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Covid 19: Traveling to St Martin

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March 26, 2021

Stay update with your next travel to St. Martin….:)

Updated March 26th 2021

One of our Haute Retreats favorite destinations  is open, even for Americans.

We love St Martin mostly for the incredible plane-spotting opportunities at Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM) and the beautiful beaches. Sit on a beach or at the famous Sunset Bar and Grill and spot planes land over your head at Maho Beach.

Landing in St Martin

 

Things you need to be aware when visiting St. Martin/ St. Maarten

Director of Tourism for the Government of Sint Maarten, May-Ling Chun,  said:

“.. our entry protocols and on-island processes continue to offer a smooth and safe experience for travelers coming to enjoy the best of Sint Maarten, and we remain committed to staying on this path. With an abundance of nature-focused activities, adventure opportunities, an incomparable culinary scene and 37 beaches to choose from, there’s never been a better time – or destination – to rekindle our collective love for travel.”

According to the official St. Maarten Tourism Bureau, all inbound travelers are expected to adhere to the following safety measures that the local government is instituting:

  • COVID-19 RT-PCR test with negative results for anyone above age 10, no older than 120 hours prior to day of travel (need to show at immigration)
  • Travelers originating from the USA and Canada can do an FDA approved antigen test for the SARS-COV-2 virus obtained from a nasal swab within 48 hours of departure for Sint Maarten
  • Travel Insurance — all visitors must buy mandatory COVID-19 health insurance prior to travel (https://www.sxmprotectionplan.com)
  • Fill out a mandatory health authorization application through an Electronic Health Authorization System (EHAS) for every visitor (need to show confirmation at immigration)
  • Facial coverings inside the Princess Juliana International Airport for all arriving and departing passengers
  • Mandatory temperature checks upon arrival
  • COVID-19 rapid test at an additional cost to the traveler if shown to be exhibiting symptoms

 

There are still countries banned from entering in St Martin including Brazil, Panama, South Africa and the United Kingdom.

The U.S. Embassy writes, “Sint Maarten has provided helpful instructions for travelers wishing to visit Sint Maarten (https://stmaartenupdates.com/).”

Remember you will need to test prior to your return to the United States. As of Jan. 26, everyone aged 2 and older traveling to the U.S. from St. Martin must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted. St. Martin provides a list of testing providers here

Haute Retreats also provide a in Villa testing at our selection of villas. 

What is open

The curfew for night clubs and restaurants on Dutch St-Maarten has been extended to 4:00 am, helping the night life slowly recover on the southern part of the island. Most hotels and attractions are open again. The French side of the island (Saint Martin) had been banning cross-border travel to and from the Dutch side (Sint Maarten), but that is no longer the case. The two countries share the island.

They began their phased reopening to foreigners in three stages, with mostly Caribbean neighbors at first. Now, most nationalities are again welcome.

How to go to St Martin

According to Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM), European service began last summer with Air France flights from Paris (CDG).

Delta Air Lines, American Airlines and United Airlines have all resumed flights.

American Airlines flies to SXM out of Miami and Charlotte. Dallas service launches in June. Delta flies out of Atlanta and New York-JFK. JetBlue flies out of Boston, Fort Lauderdale, New York-JFK and will resume service from Newark in April. Spirit flies direct from Fort Lauderdale. Finally,  United flies from Newark, Washington/Dulles and Chicago.

 

Please read also OUR LUXURY TRAVEL GUIDE TO ST. MARTIN

Places where to stay

La Samanna Villa, Belmond | 3 BR | St Martin Villas | Haute Retreats

La Samanna Villa, Belmond | 4 BR | St Martin Villas | Haute Retreats

The Belmond La Samanna is open and also has a special rate please send a request to reservations@hauteretreats.com

You can use American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts (FHR) benefits at Belmond La Samanna, but rates start at $724/night or 72,000 Membership Rewards points.

Or choose one of our luxury villas in St Martin

Casa Cervo (5 BR) | St Martin Villas | Haute Retreats

Casa Cervo | St Martin Villas | Haute Retreats

Contact Haute Retreats to plan a trip to St Martin. Our villa expert can match you with the right hotel, plan great meals and special activities like private dinners and boat charters.

 

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