Traveltalkonline.com Forums



Travel and Vacation Forums >> St. Maarten - St. Martin

Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | >> (show all)
SXMScubaman
Traveler


Joined: 03/21/09
Posts: 6857
Loc: Auburn, WA
What you need at immigration
      #1749257 - 10/12/17 11:17 AM (24.22.151.53)

ATTENTION: THE FOLLOWING IS A NOTICE FROM THE AIRPORT:
Airline passengers are advised that St Maarten Immigration has implemented strict protocols regarding entry into St Maarten at this time, and are therefore advised as follows:
• Travel documents must be in order, with passenger name and details matching support documentation if required.
• Visa requirements where necessary for entry into St Maarten must be strictly adhered to
• Customers connecting via St Maarten must have all legal documentation for their entry into their final destination, e.g. visas, work permits etc.
• Under no circumstances will passengers with onward connections be allowed to overnight in St Maarten.
• Travelers who are not nationals of Dutch St. Maarten or French St. Martin must have proof of accommodation. Persons staying at hotels must have proof of hotel reservations confirmed after the passage of Hurricane Irma (06 September 2017).
• Please note that many hotels sustained damage and remain closed. Persons who will be staying at private homes must have proof of this. It is recommended that the host be at the airport in case the Immigration officials need to interview them.
• Travelers must be able to advise the purpose of their travel to St Maarten.
• Persons must have sufficient funds for their period of stay.


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
Carol_HillAdministrator
Administrator


Joined: 08/01/00
Posts: 63331
Loc: Central Florida!
Re: What you need at immigration [Re: SXMScubaman]
      #1749263 - 10/12/17 11:49 AM (73.255.141.246)

Interesting. Thanks for posting.

Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
dannan
Traveler


Joined: 09/13/07
Posts: 675
Loc: People's Republic of Md
Re: What you need at immigration [Re: Carol_Hill]
      #1749265 - 10/12/17 11:53 AM (50.197.20.154)

So I guess I need to take a copy of my deed with me?

Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
sasasal
Traveler


Joined: 03/09/17
Posts: 167
Re: What you need at immigration [Re: dannan]
      #1749277 - 10/12/17 02:39 PM (24.102.161.71)

Oh boy. our deed is in our house in sxm... this should be interesting... I have to hope they will accept us looking at our passport that has St.M. all over it, and except that we own... Passport stamped only Sxm... But I will look into this... what is something else to worry about. Just want to get there. And yes Carol!!! I understand your dismay over my too many posts about this experience... I should not have vented as much as I did. this is not the place... This is a vacation board. We are owners. lots different.

Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
pat
Traveler


Joined: 04/18/01
Posts: 11268
Loc: Brookfield, CT.
Re: What you need at immigration [Re: sasasal]
      #1749278 - 10/12/17 02:48 PM (75.133.113.202)

While it says you must be able to prove yourself having reason to be there along with finances to allow you to be there and a place to stay while there, I don’t see that it actually requires a ‘deed’ though perhaps I missed it. I’m sure you can provide a legal resident status or property ownership in some other way - perhaps a utility bill or something of that nature? Good luck with your home and I hope it is in far better shape than you have been anticipating.

--------------------
Respectfully,

pat



"Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat
them."


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
Carol_HillAdministrator
Administrator


Joined: 08/01/00
Posts: 63331
Loc: Central Florida!
Re: What you need at immigration [Re: sasasal]
      #1749280 - 10/12/17 02:55 PM (73.255.141.246)

Many people go to SXM many times that do not own property, so passport stamps will not do it, I expect. I would think that you should have SOME documentation in the states that shows you are the owner of the property. That shouldn't be too hard to come up with.

Regarding your posts here, I am sending you a PM.


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
ruralcarrierModerator
Moderator


Joined: 03/31/01
Posts: 12466
Loc: Ohio
Re: What you need at immigration [Re: Carol_Hill]
      #1749282 - 10/12/17 02:57 PM (24.209.195.61)

Thank you!

