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HELPFUL FAQS WHEN TRAVELING TO SINT MAARTEN

As the island of Sint Maarten is open and welcoming visitors, it is important to be fully informed regarding entry requirements prior to traveling. As the collective global community continues to work towards curtailing the spread of COVID-19, the island is doing its part to protect its visitors and citizens. Below you will find helpful information and FAQs to assist you in preparing for your vacation on Sint Maarten.

TRAVEL

What countries are currently allowed to travel to Sint Maarten?
Sint Maarten is continuously monitoring global developments to ensure the safety of their visitors and citizens. Currently, citizens of the United States, Canada, Europe, and the Caribbean (Saba, Sint Eustatius, Bonaire, Curaçao, Aruba, Anguilla, St. Barthelemy, Martinique, Guadeloupe, St. Kitts, Nevis, St. Lucia, Antigua, Barbuda, British Virgin Islands, and Dominica) are allowed to travel to Sint Maarten. Dates for Latin America and other countries will be announced soon.

Where can I find a testing location in the United States?
If you are traveling from the U.S., a COVID-19 test is required before traveling to Sint Maarten. For assistance with finding a location where testing is available within a 120-hour (5-day) period*, visit www.rapidtesttravel.com. To find a testing location, enter the state you reside in and choose your preferred testing facility. 

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has also provided a resource for finding testing locations in your state at Community Based Testing Sites. In addition, you can search “COVID-19 TESTING SITE” on Google for local testing locations.

*Rapid test turnaround times may change, so please check the testing site when making an appointment and visit stmaartenupdates.com for travel requirements.

Where can I find official information on what to do prior to arrival?
It is essential for all incoming visitors to carefully and thoroughly read the Travel Entry Requirements and follow the required steps.*

*We recommend that you read the Traveler Health Requirements upon making your reservation and again up to 120 hours prior to travel to make sure you are up to date on the latest information.

What is EHAS (Electronic Health Authorization System)?
All visitors are required to complete the online EHAS FORM and get approved in order to enter Sint Maarten. To review and start the process of completing your EHAS FORM, visit stmaartenehas.com/application-form and follow these steps:

*Please check your spam/junk mail folder as well if you haven’t received a response.
  1. Fill out the EHAS FORM.
  2. Upload the negative results from your PCR COVID-19 or approved antigen test within 120 hours (5 days) of your departure (the last leg for connecting flights)
  3. Make sure you have proof of health insurance coverage.
  4. Provide an email address where you can be reached and monitor your inbox on a daily basis during your stay. Alerts and communication will be sent to you via this email.
  5. If your health authorization is approved, you will receive a printable authorization via e-mail*, which must be presented to the health and immigration authorities upon arrival. The original PCR COVID-19 or approved antigen test result should also be presented to the health authorities upon request.




TESTING

What countries need to take a PCR or approved antigen test?
Travelers residing in the Caribbean and travelers under the age of 10 are not required to take a PCR COVID-19 or approved antigen test as long as they have not been in any high-risk countries in the last 14 days prior to their travel to Sint Maarten. Travelers from Canada, Europe, and the United States are required to take a PCR or approved antigen test. All travelers must complete the EHAS form and have health insurance coverage.

Where can I find official information on what to do prior to arrival?
PCR test for the SARS-COV-2 virus obtained from a nasopharyngeal swab (nasal swab) is required and must be performed within 120 hours (5 days) prior to your departure to Sint Maarten (the last leg for connecting flights). The following antigen tests are also approved for use starting November 25, 2020 and must be performed within 120 hours (5 days) prior to your departure to Sint Maarten (the last leg for connecting flights): Abbott (CGIA Panbio COVID-19 Ag rapid test), Becton Dickinson (CGIA BD Veritor COVID-19 test) and Roche (SD Biosensor F test). 

Other tests and tests performed outside of this 120-hour period will not be accepted. rt-PCR test methods with an Emergency Use Only Authorization (EUA) approval from the FDA will not be accepted.

The original result of this test must be received within 120 hours (5 days) of your departure and uploaded as part of the health authorization application procedure to be processed. Processing takes 1-2 hours. The test result should clearly specify the name of the laboratory, the test subject name, the test date, the type of test administered, and how the test sample was obtained. Typed, written, or e-mail statements from doctors and non-laboratories will not be accepted.

Travelers who reside in the Caribbean (as long as they have not been to high-risk countries within 14 days) and children under 10 years of age are exempt from the mandatory PCR or approved antigen test.

If your PRC test and health authorization is approved, you will receive a printable authorization via e-mail, which must be presented to the health and immigration authorities upon arrival. The original PCR COVID-19 or approved antigen test results should also be presented to the health authorities upon request.

