Severity: Critical Alert
Exit/Entry: Curacao further lifts COVID-19 restrictions for several international travelers as of July 24. Major travel disruptions remain ongoing.
- Alert Begins: 24 Jul 2020 01:14 PM UTC
- Alert Expires: 30 Jul 2020 11:59 PM UTC
- Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
- Location(s): Islandwide (map)
- Time Frame: Indefinite
- Impact: Transport and business disruptions
Officials in Curacao are continuing to lift coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions for international travelers. As of July 24, travelers from several countries and territories in the Caribbean and Europe, as well as Canada, Guyana, China, and Hong Kong, may enter Curacao. Prior to travel, visitors from these countries will be required to:
- Complete the digital immigration card.
- Complete the digital Passenger Locator Card (PLC) 48 hours prior to departure and carry the printed document.
- Present a negative COVID-19 test taken a maximum of 72 hours prior to departure at an accredited laboratory.
All passengers will be subject to enhanced health screenings. Passengers who have been in a country or city with high COVID-19 activity in the previous 14 days will be required to quarantine protocols for at least 14 days. All embarked ships that want to lay-up must stay in quarantine for 14 days under strict supervision; crew members will be required to quarantine for 14 days.
Most internal restrictions have been lifted, though some operating requirements remain in place. All businesses must enforce social distancing measures and enhanced sanitation protocols. Individuals must continue to practice social distancing protocols by keeping 2 meters (6.5 feet) from each other. Gatherings of more than 25 people are banned. All restrictions are subject to amendment at short notice.
Background and Analysis
Several governments are implementing recovery plans to lift restrictive measures introduced in response to the outbreak of COVID-19, which was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) March 11. Should the number of COVID-19 cases significantly increase, relaxed restrictions may be reapplied. Likewise, a continued low number of cases may result in further relaxation of restrictions.
Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. Reconfirm all travel arrangements. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance.
Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.