Curacao, an island country located in the south Caribbean, 40 miles north of Venezuela, reopened to all international visitors on Jan. 1.
Nearly all of those looking to enter the country will need to bring a negative PCR test result with them in order to be allowed in.
It must have been administered fewer than 72 hours prior to departing for Curacao. Those coming from the United States are included in this group.
Conversely, the only designated low-risk countries that do not need to provide this are also in the Caribbean.
Children from high-risk countries who are ages 6 and under, do not show any COVID-19 symptoms and are being accompanied by parents or guardians who are providing negative test results do not need to take one themselves.
This should be done once travel arrangements have been made. Additionally, a Passenger Locator Card (PLC) should be completed by all other than non-PCR-test-taking children fewer than 48 hours prior to departing, and the traveler must carry a printed version with them.
Those heading to Curacao must also be “adequately” insured to protect against costs related to being put into quarantine or needing to receive medical care.
Immediate quarantining will occur to any who test positive for COVID-19 while those exhibiting symptoms associated with this virus should contact the country’s health authority for instructions.
Curacao has had a relatively low COVID-19 infection rate and finished the year with 4,260 cases, of which 1,321 are active; 13 of those people are being hospitalized.
On Dec. 31, health officials in Curacao reported that 30 new cases had been diagnosed over the previous 24 hours. The Curacao Tourists Board has also stated that “the spread of the virus is under control.”
This constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands had previously partially reopened its borders, including allowing up to 20,000 airline passengers per month.
That limitation has now been removed, and airlines may resume flying at more normal levels.
Visitors are encouraged to download the Dushi Stay app, which is available on iOS and Android. It provides updates on COVID-19-related guidelines that are being applied to all who are in that country.
The reopening on Jan. 1 does not apply to cruise passengers; they are still not allowed to deboard and enter Curacao under any circumstances.