The Caribbean island of Curacao aims to kick off 2021 on a high note, announcing earlier this week that previous border restrictions have been lifted. American residents from all states will be allowed entry without the past 14-days quarantine requirements if they adhere to entry protocols. The announcement follows the island’s initial phased reopening, which began in October, and coincides with the return of non-stop flights from the east coast.
Curacao Tourism Board; The Department of Health, Environment and Nature and the Department of Economic Development collectively classify all stats residents in the United States as “medium risk.”
“Curacao has taken a cautious approach to reopen,” Paul Pennicook, CEO of the Curacao Tourism Board said on Monday. “We are confident in our ability to safely welcome all American travelers and provide them with an exceptional experience in a responsible manner that also takes into account the well-being of the local Curacao community.”
American guests departing out any of these islands must complete the following mandatory steps:
- Fill out your digital immigration card online before leaving.
- Within 48 hours before leaving, you need to fill online application in the Passenger Search Card (PLC) and have a printed document confirming this with you.
- Add proof of adverse endpoint for COVID-19 PCR screening within 72 hours of travel and provide a printed copy upon arrival.
- Children 6 years and younger who are asymptomatic and whose parents may show a negative PCR result do not need a PCR test. In this case, children 6 years of age and younger do not need to undergo PLC.
This winter, there are direct flights from Miami, Newark and New York to Hato Curaçao International Airport. The airport now has contactless know-how, which, as the officers noted, “Allows American tourists to pass customs and immigration controls earlier and without hindrance.”
During your stay in Curacao
- Restaurants, bars, beach clubs and other hospitality establishments are open during normal business hours. Guests are kindly requested to make reservations.
- Guest will be asked to practice hand hygiene regularly and will have access to hand-washing products with soap, disposable paper towels or automatic dryers and alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- All tourist facilities follow the “Stay in the Soul, Healthy Living” guidelines to ensure the safety of visitors and staff, and make you feel welcome in a calm and safe environment. Visitors are asked to put on masks if it is not possible to maintain a distance of 2 meters (6 feet).
- If you are in Curaçao and begin to show any symptoms related to COVID-19 (loss of smell or taste, fever, sore throat, dry cough, fatigue and headache), you should contact your health authority (GGD) by call at 9345.
- Removal measures have been taken in all public places on the island. Transportation to and from the airport is carried out according to the instructions. You can rent a car and move freely around the island.
Pennicook mentioned that Curacao is “looking forward to a good first quarter” because new resorts are opening up in this vacation spot alongside Goals by AMResorts’ Corendon Mangrove Seaside Resort. The Curaçao Marriott Seaside Resort and Renaissance Curaçao Resort & have undergone significant renovations in 2020. Sandals Resorts will also unveil its first property in Curacao this year.