The official language is Dutch. Papiamento is the local dialect, French and English are also spoken.

Public Holidays

01/01/2022 New Year

04/15/2022 Good Friday

04/17/2022 Easter Sunday

04/18/2022 easter monday

05/01/2022 Labor Day

05/26/2022 Ascension of Christ

11/16/2022 Statia America Day

12/25/2022 Christmas

12/26/2022 Christmas

Duty free shopping


The following items can be brought into St. Eustatius duty-free: 200 cigarettes or 50 cigarillos or 25 cigars or 150 g of tobacco. (Only persons aged 17+)Either 1L of spirits or liqueur with an alcohol content of more than 22% vol. or1 liter of spirits or liqueur or sparkling wine or liqueur wine with an alcohol content of max. 22%. and 2 liters of still wines and 8 liters of beer. (Persons 18 and older only)Personal effects and gifts up to a value of US$500 (Persons under 15: US$150).If more than the specified amount is imported, the entire amount will be declared.

Import regulations

Leather goods and souvenirs from Haiti should not be imported. More information is available from the Customs Office of the Caribbean Netherlands.

Contact addresses


St. Eustatius does not have its own foreign representations. The representation of interests is carried out by the embassies of the Netherlands (for contact addresses, see Netherlands ).


Business etiquette

Business meetings are quite formal. A light tropical suit or costume is appropriate. Appointments should be made in advance and punctuality is a priority. Business hours: Mon-Fri 8am-12pm and 1pm-6pm.

Business contacts

St Maarten Chamber of Commerce and Industry 11 Cannegieter Street, PO Box 454, Philipsburg, St Maarten Tel: (5) 42 35 90.



International direct dialing. There are public card and payphones. CaribTel phone cards can be purchased from the Post Office in Fiscal on Cottage Road.

Mobile phone

Analog cellular network operated by East Caribbean Cellular (Internet: Not compatible with GSM.


Public Internet access is available at the library in Oranjestad and at Computers & More.

Post office

The main post office is in Fiscal on Cottage Road. Airmail to Europe takes up to 4 weeks, overland about 6 weeks. Stamps are available in the shops where postcards can be bought. Hotel receptions accept letters for a tip of approximately US$1.


Since the use of shortwave frequencies changes several times over the course of a year, it is advisable to contact Deutsche Welle customer service directly for the current frequencies (Tel: (+49) (0228) 429 32 08. Internet: to request.

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