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Coronavirus: How Safe is Curacao & What safety measures to expect?

Curacao is slowly opening borders again as of June 12, 2020 for the BES-islands and July 1, 2020 for the Netherlands (without quarantine). Other regions such as Western Europe, Scandinavia and countries like the USA & Canada will hopefully follow soon as well.

We can only imagine that you cannot wait to start traveling again and to enjoy the wonders that the world has to offer. However, how do you select your next best (and safe) travel destination? If Curacao is on your travel wishlist, here is a good understanding on how safe Curacao actually is and what the restrictions and safety measures exactly are.

What you should know when planning your Curacao trip

How many Coronavirus cases were there on Curacao?

On May 17, 2020 exactly 2 months after the start Curacao lockdown and 10 days after the end of the lockdown, there was a total of just 17 cases of which 1 Dutch tourist passed away. Curacao therefore is a low-risk location as it has not been affected to the Coronavirus much.

Do you need to be in quarantine when traveling to Curacao?

Travelers from Bonaire, Saba & Sint Eustatius is possible as of June 12 without quarantine.

As of July 1, Curacao will be open again for other international tourists from the Netherlands and perhaps also for other low risk EU countries such as Germany and Belgium (this will be evaluated soon). No quarantine will be necessary for travelers from these parts of the world.

There will be limited capacity in July (10.000 seats) which will be gradually expanded if this develops safely.

If Aruba and Sint Maarten do not open their borders to passengers from abroad, Curacao can open the borders to them as well.

Travelers from United States & Latin America can travel to Curacao if:
- they agree to mandatory quarantine for which they pay for themselves
- if there is enough space for them to be quarantined

We will update this article when procedures shift. We recommend checking if your home country requires self-quarantine before or after returning from the Dutch Caribbean, even if you are not infected.

What other mandatory requirements are there when flying to Curacao?

Mandatory actions for entering Curacao from the Netherlands:

  • The Netherlands
  • Belgium
  • Germany
  • France
  • Canada
  • China
  • Italy
  • Spain

- A negative result of a certified COVID-19 PCR-test at a laboratory
- Sufficient insurance coverage for medical care and to cover the potential additional costs in case you are quarantined or get ill at your time of stay is required
- Fill in the Public Health Passenger Locator Card (PLC) prior to the trip
- Digital Immigration (ED-)card
- No quarantine necessary

Travelers from United States & Latin America can travel to Curacao if:
- they agree to mandatory 2 week quarantine for which they pay for themselves
- if there is enough space for them in quarantine

Mandatory for all travelers arriving to Curacao:
- Wear a mouth mask
- Social distance of 2 meters / 6 feet (2 arm lengths)
- Prohibition to visit major events / gatherings
- Focus on small outdoor activities
- Special app with info about COVID-19
- Contact the authorities in case of symptoms of COVID-19

Can I still enjoy my Curacao vacation?

Curacao is an island where people enjoy the perks of “outdoor living” due to the perfect weather conditions. Almost all restaurants are outdoors or offer outdoor dining options. Approximately 95% of the activities are outdoor activities, and with more than 35 beaches and a beautiful underwater world, outdoor unwinding is extremely easy and pleasurably on Curacao.

With two National Parks, Salt Plains and even small forests there is even more nature present. Being outdoors instead of indoors with a lack of fresh air, increases both your safety and your sense of freedom. Yes, we 100% bet that you can still enjoy your vacation to the very max.

Is it safe to spend your days on Curacao?

As mentioned before, Curacao offers warm temperatures and a high humidity all year long. Both elements seem to have less risks of a spread. Although there is not much rain, Curacao does have a high humidity, which varies around 75 to 80%, sometimes with peaks well above 90 percent. Because of the abundance of sunshine, a lot of vitamin D can be built up, which comes in handy to strengthen the immune system. A sun filled holiday during winter can therefore provide many health benefits. Because Curacao isn’t a mass-tourism destination you won’t find many crowds on this Caribbean gem. The Curacao government does a lot to guarantee safety in consultation with the Dutch government due to the fact that Curacao is part of the Dutch Kingdom.

Is Curacao a (future) high-risk Location?

Warm areas with high humidity seem to have less risks of a spread. Curacao fortunately has those weather characteristics. Besides this, the local governments, together with local virologist Izzy Gerstenbluth took very strict measures and demanded a list of new social and psychical distancing rules and procedures to reduce and limit infections. Thanks to this, Curacao is not a “hot zone”. All establishments and hotels obey these measures in order to offer both locals and tourists a good sense of safety.

What does the Avila Beach Hotel do to ensure the safety of their hotel guests?

For 71 years the Avila Beach Hotel has been hosting travelers on Trips of a Lifetime. Your Well-being and Safety have always been a top priority. A comprehensive COVID-19 guidance is in place at our hotel. You are in good hands when lodging at the Avila Beach Hotel, and we're here to be a resource for you.

What are the precautions that are taken at the Avila Beach Hotel?

