Visiting Crew members from countries on the visa required list, without a Dutch Ca- ribbean Visa, or a Multiple Entry – Shengin, US or Canadian Visa, can partake in the visa waiver program through the services of a registered agent.
For more information:

The Dutch Side

All vessels arriving in or departing from St. Maarten waters must clear in and out with the Immigration Department. This can be done either in Great Bay or Simpson Bay.


The French Side

As the island of Saint Martin is half French and half Dutch, immigration procedures are different on each side of the island. Paperwork must be done upon arrival and departure. The immigration department is located at the harbor terminal on the waterfront in Marigot. Open Monday to Friday from 8:00am to noon and from 2:00pm to 4:00pm, Saturday from 8:00am to 12:00, closed on Sunday. The clearance is free, but the anchorage fees in Marigot Bay are payable on the spot. Present passports, original copies of boat documents and clearance from last port of departure. Tel.: 05 90 29 67 83


The island is a duty-free zone and therefore goods can be imported free of payment and formalities. However, restricted goods such

as drugs, frearms and ammunition, explo- sives and so on should be declared to the authorities when clearing in. Both Customs and Immigration clearing in are done by the immigration offcials at your port of entry.

In general, visiting yachtsmen are permitted to stay on the island for a maximum period of three months. This will sometimes vary according to your nationality and so it is best to enquire when clearing in.

Visiting Crew members from countries on the visa required list without a visa can par- take in the visa waiver program. For more information on this program please visit our website or e-mail the St. Maarten Marine Trades Association offce at for more info.



In keeping with most Caribbean islands, drugs are illegal and the penalties for pos- session are severe. Yachtsmen caught with drugs risk losing their vessel as well as their freedom.

All frearms, ammunition and explosives car- ried aboard your vessel should be declared to the authorities when you clear in. Failure to do so could well result in your vessel being impounded if you are caught, together with a fne or jail sentence.



Both St. Maarten and St. Martin use the American ‘red-right-returning’ buoyage system. Mariners should take care not to confuse the buoys when crossing the Simp- son Bay Lagoon from one side of the island to the other. Although the channel across the lagoon can be transited by vessels with a draft of around six feet, yachts should proceed with caution as some shoaling in this area has occurred.


In addition, to immigration clearance, all vessels entering Simpson Bay and the Simpson Bay Lagoon are by law required to clear in at the Lagoon Authority Collec- tion Offce situated in the Police Station just west of the Simpson Bay Bridge and pay the indebted Bridge, Harbor and Clearance Fees. All fees are immediately due and payable upon arrival.

The clearance fees are $5 for boats up to 99 gross tons, $10 for boats of 100 to 499 gross tons, $20 for boats of more than 500 gross tons. A fee is asked for boats staying at anchor. The bridge fees are payable on clearing out from the lagoon.

The offce telephone number is +1(721) 545-3183
or via the Simpson Bay Police Station +1(721) 545-5500

Documents to present when clearing your vessel in:
· the Clearance Documents of your last Port of Departure
· the Immigration Clearance Documents
· the Customs Clearance Documents
· the Vessel Registry Document
· Crew List

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 fnes.

Police Dock:

The Police Dock situated in the channel of the Simpson Bay Bridge, can only be used by dinghies that come to the Police Station for the services of the Police; Im- migration; Customs or the Simpson Bay Lagoon Authority. It can be used for pick ups and drop-off’s but no tenders should be left here unattended for any length of time. It is also an active ferry dock.



The Immigration Department is located in the Police Station adjacent the channel into Simpson Bay Lagoon.


Immigration Department:
8:00am to 12:30pm/1:30pm to 4:30pm.
Saturday and Sunday :
7:30am to 3:30pm.
Paperwork can be done in advance of departure.



Immigration Department is located just outside the Port gates


Immigration Department:
At the entry to the commercial port
8:00am-noon and 1:00pm-4:30pm
Saturday and Sunday:
9:00am to noon
Paperwork can be done in advance of departure.

Closed on public holidays. You can clear out 24 hours in advance.


From 8 to 13m : 20$
From 13 to 18m : 40$
From 18 to 23m : 60$
From 23 to 28m : 90$
From 28 to 33m : 120$
From 33 to 38m : 150$
From 38 to 43m : 180$
From 43 to 50m : 210$
From 50 to 75m : 250$
Over 75m : 290$

For more information on Bridge and Harbour Fees visit:
Or contact the: Lagoon Authority Collection Office:
Tel/Fax: (721) 545 3183