Thanks to Jeff Sochrin for supplying this information.
St. Maarten (both sides) require an import permit in advance. This permit
is issued by the Dutch since that
is where the airport is located. You can download a copy of the permit from
the link at the bottom of this
article. It applies to all animals (service dogs, ESA and others ARE NOT
exempt). The form was current
at the time we posted it.
Generally speaking, the animal must be microchipped and this must be
displayed on the
International Health Certificate.
Step 1: Go to your local vet and have them complete an USDA international
health certificate, including
the chip #.
Step 2: Have this endorsed by the USDA vet. This has to be recent (see the
requirements, I think its less
than 10 days before travel).
Note: Make sure the rabies vaccine is current. It must be older than 30
days before travel but not older
than one year. Be sure distemper and parvo are also up to date. Be sure to
check timings and dates.
After you have all of this, complete the application to request an import
permit from St. Maarten. This
can be completed and applied for by email. It generally takes 4 -5 days.
Airlines will NOT let the
animal board without this permit. I have seen first hand people being
turned away in NY and MIA.
Send the email to:
Upon arrival, within 24 hours, you must visit the local vet who will prepare
a final arrival report which
also needs to be shared with the government electronically.