St. Maarten requires new “visa” entry for bringing your pets to the island.
For those of you planning to bring your doggies to Sint Maarten, here’s a checklist on how to get your pets here.
Disclaimer: These steps are for animals leaving the USA. Please verify all information and requirements with your airline, state/country veterinary services, and your local vet.
The documentation for airline travel to Sint Maarten:
- Obtain an International Health Certificate – your vet does a physical exam, fills this form out, then signs it. You have TEN DAYS from the day your vet signs this document to travel by airline.
- Once signed by your vet, you must overnight the International Health Certificate and a copy of the Rabies Certificate to your state’s USDA office and they will sign it. Include a prepaid overnight envelope so they can send it back to you in a timely manner.
- Once the certificate is signed by the USDA and returned to you, immediately email this and an “Application to Import” to Mervyn Butcher at Mervyn.Butcher@sintmaartengov.org. The application to import can be found at this website: http://www.sxmvetclinic.com/site/view/173804_ExportingImporting.pml
- Upon approval, Mr. Butcher will send you an Import Permit via email within 2-3 business days.
- At the airline present the following documentation: International Health Certificate, Import Permit, Rabies Certificate, and Statement of Weather Acclimation (needed if temperatures are below 45 F or above 85 F at any origin and/or destination on the day of travel. You can get this document from your vet).
You’ll notice that there is a lot to do in a very short period of time, so adequate planning is paramount. There is very little room for error in this process.