After months of anticipation, the
Curaçao Tourist Board enthusiastically announced border re-openings to
residents of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Starting the first week of
November, residents of the three aforementioned states will be the first
Americans granted access to the sunny Dutch Caribbean island of Curaçao since
travel restrictions were imposed earlier this year.
Prior to arrival, all visitors must present proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken within 72 hours of traveling. To streamline the entry process, visitors will complete a Digital Immigration Card at dicardcuracao.com, upload their negative results to the portal, and fill out a Passenger Locator Card (PLC) online within 48 hours prior to departure. In addition, residents of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut must present a valid state-issued ID as proof of residence.
Non-stop flights from Newark
Liberty International Airport (EWR) will resume on Nov. 7 with weekly service
offered on United. The following month, JetBlue will offer twice weekly flights
from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) beginning Dec.
New York, New Jersey and
Connecticut now join Canada and other low- and medium-risk markets allowed
entry into Curaçao, just named one of the best islands in the Caribbean in
Condé Nast Traveler’s 2020 Readers’ Choice Awards. The Curaçao Tourist Board –
in collaboration with the Ministry of Public Health, the Environment &
Nature, as well as the Ministry of Economic Development – define low- and
medium-risk markets based on the latest figures and statistics from each
territory meeting specified criteria.
“After consulting with the
scientific community and an esteemed panel of doctors both in The Netherlands
and on the island, we made the decision to slowly reopen Curaçao’s tourism
industry to the US,” says Paul Pennicook, CEO of the Curaçao Tourist Board. “A
multitude of factors were taken into account including current cases,
airlift and impact on the local economy, among others.”
In an effort to keep the global and
local community safe, earlier this year Curaçao implemented a set of health and
safety protocols, branded “A Dushi Stay, the Healthy Way” — dushi meaning
“sweet” in Papiamentu. The comprehensive program includes everything from
personnel training and new social distancing practices to hygiene and
sanitation guidelines. The sophisticated monitoring system run by the island’s
public health office also includes personalized phone calls to all incoming
visitors during their time in Curaçao.
Additionally, to easily consolidate
all pertinent information, the tourist board developed a mobile application
called “Dushi Stay.” One of the first apps of this kind, Dushi Stay gives
travelers access to entry requirements, new island-wide protocols, emergency
contact numbers and health tips, as well as open restaurants, attractions,
beaches, etc. all at their fingertips.
“We will continue to closely
monitor developments throughout the rest of the US,” adds Pennicook. “As we’ve
enjoyed double digit growth from the US market over the last couple of years
and the US accounts for a significant portion of Curaçao’s tourism
arrivals, we look forward to the opening of other gateway cities as soon as
conditions allow so that Americans can continue to experience this