Official Travel Advice for St Maarten
Summary - revised information for Tropical Storm Isaac; St Maarten have issued a 'Tropical Storm Watch'; you should monitor weather updates and follow the advice of local authorities
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Advice current as at 4:00 am 17 Dec 2018.
The hurricane season in the Caribbean normally runs from June to November. Tropical Storm Isaac is forecast to reach the Caribbean region on or around Thursday 13 September 2018. It’s possible that Isaac could strengthen and become a hurricane before reaching the Eastern Caribbean. St Maarten have issued a ‘Tropical Storm Watch’ which means that a tropical storm may affect the island within the next 36-48 hours. You should monitor local and international weather updates from the US National Hurricane Centre and follow the advice of local authorities, including any evacuation orders. See Natural disasters
The island was severely affected by the passage of Hurricanes Irma and Maria in September 2017. Many buildings were destroyed and parts of St Maarten were affected by flooding. Reconstruction has begun, but due to the size of the devastation, the effects are still noticeable. The tourism sector was severely affected and room capacity is reduced; it is advisable to make prior reservations.
St. Maarten is used as a drug passageway from South America to Europe and North America. Do not leave bags unattended or agree to carry a package for anyone. See Crime
UK health authorities have classified St Maarten as having a risk of Zika virus transmission. For information and advice about the risks associated with Zika virus, visit the National Travel Health Network and Centre website.
Although there’s no recent history of terrorism in St Maarten, attacks can’t be ruled out. See Terrorism
If you’re in St Maarten and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.
If you need to contact the emergency services in the Dutch part of the island, call 911 (police), 912 (ambulance), 919 (fire) or 913 (Coastguard).
Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before travelling.
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