Sponsor Message:
Civil Aviation Forum
My Starred Topics | Profile | New Topic | Forum Index | Help | Search 
SXM Questions  
User currently offlineMTChemNerd757 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 230 posts, RR: 2
Posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1592 times:

Hi all - looked at the non-aviation forum, and decided this is the place for this topic, haha. I figured this might well be the best place to ask about this, anyway. I'm looking at visiting St. Maarten (SXM) next summer, but have a few questions. 1) Do US Citizens need to have a passport to travel there? 2) Are there any immunizations needed? 3) Is currency conversion problematic? 4) Besides sitting on Maho Beach, what all else is there to do there? (The girlfriend likes airplanes, but not that much, haha)

Thanks muches!


Fight Terrorism - Ride a Bike!
2 replies: All unread, jump to last
User currently offlineSquirrel83 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1577 times:

Ahhh this topic is a question every month LOL ~ Its ok because every post there is somting new that we all learn from SXM But these are good questions. . .

The official currency of Dutch St. Maarten is the Netherlands Antilles florin or guilder (NAF). U.S. dollars however, are widely accepted. Nearly all prices are listed in both dollars and the local currency.

St. Maarten is completely duty free.

Entry Requirements:

* U.S. citizens entering St. Maarten for three months or less need: a current passport or an original birth certificate accompanied by a picture ID.
* Canadian citizens entering for 14 days or less must bring a valid passport, or birth certificate, or naturalization certificate. For a stay of more than 14 days, but less than 30 days, a certificate of admission for a temporary stay will be issued upon arrival. Return travel tickets, documents for next destination, and sufficient funds are also required.
* United Kingdom citizens or British protected persons entering for three months or less must bring a valid passport, return tickets, documents for next destination, and sufficient funds.
* Citizens of other countries should check with a travel agent for the appropriate documents necessary to enter St. Maarten.
* No vaccinations are required unless travelers are arriving from an area experiencing an epidemic.

Departure Tax:
Departure tax is $20.


Banks on the Dutch side are open Monday-Thursday 8:30-3:30 and Friday 8:30-4:40. French banks are open weekdays 8:30-12:30 and 2:30-4 and close afternoons preceding holidays.

Post Offices

Dutch-side post offices are open Monday-Thursday 7:30-5 and Friday 7:30-4:30. On the French side, post offices are open weekdays 7:30-4:45 and Saturday 7:30-11:30.


Shops on the Dutch side are generally open Monday-Saturday 8-noon and 2-6; on the French side, Monday-Saturday 9-noon or 12:30 and 2-6. Increasingly, however, shops on both sides remain open during lunch. Some of the larger shops are open on Sunday and holidays when cruise ships are in port.

Customs & Duties

Arriving in St. Maarten/St. Martin

Although customs inspectors in some countries inspect all baggage to allay their concerns about smuggling or drug running, many islands wave those tourists who have no goods to declare through customs inspections with only a cursory question or two. Exceptions include major hubs within the Caribbean, such as Jamaica, Puerto Rico, and Antigua. If you're yachting through the islands, note that harbor customs are often thorough, as well.

These rules generally apply throughout the Caribbean: you are limited to bringing in 2 liters of alcohol, two cartons of cigarettes, and a reasonable amount of duty-free goods for your personal use. More than that, and you'll be asked to pay a hefty import tax.

Generally, the Dutch side operates on 110 volts AC (60-cycle) and has outlets that accept flat-prong plugs -- the same as in North America.

The French side operates on 220 volts AC (60-cycle), with round-prong plugs; you'll need an adapter and a converter for North American appliances.


[Edited 2004-08-15 00:20:29]

User currently offlineMTChemNerd757 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 230 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1564 times:

Thanks Squirrel! I tried searching in the archive, but it kept timing out my searches, so just decided to start a new thread. This is good information, though, and I'll look through those links!

Thanks again!

Fight Terrorism - Ride a Bike!
Top Of Page
Forum Index

This topic is archived and can not be replied to any more.

Printer friendly format

Similar topics:More similar topics...
CLE And SXM. 3 Questions. Help Appreciated posted Sat Sep 20 2003 04:17:32 by Tony Lu
DL On SXM Thoughts / Questions posted Tue Dec 13 2005 21:15:19 by Monkey
SXM Spotting Questions posted Thu Aug 15 2002 14:03:17 by David
Questions About Air Nostrum posted Sat Dec 9 2006 13:51:40 by Reifel
CDG-MAA R/t Inside IND-CDG R/t Questions posted Fri Dec 8 2006 19:57:18 by Chase
747 Production Line Schedule Questions posted Fri Dec 8 2006 03:37:30 by CX747
Security Questions At Check-in - WHY? posted Wed Dec 6 2006 23:21:56 by FCAFLYBOY
AF 488 CDG - SXM 5 December - Load posted Mon Dec 4 2006 23:29:07 by Derniervirage
Why Is There A Gate In The Parking Lot At SXM? posted Thu Nov 30 2006 07:03:16 by SkyHigh777
Important Assighnment Questions -HELP Plzz posted Thu Nov 30 2006 06:58:07 by Fiaz