Travel to St. Maarten/St. Martin

Travel to St. Maarten/St. Martin

By Air

The main international airport on St. Maarten/St. Martin is named Princess Juliana International airport (PJIA) and is located on the southwestern side of the island by Maho Beach.  The airport is ranked as one of the Caribbean’s top airports offers a fully air-conditioned terminal with all the conveniences.

St. Maarten/St. Martin is known as one of the major airline hubs in the Caribbean and is known as the 2nd largest hub servicing majority of the Caribbean islands.  There are many direct flights from many major US, Canadian and European airports.  The airport also services the surrounding islands of St. Barths, Anguilla, St. Kitts, Nevis and Saba.

www.sxmairport.com is the official website of Princess Juliana International Airport.

St Maarten Airport Code – SXM

Runway Length – 7,054 ft. – Runway Elevation – 13 ft.

Direct Flights  to St. Maarten/St. Martin

With 22 scheduled airlines and around 12 charter services, SXM Airport is well-served by carriers from the USA, Canada, Europe, Latin America, and the Caribbean with a total of 34 destinations served directly from the airport.

UNITED STATES

Atlanta | Charlotte | Chicago | Miami | Fort Lauderdale | New York | Newark | Philadelphia | San Juan | Washington

EASTERN CARIBBEAN

Anguilla | Antigua | Curacao | Guadeloupe | Montserrat | Saba | St. Eustatius | St. Barths

St. Kitts & Nevis | St. Thomas | Tortola | Trinidad

WESTERN CARIBBEAN

Jamaica | Port au Prince | San Juan

EUROPE

Amsterdam | Paris

CANADA

Toronto

LATIN AMERICA

Panama

Airport Departure Tax– For international destinations, there is a departure tax of US$30.00 for those aged two and up. This departure tax may already be included in the airfare of certain carriers. For islands locally, the departure tax is US$10.00. Some islands have made provisions to include the departure tax in your airline ticket.

In addition to the Princess Juliana International Airport, L’Esperance Airport located in Grand Case, French St. Martin, services small commuter flights from neighboring islands to include St. Barths& Anguilla.

Cruise Ships

As a major hub for cruise ships, we have many visitors visiting our lovely island while on a Caribbean cruise.  Some of the largest and most renowned cruise ships disembark their passengers at the Dr. A. C. Wathey Cruise & Cargo Facility in Dutch St. Maarten.

St. Maarten’s A.C. Wathey Pier is ranked among the top ten world cruise ports and destinations. This ultra-modern facility, featuring seaside and boulevard promenades, can accommodate four cruise vessels alongside its 2100 feet cruise pier.

Sint Maarten - Diving

Private Aviation

In addition to being one of the largest hubs for commercial flights, one of the major strong holds for the Princess Juliana International Airport is the private aviation industry.

This industry is extremely demanding and customers expect only the best in service and privacy.  The main St. Maarten aviation companies handle hundreds of private and corporate jets every year and understand the high demands and expectations from their clientele.  High quality service, personalized and stress free services is the core of their standards that is expected in today’s private aviation industry.

International jet handler companies on St. Maarten:

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for U.S. Citizens:

  • A valid passport and a return/continuing ticket.

Entry requirements for Canadian Citizens – One of the following three requirements:

  • A valid passport and a return/continuing ticket.
  • A certified copy of birth certificate, a photo identification and a return/continuing ticket.
  • A “Landing Permit” (Permanent Resident Card) with valid passport and return/continuing ticket.

Visa Exemption Categories

The following categories are exempted from the Visa requirement:

  • Holders of a valid residence permit for the United States, Canada, The Schengen Area, the United Kingdom, Ireland or Switzerland;
  • Holders of a valid residence permit for the French part of St. Maarten;
  • Holders of a valid residence permit for one of the countries or public bodies (Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba) of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the Caribbean.

