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St. Maarten Customs and Immigration - SXM Travel Tips

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What will you need when you arrive at the airport on St. Maarten to get through Immigration? Well you will have to show a Valid Passport or other Proof of Citizenship like a birth certificate, driver’s license or voting card to the Immigration agent upon debarkation. You will also need a Return Travel Ticket or a ticket to your next destination. For U.S. Citizens, your stay on St. Maarten is limited to 90 days before you have to leave. You can turn around and fly back for another 90 days as soon as you please. For Canadian citizens the requirements are the same except that your stay each time is limited to 14 days.

There is no Customs Inspection when you land on St. Maarten but when you return home there definitely is one. Particularly as the island is a Duty Free Port and there are limits to what you can bring back. As some of the most popular items to bring home are jewelry, alcoholic beverages and tobacco. For example, you are allowed to bring two liters of liquor back to the States per person. How strongly is this enforced? Well it depends on the mood of the customs agent when you return. In general they are looking for real contraband so the extra liter or so will ordinarily not be a problem and, at worst, you may be asked to pay a 10% tax on anything over the limit. In most cases the agent will just wave you through but don’t be a wise guy and try to bring in a case of liquor as that will really annoy them. As far as other items, you can check the permissible limits and dollar values when you’re shopping on the island.

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