Severity: Critical Alert

Exit/Entry: Curacao further lifts COVID-19 restrictions for some international travelers as of July 1. Major travel disruptions remain ongoing.

  • Alert Begins: 01 Jul 2020 02:09 PM UTC
  • Alert Expires: 15 Jul 2020 11:59 PM UTC
  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Islandwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Transport and business disruptions

Summary
As of July 1, officials in Curacao have further lifted coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions for some international travelers. Authorities will permit a maximum of 10,000 passengers, including from Belgium, Canada, China, Germany, France, Italy, Netherlands, and Spain. 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.

 


Travelers from Bonaire, Sint Eustatius, and Saba, as well as Aruba and Sint Maarten have been permitted to enter Curacao since mid-June. All passengers will be subject to enhanced health screenings. Passengers who have been in a country 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.

Advice
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.


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