Coronavirus on Curacao – NEWS UPDATES
The Coronavirus on 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.
The Curaçao sun is waiting for you.
There are still destinations where you can enjoy a relaxing sun holiday in the coming months. Fortunately, Curaçao receives you with open arms and at an appropriate distance. The sun on your back, your gaze over the bright blue sea, a cold drink at your fingertips; the worries of the past months are slowly slipping away. Curaçao has restarted tourism in a controlled manner and the number of infections is under control. Because all tourists have to do a 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.
So don’t wait any longer, the Curaçao sun is waiting for you. Experience it for yourself!
Coronavirus on Curacao – Government Announcements
October 20th, 2020 at 6:00pm AST
October 15, 2020 UPDATE: The government of Curaçao has published a new list of countries and territories based on the risk. Travelers from the countries on the Low and Medium risk can travel to Curaçao without going into mandatory quarantine upon arrival.
Passengers from countries not on this list cannot enter Curaçao without a mandatory quarantine upon arrival. Travelers from those countries must request permission for entrance with mandatory quarantine. Noticeably the State of Florida has been added to the medium risk list.
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Press Conference Topic: Latest Developments Regarding COVID-19
Presenters: Prime Minister Eugene Rhuggenaath, Mr. Lesley Fer (Director of Risk Control and Disaster Management) and Dr. Izzy Gerstenbluth (Epidemiologist)
Number of Active Cases in Curaçao: 213
There are 213 active cases. There are 14 new cases. Of the 213 active cases 2 are hospitalized.
- The previously implemented Government measures have been extended for 14 days.
- Exemptions for group activities of more than 50 people is no longer possible.
- Hotel bars and restaurants are allowed to stay open for hotel guests past 10PM, however while still abiding to their permits. This means that if your hotel restaurant usually closes at 12AM, it must still close at 12AM.
- As of October 6, 2020 Canada, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut (Tri-state area) are now open to travel to and from Curaçao, a PCR test is still required upon arrival to Curaçao.
- Starting October 1, 2020, the incoming passengers capacity has been increased to 20,000.
Reminder from previous press conference:
On Thursday September 17, 2020 , the Government is introducing a curfew from 11PM-5AM.
This means that public transportation will also operate until 11PM. Only people with vital functions who are required to be on the road during this time, must request for an exemption on www.klamidat.cw/covid19, please keep in mind that this petition could take up to 72 hours to process..
During phase 3, the following measures are being introduced as of Tuesday September 15, 2020:
- Groups larger than 4 people is not allowed in public areas.
- Establishments can remain open till 10PM.
- A max of 50 people are allowed per establishment.
- Truk’i pan can now open from 5-10PM; no more than 4 people are allowed to stand outside waiting for food (curb-side pick-up is encouraged).
- A max of 50 people are allowed in religious centers.
- Sports events can continue, however without the crowds. Training can also continue in open spaces
- Gyms, fitness centers, Crossfit box, etc. will have max capacity of 25 people allowed.
- Schools will now have a max capacity of 25 kids per classroom starting at group 8 and over.
The government has released an updated list of safe countries. This concerns countries that are designated as low-risk areas and medium-risk areas. Travelers from these countries do not have to go into mandatory quarantine in Curaçao. They are, however, obliged to do a PCR test from medium-risk countries and to fill in a Passenger Locater Card from low-risk countries.
As Curacao’s reopening happens in phases, we look forward to welcoming visitors out of the following Countries (updated July 16th):
Austria, Canada, China, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Finland, France, Greece, Guyana, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, Turks and Caicos, Uruguay, United Kingdom.
Starting October 7th, the Tri-State area (New York, New Jersey and Connecticut) and Florida in the United States of America are now considered medium risk. Prior to arrival, visitors from these states will be required to present a state-issued ID as proof of residency in addition to the below mentioned three steps.
If you didn’t see your countries listed on the above lists, means that it is listed as a High-Risk Country and a 14 day Quarantine will be required.
Before your departure you have to take these 3 mandatory steps on dicardcuracao.com:
- Complete the digital immigration card online before departure at dicardcuracao.com.
