Saint Martin is a vibrant blend of Caribbean paradise and French sophistication – a sun-kissed isle where pleasure is a way of life. Explore Saint Martin’s historical sites, shop at the colorful Marigot market, or people watch from a local café. Or, charter a boat and spend a day on one of the neighboring islands: Saint Barts, Anguilla, Saba and others.
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Visitors to St. Martin are required to have a valid passport.
For visitors from around the rest of the world, the regulations for entering the French Antilles are the same as those for entering France, with only a passport required. For non-EU citizens who wish to stay longer than three months, extended visas are required. Visitors entering from any of the following countries require visas:
There is a USD $20 departure tax on Saint Martin, payable only at Juliana International Airport.
In the case of minors, when traveling with your children, but without your spouse or partner, please have a notarized letter from the non-present parent authorizing the child’s travel. If not, the child may be held at security and unable to travel.
Temperatures in January and February average 70°F to 81°F. Between July and October temperatures are at their highest averaging 76°F to 88°F. Summer rains from May through November are likely in the Lesser Antilles with regular daily showers as opposed to all-day or week-long downpours. The winter months of December through April is considered the dry season. The Caribbean Sea is generally a pleasing 80°F throughout the year.
The currency of the French Antilles is the Euro; however, the United States dollar is accepted in Saint Martin. There is no limit to the amount of traveler’s checks and letters of credit being imported although a declaration of foreign banknotes in excess of USD $500 must be made.
In Dutch Sint Maarten, the currency is the Netherlands Antilles Florin (NAF), which exchanges at a fluctuating rate.
Credit cards and traveler’s checks are widely accepted. (Credit card transactions are usually in United States dollars.)
Saint Martin is in the Atlantic Standard Time Zone, which is four hours behind than Greenwich Mean Time and one hour ahead of Eastern Standard Time. Saint Martin does not observe Daylight Saving Time; when the United States is observing DST, it is the same time in Saint Martin as in New York.
The island is split when it comes to voltage, with 220 volts, 60 cycles in Saint Martin and 110 volts in Sint Maarten.
If the itemized bill says “Service Compris,” then no tip is necessary.
If you are traveling with prescription medicines, carry them in their original containers and bring a copy of your prescription. If you buy medications abroad, be aware that they may not be FDA-approved or allowed into the United States. For more information on customs rules and regulations, please contact 202.354.1000 or visit www.cbp.gov.