How Long Can American Citizen Stay in St. Maarten?

Are you an American citizen that’s planning on visiting St. Maarten as a tourist and wondering how long you can stay here? BrightPath Caribbean is your most reliable source for up-to-date information regarding travel requirements to Sint Maarten. As of this publication in July 2020, American citizens do NOT need a visa to visit St. Maarten and can stay up to six (6) months uninterrupted. As an American citizen, you may also be able to extend your stay, but you must apply first, and also have valid health insurance that covers you for your entire stay in Sint Maarten. There are many various sources that mention a different amount of days an American can stay in St. Maarten, however, 6 months is the official duration from Sint Maarten government officials.

American Visitors to St. Maarten

Entry Requirements for American Citizens

Upon arrival in St. Maarten by air or sea, you must present:

  • American passport that is valid upon entry, and for the entire duration of your stay;
  • Completed and signed Embarkation and Disembarkation card (ED card);
  • Valid return ticket;
  • Valid hotel/resort reservation, or proof of owned property while staying;
  • Proof of sufficient financial means for travel ($100 to $200USD per day)

Please note, that the final entry to St. Maarten remains with the border control officer. The Immigration and Border Protection Service (IBP) reserves, at all times, the authority to grant or refuse your entry. 

Duration of Stay for American Citizens

The maximum amount of days that an American citizen can visit St. Maarten is six (6) months, uninterrupted, with a possibility to extend stay.

Extension of Stay for American Citizens

All American visitors who wish to stay longer than 6 months can apply for an extension of stay, however, the approval is not always guaranteed. If you do get approved to stay in St. Maarten for longer than 6 months as an American citizen, you must have valid health insurance that covers you for the entire stay here on the island.


If you’re from USA and have more questions about entry requirements, duration of stay, or anything else related to visiting our beautiful island of St. Maarten, please fill out our contact form, or give us a call at +1 (721) 554-8900.

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