  1. Our Housekeeping Team is rigorously trained, and all rooms are Triple Checked before a check-in for the next hotel guest (standard procedure).
  2. Every Employee received a training about the Coronavirus about how and when to Wash Hands thoroughly.
  3. Hotel Guests receive Hand Sanitizer.
  4. Hand Sanitizer Dispensers are placed on multiple locations.
  5. 52-point internal cleaning and detailing checklist.
  6. Surfaces that are touched often are being Cleaned Extra. Such as Elevator buttons, Room key cards, stair bannisters, doorknobs of hotel rooms and offices as well as phones and digital devices.
  7. Hand Washing Instruction Signs for both hotel guests & employees.
  8. High-Temp Wash & Disinfectant for linens, bedding items, cushions, kitchen equipment, towels, beach towels etc. (standard procedure).
  9. Bell-service will not be available. We will provide luggage carts in the hotel lobby for your usage. Luggage carts are­ sanitized after each use.
  10. Temperature check will be conducted by the hotel staff on all arriving guest through infrared temperature scanner on your forehead. For a temperature greater than 37.7 degrees you will be directed to a pre-arranged room and will be contacted by hotel management for further assistance.
  11. Welcome drink will be offered to you from a self-serve station in the hotel lobby.
  12. Welcome information will be sent to you digitally once you have checked in.
  13. Protective masks are not mandatory but are available at the front desk for all guests & staff members who wish to make use of them.
  14. Social distancing interactions must respect physical distancing guidelines of 2 meters (6 feet / 2 arm lengths) throughout the premises.
  15. Floor markings will be visible in some outlets to support physical distancing.
  16. Payments will only be possible with debit card, credit card or room charge. Cash handling is only available at the front desk.
  17. Avila Fitness Center is available based on appointment, please contact us for your timeslot (7111)
  18. Cloud Nine Spa cleared all location fees for all Outdoor Massages at the Avila Beach Hotel (also applicable to Massages on Room’s balconies) until December 18, 2020.
  19. A limited number of our onsite Restaurants and Bars will be available for service during your stay.

The Avila Beach Hotel will continue to monitor the situation closely and will make additional adjustments should this be required.

What do I look for when selecting a Travel Insurance?

Choose your travel insurance health plan carefully. See what your travel insurance covers if you get sick with Coronavirus. High risk destinations such as China, Italy, France, Spain may not be included in your travel health care insurance.

Do you need any vaccinations to travel to Curacao?

You don’t need any vaccinations to travel to Curacao.

Does the Avila Beach Hotel offer risk-free stays?

Yes, we handle a Free Cancellation up to 48 hours prior to arrival for all reservations made as per March 1, 2020 for stays until December 18, 2020 that are made directly through our website. For winter season 2021 (January 4 until April 30, 2021) we handle a Free Cancellation up to 7 days prior to arrival. We got you covered in case you must cancel abruptly without any extra costs.

What are the Safety Measures at Hato Airport (CUR)?

Different airports around the world have ramped up their screening methods for infected passengers. Airports in Curacao have also implemented more stringent screening measures and there is a strict 2-meter distance rule (2 armlengths / 6 feet).

Special medical bays have been prepared to immediately quarantine passengers showing any symptoms of the disease. Airport staff and flight attendants have been asked to wear protective masks.

Some travel companies may require testing for the Coronavirus before traveling. Contact your flight carrier, and/or tour operator to check what their requirements specifically are as they may handle different guidelines and protocols.

What do I do to stay safe when Traveling in the COVID-19 era?

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), you must:

  1. Wash your hands and sanitize frequently
    Don’t forget to wash your hands after you have left the airport but also the tray table, armrests, your phone, passport, luggage handles and the hands of your children too.
  2. Do not touch your face with unwashed hands
    Don’t touch your face unless you have thoroughly cleaned your hands. The Coronavirus can still infect you if you touch your mouth, nose, and eyes.
  3. Keep your distance
    If you notice someone is coughing, sneezing, or showing symptoms similar to that of the flu or a cold, make sure to stay at a distance. If possible, at least 2 meter (6 feet) away from them. Their airborne respiratory (cough or sneeze) droplets may contaminate you.
  4. Clean frequently touched objects with a cleaning spray or wipe
    Although we have an extensive cleaning procedure with strict rules and we triple check our room before every check-in, you are welcome to ask our staff or management to see if they have thoroughly cleaned your place – or maybe just sweeping yourself with a disinfectant to frequently-touched items. Also apply this when sitting in an airplane.
  5. Avoid crowds, especially in closed spaces
    It's best if you stay away from any location where a large number of people are present. It’s recommended to be in outdoor areas as much as possible.
  6. Do your research regarding the spread of the Coronavirus outbreak in the country you are visiting.
    See what the health and government officials are advising in that country and follow the same rules. If they advise you to stay away from crowds, or any place, you should do the same.
  7. Wear a mask and seek medical help if you develop cold or flu symptoms.
    If you develop COVID-19 symptoms, such as fever, coughing, or difficulty breathing, wear a mask so that you don’t risk infecting other people, and seek medical help immediately. Avila’s staff is trained to assist you in such a situation.

Is it safe to travel by airplane?

All airlines handle adjusted safety measures such as blocking seats, service on board, boarding, hygiene on board and/or passenger screening. Most airlines require a face mask while traveling. Air Travel remains a safe way to travel during COVID-19; advanced HEPA filters constantly clean the air onboard, limiting the risk of virus transmission and providing a safe environment.

Air flow from ceiling to floor further reduces the potential for transmission forward or aft in the cabin, moreover, air flow rates are high and not conducive to droplet spread in the same way as in other indoor environments. It is recommended to contact your airline for all new rules and regulations prior to your flight date.

I already had the Coronavirus, do I still need to follow all procedures?

We urge you to still follow all procedures. As people cannot see from the outside that you already had the virus, we don’t want to make  fellow hotel guests, our employees and other Curacao locals feel uncomfortable. When you already had the Coronavirus check if you can obtain a copy of a blood test result, or medical discharge letter that shows that you already had it. 

Does Curacao have any Visa limitations?

Curacao has no Visa exemptions.

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