Nationals of the countries listed below do NOT require a Visa for entry into St. Maarten/St. Martin:

Andorra | Antigua & Barbuda | Argentina | Australia | Austria

Bahamas | Barbados | Belize | Brazil | Brunei | Bulgaria

Canada | Chile | Costa Rica | Croatia | Cyprus | Czech Republic

Denmark | Dominica

Ecuador | El Salvador | Estonia

Finland | France

Germany | Grenada | Greece | Guatemala

Honduras | Hong Kong – holders of British National Overseas passports | Hong Kong – holders of Special Administrative Region Passports | Hungary

Iceland | Ireland | Israel | Italy

Japan

Latvia | Liechtenstein | Lithuania | Luxembourg

Macao – holders of Special Administrative Region passports | Malaysia | Malta | Mauritius | Mexico | Monaco

New Zealand | Nicaragua | Norway

Panama | Paraguay | Poland | Portugal

Romania

San Marino | Seychelles | Singapore | Slovakia | Slovenia | South Korea | Spain | St. Kitts and Nevis

St. Lucia | St. Vincent & The Grenadines | Suriname | Sweden | Switzerland

Trinidad and Tobago |

United Kingdom | United States of America | Uruguay

Vatican City | Venezuela

For other countries, kindly contact your closest Dutch Embassy or the St. Maarten Tourism Office at e-mail – info@vacationstmaarten.com.

The visa/entry requirement applies to all children, regardless of age. They must have their own visa sticker, which means that they must have their own passport. Fees do not need to be paid for visa applications for children under the age of 6.

 

Orient Beach in St Martin
Imagine waking up in a beautiful St Martin villa rental to the sounds and sights of a 5-mile stretch of beautiful white sandy beach beckoning you for your early morning walk. Located on the French side of the island, not only is this one of the most popular St Martin beaches, but it's one of the largest as well. Some would even say that with all Orient Beach has to offer it is the perfect vacation spot. The beach features a variety of exciting watersports, great restaurants, bars and nightlife, and don't forget the duty free St Martin shopping. Read More
Deep Sea Fishing
Deep sea fishing in St. Martin is an exciting adventure and the migration period of large fish is awaited with much anticipation every year. One reason why deep sea fishing generates so much excitement is because Saint Martin is situated close to Saint Thomas, which is known as "the capital of marlins". Another reason why fishing in St. Martin is so popular is because there are opportunities to fish in both The Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean. Read More
Casinos & Nightlife
There are 13 Dutch St Maarten casinos and much of its nightlife revolves around them. Some of the casinos have themes like Atlantis and Rome, but all casinos offer blackjack, craps, roulette and slot machines. Most of St Maarten's casinos are located in hotels, but several operate independently. Remember, you must be at least 18 to drink or gamble on the island. If you are not into gambling you can still enjoy the casino scene because some of the St Marteen casinos offer great entertainment such as live bands, variety shows and even circus acts. Read More
Restaurants
There are many things to do in St Martin/ St Maarten, but watersports are by far the most popular activities on the island. With an average temperature of 80°F and steady trade winds almost all year long, it comes as no surprise that St. Martin is heaven on earth to watersports enthusiasts. Read More
St Martin Shopping Guide
St Maarten is one of the Caribbean's leading sailing venues, a status that is annually reconfirmed every March by the St Maarten Heineken Regatta, one of the world's biggest sailing events. This race draws hundreds of participants from Europe, the United States, and the Caribbean to the island of St Martin all battling to win this prestigious race. Read More
St Maarten Beaches
With its warm, shallow waters, 100 foot visibilities and ideal conditions divers have long recognized the Caribbean as one of the world's best diving venues. St. Martin diving offers over 40 sites around the island where you can experience views of coral reefs and shipwrecks all while enjoying the beauty of the under sea world and making friends with the interesting sea life such sea turtles, angelfish, grouper, stingrays and tangs. Read More
Watersports & Activity
There are many things to do in St Martin/ St Maarten, but watersports are by far the most popular activities on the island. With an average temperature of 80°F and steady trade winds almost all year long, it comes as no surprise that St. Martin is heaven on earth to watersports enthusiasts. Read More
Sailing & Boating
St Maarten is one of the Caribbean's leading sailing venues, a status that is annually reconfirmed every March by the St Maarten Heineken Regatta, one of the world's biggest sailing events. This race draws hundreds of participants from Europe, the United States, and the Caribbean to the island of St Martin all battling to win this prestigious race. Read More
Diving & snorkeling
With its warm, shallow waters, 100 foot visibilities and ideal conditions divers have long recognized the Caribbean as one of the world's best diving venues. St. Martin diving offers over 40 sites around the island where you can experience views of coral reefs and shipwrecks all while enjoying the beauty of the under sea world and making friends with the interesting sea life such sea turtles, angelfish, grouper, stingrays and tangs. Read More