St. Maarten Information

St. Maarten-Info Information Page

Relevant Information


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.

Entry Requirements

  • 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.

General Information

How To Get To St. Maarten


Island Guides


  • 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

Public Holidays

  • New Year’s Day – Tuesday, January 1, 2019
  • Good Friday – Friday, April 19, 2019
  • Easter Sunday – Sunday, April 21, 2019
  • Easter Monday – Monday, April 22, 2019
  • King’s Day – Saturday, April 27, 2019
  • Carnival Day – Tuesday, Apr 30, 2019
  • Labour Day – Wednesday, May 1, 2019
  • Ascension Day – Thursday, May 30, 2019
  • Whit Sunday – Sunday, June 9, 2019
  • Emancipation Day – Monday, July 1, 2019
  • Constitution Day – Monday, October 14, 2019
  • St. Maarten’s Day – Monday, November 11, 2019
  • Christmas Day – Wednesday, December 25, 2019
  • Boxing Day – Thursday, December 26, 2019
  • New Year’s Day – Wednesday, January 1, 2020
  • Public Holidays 2020
  • Public Holidys 2021

School Holidays 2018-2019

Residency Requirements

  • 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.

Work Permits

  • 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.

Click here to visit the Immigration & Naturalization Services webpage of the Ministry of Justice.


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?

Do you have any specific questions about St. Maarten you need answers to, feel free to email us

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