Emergency flights to St Maarten no longer carried out by Defence organisation

The Defence organisation is no longer operating emergency flights for transporting passengers and supplies between Curaçao and St Maarten. From Tuesday 3 October the Dutch government will charter five flights a week between Curaçao and St Maarten as part of its emergency aid efforts. These flights are intended primarily for aid workers and freight.

Only if seats remain unfilled will other passengers be transported. As passenger capacity on these flights is very limited, only those who fall into one the following categories can apply.

Flights from St Maarten to Curaçao:

  • Individuals who need to leave the island on medical grounds. They must be able to present a doctor’s certificate from the Sint Maarten Medical Center.

Flights from Curaçao to St Maarten:

  • Residents or temporary residents of St Maarten with a valid travel document who urgently need to return home.
  • Residents of Saba and St Eustatius with a valid travel document who urgently need to return home. They must however make their own arrangements for their onward journey from St Maarten to Saba or St Eustatius.

To apply

To apply for a place on a flight, please send an email to VNW@vnw.minbzk.nl stating: 

  • your name, phone number and email address;
  • your reason for needing to travel urgently;
  • your full name as shown in your passport;
  • your passport number and the expiry date of your passport;
  • your preferred date of travel (no guarantees can be given);

In the subject line of your email please indicate whether you wish to fly to St Maarten or to Curaçao.

Non-urgent travel must wait

For the time being, no seats can be allocated to people who do not need to travel to or from St Maarten urgently. You will have to wait.

Commercial flights to St Maarten

It will take some time before St Maarten’s airport is fully operational for commercial flights. The emergency flights will end when the airport is sufficiently ready to resume normal operations for commercial airlines.

The Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations and the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment are providing knowledge and resources to ensure the airport can reopen as soon as possible. The support provided includes fencing to secure the airport perimeters and help repairing the control tower. In light of these developments, one regional commercial airline has announced it will soon be resuming its services to the islands.