Official languages are Dutch and Papiamento (native dialect), French and English are also spoken. For information on the language in the northern part of the island see Guadeloupe.
01/01/2022 New Year
04/18/2022 easter monday
05/01/2022 Labor Day
05/26/2022 Ascension of Christ
06/06/2022 Whit Monday
07/14/2022 anniversary of the storming of the Bastille
07/21/2022 Schoelcher Day (Abolition of Slavery)
11/01/2022 all saints day
11/11/2022 St. Maarten Day
12/15/2022 Kingdom Day
Duty free shopping
The following items can be brought into St. Maarten duty-free (persons 18 years and older): 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos (3g each) or 50 cigars or 250g tobacco; 1 liter of alcoholic beverages with an alcohol content of more than 22% or 2 liters of alcoholic beverages with an alcohol content of less than 22%; 50 g of perfume or 50 cl of eau de toilette; Gifts up to a value of €183.
If more than the specified quantity is imported, the entire quantity will be declared. If the value of the imported items is more than 500 NAG, a customs declaration should be completed. A declaration is required for items valued at US$10,000 or more. Leather goods and souvenirs from Haiti should not be imported.
The Dutch southern part of the island of St. Martin/St. Maarten and the French north part of the island of St. Martin/St. Maarten does not maintain its own foreign missions. The embassies of the Netherlands and France are responsible.
Business meetings are quite formal. A light tropical suit or costume is appropriate. Appointments should be made in advance, punctuality is very important. Business hours: Mon-Fri 07.30-12.00 and 13.30-16.30.
St Maarten Chamber of Commerce and Industry 11 Cannegieter Street, PO Box 454, Philipsburg Tel: (05) 42 35 90.
Fully automated system with self dialing remote service.
GSM 900. Network operator is Telcell NV (email: [email protected]). Mobile phones can also be rented on site. East Caribbean Cellular operates digital and analog cellular networks (System B) (Internet: www.eastcaribbeancellular.com). The reception/transmission area is limited to St. Maarten, St. Martin, St. Barthelemy, Saba, the adjacent sea and the Anguilla Channel.
Main provider: TelNet (Internet: www.sintmaarten.net).
Airmail to Europe is 4 weeks on the way, by sea 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: www.dw-world.de) to request.