Places in St Maarten

St Maarten Visa and Passport Requirements

Passport required Return ticket required Visa required
Australian Yes Yes No
British Yes Yes No
Canadian Yes Yes No
EU Yes Yes No
USA Yes Yes No

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To enter St Maarten, a passport valid for the duration of the intended stay is required by nationals referred to in the chart above. Also, your passport must be issued less than 10 years before your arrival date and valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into St Maarten.


Visas for St Maarten are not required by the nationals referred to in the chart above for stays of up to 90 days within a 180-day period. Dutch and US-nationals can stay up to 180 days within a year without a visa. 

Nationals holding passports from Albania, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Colombia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Grenada, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macao, Macedonia, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Nicaragua, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Trinidad and Tobago, Ukraine (holders of a biometric passport), United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uruguay and Vatican City do not require a visa to enter St Maarten.

Types and cost

The short-stay Caribbean visa allows nationals who do require a visa to make short visits to Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, St Eustatius and St Maarten for up to 90 days in a 180-day period.

The long-stay Caribbean visa allows nationals who do require a visa and wish visit Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, St Eustatius and St Maarten to apply for a residence permit. A residence permit is required for visits lasting more than 90 days.

The cost of a Caribbean visa is EUR€80.


The Caribbean visa is a multiple-entry visa. Visa holders may visit any of the countries included under the scheme for a maximum of 90 days within a 180-day period.

Application to

Contact your nearest Dutch Embassy to make an appointment.

Schengen visas

The Schengen visa is not valid for travel to St Maarten.

Working days

Applications for the Caribbean visa are usually processed within 15 calendar days, but processing times vary depending on the country. Applications can be made 1 to 3 months before the intended travel.

Entry documents

The following entry documents are required:
• Valid tickets and a visa (when applicable)
• Enough money to cover the stay: between US$100 and US$200 per person per day or a valid credit card
• A valid medical insurance or travel insurance that covers at least US$15,000 in medical expenses, and includes hospital care, emergency treatment and repatriation (including in the event of death)
• Proof for the reason of your stay (for example a hotel reservation or an invitation from family or friends)

Extension of stay

Visitors who do not require a visa can extend their stay at the immigration office, usually up to a maximum of 180 days. You cannot extend the Caribbean visa.

You cannot extend the short-stay Caribbean visa. If you wish to stay for more than 90 days, you must apply for a residence permit.

Entry with pets

If bringing a pet, your animal needs a health certificate issued no more than 10 days before your arrival. You must also bring a list of inoculations, including proof of a rabies vaccination given no more than 30 days before your trip.

Embassies and tourist offices

Office of the Minister Plenipotentiary of the Netherlands Antilles
Telephone: (70) 306 6111.
British Embassy in Caracas (nearest British Embassy to St Maarten)
Telephone: (0) 212 267 1275. Website: Opening times: Mon-Thurs 0800-1630, Fri 0800-1315.
Diplomatic representation

St Maarten is part of the Netherlands Antilles represented abroad by Royal Netherlands embassies - see The Netherlands section.

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Visa and passport information is updated regularly and is correct at the time of publishing. You should verify critical travel information independently with the relevant embassy before you travel.