Reminder Hurricane Pass Application Process Underway. Concludes June 15

June 6, 2021 7:00 pm

The application process for potential applicants for the annual Hurricane Passes in connection with the 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season, have until June 15 to present all relevant information related to the process of requesting a pass.

There are two types of passes, the Disaster Pass and the Hurricane Pass. No passes will be issued to business owners, only with some exemption categories as noted below.

The pass allows the bearer to access the public road to visit the place of business to assess possible damage to the property. No company passes will be accepted during curfew hours. This can only take place during certain hours

that will be stipulated and announced by the Prime Minister in a curfew situation.

Disaster Passes are issued to the following crucial disaster relief organizations and are valid for three years. The disaster relief organization consists of the following: Emergency Operations Center staff, Emergency Support Services staff, Crucial governmental organizations and entities involved in disaster management such as medical institutions, general practitioners and pharmacies, Red Cross, WIEMS, White & Yellow Cross, National Security Service VDSM, Sea Rescue, Shelter Management, Ministers and their drivers.

The following categories qualify for a Hurricane Pass which is valid for two-years: Essential Government personnel without a disaster pass; Essential personnel of crucial companies or organizations: NV GEBE, Seven Seas Water, Telecom and Internet providers, Princess Juliana International Airport, Port St. Maarten, Hotels and Guesthouses, Marinas, Fuel distributors and gas stations, Commercial banks, Medium and large sized supermarkets, Restaurants (those providing food services to emergency services), Importers and Wholesale Companies for perishable goods (Only requests can be submitted for refrigeration and or generator technicians).

The crucial organizations as listed above (disaster & hurricane passes) can request personal passes for their key personnel.

The Hurricane Pass is valid for the 2021 hurricane season and will remain the property of the Government of Sint Maarten.

Please note that no company passes will be accepted during curfew hours.

An application form can be requested by sending an email to: Emails should include the following: Name of organization; Request for disaster or hurricane pass.

When submitting the application the following documents need to be attached:

- copy business license fee paid (or receipt) for 2021;

- proof of 2021 registration at the Chamber of Commerce;

- copy valid Sint Maarten ID-card of applicant;

- Nafl. 50,- in leges stamps per application (to be obtained at the Receiver?s Office or the Simpson Bay Public Service Center), this is a non-refundable handling fee;

- One (1) passport picture for new applicants.

The application form has to be completed and submitted to the offices of the Fire Department & Disaster Management, to the attention of the secretary located at Jackal Road 5 (Office hours Monday-Friday 9.00AM to 4.00PM), Cay Hill, by June 15, 2021, with all necessary documents attached.

Applicants will be informed by email or telephone when to pick up the pass at the aforementioned address.