--------------------
J.D.


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
irina
Traveler


Joined: 08/15/00
Posts: 2257
Loc: MIA
Re: What you need at immigration [Re: ruralcarrier]
      #1749287 - 10/12/17 03:20 PM (136.28.35.128)

Oh lord! Oh well. Such is life.
Right Pat?


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
sasasal
Traveler


Joined: 03/09/17
Posts: 167
Re: What you need at immigration [Re: irina]
      #1749300 - 10/12/17 05:47 PM (24.102.161.71)

oh boy such is life... agreed...

Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
Angelface
Traveler


Joined: 07/19/02
Posts: 1024
Loc: Washington, DC/SXM
Re: What you need at immigration [Re: SXMScubaman]
      #1749305 - 10/12/17 06:14 PM (208.87.107.66)

Hmmm. Well my parents aren’t going to make it to the airport to meet us, so I hope they just recognize my name, see my passport stamps and let me thru!

Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
SXMScubaman
Traveler


Joined: 03/21/09
Posts: 6857
Loc: Auburn, WA
Re: What you need at immigration [Re: Angelface]
      #1749308 - 10/12/17 06:50 PM (174.216.34.102)

Have them fax a statement to you. Mailbox is open in Simpson bay and they do faxs.

Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
wilsonck
Traveler


Joined: 07/22/13
Posts: 588
Loc: Florida
Re: What you need at immigration [Re: sasasal]
      #1749311 - 10/12/17 07:54 PM (66.87.148.85)

If that's an issue, try flying in through grand case on the French side. You will have to fly to Guadeloupe and connect to grand case there.

Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
Carol_HillAdministrator
Administrator


Joined: 08/01/00
Posts: 63331
Loc: Central Florida!
Re: What you need at immigration [Re: SXMScubaman]
      #1749312 - 10/12/17 07:57 PM (107.77.253.5)

OK, faxing something to Simpson Bay doesn't help at the airport?

Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
SXMScubaman
Traveler


Joined: 03/21/09
Posts: 6857
Loc: Auburn, WA
Re: What you need at immigration [Re: Carol_Hill]
      #1749314 - 10/12/17 09:44 PM (174.216.34.102)

You didn't understand the post. The relatives on island could fax through mailbox to her so she can have something to show upon arival at sxm.

Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
Carol_HillAdministrator
Administrator


Joined: 08/01/00
Posts: 63331
Loc: Central Florida!
Re: What you need at immigration [Re: SXMScubaman]
      #1749331 - 10/13/17 08:09 AM (107.77.253.5)

Oh right, sorry.

Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
PrairieGirl
Traveler


Joined: 07/02/12
Posts: 169
Loc: Edam, Saskatchewan - Canada
Re: What you need at immigration [Re: Angelface]
      #1749335 - 10/13/17 08:38 AM (142.165.85.194)

Perhaps you could have your parents send you an e-mail stating something to the effect that "our daughter (insert name as on passport) will be arriving on flight XYZ on XXXXX and staying with us at our home located at xxxxxxx until xxxxxx to assist us with xxxxxxxxx. If you require further information you may contact us at xxxxx, (insert their full names)" That would be as specific as any hotel reservation would be!

--------------------
LeAnn

[url=https://www.TickerFactory.com/]

[/url]


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
Alysonma
Traveler


Joined: 04/13/14
Posts: 34
Loc: New York, Vermont and St Maart...
Re: What you need at immigration [Re: sasasal]
      #1749347 - 10/13/17 10:45 AM (70.214.74.165)

Maybe you have a GEBE bill or payment proof

Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
Julius
Traveler


Joined: 02/14/13
Posts: 176
Loc: St.Maarten, Point Blanche
Re: What you need at immigration [Re: Angelface]
      #1749357 - 10/13/17 01:31 PM (190.185.82.87)

I got this message from Princess Juliana International Airport - St. Maarten Facebook page



Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
ruralcarrierModerator
Moderator


Joined: 03/31/01
Posts: 12466
Loc: Ohio
Re: What you need at immigration [Re: Julius]
      #1749358 - 10/13/17 01:47 PM (96.89.8.58)

Quote:

Julius said:
I got this message from Princess Juliana International Airport - St. Maarten Facebook page






Kind of refutes the original post. Wonder where it came from?

