Bargaining

No bargaining takes place on Statia; in all instances, you're expected to pay the stated price.

Dangers & Annoyances

  • Statia is generally very safe, with minimal crime.
  • Protect yourself against mosquitoes, which can transmit diseases such as the Zika virus and dengue fever.

Electricity

Statia's electric current is 110V, 60 cycles; North American–style sockets are common.

Embassies & Consulates

There are no embassies on Statia; check with your home country's government advisory service for its nearest representation.

Emergency & Important Numbers

Police911
Fire department912
Ambulance913

Entry & Exit Formalities

All visitors need a passport, valid for six months beyond their arrival date, and an onward or return ticket.

Customs Regulations

  • Statia is duty-free, but the selection of goods is limited.
  • Allowances apply for the importation and exportation of tobacco (200 cigarettes, 25 cigars or 125g of loose tobacco) and alcohol (1L of spirits, 1L of liquor with less than 22% alcohol by volume, 2L of wine and 8L of beer).
  • The total value of other duty-free goods (perfume, electronic devices etc) cannot exceed US$500.

Visas

Citizens of North America, Australia, New Zealand and most European countries do not need a visa to visit Statia for up to 90 days. Other nationalities should check with the Dutch representation in their home country.

Etiquette

  • General Etiquette on Statia is, like the island itself, generally relaxed.
  • Sunbathing Nude or topless sunbathing is not permitted anywhere on the island.
  • Late-night noise Statians are early to bed and early to rise, so keep noise down after midnight.

Internet Access

Wi-fi is available across the island at many restaurants and most accommodations. Between 2017 and 2018, the island is expected to have 4G with an undersea cable link with St-Martin/Sint Maarten.

Communal-use computers no longer exist, so you'll need your own device.

Money

ATMs are located in Oranjestad and at the airport, but can be unreliable; it's best to bring cash, which is preferred by many establishments.

ATMs

ATMs often run out of cash and won't work for all foreign cards.

First Caribbean Bank Near Fort Oranje; has an ATM.

Credit Cards

Larger establishments accept credit cards (including foreign cards).

Exchange Rates

AustraliaA$1US$0.72
CanadaC$1US$0.74
Europe€1US$1.05
Japan¥100US$0.85
New ZealandNZ$1US$0.69
SwitzerlandSfr1US$0.98
UKUK£1US$1.23

For current exchange rates, see www.xe.com.

Tipping

Tipping is not necessary or expected.

Opening Hours

Expect lengthy lunch-break closings and variable hours of operation, especially on weekends.

Grocery stores 8am-8pm Monday to Saturday, 9am-2pm Sunday

Shops 8am-5:30pm Monday to Friday

Restaurants breakfast 7-10am, lunch 11:30am-2:30pm, dinner 6-10pm

Post

Post Office In Oranjestad.

Public Holidays

New Year's Day January 1

Good Friday March/April

Easter Sunday March/April

Easter Monday March/April

King's Day (Koningsdag) April 27

Labor Day May 1

Ascension Thursday 40th day after Easter

Emancipation Day July 1

Statia Day November 16

Kingdom Day December 15

Christmas Day December 25

Boxing Day December 26

Smoking

  • Smoking Banned inside hotel rooms and enclosed spaces such as restaurants. Outdoor areas, including dining areas, however, are generally not smoke-free.

Taxes & Refunds

Statia is duty-free.

Telephone

Statia’s country code is 599. To call the island from overseas, dial your country’s international access code + 599 + the local number.

Mobile Phones

Check with your home provider about roaming capabilities and costs. Chippie is the main local provider, followed by TelCell. The post office sells SIM cards that can be used in an unlocked phone.

Time

Statia is on Atlantic Time (GMT/UTC minus four hours). Daylight saving time is not observed.

Toilets

There are no public toilets, but restaurants and cafes will generally let you use their facilities even if you're not a paying customer (ask first).

Some facilities require toilet paper to be disposed of in provided bins rather than flushed.

Tourist Information

At Fort Oranje, the Sint Eustatius Tourist Bureau has free island maps that show the roads and hiking trails. The airport’s tiny tourist information desk opens when flights are landing.

Travel with Children

Children are warmly welcomed on Statia. However, facilities catering specifically to them, such as high chairs or baby-changing areas, are minimal, so parents need to be self-sufficient. Footpaths are narrow or nonexistent, so they're not ideal for prams/buggies. Baby-care products such as nappies/diapers are sold in the island's small supermarkets.

Volunteering

Statia is a good stop for educational volunteering trips. Stenapa connects long- and short-term volunteers with opportunities like tagging sea turtles on Zeelandia beach, maintaining the Miriam Schmidt Botanical Gardens, staffing the office and cataloguing Statian flora.

Secar is the island’s sanctioned organization dedicated to unearthing and restoring relics from the past. Volunteers have the opportunity to work at one of the island’s 600 documented archaeological sites.

Weights & Measures

The metric system is used in Statia.

Work

Employment opportunities on Statia are scarce, even for locals. Foreigners wishing to work on the island must first apply for a residence permit – contact the Rijksdienst Caribisch Nederland (www.rijksdienstcn.com) to find out if you qualify.

LGBT Travellers

Statia is not overly tolerant, so public displays of affection are not advised. Since 2012, same-sex marriage has been legal on the island but it's strongly opposed by many locals.

Accessible Travel

Statia's rugged terrain and poor infrastructure are problematic for travelers with disabilities and limited mobility.