Despite being part of European Netherlands, Bonaire exists outside the Schengen Area, therefore has seperate entry laws from the E.U. A valid passport is the entry requirement for visitors to St. Eustatius including American and Canadian citizens. Visas may be required for passport holders from non- G20 countries.
Dutch Nationals and Citizens
Although Sint Estatius is part of the European Netherlands makeup, those living ouside the public bodies of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius, and Saba have limited freedom to visit Bonaire. Dutch nationals and citizens living outside the public bodies can visit Sint Estatius visa-free for 6 months. The Dutch identity card is not valid in Bonaire, instead the Identity card BES is required to enter Sint Estatius.
Those living in the countries and territories listed below can visit Sint Eustatius visa-free for 30 to 60 days.
European Union/European Free Trade Association countries, Albania, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Belize, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil. Brunei, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Dominica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Macau, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mairitius, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, San Marino, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Suriname, South Korea, Taiwan, Trinidad and Tobago, United Arab Emirates, United States, Vatican City, andVenezuela. Those living in British Overseas Territories must follow the same visa exempt policy as the other countries mentioned.
Citizens of Canada, European Netherlands, Ireland, Saint Martin, a Schengen country, United States, United Kingdom holding a valid residence permit of the country/territory you live in are exempted from the visa requirement.
Captain, crew and passangers aboard a ship or aircraft are exempted from the visa requirement for no longer than 48 hours.
Those holding a official United Nations Laissez-Passer are exepmted from the visa requirement.
The only regular operated service that goes to the F. D. Roosevelt Airport (IATA:EUX) is the regional airline carrier Winair.
Be aware that the majority of the island businesses do not accept credit cards. Bring plenty of US dollars. There are only two ATMs on the island, one at the bank and one at the airport. These ATMs run out of money frequently and will not be refilled sometimes for a couple of days.
Statia is on Atlantic time (GMT-4): same as US Eastern Daylight Time, one hour ahead of US Eastern Standard Time.
Hike The Quill, the island's dormant volcano. Visit the award winning Historical Museum Visit the botanical gardens. Go diving or snorkeling.
The wildlife is fairly limited. There are some large iguanas, and that is about exotic as you will find. Expect, however, an abundance of goats, cows and chickens roaming aimlessly. They belong to no one, but are instead remnants of the tribal custom of those who own more animals have more riches. A consorted effort is being made currently to round these animals up and perhaps fence them in. The maybe/maybe not feral cats and dogs also wander. Do not expect one to curl up in your lap while you read a book, but you might be able to lure an occasional visitor to adopt you by setting some food outside.
The island has more to offer in the field of history. Statia was at one point the most important port in the New World. During the 18th century it rose to prominence through a combination of lax Dutch trading controls and the American Revolution. Successive transfers between Dutch, British and French control compelled the once-prosperous merchant community to seek better profits elsewhere, but the archaeological record records their presence. Hence Statia's current motto, "The Historic Gem." Nowadays, the numerous, impressive ruins are still testimony to its once-proud role in world history. Fragments of 18th century pottery are still incorporated into local driveways. The St. Eustatius Historical Foundation operates the historical museum of the island where its history is illustrated and documented. Together with the St. Eustatius Monuments Foundation and the archaeological field station run by the Sint Eustatius Center for Archaeological Research (SECAR) (http://www.secar.org] they are working on restoring the heritage of Statia to American history.
Wave and say, “Good Morning” and “Good Afternoon” as the locals are very friendly and it is a known custom on the island.
Sint Eustatius uses the US Dollar as the only official currency, the Euro will not be accepted. If you are from a country or territory with the US dollar as a official currency, you will not need to worry about understanding prices and currency transferring. Also if you are from Bermuda, East Timor,Panama, or Bahamas, the official currency(ies) of the mentioned countries and territories have fixed exchange rates to the US Dollar. Meaning what price is said in Sint Eustatius will be understood with your country's/territory's official currency. Example; $150 US Dollars will equal $150 Bermudian dollars, but you will still have to exchange currencies.
Buy bug spray before you travel there.
Try the Fruit Tree for local Dutch cuisine. Smoke Alley is where most of the US contractors eat due to their large portions and abundance of American staples (cheese steaks, burgers, etc.) There are five different Chinese food restaurants on the island; Sonny's is the best.
There are a few places to go on an island less than 8 square miles in area. The largest and longest running industries have been traditionally tourism and port services for the passing oil tankers from nearby Venezuela. The longest running, owner-operated bar is Cool Corner, also known as "Chuckies", after its deceased previous owner, who would frequently drink with patrons and keep the bar open until the last customer left.
The Old Gin House may be considered the most upscale hotel on the island. Their rates begin at $145 per night. They serve breakfast only, which is included in the room fee, 7:00-10:30. WiFi access is in the lobby and the outdoor patio restaurant/bar.
Kings' Well is a cute resort out by the curve from Upper Town to Lower Town. Very pleasant hosts, and the island macaws visit for the complimentary breakfast. You could eat every meal there if you desired. WiFi on premise. Not much nearby, but short walks get you to the dive centers or the main part of Upper Town.
Everyone leaving Statia has to pay a departure fee in US dollars.