What You Need To Know About Flying To / From St. Croix – Part 1 of 2

Wealthy Woman Disembarking Private Jet At Airport TerminalOnce you make the commitment to be a St. Croix resident, you’ll become very familiar with flying in and out of the Henry E. Rohlsen airport.  If you’ve always lived in a major city, a small airport at which you board outdoors on the tarmac may be a new experience.  Here are a few other things to know before you fly in / out of STX:

It opens on island time

According the website of the Port Authority (which operates the airport) the terminal opens at 5:30 a.m.  However, it is often later that local airline reps and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) staff open the desks and doors to actually allow passengers to check-in.  The air traffic control tower doesn’t begin operations until 7:00 a.m., so no planes are moving until then.  Just something to be aware of when you arrive at the standard recommended time for the first flight of the day and the airport seems like an abandoned ghost town.

People park curbside for pick-ups

Although signs technically say you can’t, most local residents picking up loved ones from flights park along the curb of the main circle drive of the airport, then leave their cars to greet people and help at the baggage claim (where Cruzan Rum samples are served).  This is especially true for small incoming flights.

If you take a taxi, be sure to clarify the price per person and bag to your destination before you hop in.  While the taxi association lists official rates here, they are not metered.  Due to association rules, St. Croix hotels cannot offer shuttles.

Customs declarations are standard

When you leave St. Croix, part of your check-in process will be completing a customs declaration form whether you’re a resident or visitor.  While St. Croix is a U.S. territory, this customary international practice is still followed.

As of October 2015, completion of a customs form is no longer a requirement flying out of the St. Croix airport.  The form questions are now asked verbally by a TSA agent as your identification is checked.  

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