The Island St. Maarten-St. Martin is half Netherlands Antilles and half France, immigration and customs procedures are different on each side of the Island. Please be sure to check if, and which Visa is needed. For instance, it is not possible to enter through the Dutch bridge with a Schengen Visa.
The Dutch side is Netherlands Antilles and the French side is in the European Community. Yacht Assistance is established on both sides of the Island.
Sint Maarten (Dutch side) information
Arrival by plane
You need to fill out an immigration form handed to you on the plane. On that immigration form you must indicate your local address. Please make sure that you have a return ticket or a ticket to another foreign destination.
Arrival by boat
The Lagoon Authority is charged with the collection of fees as stipulated in the Bridge Ordinance (AB 1994 no. 4 as amended) and the Harbor Fees Ordinance (AB 1984 no.5 as amended). The fees Collection Office of the Lagoon Authority is situated at the Police Station in Simpson Bay near the bridge and can be reached at tel./fax.no. (+1 721) 545 3183, or via the Police Station tel.no. (+1 721) 545 5500. The opening hours are from 08:00 – 12:00 and 13:30 – 17:00 every day of the week. If there is a lot of traffic the office will stay open until 18:00 hours.
The Police Dock can only be used by dinghies that come to the Police Station for the services of the Police; the Immigration; the Customs or the Simpson Bay Lagoon Authority.
All vessels entering Simpson Bay and the Simpson Bay Lagoon are by law required to clear in at the Lagoon Authority Collection Office immediately after arrival and pay the indebted Bridge, Harbor and Clearance Fees.
All fees are immediately due and payable upon arrival.
All vessels have to receive clearance from Immigration, Customs and the Lagoon Authority before departing to their next harbor of destination. Failure to do so will result in unforeseen delays and fines.
Documents to present when clearing in your vessel:
After entering the Simpson Bay or the Simpson Bay Lagoon Captains and/or vessel owners are required by law to check in at the fees Collections Office of the Simpson Bay Lagoon Authority at the Police Station immediately after docking or anchoring and present the following documents:
- the Clearance documents of your last Port of Departure
- the Immigration clearance documents
- the Customs clearance documents
- the vessel registry document
- the vessel insurance policy document
The Collection Office is open every day, Monday through Sunday from 08:00 – 12:30 and 13:30 – 17:00 hours. If necessary the office will stay open until 18:00 hours.
All vessels making trips from the Simpson Bay or Simpson Bay Lagoon to non Sint Maarten harbors are required by law to clear out at the Simpson Bay Lagoon Authority and pay the corresponding harbor and clearance fees.
The Regatta Organization is pleased to announce that the Simpson Bay Lagoon Authority has advised that it will be NOT necessary to clear out of Simpson Bay when going to Marigot unless the vessel is not returning to Simpson Bay.
Regatta Participants will not be charged a second week of mooring fees as a result of their interrupting their stay in the Simpson Bay Lagoon Authority Waters.
The Regatta Organization still wishes to make the participants aware of the fact that on regular scheduled openings, the Simpson Bay Bridge has a limited duration of opening and when this period is exceeded then the bridge will not open again for a scheduled opening. There are of course extra openings scheduled during the regatta weekend, but these are limited. Extra opening hours are mentioned under Bridge Opening Hours.
Safety and security:
The Coast Guard, the Maritime Police and the Lagoon Authority patrol the Lagoon on a daily base for your safety and security. Feel free to contact them for any assistance you need.
The Coast Guard of the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba are checking every dinghy on the following items on board:
- An anchor
- The driver needs to show a copy of the Captain license.
Please make sure you comply with these rules while you are a visitor to our shores, this is for your safety as well as the safety of others on the water.
VHF radio channels:
Bridge tender & Coast Guard listen to VHF channel 12.
If you need any additional information about immigration requirements, please call the Immigration Department in St. Maarten. They can be reached through the central Police Department operator at (+599) 542-2222. You can also contact the Simpson Bay Lagoon Authority: (+599) 545-3183.
Anchoring in Marigot Bay
To anchor in Marigot Bay the vessels have to follow these instructions:
- Yachts have to display a black ball during the day and a white light at night;
- Vessels must respect distance between vessels to avoid collision;
- The authorities do not allow dinghy’s on the enclosed Ferry Port.