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St. Maarten Passport Requirements

Citizens of the U.S., Canada and United Kingdom require a passport and valid return ticket when visiting Netherlands Antilles including Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao and Sint Maarten.

U.S. tourists may be asked to show onward/return tickets or proof of sufficient funds for their stay. Length of stay is granted for two weeks and may be extended for 90 days by the head office of immigration.

U.S. citizens traveling by air to and from the Netherlands Antilles must present a valid passport when entering or re-entering the United States. Sea travelers must have a valid U.S. passport (or other original proof of U.S. citizenship, such as a certified U.S. birth certificate with a government-issued photo ID).

While a U.S. passport is not mandatory for sea travel, it is recommended since it is a more readily recognized form of positive proof of citizenship. The U.S. Consulate recommends traveling with a valid U.S. passport to avoid delays or misunderstandings.

A lost or stolen passport is also easier to replace when outside of the United States than other evidence of citizenship.

For information, travelers may contact the Royal Netherlands Embassy, 4200 Linnean Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008, telephone (202) 244-5300, or the Dutch Consulate in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Houston or Miami. Visit the web site for the Embassy of the Netherlands at http://www.netherlands-embassy.org for the most current visa information.

A Canadian passport is required for Canadians intending to visit the Netherlands. The passport should be valid for at least three months beyond the date of the expected departure from the country. Canadians must also be in possession of a return airline ticket and proof of sufficient funds. A travel health insurance is recommended.

These requirements are subject to change at any time. It is the traveler's responsibility to check with the country's embassy or its consulates for up-to-date information.

Sources:

U.S. State Department: http://travel.state.gov
Canadian Consular Affairs: http://www.voyage.gc.ca

Scott S. Bateman is a professional journalist who has traveled widely throughout the Caribbean and the Americas.

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December 15, 2008

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