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Sint Maarten: Money / Business guide

BANKS:

RBBT. The Bank of Nova Scotia. Bank Van de Nederlandse Antillen. Barclays Bank. SFT. N.V. The Windward Islands Bank.


BANKING HOURS:
Monday to Thursday 0830 1530 and Friday 0830 1630.

BUSINESS HOURS:
Shops 0800 1200 and 1400 1800 (Stores open during lunch hour).

PUBLIC HOLIDAYS:

Date in 2009

Holiday Name

Observance*

Jan. 1

Thu

New Year’s Day

 

Feb. 23 *

Mon

Carnaval Monday

Other

Feb. 24 *

Tue

Mardi Gras

Other

Feb. 25 *

Wed

Ash Wednesday

Other

Mar. 18 *

Wed

Mi-Carême (Mid-Lent)

Other

Apr. 10 *

Fri

Good Friday

Bnk+Othr

Apr. 12

Sun

Easter

 

Apr. 13

Mon

Easter Monday

 

May 1

Fri

Labour Day

 

May 8

Fri

Victory Day

 

May 21

Thu

Ascension Day

 

May 27

Wed

Abolition Day

 

May 31 *

Sun

Whit Sunday (Pentecost)

Christian

Jun. 1

Mon

Whit Monday

 

Jul. 14

Tue

Fête Nationale (National Day)

 

Aug. 15

Sat

Assumption Day

 

Nov. 1

Sun

All Saints’ Day

 

Nov. 11

Wed

Armistice Day

 

Dec. 25

Fri

Christmas Day

 

Note:
Governing Law: Official public holidays in Saint Martin are the same as those in France and are regulated by Article L222-1 du Code du travail (Labour Code), to which is added Abolition Day. • Carnival is not an official public holiday, but both Carnival Monday and Carnival Tuesday are treated as a customary (common law) days off. The same is true of Ash Wednesday and mid-Lent. • The island of Saint Martin voted to secede from Guadeloupe and in 2007, the island became a French overseas collective. The southern part of the island is part of the Netherland Antilles. • Weekend Public Holidays: Public holidays that occur on a weekend remain on that date (ie. they are not moved to another date, such as the following Monday, for example). • Schoelcher Day on July 21st and All Souls' Day on November 2nd are also observed by many. Whit Monday was no longer recognized as one of the public holidays as of 2005, to help fund health care for elderly persons following the high number of elderly deaths during the heat wave of the summer of 2003. However, it returned to the list of French public holidays starting in 2008.

CURRENCY:
The official currency is the Netherlands Antilles Florin (or guilder), which is fixed to the U.S. dollar. US$1.00=Naf1.82.

TAXES & SERVICE CHARGES:
Room tax 20%. Departure tax $20.00. Service charge 10 15%.


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