Welcome to St Maarten: Travel Restrictions Due to Covid-19

St Maarten Covid Restrictions 2021

Covid19 Entry in to St Maarten (SXM)

St Maarten is doing everything to make it easier for you to come back while keeping the island as safe as possible for those who are already enjoying the sun!

Official Government Of Sint Maarten Covid-19 page.

Ministers of TEATT Ludmila de Weever and VSA Richard Panneflek have updated the entry requirements to include antigen testing with effective date of November 25th 2020. Travellers to St. Maarten are required to complete a mandatory health authorization application via the Electronic Health Authorization System (EHAS) available on www.stmaartenentry.com and upload their negative RT-PCR test within 5 days or their negative antigen test result within 48 hours.

All passengers are required to fill out the Electronic Health Authorization System Form

Not all passengers are required to have Covid-19 Negative Test documentation for entry. You only require this if you are from a high-risk country.
Travellers coming from low-risk countries are not required to take a COVID-19 test as long as they have not been in any of the high-risk countries in the last 14 days prior to their travel to St. Maarten. Children under 10 years of age are exempted from the mandatory COVID-19 test.

In case St Maarten isn’t right for you at this time; use this World Map with real-time updates to find alternative destinations that are less restrictive based on travel conditions for each country.
World Interactive Travel Restrictions Map

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Residents of which country are permitted to enter or travel to St Maarten?

Check this link for most recent updates on Country Specific Risk Classification.

Are all visitors required to fill out the Electronic Health Authorization System Form?

Yes, all passengers are required to fill out the Electronic Health Authorization System Form.

What type of Covid19 test is the right one?

Passengers can provide copy of a negative rt PCR COVID-19 Test administered by naso-pharyngeal swab, and, as of November 25th, passengers will have the option of providing a copy of a negative rapid antigen test obtained from a naso-pharyngeal swab and performed within 48 hours from the date of swab to departure.

The only antigen tests accepted are:

  • Abbott – CGIA (Panbio COVID-19 Ag rapid test
  • Becton Dickinson (BD) – CGIA BD Veritor COVID test
  • Roche/ SD biosensor F test

Regardless of the type of test, all tests must be uploaded when filling out the Electronic Health Authorization System Form.
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.

How to find a lab to test near you

We have heard that this information is difficult to find so we have researched the wonderful internet to find this as the best resource to find a testing lab near you.
Make sure the lab administers rt-PCR tests and Rapid Antigen tests obtained from a naso-pharyngeal swab.

Please check: Test For Travel.

Is St. Maarten open to marine vessels, boats, yachts?

St. Maarten is now open to yachts, cruisers and private vessels. A local registered agent is required for all vessels. Please contact a local agent for more information on the protocol and to arrange your arrival. For more information, you can go to the official website of The St. Maarten Marine Trade Association. If you are arriving from outside of one of the Approved countries listed then a 14 day quarantine may be required as well as a COVID-19 PCR test taken and result received within 120 hours prior to departure.

What restrictions are there in moving around between French side and the Dutch side?

You are able to stay, travel, move around, drive and dine on the French side or Dutch side. There are new business opening restrictions on the French side.

What should I do if i suspect I have COVID-19 while on-island?

If you are feeling unwell and suspect that you may have COVID-19, please contact your Front Desk or one of the COVID-19 task force members of your property you are staying at, or dial the hotline 914. We recommend you familiarize yourself with the property’s guidelines before or upon arrival.

What is the real estate market like with Covid-19

After a slow start, the real estate market in St Maarten is back! There are a lot of properties for sale and the market is turning around slowly, but there is significant activity and interest. I have had my best year since 2017!

The vacation rental market has been severely affected, however, it has created an environment which will lead to significant improvements in this area. Century21 is leading the pack with plenty of free upgrades when booked via us.

Saint Martin or Sint Maarten: Where do I buy my property?

Saint Martin or Sint Maarten Where to Buy Property

Here on the island, we don’t think of our home as two different countries.

We are one island!

Created as one, always be one.

However, the reality is that we are two separate nations, two separate legal systems. And it has with time become a unique feature of this little Caribbean island in the Lesser Antilles belt.

Saint Martin, French Side:

Lovingly called the French side, it is the larger of the two islands. You find a lot more natural beauty, peace and tranquillity. However a lot of the French stay on the Dutch side for the convenience of amenities, infrastructure, business and nightlife. I am always surprised how much of the Dutch Sint Maarten is owned by the French! But there are reasons for this!

Buying real estate on French St Martin comes with higher costs and taxes. It’s like buying a property in France, the same stringent laws!

Cost and problems of buying in St Martin (French side):

  • Around in 10% transfer fees; which includes Notary fees and taxes.
  • Land and Property tax!
  • Capital Gains Tax at 33.5%.
  • Offshore companies have restrictions.
  • Limited planning time. Penalties if you don’t build in a certain timeframe.
  • Very strict building regulations and zoning.

All this seems like a negative, but if you have the resources this is an advantage. This is why the most luxurious estates are in Terres Basses on the French side. The restrictions give you exclusivity and prevent over development.

Read this article in the New York Times titled: House Hunting in … St. Martin.
Verifies everything I just mentioned and gives you a first-hand experience on a buyer’s perspective.

But your money doesn’t work for you as it does on Sint Maarten, the Dutch side.

Sint Maarten, Dutch Side:

The more industrious and savvy side! You will find everything on the Dutch side. Over two hundred restaurants, casinos, nightclubs (strip clubs too!) and everything else that comes attached to an active nightlife!

If you live in Saint Martin (French side) you will find yourself spending most of your nights on the Dutch side. Sint Maarten has a vibe and everyone loves it!

Of course, Sint Maarten is a real estate paradise. Even the French buy more on the Dutch side than on the French side. Not only are the laws more favourable, you actually have a very high turnaround of real estate.

Buying on Sint Maarten (Dutch side):

  • 6% in transfer fees; which includes Notary and transfer fees.
  • No land taxes!
  • No Capital Gains Tax!
  • Easily obtain building permits and favourable zoning restrictions.
  • Investors are given the red carpet treatment.
  • You can buy a property within a few weeks!

Where do I buy my home? Sint Maarten or Saint Maarten?

If you are looking to make money from your real estate, the Dutch Sint Maarten gives you a lot more advantages than French Saint Martin.

Long term rents are much higher in Sint Maarten (Dutch), so your return on investment is better. Short term rates are attractive on both sides of this Caribbean island.

90% of investors buy on Sint Maarten, including the French themselves! Especially locations close to the French borders: Cole Bay and Oyster Pond.

To make it easier for you to find your next investment I have created a page just for the latest real estate investment in Sint Maarten.

I know you have more specific questions, so just message me using the contact form or email me on info@c21sxm.com. To make it easier, I am now available anytime on Whatsapp number +1721 526 1819.

Thank you for reading, looking forward to working with you soon.