As has been stated multiple times, not everything posted on the internet, re-posted on the internet or from any of the social media sites is accurate. Thanks.

--------------------
J.D.


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
Julius
Traveler


Joined: 02/14/13
Posts: 176
Loc: St.Maarten, Point Blanche
Re: What you need at immigration [Re: ruralcarrier]
      #1749359 - 10/13/17 02:00 PM (190.185.82.87)

I will never understand why people post fake or inaccurate information...

Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
Snorkeller
Traveler


Joined: 05/06/04
Posts: 1038
Loc: Virginia
Re: What you need at immigration [Re: Julius]
      #1749360 - 10/13/17 02:13 PM (108.4.118.232)

On this Board, I think that the vast majority of people post only what they believe is accurate. They can be wrong but I do not think it intentional.

Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
pat
Traveler


Joined: 04/18/01
Posts: 11268
Loc: Brookfield, CT.
Re: What you need at immigration [Re: Snorkeller]
      #1749362 - 10/13/17 02:21 PM (75.133.113.202)

Quote:

Snorkeller said:
On this Board, I think that the vast majority of people post only what they believe is accurate. They can be wrong but I do not think it intentional.




I agree absolutely. And if occasional mistakes are made, I’m pretty sure they aren’t meant to intentionally mislead anyone here. We may argue and bicker back and forth, but in the end we’re just like any other family. We’re human and we’re fallible.

--------------------
Respectfully,

pat



"Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat
them."


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
Carol_HillAdministrator
Administrator


Joined: 08/01/00
Posts: 63331
Loc: Central Florida!
Re: What you need at immigration [Re: Snorkeller]
      #1749364 - 10/13/17 02:25 PM (73.255.141.246)

Absolutely. I don't believe anyone posts fake information intentionally. It's hard to know who to believe, as apparently you can't believe stories in the Daily Herald either, as I guess that 'press release' about the first ship was incorrect.

Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
ruralcarrierModerator
Moderator


Joined: 03/31/01
Posts: 12466
Loc: Ohio
Re: What you need at immigration [Re: Julius]
      #1749365 - 10/13/17 02:27 PM (96.89.8.58)

Quote:

Julius said:
I will never understand why people post fake or inaccurate information...




While I do not believe it is at all intentional, many times people get wrapped up, want to be the first with news and do not bother to check links, verify what they are posting or look for further information to substantiate it.

I have no idea what is accurate with regard to this situation but the initial post and what you posted are pretty far apart. Perhaps there was a retraction or miscommunication??

Again, just because it is on the internet or social media does not make it 100% accurate. Or the newspaper as far as that goes.

--------------------
J.D.

Edited by ruralcarrier (10/13/17 02:37 PM)


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
Julius
Traveler


Joined: 02/14/13
Posts: 176
Loc: St.Maarten, Point Blanche
Re: What you need at immigration [Re: ruralcarrier]
      #1749366 - 10/13/17 02:42 PM (190.185.82.87)

Sorry, I should clarify my thought. I meant why people are creating such information or fake posts. I don't blame people who sharing it.

Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
Snorkeller
Traveler


Joined: 05/06/04
Posts: 1038
Loc: Virginia
Re: What you need at immigration [Re: Carol_Hill]
      #1749375 - 10/13/17 03:43 PM (108.4.118.232)

Except on April 1, the Daily Herald is very reliable and you should not feel at all bad about posting that link.

With the story of the Grandeur coming, the Daily Herald took the Port's bizarre press release at face value, not stopping to think that it was a very strange substantial revision to the previous press release and statements about the Port opening to regular cruise ship stops on November 11 - which were later admitted to be largely "symbolic."