*U.S. travelers should consult their state’s travel requirements for any protocols regarding their reentry.

What is a PCR test?
A PCR test is a diagnostic test that can show if you have an active coronavirus infection that requires you to quarantine or isolate yourself from others. This highly accurate test is taken as a nasal or throat swab and usually does not need to be repeated. Results can be received the same day or up to a week later.

Source: FDA

What is an Antigen test?
An antigen test is another type of diagnostic test that can show if you have an active coronavirus infection. This test detects specific proteins on the surface of the virus. This test is highly accurate but negative results may need to be confirmed with a molecular test like a PCR test. This test is also taken as a nasal or throat swab and results can be received in one hour or less.

Source: FDA

What is an Antibody test?

An antibody test looks for antibodies that are made by your immune system in response to a threat like a specific virus. Antibodies help fight infection and can take several days or weeks to develop after an infection. At this time researchers do not know if the presence of antibodies means that you are immune to the coronavirus in the future. This test is taken via a finger prick or blood draw and results can be received the same day or up to 1-3 days later. Sometimes a second antibody test is needed for accurate results.

Source: FDA

When do I need to get tested for COVID-19?
It is important that the government of Sint Maarten have testing to confirm that travelers are negative for coronavirus. Please upload the negative results from your PCR COVID-19 test within 120 hours prior to your departure.

What can I expect upon arrival at Princess Juliana International Airport?
When you arrive, you are required to wear your mask at all times while in the airport. While walking through the terminal building you will be scanned by a thermal camera prior to proceeding to the health care professionals who will ask you to show proof of your negative PCR test uploaded and a copy of your Health Declaration Form. If your test results have expired or wrong test was taken, you will have to take a PCR test at the airport. Afterward, you will go through passport control and on to the baggage claim area.

*Procedures are subject to change.

If I'm tested at the SXM Airport, will I have to quarantine in my hotel room?
If you are asked to take a PCR test at the Sint Maarten airport when you arrive, you will be required to quarantine in your hotel room while awaiting results. For guests who are quarantining, the resort will provide food and beverage room service options, and complimentary Wi-Fi so you can check the status of your results via email.



What if I test positive for COVID-19 during my quarantine?
If a guest tests positive, they will remain in quarantine for 14 days at Divi Little Bay Beach Resort until they are recovered. Throughout quarantine, medical follow-up will be conducted, and once the patient recovers and tests negative, he or she can resume their vacation or depart the destination.

ON THE ISLAND

Do I have to wear a mask at the resort?
Currently, the Sint Maarten government and Divi Resorts is requiring everyone to wear face masks in high-traffic areas, inside all establishments, when using public transportation (taxis, buses, and tour buses), and whenever social distancing is not possible.

Do I have to show a negative COVID-19 test taken up to 120 hours before check-in?
Yes, you are required to show proof a negative COVID-19 test taken up to 120 hours (5 days) before check-in upon arrival.

- International travelers should have proof of a negative test upon arrival at the airport and the resort. We have protocols in place for any guest who is tested at the airport when entering Sint Maarten.
- Local residents may be required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test before checking in.  

What testing facilities are available in Sint Maarten for testing prior to departing back to my country?
If you need to take a COVID-19 test prior to returning to your country of residence or state, tests are available at the following locations and payment is the guest’s responsibility. Taxis are readily available at the resort to transfer guests at their own expense to the testing facility of their choice:

Location

Cost

Phone

Address

Midtown Medical Clinic* $116
+1 721 520-5577
17 E.C. Richardson St., Philipsburg
Orange Grove Laboratory* $65
+1 721 544-1036/1038 Orange Grove Mall 12-13, Union Rd., Colebay
Mullet Bay Clinic** Not listed
+ 721 545 4280
Thames Rd., Maho
Dr. Grace Spencer** $75 + 721 542 2391
Oleander Rd. #13, Saunders

*Pricing listed for Midtown Medical Clinic and Orange Grove include swab taking and laboratory testing.

**Guests who have their swabs taken at Dr. Spencer’s office or the Mullet Bay Clinic can have their samples tested at their own expense at one of the two laboratories below:

Location

Cost

Orange Grove Laboratory
$60
SLS Laboratory
$70.80





HEALTH & SAFETY MEASURES

What is the Clean Check Program?
Our CLEAN CHECK Program offers enhanced hygiene standards and safety measures at every resort. When you’re ready to travel, you can trust the Caribbean Experts!

Visit our CLEAN CHECK page to learn more.


Please note: Sint Maarten’s health and safety protocols will be revisited and reevaluated on an ongoing basis. Based on the ever-changing situation, we recommend all visitors check stmaartenupdates.com frequently for any changes to dates, markets, required procedures, and more.


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