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Compensation for damage to the tourism industry on Saba and Sint Eustatius

Until recently, you could have applied for an allowance if your business in the Saba or St. Eustatius tourism sector suffered damages.

The scheme has now been closed. You can no longer apply.

Entrepreneurs working in the tourism industry on Saba and Sint Eustatius have lost a great deal of revenue in the wake of Hurricane Irma, which hit the Caribbean on 6 September 2017. For this reason, the Dutch government has decided to offer these entrepreneurs financial compensation. An amount of € 2,475,000 has been made available. The amount will be distributed on a first come, first served basis, upon receipt of applications.

Background

On 6 September 2017, the Windward Islands of the Kingdom of the Netherlands were devastated by Irma, an exceptionally strong, Category 5 hurricane – the most severe type of hurricane. A large part of Sint Maarten was destroyed, with Saba and Sint Eustatius also affected by the hurricane. The islands have encountered additional problems due to the hurricane’s interruption of air services via Sint Maarten.

The records of business owners have shown that virtually no tourists have visited Saba and Sint Eustatius since the hurricane on 6 September 2017. The Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Sint Eustatius and Saba has stated that the situation is serious and that entrepreneurs are in danger of going bankrupt.

The local government of Saba and Sint Eustatius has stated that it is unable to take the necessary action independently. It expects that without support measures in place, a large number of these businesses will go bankrupt. This would not only be devastating to the entrepreneurs in question, but would also be very damaging to the small-scale communities on the islands. If this were to happen, it would cause lasting damage to the islands’ economy.

Applications

Decision within 8 weeks

You will receive a notification of our decision within 8 weeks following receipt of your application. If we are unable to take a decision within that period, you will be notified regarding the delay. We will also inform you when you can expect our decision.

Publication

Official publication Staatscourant (pdf) (government gazette; in Dutch)