Telephone numbers in Curaçao and the Caribbean Netherlands

Country Code: +599 (with +599 9 specifically for Curaçao)[1]
International Call Prefix: 00

The country code +599 was assigned to the Netherlands Antilles (dissolved in 2010), and is now 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]

Area codes

Originally each island had an area code each with the length of the local numbering varying from island to island (Curaçao had six while Bonaire had only four), however 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.0973423651

Sint Maarten joins NANP

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 both area code 721 and +5999 could be used.[4] Use of +1-721 is now mandatory; a recorded message reminding callers to the +599 numbers to use +1-721 remained active until 30 September 2013.[4]

Historic list of area codes and number ranges

Island Number range
Bonaire (+599) 7xx xxxx
(+599) 717 xxxx (Telbo)
(+599) 750 xxxx (Flamingo TV)
(+599) 700 xxxx (Mobile)
(+599) 701 xxxx (Mobile)
(+599) 795 xxxx (Mobile)
(+599) 796 5hhh (Mobile)
(+5999) 4xx xxxx
(+5999) 5xx xxxx (mobile)
(+5999) 6xx xxxx (mobile)
(+5999) 7xx xxxx
(+5999) 8xx xxxx
Sint Maarten (before joining NANP) (+599) 5xx xxxx
Saba (+599) 4xx xxxx
Sint Eustatius (+599) 3xx xxxx
Aruba (until secession) (+599) 8xx xxxx
Non-geographic (+599) 1xx xxxx
(+599) 6xx xxxx

See also

Notes and references

  1. ^ "Bellen naar Curaçao en bellen vanuit Curaçao" [Calling to Curaçao and from Curaçao]. www.kgmc.nl (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. Retrieved 2011-01-12.
  4. ^ a b "PL-423: Updated Information - Introduction of NPA 721 (Sint Maarten)" (PDF). North American Numbering Plan Administration. 24 July 2011. Retrieved 10 October 2011.

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