range, luxury hotels and elegant villas. 

While St. Maarten's tourism was decimated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the nation has began its recovery after opening for international tourists back in July.

Here are all the latest COVID-19 entry requirements for St. Maarten and everything travelers need to know before booking their trip.

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Countries Permitted To Visit St. Maarten

Travelers from all countries may travel to St. Maarten.

Travel Authorization To Visit St. Maarten

All travelers must fill out the Electronic Health Authorization System at least 12 hours before traveling to St. Maarten.

COVID-19 Testing Entry Requirements 

Fully-vaccinated travelers that have had a booster shot can enter St. Maarten without any tests.

Fully-vaccinated travelers without a booster dose need to provide a negative 48-hour PCR test or a 24-hour antigen test upon arrival.
Fully-vaccinated children between the ages of 5-18 are exempt.

Note: the completed vaccination date cannot be older than one year, unless a booster shot has been administered before the end of the one-year term. 

Non-fully vaccinated travelers need to provide a 48-hour PCR test. For children between ages 5-10, an oropharyngeal swab will also be accepted.

Quarantine Entry Requirements 

There are no mandatory quarantine requirements for travelers who present a negative COVID-19 PCR test. 

Travelers coming from high-risk countries will be required to answer automated emails to report any COVID-19 symptoms for up to 14 days.

Travelers can view the country risk assessment here.

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COVID-19 Travel Insurance Entry Requirements 

All incoming travelers are required to have Covid-19 insurance  for the duration of their trip to St. Maarten.

COVID-19 Health Requirements While in ST. Maarten

All visitors must follow COVID-19 health requirements while in St. Maarten:

  • Wearing a mask is mandatory in all public places and in areas where social distancing is not possible.
  • Travelers will undergo a thermal screening process upon arrival
  • Tourists are asked to practice social distancing and frequent hand washing.

COVID-19 Vaccine Entry Requirements 

St. Maarten started making exceptions for fully vaccinated tourists that have had their booster shot. Those who can show proof of being receiving their booster at least two weeks before entering will no longer have to undergo PCR testing.

Visa Entry Requirements For St. Maarten During COVID-19

All travelers arriving in St. Maarten will need to follow regular visa requirements.

United States, Canada and the EU do not need a visa to visit St. Maarten.

Travelers that require a visa must apply at a Dutch embassy/consulate in their home country.  

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St. Maarten Covid-19 Entry Requirements:

  1. Complete online electronic health authorization system
  2. Follow all regular visa entry requirements
  3.  Get proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test within 48 hours prior to departure (unless you have received your booster shot)
  4. Obtain travel health insurance that covers covid
  5. Follow all health protocols while in St Maarten

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Sources: St. Maarten 

Disclaimer: Current travel rules and restrictions can change without notice. The decision to travel is ultimately your responsibility. Contact your consulate and/or local authorities to confirm your nationality’s entry and/or any changes to travel requirements before traveling.  Travel Off Path does not endorse traveling against government advisories

Originally published October 23 2020 with updates

Bill Peterson

Saturday 30th of January 2021

If you have had COVID and you have a written letter from your doctor that you’ve had COVID and you have had the COVID vaccine, do you still have to have a PCR test?

Joyce Edwads

Sunday 1st of August 2021

@Kashlee Kucheran, I do not understand the 72 hrs? for example I fly out of Illinois to Atlantic for a connecting to St Maarten on Sar..both flights are on Sat so I schedule test for 8-4 does that meet the 72 hrs before flights?

Kashlee Kucheran

Saturday 30th of January 2021

We don't believe St. Maarten has made any updates to their entry requirements based on vaccines and/or recovery. So yes,at this time a PCR test is still needed.