St. Martin

St. Martin

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Saint Martin is officially known as the Overseas Collectivity of Saint Martin of France. It occupies the northern part of an island that it shares with Sint Maarten, which is part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The entire island is located in the Caribbean Sea east of the US Virgin Islands and is part of the French West Indies. The population is about 35,000 people. The chief of state is the French president, and the head of government is a president of the Territorial Council.

Through the years, the Dutch, Spanish, and French have claimed the island. The island was joined with Guadeloupe as a French commune for many years, but in 2003, the residents voted to separate from Guadeloupe, and in 2007 officially formed an overseas collectivity.

Tourism is the main economic activity and the main source of employment. The island receives over one million tourists every year.

Currency EUR: Euro
Language French
Capital Marigot
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Diseases To Be Aware Of

The diseases listed below are those which occur most often in St. Martin. Other, less frequently encountered diseases might be displayed within the Travel Alerts section if they have occurred recently.

Hepatitis A

There is a risk for hepatitis A virus exposure in Saint Martin through contaminated food or water. Infection can still occur at tourist destinations and resorts.

Hepatitis B

There is a significant risk for acquiring hepatitis B in Saint Martin.

Typhoid Fever

Unvaccinated people can become infected through contaminated food and water in Saint Martin, especially when visiting smaller cities, villages, or rural areas where food and water sources may be contaminated.

Rabies

Rabies may be present in bats, but has not been reported in domestic or wild animals in this country.

Dengue Fever

Outbreaks of dengue fever may occur.

Chikungunya Fever

Chikungunya fever has occurred in this country.

Yellow Fever

There is no risk of yellow fever transmission in this country. However, this country requires a certificate of yellow fever vaccination for all persons 1 year of age or older if arriving from a region where there is a risk of yellow fever, including transiting 12 hours or more through an airport in a country with a risk of yellow fever.

Zika Fever

There is transmission of the Zika virus in this county.

Vaccinations to Consider

The following is a list of recommended vaccinations for travelling to St. Martin.

Hepatitis A Vaccine

There is a risk of exposure to hepatitis A for this country, therefore, the vaccination is recommended.

Hepatitis B Vaccine

There is a risk of infection with hepatitis B for this country, therefore, the vaccination is recommended.

Typhoid Fever Vaccine

There is a risk of exposure to typhoid fever in this country through consumption of unsafe food and water. Since exposure to unsafe sources is variable within this country, the vaccination against typhoid fever is generally recommended, especially when visiting smaller cities or rural areas, where food and water sources may be contaminated.

Rabies Vaccine

Vaccination against rabies is recommended for travellers whose activities or employment may bring them into direct contact with bats (i.e. adventure travellers, veterinarians, wildlife professionals, researchers, etc.).

Yellow Fever Vaccine

The yellow fever vaccination is not recommended. However, a certificate of yellow fever vaccination is required for all persons 1 year of age or older if arriving from a region where there is a risk of yellow fever, including transiting 12 hours or more through an airport in a country with a risk of yellow fever.

Medications to Consider

The following is a list of recommended medications for travelling to St. Martin.

None required.

Safety and Security in St. Martin

Emergency Numbers

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Personal Safety

The crime rate is low in this country, and most travellers have no trouble. However, petty crime, such as pickpocketing, bag snatching, or other theft can occur in any crowded area or tourist destination. Always be alert and aware of your surroundings. Keep valuables secured and out of sight. Safeguard your important documents, such as your passport. Avoid walking alone at night. Do not accept drinks or food from strangers and never leave your drinks out of your sight.

Political Unrest

Protests and strikes do occur and can disrupt transportation and other services. Always avoid public gatherings and demonstrations since even peaceful gatherings can become confrontational and violent.

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