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Sint Maarten, a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, is an industrialized nation in the top 25% of the world's economies. The island of Saint Martin is shared by 2 independent states: Sint Maarten (an overseas collectivity of France) and Saint Martin (see Destinations). Located in the Caribbean Sea (east of Puerto Rico), the climate is classified as humid equatorial (no dry season).
See also: Library article for Yellow Fever
Although yellow fever does not occur in Sint Maarten, an official yellow fever vaccination certificate may be required depending on your itinerary.
- Requirement: A vaccination certificate is required for travelers aged ≥ 6 months coming from countries with risk of YF transmission. Note: This does not apply to airport transit stops (no exit through immigration checkpoint) in risk countries.
Depending on your itinerary, your personal risk factors, and the length of your visit, your health care provider may offer you vaccination against hepatitis A, hepatitis B, influenza, measles, mumps, rubella, rabies, or typhoid fever. Routine immunizations, such as those that prevent tetanus/diphtheria or "childhood" diseases, should be reviewed and updated as needed.
See also: Library article for Malaria
The following is current information as reported by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC):
WHO—International Travel and Health (current online update, Country List)No statement given.
CDC—Health Information for International Travel (current online edition)Areas with malaria: None.
Drug resistance: Not applicable.
See also: Library article for Travelers' Diarrhea
Minimal risk exists throughout the country. Community sanitation is generally good, and health concerns related to food and beverages are minimal.
Travelers should carry loperamide for self-treatment of diarrhea and, if risk is moderate to high, an antibiotic to add if diarrhea is severe. Consult a knowledgeable health care provider regarding which antibiotic is appropriate for you and most effective for your destination.
Other Food-Borne Illnesses
Precautions to prevent seafood poisoning may be needed.
Insect- and Arthropod-Borne Diseases
Other Disease and Health Risks
Additional concerns include marine hazards.
The material below includes information from the U.S. Department of State (DOS), U.K. Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO), Global Affairs Canada (GAC), and Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), as well as from additional open-source material. Standard safety precautions that apply to all international travel can be found in the Library article Safety and Security.
No intrinsic risk of attack by terrorist groups exists, but unforeseen attacks are possible.
Negligible risk of violent crime exists throughout the country. Free-standing villas and bungalows often lack adequate security.
Low risk of petty crime exists throughout the country, mainly on beaches and in hotels. Theft of valuables from unattended rental vehicles is common.
National incidence data on traffic-related injury or death are not available.
Traffic flows on the right-hand side of the road. Travelers (including drivers and pedestrians) accustomed to traffic moving on the opposite side should be vigilant when navigating traffic.
The hurricane season is from June through November. Floods, mudslides, and landslides may occur.
Selected Embassies or Consulates in Sint Maarten, a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
- United States: The U.S. does not have an embassy or consulate in Sint Maarten.
- Canada: [+1] 721-543-6261; travel.gc.ca/assistance/embassies-consulates/sint-maarten
- United Kingdom: U.K. does not have an embassy or consulate in Sint Maarten.
- Australia: Australia does not have an embassy or consulate in Sint Maarten.
Sint Maarten Embassies or Consulates in Selected Countries
- In the U.S.: Sint Maarten does not have an embassy or consulate in the U.S.
- In Canada: Sint Maarten does not have an embassy or consulate in Canada.
- In the U.K.: Sint Maarten does not have an embassy or consulate in the U.K.
- In Australia: Sint Maarten does not have an embassy or consulate in Australia.
HIV testing is not required to obtain a tourist, work, or residence visa.