St. Maarten is officially reopening for international tourism on July 1st, following the reopening of Princess Juliana Airport (SXM).
In a recent government press statement, tourism minister Ludmila de Weever stated that the country is ready to receive travelers from Europe and North America as of July 1st.
As of June 22nd, the Princess Juliana International Airport is open with no testing/quarantine to passengers from Saba, Sint Eustatius, Bonaire, Curacao, Aruba, Anguilla, St. Barths, Martinique, Guadeloupe, St. Lucia, Antigua and Barbuda, St. Kitts and Nevis, Dominica, and the BVI’s. However, before the July 1st opening these countries can only come in if they have physically been in the above countries for the past 21 days.
What countries/nations can travel to St. Maarten?
With the information given in the Ministers press conference, nations in the Caribbean, North American and Europe will be able to enter St. Maarten as of July 1.
All nations may be permitted, but they have not yet clarified this.
Update July 1, 2020:
St. Maarten (the Dutch side) is under pressure from the French side about originally planning to let in flights/visitors from the USA starting July 1. The airport has now suspended flights and visitors from the USA
Update July 15, 2020:
Flights from the USA are planned and expected to resume August 1, with a disclaimer from the government saying “subject to change”
Update July 30, 2020:
The government of St. Maarten has confirmed that the Princess Juliana Airport will reopen for flights coming from the USA on August 1st.
Is there any mandatory testing for arrivals into St. Maarten?
- Inbound passengers to SXM are required to take a PCR test within 72 hours prior to boarding and bring the negative test results with them.
- The ministry of tourism also states that incoming travelers MAY also be randomly tested upon arrival.
Checklist: What To Do Before Traveling to St. Maarten
• Perform and bring a COVID-19 (PCR) Negative Test Result dated no older than 72-hours of your arrival date.
• Travel with masks and hand sanitizer
• Wear the mask during travel
What rules and health measures are in place for tourists arriving into St. Maarten?
- All passengers are required to wear a mask on their flight and inside the airport
- Travelers will undergo a thermal screening process upon arrival
- Tourists are asked to practice social distancing and frequent hand washing
- Travelers will show their health declaration form and their negative PCR test to immigration
What’s Open in St. Maarten?
Tourists and visitors to the island will find that mostly everything has reopened, but they might have different hours or capacity regulations.
Here is a snapshot of what has reopened:
- Many hotels and resorts
- Restaurants, cafes and some bars
- Shops, boutiques and markets
- Ferry connection with St. Barths
- Beach, boating and watersport activities
- Marina Fort Louis
Nightclubs are still closed until further notice.
What Flights Have Resumed To St. Maarten?
Please note, on July 1 the airport is suspending flights from the USA for another 2 weeks. The below flights from the USA will not start until mid-July at least.
- From NYC on JetBlue starting July 10
- From Atlanta on Delta starting July 2
- From Miami on American Airlines starting July 7
- From Charlotte on American Airlines starting July 9
- From Fort Lauderdale on JetBlue starting July 4 and Spirit on July 18
- From San Juan on Silver Airways starting July 4
- From Kingston on Caribbean Airlines starting July 15
- From St. Barths on Winair starting July 4
- From France on Air Caraibes starting July 3 and Air France starting July 5
- From Toronto on WestJet starting Aug 9
Disclaimer: St.Maarten’s reopening news is ever-changing and being updated constantly. We do our best to keep this article up to date with all the latest information, but 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.