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Which countries are considered Low Risk and can enter Curacao without PCR Test?

Travelers from Low Risk countries can travel to Curacao without a PCR test.

The list of countries that are considered Low Risk are:

  • Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bermuda, Bonaire, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, Saba, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St. Eustatius, Sint Maarten, Saint Martin, St. Vincent and Grenadines, Turks & Caicos

This list is subject to change depending on the situation of the country relating to the virus. We will update this article when procedures shift. 

What mandatory requirements are there when flying to Curacao for High Risk Countries?

Mandatory actions for entering Curacao from High Risk countries:

- A negative result of a certified COVID-19 PCR-test at a laboratory
- 3rd day on-island Antigen test. All passengers departing from a high-risk country are required to undergo an Antigen test at a local laboratory on the 3rd day in Curaçao.
- 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

Children 6 years and younger that show no symptoms, and whose parents can show proof of a negative PCR test, are not required to undergo a PCR test. In this case children 6 and younger do not need to complete a PLC.

Click here to see what is mandatory for all travelers arriving to Curacao.

How many Coronavirus cases are there on Curacao?

After the lockdown of Curacao, the island was completely COVID-19 free. There was a total of just 17 cases (of which 1 Dutch tourist passed away) before the borders opened in July 1, 2020. Click here for an up to date overview.

What is the nearest PCR & Antigen Test location?

The Avila Beach Hotel has become a medical test location since mid-March for stayover tourists. Together with Med Care Curacao and MLS the hotel offers the possibility to do a PCR Test and Antigen test. The rapid Antigen test is even offered by the Avila Beach Hotel free of charge for hotel guests.

Travelers who need to take a PCR test to travel, can easily and quickly obtain one for US $90 per person. The Med Care Curacao and MLS test center is located near the hotel lobby and is open in the morning hours. The hotel offers this service until further notice.

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

NO! However, please note the following entry conditions applicable to all travelers (from low- and high risk countries):

  • You have been in contact with a person who tested positively for COVID-19 within 14 days prior to arrival. If this is the case, you will be placed in mandatory quarantine.

  • You must be adequately insured for medical care and any additional costs if you are quarantined or become ill during your stay.

  • If you do not meet the above conditions, you may be quarantined on arrival. This is entirely at your own expense.

How big is the chance that Curacao will be going to be in lockdown (with closed borders)?

It's extremely unlikely that the borders will close. The island is now more prepared since we expanded the IC beds and medical staff in the hospital. High-risk countries are obligated to do a PCR test and can only enter our island if that test result is negative. 

What we have learned from 2020 is that the corona virus is not spreading amongst travelers. This is the reason why the island has opened its borders for all countries as of January 1, 2021.

Thanks to our local virologist Dr. Izzy Gerstenbluth, the island has been successful in avoiding the Coronavirus and keeping those risks at a far minimum. 

In close cooperation with hotels, tourist attractions and restaurants our government obligated strict measures on the basis of Dr. Izzy Gertenbluth's thorough knowledge and advice. 

Standards for hygiene and cleanliness are taken very seriously including additional steps to ensure your safety (see top of this page). 

When the Coronavirus enters Curacao again via tourists originated from low-risk and medium-risk, the island is sufficiently prepared to avoid a complete lockdown as this is the last thing Curacao wants because the island is overall depended on tourism.

Check our Flexible cancelation policy right here.

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 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?

We got you covered in case you must postpone or cancel abruptly without any extra costs. Please click here to check our risk-free cancellation policies

Click here to book one of our risk free deals today.

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.

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 are obligated 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.

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.

Click here to see a COVID-19 proof 1-week vacation planning.

How can I contact on-island PCR testing labs?

While you are on-island, or in case you must return to a country where a negative test is required, COVID-19 testing is available at the following locations:

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