All United States residents allowed entry to the Dutch Caribbean Island of Curaçao
WILLEMSTAD – JANUARY 4, 2021 – The Dutch Caribbean island of Curaçao is eager to start 2021 on a high note, announcing today that prior border restrictions have been lifted. All residents from the United States of America, from every state, will be allowed entry without the previously required 14-day quarantine so long as they adhere to the entry protocols. This momentous announcement comes following the island’s initial phased re-opening, which began in October, and coincides with the return of non-stop flights from the eastern seaboard.
“Curaçao has taken a cautious re-opening approach, first with the lifting of restrictions to residents of the New York Tri-State area then extending into Florida,” said Paul Pennicook, CEO of the Curaçao Tourist Board. “Upon successful opening to these markets over the past months, we feel confident in our ability to safely welcome back all travelers from the USA and provide them with an exceptional experience in a responsible way that also considers the wellbeing of Curaçao’s local community.”
Curaçao Entry Requirements for United States of America Residents
Beginning January 1, every state within the United States of America will be re-classified according to the Curaçao Tourist Board, the Ministry of Public Health, the Environment & Nature, and the Ministry of Economic Development. Therefore, all visitors from the USA will be required to complete the following steps prior to arrival via the online portal, found at dicardcuracao.com, to enter Curaçao:
- Complete a Digital Immigration Card.
- Fill out a Passenger Locator Card (PLC) within 48 hours prior to departure and carry a printed copy as proof upon arrival.
- Upload proof of a negative result from a certified COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of traveling. Visitors must carry a printed copy as proof upon arrival. Note: PCR tests based on Gargle samples will not be accepted. Additionally, children six-years-old and younger showing no symptoms, and whose parents provide valid negative PCR tests, are not required to undergo a PCR test.
Direct flights from the US will be available in the future via Miami, Charlotte, Newark and New York (via John F. Kennedy airport). A virtually new airport experience with touchless, state-of-the-art technology allows US travelers faster, more seamless access through customs and immigration, thus limiting their time within the terminal.
Having ended 2019 with double digit growth from the US, the island of Curaçao is anticipating a strong Q1 as it welcomes all American travelers back in January with a portfolio of elevated accommodations and offerings. 2020 saw the addition of Dreams by AMResorts as well as the Corendon Mangrove Beach Resort, anchored by the popular European brand, Corendon. The Curaçao Marriott Beach Resort and Renaissance Curaçao Resort & Casino also completed major renovations, while the exclusive Baoase Luxury Resort used the time during border closures to renovate and expand its culinary spaces.
Curaçao’s budding popularity as a world class scuba diving and vacation destination also captured the attention of Sandals Resorts International, which recently announced plans to renovate the former Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort in 2021. Curaçao’s rapid hotel development, paired with the island’s most recent designations as one of TripAdvisor’s top 10 emerging destinations for 2021 plus the Scuba Diving Magazine’s Readers Choice award for one of the Best overall diving destinations for 2021, have signaled that Curaçao is the island to watch this year.
Home to more than 35 captivating beaches, a diverse heritage spanning 55 different cultures, including Dutch, Spanish and Portuguese, a “live and let live” attitude, and stunning European architecture, Curaçao – which sits on the outer fringes of the Hurricane Belt – remains an unrivaled tropical escape in the Southern Caribbean. Ranked by Condé Nast Traveler as one of the “best islands in the Caribbean,” Curaçao’s natural beauty, world-class dive sites, pristine beaches and idyllic weather have won it further accolade and recognition. Its capital city, Willemstad – a UNESCO World Heritage site – features the iconic and colorful Handelskade backdrop and an eclectic roster of museums, monuments, flavorful restaurants and shops, just to name a few of the many reasons why Curaçao continues to flourish as one of the most exceptional islands in the region.
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