Coronavirus in Curacao – NEWS UPDATES
The Coronavirus in Curacao (COVID-19) is dynamic situation that is on all of our minds. The health and safety of you, your family and your friends is of paramount concern. With that in mind, please check back as we will do our best to keep you informed about the latest developments regarding travel and tourism on Curaçao.
Coronavirus in Curacao Update: October 15, 2021
NEW Country Classification List Released – Effective Monday October 18, 2021.
Scroll down for all current travel related announcements and the country classification list.
Curacao PRESS Conference – Latest Developments
Newly Adjusted Government Measures:
The Government has announced adapted measures for events starting Tuesday, October 19, 2021. The measures in question are as follows:
- Curfew has been adjusted and is now from 1AM – 4:30 AM.
- Restaurants and events must no longer register their guests.
- Only completely vaccinated people with their Digital Covid Certificate (DCC) are allowed to attend high-risk events/activities.
High-risk activities entail:
- Parties – with or without dancing in a closed or open space.
- Sports events – in a closed or open space.
- Other activities where there will be more than 100 people in a closed or open space.
Low-risk activities entail:
- The maximum capacity at the event/activity is 100 people, this includes the organization team and personnel.
- Guest can enter without DCC or without a negative test result.
- Each location can receive a maximum of 50% of the location’s capacity and social distancing of 2m should be applied.
- Activities which includes dancing is not allowed.
- If there are more than 100 people, it will automatically be a high-risk event and will have to comply with the rules of a high-risk event.
Curaçao Health App
The website has been launched earlier this week, where more than 11,000 people applied for a QR code and roughly 8,000 have received it so far. They are working on the availability of the app itself and will keep the public informed.
For boats and charters:
All measures in place for establishments with a ‘Horeca’ permit and low-risk events are also applicable for boats and charters (public and private).
- A maximum of 100 people are allowed on the boat
- The capacity of each boat is based on the size of the boat.
- The amount of passengers on the boat is determined by maintaining to a minimum of 3,5 square meters per person.
For beach clubs:
- Can receive a maximum capacity of 100 visitors
- Visitors must comply with social distance of 2 meters
- Dancing is not allowed
- Loud music is not allowed
- All visitors must be registered, in regard to possible contact tracing.
For Low-Risk Activities and Horeca (Restaurants)
All establishments with a ‘Horeca’ permit as well as activities of low risk (activities with a max. of 100 visitors or activities with no dancing) must comply to the following measures:
- The capacity of the location must be determined in advance
- To determine the maximum capacity of the location a minimum space of 3,5 square meters per person applies
- Service may be offered only to seated visitors or visitors standing at a table with enough social distance between the tables.
All measures are valid for 3 weeks, after which the government will evaluate and move forward.
For the evaluation of measures the following items will be considered:
- The amount of daily infections during the last week
- The pressure on our capacity in the hospital (CMC)
- The amount of hospitalizations
- The capacity of the Intensive Care Unit at the Hospital (CMC)
- If the digitalization of vaccine passport and testing is ready, including the effectiveness of this for local use.
For more information on entry conditions and travel updates, keep SCROLLING DOWN.
Everyone Traveling to Curacao from a country where a negative PCR test result is required, must do the PCR test maximum 48 hours before the flight to Curaçao.
Curacao Entry Requirements (Scroll Down for detailed information)
Current protocols require all potential visitors, both vaccinated and not, to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test. Meanwhile, government officials and a consulting team of respected doctors are discussing possible future amendments to this policy.
For more information on entry conditions and travel updates, keep SCROLLING DOWN.
Are You Traveling to Curacao?
The government of Curaçao – as of June 9, 2021 – has adjusted the 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.
The government of Curaçao requires all travelers to follow mandatory steps before departure. These steps are different for residents of Curaçao and international visitors.
As an international traveler, visiting Curacao, you are required to follow these four steps:
1. Fill out Digital Immigration Card
All international visitors are required to complete the Digital Immigration Card (DI card) online as soon as you have all your travel information. The Digital Immigration card is a mandatory card for all foreign travelers to clear immigration in Curaçao.
2. Fill out Passenger Locator Card
A Passenger Locator Card is mandatory for all travelers and includes country of departure, personal information, travel information and medical information. Travelers who depart from low risk countries are required to complete the online Passenger Locator Card form (PLC) within 48 hours prior to traveling to Curaçao and carry a printed document of proof with them.
The Public Health Authorities have classified countries into low risk and high risk. For the up to-date list of countries and their risk level, please click here.
3. Upload a negative COVID-19 PCR test result
As of Monday September 6th, 2021 – Travelers departing from a high-risk country will be required to submit a negative PCR test result from an accredited laboratory. The PCR test needs to be taken within 48 hours prior to departure at an accredited laboratory. The traveler is required to carry a printed/digital copy of proof with them for both the PLC and the negative COVID-19 test result.
4. 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.
- Children aged 6 and under who don’t show COVID-19 symptoms, and whose parents/ caretakers can show proof of a negative PCR test, are not required to undergo a PCR/Antigen test.
- Only deep pharyngeal nose and throat PCR tests are accepted. Covid tests such as Gargle and pooling samples, Saliva and blood tests will not be accepted.
- In the eventuality that traveler test positive in Curaçao, strict isolation measures will be implemented immediately. All lodging and possible medical expenses, including but not limited to PCR/Antigen tests, are for the expense of the traveler.
The Complete Dive Travel Guide for Curaçao
If you are thinking, planning or just dreaming of your next Caribbean dive vacation, then you should read the complete dive travel guide to dive in to Curacao!
Over the years of living and literally breathing diving here in Curaçao, not to mention being a professional diver and attending countless international dive shows, it never surprises me to hear a lot of the same frequently asked questions about our Dutch Caribbean island. Some of the more regular questions include: Where is Curaçao?, Why should I dive in Curacao versus Bonaire?, How do I pronounce Curaçao?, Is there things to do on Curaçao?, and so many more.
Need a quick Coronavirus – Covid-19 Test in Curacao before you fly home?
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 in Curacao
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 in Curacao
Lab de Med – www.labdemed.org
MLS – www.mlscuracao.com
More Information about Coronavirus in Curacao
Curacao is a Caribbean destination where you can enjoy a relaxing and safe vacation, and we are waiting to welcome you back with open arms, at an appropriate distance. With the sun on your back, you can gaze over the bright blue sea with a cold drink at your fingertips; the immediate worries of the coronavirus slowly slip away.
Curacao has restarted tourism in a controlled manner and the number of infections is under control. Because all tourists have to do a Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test and measures have been taken, COVID-19 is not so intrusive. Of course we want to keep Curaçao safe for you as a visitor, but of course also for our population.
Dushi Stay App
Curaçao reopened and we’re thrilled to welcome back our dushi friends from abroad. It is important that you stay informed and adhere to basic hygiene and physical distancing measures that are in place for the locals as much as they are for you. In the Dushi Stap App, you’ll find the most recent updates on the general guidelines that take place on Curaçao. Once you’re ready to come visit us, more information will be shared with you for each phase of your trip. Download the Dushi Stay App to be informed on the latest developments about the Coronavirus (Covid-19) on Curacao, available on Google Play and App Store.
The Curaçao Tourist Board is working in close collaboration with the Ministry of Public Health, Environment and Nature, the Ministry of Economic Development, the Curaçao Civil Aviation Authority and government agencies to guarantee a safe reopening. Guidelines have also been created and implemented in the tourism industry to avoid the spread of COVID-19.
It is important that you stay informed and adhere to basic hygiene and physical distancing measures that are in place for the locals as much as they are for you.