Foreign calls to St. Maarten require new prefix

PHILLIPSBURG, St. Maarten -- Callers to St. Maarten are required to follow new dialing instructions, effective this spring.

The St. Maarten Telephone Co. and the Bureau of Telecommunications of the Netherlands Antilles have enacted a new prefix dialing system for reaching the island.

Foreign callers must now dial (011) 599-54, followed by the five-digit local number.

For local calls within St. Maarten, the five-digit number must be prefixed by 54.

International calls from the Netherlands or the Netherlands Antilles to St. Maarten must be prefixed by 0-54 and then the five-digit number.

The old system will be phased out entirely by June 30. After that date, only calls placed with the correct prefix will be connected.

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