Telephone numbers in Curaçao and the Caribbean Netherlands

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The country code 599 was assigned to the Netherlands Antilles (dissolved in 2010),[1] and is in use by Curaçao and the Caribbean Netherlands (Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba).[2]

Aruba and Sint Maarten, also former parts of the Netherlands Antilles, discontinued using the code in 1986 and 2011 respectively. Aruba now uses country code 297, and Sint Maarten uses the North American Numbering Plan (NANP) country code 1 with area code 721.[3]

The International call prefix is 00.

Area codes[edit]

Originally each island had an area code with the length of the local numbering varying from island to island (Curaçao had six while Bonaire had only four). Beginning in 1999, the numbers were modified so that each local number was seven digits long. This change left the islands without any area codes, except for Curaçao, which has the area code of 9 along with the seven digit local number.

Sint Maarten joined NANP[edit]

On 2 October 2009, the North American Numbering Plan Administration (NANPA) announced that it had approved the request of Sint Maarten's government to join the NANP and had assigned the territory area code 721. Effective 30 September 2011, Sint Maarten's country code changed to the NANP standard of 1. A permissive dialing period of one full year (to 30 September 2012) was in place when dialing 1721 or country code 599 could be used.[4]

Historic list of area codes and number ranges[edit]

Island Number range
Bonaire 7xx xxxx
717 xxxx (Telbo)
750 xxxx (Flamingo TV)
700 xxxx (Mobile)
701 xxxx (Mobile)
795 xxxx (Mobile)
796 5hhh (Mobile)
(Area code 9)
(09) 4xx xxxx
(09) 5xx xxxx (mobile)
(09) 6xx xxxx (mobile)
(09) 7xx xxxx
(09) 8xx xxxx
Sint Maarten (before joining NANP) 5xx xxxx
Saba 416xxxx
Sint Eustatius 3xx xxxx
Aruba (until secession) 8xx xxxx
Non-geographic 1xx xxxx
6xx xxxx

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Bellen naar Curaçao en bellen vanuit Curaçao" [Calling to Curaçao and from Curaçao]. (in Dutch). Het Kabinet van de Gevolmachtigde Minister van Curaçao. Retrieved 2020-05-10.
  2. ^ International Telecommunication Union (2016-12-15). "List of ITU-T Recommendation E.164 assigned country codes" (PDF).
  3. ^ "PL-418: Introduction of NPA 721 (Sint Maarten)" (PDF). North American Numbering Plan Administration. 2011-01-05. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-09-07. Retrieved 2011-01-12.
  4. ^ "PL-423: Updated Information - Introduction of NPA 721 (Sint Maarten)". North American Numbering Plan Administration. 24 July 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 January 2019. Retrieved 10 October 2011.