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Passports required to Drive on French Side of SXM?

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A recent SXM forum discusses whether or not passports are required to drive on the “French side” (i.e., our side) of St. Martin:

Are the Gendarmes (the police) are now asking for passports at traffic stops, first I’ve heard of this. I guess foreign nationals in any country are probably expected to have proof citizenship but has it ever been enforced before on SXM?

The consensus seems to be the police just want to see your ” papers” no matter where you are from.

Many seasoned SXM visitors recommending carrying a copy of your passport (if you are worried about losing it while at the beach) and your drivers license. 

This seems to satisfy the local constabulary.

Here’s what the US State Department recommends (and this is useful information for everyone who visits our island):

Make two photocopies of all your travel documents in case of emergency or if your documents are lost. Leave one copy with a friend or relative at home.

It is always a great idea to let at least one person know exactly where you will be staying and how to contact you in an emergency.

Carry the other copy with you stored separately from the originals.

Documents to make copies of include:

  • Passport ID page
  • Foreign visa (if applicable)
  • Itinerary
  • Hotel confirmation
  • Airline ticket
  • Driver’s license
  • Credit cards brought on the trip
  • Traveler’s check serial numbers