Last updated August 2, 2021
This Caribbean island has been peaceably shared by two countries, France and the Netherlands since 1648. The Dutch side, in the south, boasts sprawling resorts, lively boardwalks, fully-stocked beach bars and thrilling late-night casinos. The French side is a scenic place to relax with colorful boats and beautiful houses built into the cliffs. You'll also find some of the best food in the Caribbean.
Travel insurance is required for St. Martin
As of January, 11, 2021 the Saint Martin (AKA: Sint Maarten, St. Maarten, Saint Maarten, Saint Martin) government has implemented mandatory COVID-19 insurance for all visitors to the island with the exception of flight crews, cruise ship crews, French nationals, AUC faculty and students and BES-ZVK medical referrals. The insurance buying process is a step in the EHAS application. For a complete list of COVID-19 restrictions, please visit St. Maartens travel requirements page.
COVID-19 in St. Martin
As of August 2, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control classify Saint Martin at a Level 4 for Covid severity. This is its most severe classification and means that travelers should not travel to St. Martin. But, if you do decide to travel, use extreme caution. Once the Covid vaccination is more widely distributed, it's likely that vaccinations will be required prior to entry. Also, remember to pack face masks as they are mandatory on the island. All international travelers to St. Martins will need to get tested between one to three days before your trip. If you're a U.S. citizen, you must get tested no more than three days before the return flight. Compare your COVID-19 coverage options for St. Martin today.
Sometimes, despite our best efforts, our travel plans may need to be rescheduled. Unexpected complications like an illness (including COVID-19) or a sudden family emergency happen. In a world still grappling with a pandemic, traveling can be even more unpredictable. When you buy trip insurance for St. Martin, adding a Cancel For Any Reason (CFAR) option gives you the flexibility to cancel or reschedule your St. Martin travel plans with minimal risk of financial loss. The major benefit of CFAR is that you can cancel for any reason at all. See what CFAR can do for you.
Health & safety tips
There are no particular health concerns on Sint Maarten/St. Martin but it's always best to be prepared. Mosquitos are a common nuisance but they are generally not disease-carrying. Even still, window screens may not be effective and you'll want to bring bug repellent.
Wear sunglasses, a hat and be sure to apply a lot of sunscreen. Increase your time on the beach gradually. Too much time in the sun without adequate protection might lead to heatstroke. Seek medical attention if fever, chills, dizziness, nausea, or headaches follow overexposure.
Petty crimes are not uncommon in Dutch St. Maarten. Be sure to lock your cars and hotel doors and windows. Use common sense and take basic precautions. Always be aware of your surroundings, avoid walking alone after dark or in remote areas.
Make sure you are up-to-date on all routine vaccines before your trip. Here are some common vaccination requirements.
- Chickenpox (Varicella)
- Flu (influenza)
- Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR)
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Yellow Fever
You can find more information on the Centers for Disease Controls website.
Visas & documentation
To enter Sint Maarten, you'll need the following:
- A valid passport for the duration of your stay on Saint Maarten. You must be in possession of a visa upon your arrival if your passport was issued from a country requiring a visa.
- A valid return or onward ticket.
- The necessary documents for returning to your country of origin.
- You may be asked to prove to the immigration officer that you have a valid reservation for an accommodation St Maarten (eg. hotel or villa reservation) or that you're the owner of a property on the island, for example, a residence, condo, or timeshare.
- An immigration officer might request proof of adequate financial support for the duration of your stay on St Maarten or that you have a declaration of guarantee from a legal resident of the island.