- Within 48 hours before departure, you need to digitally fill out the Passenger Locator Card (PLC) and carry a printed document of proof with you. You may do so at dicardcuracao.com.
- Each visitor entering Curaçao will need to show a negative result from a certified COVID-19 PCR-test (Please note: PCR tests based on Gargle samples will not be accepted.) and
carry a printed document of proof with them. The test is taken max. 72 hours prior to departure at an accredited laboratory. You may contact your general practitioner for a referral to the nearest institution. You will be required to upload the negative test results of the COVID-19 PCR-test on dicardcuracao.com before departure.
As of July 16, 2020 passengers traveling from the following countries are welcome to visit Curacao:
Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Bermuda, Bonaire,
Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Martinique, Montserrat,
Saba, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St. Eustatius, St.
Vincent and Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago, Virgin Islands British
Travelers departing out of any of these islands have to take these 2 mandatory steps:
During your stay in Curaçao
- If you are tested positive for COVID-19 during your stay in Curaçao, you will be quarantined immediately.
- All the tourist facilities follow ‘A Dushi Stay, the Healthy Way’ guidelines to guarantee safety for visitors and staff, while making you feel welcome in a relaxed and safe environment.
- If you are in Curaçao and you start to show any symptoms related to COVID-19 (dry cough, fever, tiredness, sore throat, headache, loss of taste or smell) you are to immediately contact the health authority (GGD) by calling 9345.
- Visitors will be asked to practice frequent hand hygiene and will have access to handwashing facilities with soap, single-use paper towels or automatic dryers for drying and alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Distancing measures are in place in all public spaces on the island. That means a 2 meter (6 feet) distance between people is to be kept at all times.
- In case the 2 meter (6 feet) distance cannot be kept, visitors are asked to wear face masks.
Restaurants, bars, beach clubs and other hospitality facilities are open for business adhering to normal opening hours. Guests are asked to make reservations in advance.
- Transport to and from the airport is performed according to guidelines. You may rent a car and move freely on the island.
To fill out the Digital Immigration form, the PLC Form and upload the negative PCR Test, please follow this link: https://www.dicardcuracao.com/
- They must fill in a ‘Passenger Location Card’ (PLC) digitally before traveling (click link above for the digital immigration card)
- The traveler must have a copy of the PLC printed when traveling.
- The traveler must not have traveled to a high-risk country, and if they have, they must go into mandatory quarantine.
- The traveler must fill in and sign the form to the best of their ability and truthfully.
- They must have done a PCR test max. 72 hours prior to their flight
- The PCR test result must be negative in order to travel.
- The traveler must have the PCR test results printed when traveling.
- The airline will control the test results prior to boarding.
- The traveler must agree with all the stipulated conditions of the Government of Curaçao in order to travel to and enter Curaçao.
- The traveler must agree that all medical costs, quarantine costs and/or isolation will be at their own costs.
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.
Ocean Encounters is Curaçao’s premier 5-star dive resort, known for its fun, customer service oriented staff, and quality products.
Ocean Encounters has always taken a great deal of pride in providing a quality service and “ultimate dive experience” to our guests, while ensuring their safety, and the safety of our employees, always. With this in mind, we have amended our standard health and safety procedures to include a more stringent protocol related to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) on Curacao, as follows:
The Natural and Safe Place to Stay
AN ABUNDANCE OF OPEN SPACE * 365 DAYS OF SUN * FREEDOM OF CHOICE
The abundance of open space at LionsDive Beach Resort Curaçao creates a natural preventative measure, against the Coronavirus (Covid-19) on Curacao, where you can practice being social, yet distant to easily protect yourself and your family.
What is AMResorts doing to keep travelers safe?
Sunscape Curaçao Beach Resort, Spa and Casino is closely monitoring information about the Coronavirus on Curacao (COVID-19) and the safety and wellbeing of their guests, partners and colleagues is of utmost importance. AMResorts® branded properties adhere to strict international guidelines related to the prevention, detection and treatment of many diseases.
In times like this, dreaming of going to the beach to curl your toes into the sand or to dive into the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean is exactly what the doctor ordered!