SAFETY TIPS

SAFETY AND SECURITY

CRIME

Petty crime, such as pickpocketing and purse snatching, occurs.

Theft from vehicles occurs, especially rental cars. More violent incidents, including armed robberies also occur. Make sure purses and handbags are closed and not easy to snatch.

Burglaries and break-ins are common at resorts, beach houses, and hotels. Ensure safety devices are functional.

  • Ensure that your personal belongings, including your passport and other travel documents, are secure at all times.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and exercise caution, especially at night
  • Avoid isolated or poorly-lit areas, including beaches
  • Don’t leave valuables unattended on the beach
  • Don’t carry large amounts of cash or jewellery
  • Check with local authorities to determine which beaches are safe

STRIKES AND DEMONSTRATIONS

Strikes and demonstrations may cause disruptions to services. Even peaceful demonstrations can turn violent at any time. They can also lead to disruptions to traffic and public transportation.

  • Avoid areas where demonstrations and large gatherings are taking place
  • Follow the instructions of local authorities
  • Monitor local media for information on ongoing demonstrations

ROAD SAFETY

Take particular care when renting vehicles, especially when arranging for insurance and liability. Obtain detailed written information regarding your personal responsibilities before finalizing any rental arrangements.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

Taxis are plentiful and are a convenient way to get around during short stays.

AIR TRAVEL

We do not make assessments on the compliance of foreign domestic airlines with international safety standards.

General information about foreign domestic airlines

Princess Juliana International Airport serves both sides of the island and is located in the Dutch side of Sint Maarten. The Grand Case-Espérance airport serves local destinations and is located in the French part of the island of Saint Martin.