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Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) travel advice

** TRAVEL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS ** (Updated September 15th 2020)

  1. Due to the COVID-19 epidemic Sint Maarten has established a mandatory health authorization application through an Electronic Health Authorization System (EHAS) for every visitor whether arriving by air, boat or in transit. This includes Sint Maarten and Sint Martin residents.
  2. If you are suffering from flu like symptoms and/or fever travel will be denied by the airline and by the EHAS.
  3. A rt-PCR test for the SARS-COV-2 virus obtained from a naso-pharyngeal swab only and performed within 120 hours prior to departure to Sint Maarten (last leg in case of connecting flights) is required for all travelers originating from a country that is categorized as high or moderate risk. Other tests such as antibody tests or antigen tests and tests performed outside of this 120 hours period will not be accepted.
  4. Travelers residing in and traveling from a low-risk countries are exempted from the mandatory rt-PCR test.
  5. Travelers who reside in a low risk country but have visited a moderate or high-risk country in the 14 days prior to departing to Sint Maarten, must also have a rt-PCR test for the SARS-COV-2 virus performed within 120 hours prior to departure to Sint Maarten (last leg in case of connecting flights).
  6. The original result of this test must be uploaded as soon as possible as part of the health authorization application procedure in order to be processed. Processing takes 6-8  hours. The test result should clearly specify the name of the laboratory, test subject name, test date, type of test administered and how the test sample was obtained. Typed, written or e-mail statements from doctors or non-laboratories will not be accepted.
  7. Children of age 10 and under are exempted from the mandatory rt-PCR test. As of the day after the 10th birthday, a rt-PCR test has to be submitted.
  8. Airline and private flight crews with stopovers in St. Maarten or St. Martin must complete the health authorization procedure and demonstrate a valid (performed within 120 hours of departure to Sint Maarten) negative rt-PCR test upon arrival. Crew members not in possession of a valid negative rt-PCR test must self-quarantine until their departure flight.
  9. Travelers with destination Sint Maarten are required to have health insurance coverage. This does not apply to transit passengers. Additional travel insurance covering COVID-19 related expenses is strongly recommended.
  10. Provide an email address on which you are reachable and monitor on a daily basis during your stay. Alerts will be sent via email.
  11. The application must be completed in order to be processed. Non-completed applications will be automatically deleted within a day after the provided travel date.
  12. If health authorization is pre-approved, you will receive a (printable) authorization via e-mail, which must be presented to the health and immigration authorities upon arrival. The original rt-PCR test result should be presented to the health authorities upon request. Please check your spam/junk mail folder as well in case you haven’t received a response.
  13. If health authorization is not pre-approved, you will receive an e-mail informing you that health authorization has been denied.
  14. For travelers originating from a high-risk country, 14 consecutive days of self-monitoring of body temperature and possible flu like symptoms is mandatory. For travelers from a moderate risk country the mandatory self-monitoring period is 8 days. The travelers in these categories will receive during the 14 or 8 days an automated daily email alert providing a link for submitting the required information online. If you are remaining for a shorter term on the island, you will have to submit the information for the time you are on the island.

Please be informed that receiving pre-approval does not mean that you are cleared to enter St. Maarten. Upon arrival you must still pass through the additional medical screening measures at the Airport Health Checkpoint. All incoming passengers are subjected to temperature checks and other screening protocols and may be subjected to mandatory testing at their own expense. If re-tested upon arrival you will be expected to self-isolate or self-quarantine at your place of lodging/residence until the test results are known. Failure to adhere to the screening upon arrival will result in you not being cleared to enter St. Maarten and sent back to your originating country.

Thank you for choosing St. Maarten as your preferred vacation destination.

MANDATORY APPLICATION
Due to the COVID-19 epidemic Sint Maarten has established a mandatory Electronic Health Authorization System (EHAS) for every visitor whether arriving by air, boat or in transit. Without the health authorization, entry into the country will be denied by the immigration authorities. Visitors are encouraged to complete this process as soon as they have received their rt-PCR test result.

SURVEILLANCE
Surveillance through self-monitoring is required for all travelers originating from or who have visited a moderate or high-risk country in the past 14 days. There are quarantine and isolation procedures in place for persons who are waiting on their test result respectively test positive and/or develop COVID-19 symptoms during their stay. For visiting cruise tourists who remain for a half day or less on the island, other regulations apply.


While on Island
• Get to know the guidelines and protocols of your lodging facility and activity providers, and adhere to these guidelines and protocols
• Wear masks when social distancing is not possible, during your stay on island and avoid touching Mouth, Eyes, Nose
• Sanitize and wash hands frequently
• Avoid touching surfaces as much as possible
• We recommend to vacation safe and adhere to the guidelines while exploring our Friendly Island
• If feeling unwell, contact the Hotel’s Front Desk/ hotel's covid-19 task force team immediately or contact the health department by dialing 914

Disclaimer: Protocols are subject to change based on advice from the Ministry of Public Health


Stay home for 14 days from the time you left an area with widespread, ongoing community spread (Level 3 Travel Health Notice countries) and practice social distancing.
 
Take these steps to monitor your health and practice social distancing:
  • Take your temperature with a thermometer two times a day and monitor for fever. Also watch for cough or trouble breathing.
  • Stay home and avoid contact with others. Do not go to work or school for this 14-day period. Discuss your work situation with your employer before returning to work.
  • Do not take public transportation, taxis, or ride-shares during the time you are practicing social distancing.
  • Avoid crowded places (such as shopping centers and movie theaters) and limit your activities in public.
  • Keep your distance from others (about 6 feet or 2 meters).
 
What To Do If You Get Sick

If you get sick with fever, cough, or have trouble breathing:
  • Seek medical care. Call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room.
  • Tell your doctor about your recent travel and your symptoms.
  • Avoid contact with others.
 
If you need to seek medical care for other reasons, such as dialysis, call ahead to your doctor and tell them about your recent travel to an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19.

Travelers Returning from Cruise Ship and River Cruise Voyages

CDC recommends that all people defer travel on cruise ships, including river cruises, worldwide. That’s because the risk of COVID-19 on cruise ships is high. Older adults and people with serious chronic medical conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes, or lung disease, should especially defer travel on cruise ships, including river cruises, because of their increased risk for severe disease.

Passengers who return from a cruise ship or river cruise voyage are advised to stay home for 14 days, monitor their health, and practice social distancing.


Stay home for 14 days from the time you return home from a cruise ship or river cruise and practice social distancing:
  • Take your temperature with a thermometer two times a day and monitor for fever. Also watch for cough or trouble breathing.
  • Stay home and avoid contact with others. Do not go to work or school.
  • Keep your distance from others (about 6 feet or 2 meters).

What To Do If You Get Sick

If you get sick with fever or cough in the 14 days after you return from travel:
  • Stay home. Avoid contact with others.
  • You might have COVID-19; most people are able to recover at home without medical care.
  • If you have trouble breathing or are worried about your symptoms, call or text a health care provider. Tell them about your recent cruise ship or river cruise travel and your symptoms.
  • Call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room.

If you need to seek essential medical care for other reasons, such as dialysis, call ahead to your doctor and tell them about your recent cruise ship or river cruise travel.


If you are returning to an international port or disembarking an international river cruise

  • Your return travel plans may be impacted. Foreign health officials may implement formal quarantine procedures if they identify a case of COVID-19 aboard your cruise ship.
  • If you travel on a cruise ship or river cruise and disembark in a foreign port, you might not be able to receive appropriate medical care or be medically evacuated if you get sick.
  • Some countries might refuse to dock your ship or allow passengers to disembark.
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