Unless otherwise specified, travel advice on this page relating to Hurricanes Irma, Jose and Maria covers both the Dutch part of the island (St Maarten) and the French part of the island (St Martin). All other travel advice covers St Maarten only
The British Vice Consul in Willemstad, Curacao is responsible for the delivery of consular assistance to British nationals in the Dutch part of the island (St Maarten).
The British Embassy in Paris is responsible for the delivery of consular assistance to British nationals in the French part of the island (St Martin).
Following the passage of Hurricane Irma on 6 September 2017, the island was also severely affected by Hurricane Maria on 20 September 2017. Many buildings have been destroyed and there have been reports of flooding. Flights in and out of St Maarten are limited based on priority needs of the military and government-sponsored aid. The seaport has limited operational capacity. If you’re on the island, you should follow the advice of the local authorities, including any evacuation orders. The authorities in the French part of the island will transmit information on local radio 91.1FM in English, French and Creole. The authorities in the Dutch part of the island will transmit on Radio Laser 101.
The French and Dutch authorities have opened phone lines for people concerned about the situation on the island. The contact numbers are:
- For St Martin: +590596393600 for calls within the Caribbean and +33(0)182710337 for calls from France and elsewhere outside the Caribbean.
- For St Maarten: 0800 1351 for calls within the Netherlands and +31(0)202051351 from outside the Netherlands.
You can also see this page for more information on the UK government response and advice for British nationals. The hotline for British people affected by the hurricanes or concerned about others is +44(0)20 7008 0000.
St. Maarten is used as a drug passageway from South America to Europe and North America. Do not leave bags unattended or agree to carry a package for anyone. See Crime
UK health authorities have classified St Maarten as having a risk of Zika virus transmission. For information and advice about the risks associated with Zika virus, visit the National Travel Health Network and Centre website.
Although there’s no recent history of terrorism in St Maarten, attacks can’t be ruled out. See Terrorism
If you need to contact the emergency services in the Dutch part of the island, call 911 (police), 912 (ambulance), 919 (fire) or 913 (Coastguard).
Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before travelling.