Saint Martin (French part) has already reopened its borders to tourists coming from European countries and Canada. However, it is not yet allowing the entry of travelers from the United States. The island’s French side is known for its nude beaches, clothes, shopping (including outdoor markets), and French and Indian Caribbean cuisine.
Who Can Travel To Saint Martin?
The Princess Juliana Airport (SXM) has re-opened to international flights on July 1st. However, the borders between the French side of the island and the Dutch side of the island were only reopened on September 17. Starting Sept. 17, travelers coming from the Dutch side, where the airport is located, can now cross to the French side.
Moreover, travelers from France, the Schengen Area of Europe, Canada, and countries on the safe list will can now enter Saint Martin.
Are There Testing and/or Quarantine Upon Arrival?
Because the Princess Juliana Airport (SXM) is located on the Dutch part of the island, the requirements will be the same. Inbound passengers to SXM should take a PCR test within 72 hours prior to boarding and bring the negative test results with them. In addition, the ministry of tourism also states that incoming travelers MAY also be randomly tested upon arrival.
Since 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.
Other Entry Requirements
- All travelers should complete self-health declaration form online 72 hours prior to arrival, and carry your copy.
- Tourists should perform and bring a COVID-19 (PCR) Negative Test Result dated no older than 72-hours of your arrival date.
- Travelers will show their health declaration form and their negative PCR test to immigration
- All tourists should wear masks and have hand sanitizer with them while traveling.
Health Protocols and Safety Measures
- All passengers should wear a mask on their flight and inside the airport
- Travelers will undergo a thermal screening process upon arrival
- Tourists should also practice social distancing and frequent hand washing
- It is compulsory to wear a face mask in areas frequented by a large public such as bars, schools and shops surrounding. Violators are subject to a fine of 135 euros
- All businesses must enhance sanitation procedures, ensure social distancing measures, and limit the number of customers within their premises.
What’s Open in Saint Martin?
In June, authorities in the French Overseas Territories in the Caribbean ( Guadeloupe, Martinique, Saint Barthelemy, and Saint Martin) have eased the restrictions introduced by the French national government to combat the spread of coronavirus disease.
Along with adequate hospital capacity, and appropriate testing and tracking levels of COVID-19, the following businesses and activities are given permission to reopen and resume activity:
- Cafes, bars, and restaurants
- Retail stores and malls
- Tourist accommodations
- Museums, monuments, and parks
- Gyms, fitness centers, pools, and entertainment venues
- Most schools and colleges will gradually reopen
- Most beaches are open to public access