Average temperature is 26.5° C, 80° F and average annual rainfall is 45in.
In addition, under a 1994 Franco-Dutch immigration accord, visitors to Dutch Sint Maarten have to meet French immigration criteria, even if not visiting the French side. Therefore, many nationalities now have to obtain a French visa before embarking on a shopping trip to Philipsburg. The local immigration officials are particularly concerned that you fill in your tourist card with a hotel address, even if you do not know whether you’ll be staying there.
Police: T22222. Fire: T54222. Ambulance: T22111. Hospital 24-hr emergency services, T31111.
There is a new hospital on Cay Hill with 60 beds, all basic specialism, a haemodialyse department and 24-hr emergency services, T31111. Ambulance: T22111. A helicopter airlift to Puerto Rico is available for extreme medical emergencies.
Atlantic Standard Time, four hours behind GMT, one ahead of EST.
110 volts AC. Note that it is 220 volts on the French side.
Scotiabank, Back St, T22262, 1% commission on TCs. Windward Islands Bank, T22313, Charges US$5 per TCs cashed. Barclays Bank, 19 Front St, T22491. Chase Manhattan Bank, Mullet Bay, T44204. Algemene Bank Nederland, main office at Front St, T23505. Citco Bank Antilles, 16 Front St, T23471, 3 other offices on the island as well. Nederlandse Credietbank, T22933. Open 0830-1530, Mon-Fri (some open Sat morning).
New Year’s Day, Carnival Monday (April), Good Friday, Easter Monday, 30 April, Labour Day (1 May), Ascension Day, St Maarten Day (11 November), Christmas Day, Boxing Day.
Many denominations are represented. Seventh Day Adventist, Anglican, Baptist, Jehovah’s Witness, Methodist, Roman Catholic, Church of Christ, Baha’i, The New Testament Church of God. Look in Today (see Communications) for details of services.