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Sint Maarten - Exercise normal security precautions
There is no nationwide advisory in effect for Sint Maarten. Exercise normal security precautions.
The decision to travel is your responsibility. You are also responsible for your personal safety abroad. The purpose of this Travel Advice is to provide up-to-date information to enable you to make well-informed decisions.
Petty crime occurs. Ensure that your personal belongings, passports and other travel documents are secure at all times. Armed robberies and tourists being chased by people on motorcycles have been reported. Avoid unpopulated areas and unpatrolled beaches after dark. Check with local authorities to determine which beaches are safe.
Taxis are plentiful and are a convenient way to get around during short stays. Princess Juliana International Airport, which serves both sides of the island, is located in Sint Maarten.
See Transportation Safety in order to verify if national airlines meet safety standards.
Dial 919 for police, 542 2222 for ambulance and medical assistance, and 542 2111 or 545 5263 for roadside assistance.
It is the sole prerogative of each country or region to determine who is allowed to enter. Canadian consular officials cannot intervene on your behalf if you do not meet entry requirements. The following information on entry and exit requirements has been obtained from the Dutch authorities. However, these requirements are subject to change at any time. It is your responsibility to check with the Royal Netherlands Embassy or one of its consulates for up-to-date information.
Official (special and diplomatic) passport holders must consult the Official Travel page, as they may be subject to different entry requirements.
Canadians must present a passport to visit Sint Maarten, which must be valid for at least three months beyond the date of their expected departure from the island. Before you leave, ask your transportation company about its requirements related to passport validity, which may be more stringent than the country's entry rules. Canadians must also be in possession of a return or onward ticket.
Permanent residents of Canada must travel with their Permanent Resident Card and a valid passport from their country of origin.
Tourist visa: Not required (for stays of 30 days or less)
Business visa: Not required
Work permit: Required
Student visa: Required
Canadians can stay in Sint Maarten without a visa for a maximum of 30 days. Furthermore, Canadians can stay in the Caribbean Netherlands (Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten) for 30 days per island for a maximum of 90 days per year.
You may be asked to submit an onward or return ticket.
Visitors planning to work in Sint Maarten must obtain a work permit, which is usually obtained by their future employer.
An airport tax may be payable upon departure.
Children and travel
Children need special documentation to visit certain countries. See Children for more information.
See Health to obtain information on this country’s vaccination requirements.
Be sure that your routine vaccines are up-to-date regardless of your travel destination.
Vaccines to Consider
You may be at risk for these vaccine-preventable diseases while travelling in this country. Talk to your travel health provider about which ones are right for you.
Hepatitis A is a disease of the liver spread through contaminated food and water or contact with an infected person. All those travelling to regions with a risk of hepatitis A infection should get vaccinated.
Hepatitis B is a disease of the liver spread through blood or other bodily fluids. Travellers who may be exposed (e.g., through sexual contact, medical treatment, sharing needles, tattooing, acupuncture or occupational exposure) should get vaccinated.
Seasonal influenza occurs worldwide. The flu season usually runs from November to April in the northern hemisphere, between April and October in the southern hemisphere and year round in the tropics. Influenza (flu) is caused by a virus spread from person to person when they cough or sneeze or by touching objects and surfaces that have been contaminated with the virus. Get the flu shot.
Measles is a highly contagious viral disease and is common in most parts of the world. Be sure your measles vaccination is up-to-date regardless of your travel destination.
Yellow Fever Vaccination
Yellow fever is a disease caused by a flavivirus from the bite of an infected mosquito.
Travellers get vaccinated either because it is required to enter a country or because it is recommended for their protection.
|* It is important to note that country entry requirements may not reflect your risk of yellow fever at your destination. It is recommended that you contact the nearest diplomatic or consular office of the destination(s) you will be visiting to verify any additional entry requirements.|
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Food and Water-borne Diseases
Travellers to any destination in the world can develop travellers' diarrhea from consuming contaminated water or food.
In some areas in the Caribbean, food and water can also carry diseases like cholera, hepatitis A, schistosomiasis and typhoid. Practise safe food and water precautions while travelling in the Caribbean. Remember: Boil it, cook it, peel it, or leave it!
Typhoid is a bacterial infection spread by contaminated food or water. Risk is higher among pediatric travellers, travellers going to rural areas, visiting friends and relatives or travelling for a long period of time. Travellers at high risk visiting regions with typhoid risk, especially those exposed to places with poor sanitation should speak to a health care provider about vaccination.
Insects and Illness
Travellers are advised to take precautions against bites.
There is currently an outbreak of chikungunya in this country. Chikungunya is a viral disease spread through the bite of an infected mosquito that typically causes fever and pain in the joints. Protect yourself from mosquito bites, particularly around sunrise and sunset. There is no vaccine available for chikungunya.
- Dengue fever occurs in this country. Dengue fever is a viral disease that can cause severe flu-like symptoms. In some cases it leads to dengue haemorrhagic fever, which can be fatal.
- The risk of dengue is higher during the daytime, particularly at sunrise and sunset.
- Protect yourself from mosquito bites. There is no vaccine or medication that protects against dengue fever.
There is no risk of malaria in this country.
Animals and Illness
Travellers are cautioned to avoid contact with animals, including dogs, monkeys, snakes, rodents, birds, and bats. Some infections found in some areas in the Caribbean, like rabies, can be shared between humans and animals.
HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is a virus that attacks and impairs the immune system, resulting in a chronic, progressive illness known as AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome).
High risk activities include anything which puts you in contact with blood or body fluids, such as unprotected sex and exposure to unsterilized needles for medications or other substances (for example, steroids and drugs), tattooing, body-piercing or acupuncture.
Medical services and facilities
Medical care is generally good. Hospitals offer several classes of service. Patients are accommodated according to the level of their insurance coverage.
Keep in Mind...
The decision to travel is the sole responsibility of the traveller. The traveller is also responsible for his or her own personal safety.
Be prepared. Do not expect medical services to be the same as in Canada. Pack a travel health kit, especially if you will be travelling away from major city centres.
Laws & culture
Laws & culture
You are subject to local laws. See Arrest and detention for more information.
The law requires that everyone over the age of 12 be able to show valid identification to law enforcement authorities at all times. Report the loss or theft of identification documents immediately to the nearest police station. Obtain a copy of the police report, keep it on your person, and apply for a replacement document as soon as possible.
Same-sex marriages are not recognized in Sint Maarten.
Turning right on red lights is prohibited. The use of a cellular telephone while driving is also prohibited, unless fitted with a hands-free device, and is punishable by a fine.
A valid Canadian driver's licence is sufficient for driving in Sint Maarten and Saint Martin.
Be cautious when renting vehicles, especially when arranging for insurance and liability. Ask questions and obtain detailed written information regarding your personal responsibilities before finalizing any rental arrangements.
The currency is the Netherlands Antilles Guilder (ANG). U.S. dollars and traveller’s cheques, as well as credit cards, are widely accepted. You may convert foreign currency at all major banks and numerous exchange facilities.
Automated banking machines (ABMs) are available throughout Sint Maarten.
Natural disasters & climate
Natural disasters & climate
The hurricane season extends from June to the end of November. The National Hurricane Center provides additional information on weather conditions. Stay informed of regional weather forecasts, and follow the advice and instructions of local authorities.
The rainy season extends from October to February.
Sint Maarten - Consulate of Canada
Bridgetown - High Commission of Canada
For emergency assistance after hours, you may make a collect call to the Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa at 613-996-8885.
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