Travel to Curacao – A Guide for North America
Updated: April 18, 2021
United States and Canadian Citizens are welcome to travel to Curacao
Are you looking to travel to Curacao for a sunny vacation escape? Right now, with travel restrictions and situations changing almost daily it is hard to understand what is needed or required. So, if you want to know how you can travel to Curacao, what the requirements are for entry and where to get tested before you head home, then read on and we hope to see you soon!
The Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao is eager to start 2021 on a high note, announcing that prior border restrictions have been lifted. Now U.S. citizens and as previously announced, Canadian citizens, can travel to Curacao and they are allowed entry without the previously required 14-day quarantine so long as they adhere to the entry protocols (see below). 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 of the United States and Toronto, Canada.
Direct flights from the United States of America will be available via Miami, Charlotte, Newark and New York (via John F. Kennedy airport) plus Toronto, Canada. A virtually new airport experience with touchless, state-of-the-art technology allows U.S. and Canadian travelers faster, more seamless access through the Curaçao customs and immigration process, thus limiting their time within the arrivals terminal.
Travel to Curacao – Tentative North American Flight Schedule for Curacao
January to June 2021
American Airlines – direct flights to Curaçao via Miami: ACTIVE NOW with flights 5 times per week*
American Airlines – direct flights to Curaçao via Charlotte, North Carolina: resumes in February 2021 with 1 flight per week*
JetBlue – direct flights to Curaçao via John F. Kennedy Airport in New York: resumes in February 2021 with 1 flight per week*
United Airlines – direct flights to Curaçao via Newark Liberty International Airport: ACTIVE NOW with 1 flight per week*
Air Canada – direct flights to Curaçao via Pearson International Airport in Toronto: 1 flight per week* – resuming – According to Air Canada – with their direct Sunday to Sunday flights as of June 27th, 2021. Click HERE for more information.*
* subject to change without notice
Curacao Entry Requirements for North American Residents
The government of Curaçao – as of April 20th, 2021 – has implemented the following new measures and guidelines to make sure your stay here is as comfortable as possible, while keeping Curaçao safe for our visitors and our local community.
Curaçao is currently focusing on decreasing the number of COVID-19 cases on the island. Simultaneously, local authorities are continuing their efforts to keep the island safe for both visitors and the local community. The requirement to take an antigen test on the third day of their stay is an additional measure as a result of these efforts.
The required third-day antigen test is required for all travelers entering Curaçao and is additional to the mandatory PCR test. The PCR test must be taken within 72 hours before departure from an accredited laboratory.
Making an appointment for the antigen test is an integrated step to successfully register for the Passenger Locator Card. This is the last step of the registration process on dicardcuracao.com. Travelers can choose between several local laboratories.
The government of Curaçao requires all travelers to follow mandatory steps before departure. These steps are different for residents of Curaçao and international visitors.
* 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.
* Book a lab appointment for 3rd day Antigen test in Curaçao – As of April 20, 2021, all travelers departing from a high risk country are required to undergo a mandatory Antigen test on the 3rd day in Curaçao. For more information how to book the 3rd day Antigen test, click here.
Traveling to Curacao from the United States of America?
How to Get a Quick Coronavirus (Covid-19) Test for before you Travel to Curacao!
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Need a quick Covid-19 Test before you travel back from Curacao?
How to Get a Quick Coronavirus (Covid-19) Test for before you travel back to the United States or Canada!
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Government of Canada has issued interim orders requiring all air passengers arriving to the US or Canada from a foreign country to get tested no more than 3 days before their flight departs and to present the negative result or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 to the airline before boarding the flight.
Coronavirus (Covid-19) testing facilities on Curaçao
While you are on-island, or in case you must return to a country where a negative test is required, COVID-19 testing is available at the following locations:
Analytisch Diagnostisch Centrum (ADC)
Are you traveling abroad and a Coronavirus (Covid-19) PCR test is required to confirm that you have been tested negative?
Costs of the Covid-19 PCR test are ANG 159,- ($ 90) including a medical report with the results. The Medical report will be send within 24h after taken the test.
Additional Testing Facilities on Curaçao
Lab de Med – www.labdemed.org
MLS – www.mlscuracao.com
Optimism Grows in 2021 for Travel to Curacao
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.
Frequently Asked Questions about travel to Curacao
As travelers, we all have questions about the destination we would like to visit. Understanding this, here at Dive Curaçao we have built a database of FAQ’s, allowing you to get a more complete story about our beautiful Dutch Caribbean island of Curaçao.