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St Eustatius is a special municipality of the Netherlands, so the same rules apply as if visiting the mainland in Europe. American, Canadian, Australian, and New Zealand citizens do not need a visa and will be automatically granted 90-day tourist access on arrival. Visitors from Britain and other EU states also do not need a visa. In order to enter St Eustatius, you are required to have six months validity on your passport and a return ticket.

Health and Safety

St Eustatius has an excellent public health record, and visitors have a low-level risk of contracting most diseases. However, it is recommended you seek the following routine vaccinations before you travel: hepatitis A and B, MMR, and typhoid. If your vaccines are not up to date, you should renew six to eight weeks before your intended travel date. You may wish to also get a rabies vaccination if you intend to be in close proximity of bats. There is no malaria on the island and no reports of Dengue fever; both which are spread by mosquitoes. In any case, it is recommended that visitors use mosquito repellent to defend against bites.

St Eustatius is an extremely safe country, with a small and friendly population. However, usual precautions should be taken to defend against crime. Bag snatching can has been known in the country, and it is best to not carry large amounts of cash, jewelry, and your passport. You should leave all valuables in the safe in your hotel.

Being a tropical country, St Eustatius is at risk of violent storms, especially during the hurricane season that lasts from June to November each year. St Eustatius has experienced some severe hurricanes over the last decade, so if you are travelling somewhere remote during the hurricane season, it is best to check weather reports or visit the US National Hurricane Center website:

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