We cruise on Grandeur a lot and I was surprised and interested that it would be going that early. I really wanted it to be true. We have decided not to make any plans to do a land vacation on SXM in 2018 - first missed year since 2004 for a land vacation there if we do not go in 2018 - but we will get there on a port of call no later than this coming February - on Grandeur - if the port is open for the cruise ships.


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
sxmmartini
Traveler


Joined: 04/16/05
Posts: 5573
Loc: Amityville, New York
Re: What you need at immigration [Re: SXMScubaman]
      #1749378 - 10/13/17 04:06 PM (24.47.167.216)

Quote:

SXMScubaman said:
ATTENTION: THE FOLLOWING IS A NOTICE FROM THE AIRPORT:
Airline passengers are advised that St Maarten Immigration has implemented strict protocols regarding entry into St Maarten at this time, and are therefore advised as follows:
• Travel documents must be in order, with passenger name and details matching support documentation if required.
• Visa requirements where necessary for entry into St Maarten must be strictly adhered to
• Customers connecting via St Maarten must have all legal documentation for their entry into their final destination, e.g. visas, work permits etc.
• Under no circumstances will passengers with onward connections be allowed to overnight in St Maarten.
• Travelers who are not nationals of Dutch St. Maarten or French St. Martin must have proof of accommodation. Persons staying at hotels must have proof of hotel reservations confirmed after the passage of Hurricane Irma (06 September 2017).
• Please note that many hotels sustained damage and remain closed. Persons who will be staying at private homes must have proof of this. It is recommended that the host be at the airport in case the Immigration officials need to interview them.
• Travelers must be able to advise the purpose of their travel to St Maarten.
• Persons must have sufficient funds for their period of stay.




Better safe than sorry. SXM always required info on where tourists and visitors would be staying. I would have documents showing your hotel, villa or guest housing. I would think a rental agreement for the villas or a Gebe bill for owners would do the trick. A notary stamped letter stating your stay if with friends or relatives. Good Luck!

--------------------


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
SXMScubaman
Traveler


Joined: 03/21/09
Posts: 6857
Loc: Auburn, WA
Re: What you need at immigration [Re: Angelface]
      #1749382 - 10/13/17 04:46 PM (174.216.34.102)

My original post stated it was the airports rules. It is actually updated immigration rules. Many were there before but seldom enforced. Sorry about the confusion.
Moderator feel free to edit my post to say for instead of from or change airport to immigration. Thanks.

Edited by SXMScubaman (10/13/17 04:50 PM)


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
whitesands
Traveler


Joined: 03/15/11
Posts: 60
Re: What you need at immigration [Re: SXMScubaman]
      #1749390 - 10/13/17 06:51 PM (97.92.5.99)

"Persons must have sufficient funds for their period of stay.
Does this mean cash in hand, or can you use an ATM?


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
Carol_HillAdministrator
Administrator


Joined: 08/01/00
Posts: 63331
Loc: Central Florida!
Re: What you need at immigration [Re: whitesands]
      #1749395 - 10/13/17 07:52 PM (107.77.253.5)

Apparently the entire post is in question, but I wouldn't really worry about that part of it..

Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
pat
Traveler


Joined: 04/18/01
Posts: 11268
Loc: Brookfield, CT.
Re: What you need at immigration [Re: whitesands]
      #1749396 - 10/13/17 08:06 PM (75.133.113.202)

And as a reasonable follow-up, are the ATMs up and functioning by now?

--------------------
Respectfully,

pat



"Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat
them."


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | >> (show all)



Extra information
7 registered and 73 anonymous users are browsing this forum.

Print Topic

Forum Permissions
      You cannot start new topics
      You cannot reply to topics
      HTML is disabled
      TTOLCode is enabled

Topic views: 2036

Jump to

Contact Us Terms of Use Advertising on TTOL Traveltalkonline