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Sint Maarten

Risk / Health Info for Sint Maarten

Your shots should be up to date before leave for Sint Maarten. You might also want to protect yourself with shots against hepatitis A and B. Stick to commercially bottled water for drinking and ice cubes, and avoid food that you can’t peel, cook or boil.

Zika, dengue fever and chikungunya are all present in Sint Maarten, so take care to avoid mosquito bites. Use a reliable insect repellent and wear clothing that covers as much skin as possible. Sleep in air-conditioned accommodations or under a net if possible.

Make sure you have travel insurance, as well as sufficient funding to cover evacuation if necessary. Some medications available over the counter in Canada require a prescription in Sint Maarten, so bring a doctor’s prescription. Check with your provincial or territorial health authority for more information before you go.

Chikungunya virus in Sint Maarten
Cases of Chikungunya virus have been reported in Sint Maarten. It is spread by day-biting mosquitoes and you can guard against infection by covering up and using mosquito repellents. Infection results in joint pains, fever, rash and headache. It clears up after a few days, but some patients are left with swollen and painful joints for weeks or even years afterwards.
Dengue fever in Sint Maarten
There have been cases of the mosquito-borne virus dengue fever in Sint Maarten. Dengue fever is also known as breakbone fever because of the severe bone, joint and muscular pains it causes, in addition to flu-like fever and headache. There is no vaccine for dengue fever. Avoid mosquito bites by using insect repellents (50% DEET) and by wearing protective clothing. Sleeping with mosquito nets is also recommended.
Zika in Sint Maarten
Global Affairs Canada has issued a warning about the risk of contracting Zika in Sint Maarten. Zika is a viral disease spread by mosquitoes, and infection during pregnancy has been linked to birth defects. Women who are pregnant or planning to get pregnant should take advice before travelling to Sint Maarten. Zika symptoms include rash, itch, mild fever, headache, red eyes, muscle and joint pains. Avoid mosquito bites by using insect repellents (50% DEET) and by wearing protective clothing. Mosquito nets and air conditioning should be used when sleeping.

Recommended Vaccines for Sint Maarten

Vaccine NameCourseCost per Dose
Hepatitis A2 Doses$85.00
Hepatitis A and B combined (adult)3 Doses$99.00
Hepatitis A and B combined (paediatric)2 Doses$60.00
Hepatitis A and typhoid (combined)1 Dose$125.00
Hepatitis A paediatric1 Dose$55.00
Hepatitis B3 Doses$60.00
Hepatitis B (paediatric)3 Doses$45.00
Typhoid1 Dose$60.00
Typhoid (oral)1 Dose$65.00
This is a general list of travel vaccinations and immunisations for Sint Maarten. Specific vaccines can only be determined after appointment with our travel nurse.

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About Sint Maarten

Sint Maarten shares a Caribbean island with the French territory of Saint Martin. Sint Maarten became a self-governing country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands when the Dutch Antilles were dissolved in 2010. A favourite stop for cruise ships, its primary industry is tourism.

top Tips for travelling to Sint Maarten

Fishing and kayaking are popular activities in Sint Maarten, in addition to cricket.