St. Maarten-Info Information Page
Calling to St. Maarten
- To gain international (int’l) access from your country you will either have to dial 00, 001 or 011 first.
- To call Dutch St. Maarten: (dial int’l access) +1-721-xxx-xxxx
- From 09/30/2011 you can dial +1-721-xxx-xxxx to reach numbers in St. Maarten. From 09/30/2012 this will be mandatory. Remember: +1-721-xxx-xxxx.
- To call French St. Martin:
* landlines: (dial int’l access) + 590-590-xxx-xxx
* cell phones (dial int’l access) + 590-690-xxx-xxx
- St. Maarten has a new exit code: 011
To call internationally from St. Maarten, you have to dial 011 first. 00 is still valid until further notice.
- The Dutch side of St. Maarten has 110V electricity system. The electrical outlets are the same as the USA.
- The French side of St. Martin has the 220V European system with similar outlets. Converters or adapters for US electrical cords are required.
- When arriving on St. Maarten and going through Imigration you must have a valid passport and an applicable visa (if necessary). Click here for more information. To definitely find out if you need a visa to enter St. Maarten, please contact the nearest Dutch Embassy or Consulate.
- Note : Effective 12/31/2006, US citizens MUST have passports when returning to the USA from the Caribbean. Visit the US Department of State website for more info.
- All tourists must have a return ticket, or an onward ticket to a foreign destination, and must indicate a local address on their immigration forms. Make sure you have this!
- If you are still not sure you meet the necessary entry requirements, contact the Immigration & Naturalization Department on St. Maarten. Click here for more information.
- Customs : Please note that cash money in excess of NAF 20,000 must be declared with Customs. This equals about $11,000.
How To Get To St. Maarten
- If you intend to bring a pet to St. Maarten, you can. However, you must have a health certificate for your pet issued by a veterinarian. The certificate may not be older than six months. We do suggest that you contact your airline with regards to their policies concerning traveling with pets.
Police Department – 911
- The Police Department can be reached via +1-721-542-2222.
Ambulance Department – 912
Fire Department – 919
- New Year’s Day – Thursday, January 1, 2015
- Good Friday – Friday, April 3, 2015
- Easter Sunday – Sunday, April 5, 2015
- Easter Monday – Monday, April 6, 2015
- King’s Day – Monday, April 27, 2015
- Carnival Day – Thursday, Apr 30, 2015
- Labour Day – Friday, May 1, 2015
- Ascension Day – Thursday, May 14, 2015
- Whit Sunday – Sunday, May 24, 2015
- Emancipation Day – Wednesday, July 1, 2015
- St. Maarten’s Day – Wednesday, November 11, 2015
- Kingdom Day – Tuesday, December 15, 2015
- Christmas Day – Friday, December 25, 2015
- Boxing Day – Saturday, December 26, 2015
- New Year’s Day – Friday, January 1, 2016
- Dutch citizens may stay up to six months on St. Maarten (or in the Netherlands Antilles) as a tourist. During that time they are not allowed to work! For Dutch citizens wishing to permanently move to St. Maarten (retirees) they must apply for a residency permit. This does not allow them to work.
- Other foreigners wishing to reside in St. Maarten must also have a residency permit. They must be able to demonstrate financial independency.
- Click here to visit the Immigration & Naturalization Services webpage of the Ministry of Justice.
Starting a business…
- Want to start a business on St. Maarten? Great! Whether you are local or an international investor, there are some important things you need to know about…
- Establishing a Business on St. Maarten
- Registering a Business on St. Maarten
- Business License and Directors Fees
- Email us for a report on establishing your business on St. Maarten or order our information package about “Living, Working & Doing Business in St. Maarten”. See below…
Timezone St. Maarten
- St. Maarten is in the Atlantic time zone which is 4 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT-4). During the summer months this is the same as Eastern Daylight Savings Time. In the winter St. Maarten is 1 hour ahead of the U.S. East coast.
In relation to Western Europe, St. Maarten during the wintermonths is 5 hours behind. During European Daylight Savings Time that changes to 6.
Click here for the exact time in St. Maarten.
- Any foreigner wishing to work on St. Maarten must be in possession of a work permit prior to arriving on the island. This must be arranged by the employer wishing to employ a foreigner.
Here is a sample of the questions we get asked every day…
- Which countries’ residents need a visa to enter St. Maarten?
- How long can I stay in St. Maarten when visiting?
- Can I enter St. Maarten with a passport that expires within 6 months?
- I would like to move to St. Maarten, how can I get a residence permit?
- I am looking for a job in St. Maarten, do I need a work permit?
- I have an idea for a new business in St. Maarten, what is the procedure for setting up a company in St. Maarten?
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