Population: 25 987
Official language: Dutch
Time zone: Atlantic Standard Time
Emergency #: 911
Vaccinations required: Yes
Risk of malaria: No
Saba and Sint Eustatius are known for their national parks, coral reefs, and diverse plant and animal wildlife. The islands are ideal locations for scuba diving and snorkeling due to their underwater cliffs and vast marine life. Each island also has dormant volcanoes visitors can hike around.
The standards for patient care and medical services in Saba and Sint Eustatius may differ from your home country. Saba and Sint Eustatius have a public healthcare sector. The quality of healthcare services is generally considered comparable to international standards. There are local hospitals on each island capable of providing basic emergency care. Complex emergencies or specialist care may require travel to a neighbouring island or evacuation.
In the event of a medical emergency, contact your travel health insurance company immediately. Hospitals and private practitioners in Saba and Sint Eustatius typically require upfront payment, regardless if you have travel health insurance. Evacuation – possibly to the United States of Guadeloupe – may be required for medical emergencies. Ensure that you have accessible funds to cover upfront fees and adequate travel health insurance, including evacuation. Before you depart, check with your insurer about the extent of their coverage in Saba and Sint Eustatius.
Pharmacies selling prescription and over-the-counter medications are available in urban centres. A local prescription is required for prescription medications. Ensure you pack a sufficient supply of essential medication for the duration of your trip.
If you are travelling with medication, check with Saba and Sint Eustatius’s embassy, consulate, or Ministry of Health for details on medication allowances and restrictions. Note that these sources may provide incomplete or out-of-date information.
Road quality in Saba and Sint Eustatius varies. However, many roads are poorly lit and street signs are uncommon, which may pose a risk. Wandering livestock is common in some areas. Drivers and passengers of vehicles are required to wear a seat belt at all times while driving. Motorcycle drivers and passengers must wear helmets.