PHILIPSBURG (DCOMM):--- The application process for the annual Hurricane Passes for the 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season commenced on Friday, May 24 and the deadline for application processing is June 21, therefore, this serves as a reminder to those who have not yet applied for the pass to commence with the process.
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.
Potential applicants have until June 21 to present all relevant information related to the process of requesting a pass.
Disaster Passes are issued to crucial disaster relief organizations and are valid for three years.
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 Hurricane Pass is valid for the 2019 and 2020 hurricane seasons and will remain the property of the Government of Sint Maarten.
When submitting the application the following documents have to be attached:
- copy business license fee paid (or receipt) for 2018/19;
- proof of 2019 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 21, 2019, with all necessary documents attached.
Applicants will be informed by email or telephone when to pick up the pass at the aforementioned address.