Growth in the Americas Initiative Op-Ed

Partnerships – between governments and between the public and private sectors – are key to delivering the quality infrastructure that populations across the hemisphere are seeking.  The U.S. government is working to strengthen these linkages through a newly expanded initiative called Growth in the Americas. Latin American and Caribbean countries are partnering with the United ... Read More»

Security Alert: Heightened Middle East Tensions

Location: Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Saba, Sint Eustatius, Sint Maarten Event: Heightened Middle East Tensions There is heightened tension in the Middle East that may result in security risks to U.S. citizens abroad. U.S. Consulate General personnel and U.S. citizens in the Dutch Caribbean are encouraged to review their personal security practices and contact local authorities ... Read More»


Your vote counts!  Did you know that many U.S. elections for house and senate have been decided by a margin smaller than the number of ballots cast by absentee voters? All states are required to count every absentee ballot as long as it is valid and reaches local election officials by the absentee ballot receipt ... Read More»

U.S. Consular Officer to Hold Appointments in Aruba on January 31, 2020

The U.S. Consulate General Curaçao is pleased to announce that a Consular Officer will visit Arruba on January 31, 2020. Appointments will be held at Aruba Directie Buitenlandse Betrekkingen (DBB) Office, Wayaca 33-E, Oranjestad from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm. The officer will provide U.S. Citizens Services and accept applications for U.S. passports, Consular Reports of Birth ... Read More»

A specter is haunting the Western Hemisphere – the specter of democracy.

Editorial by Michael Kozak, Acting Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs, U.S. Department of State Sometimes-violent protests have recently filled the streets of cities across the Americas.  Some critics once again seek to cast the United States as a convenient foil, using an outdated Cold War-era ideological framework.  The United States may not always agree ... Read More»

Consul General Greenberg enjoyed Museo Ka’i Orgel experience

On October 8, Consul General Allen Greenberg visited the Museo Ka’i Orgel where he viewed and experienced one of Curaçao’s traditional musical instruments. ”I enjoyed the opportunity to learn about the history of the Ka’i Orgel and saw how the instrument is made by autodidact Serapio Pinedo. I liked playing the waltz and mazurka on the Ka’i Orgel ... Read More»

USS TORNADO Crew Participates in Community Project with Fundashon Venex

United States Navy Patrol Boat USS Tornado (PC-14) visited Curacao October 3-5. Last Saturday, crew members participated in a community relations project for, and together with, non-profit foundation Fundashon Venex. With the crew provided paint and supplies, they refurbished a building and conducted landscaping of the property. Venex plans to open a Center for Education ... Read More»

Weather Alert for U.S. Citizens: Tropical Storm Jerry Approaching Sint Maarten

September 18, 2019 Location: Sint Maarten Event:  The Government of Sint Maarten has issued a Tropical Storm Watch in anticipation of Tropical Storm Jerry currently located 765 miles east of the Leeward Islands moving west northwest. Jerry is expected to reach hurricane strength on Thursday as it enters the Caribbean. Tropical Storm Watches have not yet ... Read More»

Bid offers: The U.S. Consulate General in Curaçao has a requirement for Cleaning Services

The US Consulate General Curaçao requires the services of a qualified company to provide a Cleaning crew to clean the compound of the US Consulate General Curacao.  Contractor is responsible to ensure all areas are cleaned according to the Consulate standards. Daily cleaning services include, but not limited to, the following: Sweeping, mopping, scrubbing, dusting, ... Read More»

U.S. Consular Officer to Hold Appointments in Sint Maarten on August 27, 2019

The U.S. Consulate General Curaçao is pleased to announce that a Consular Officer will visit Sint Maarten on August 27, 2019. Appointments will be held at Government Building at Soualiga road #1. Conference room #1 on the ground floor. The officer will provide U.S. Citizens Services and accept applications for U.S. passports, Consular Reports of ... Read More»

U.S. Social Security Services and other Federal Benefits Curacao – July 16-17, 2019

The U.S. Consulate General in Curacao is pleased to announce that representatives from the Regional Federal Benefits Unit will visit Curacao on Tuesday, July 16 and Wednesday, July 17 to offer services for beneficiaries or individuals with questions about U.S. Social Security and other federal benefits. They will also receive applications for social security number ... Read More»

U.S. Social Security Services and other Federal Benefits Aruba – July 18-19, 2019

The U.S. Consulate General in Curacao is pleased to announce that representatives from the Regional Federal Benefits Unit will visit Aruba on Thursday, July 18 and Friday, July 19 to offer services for beneficiaries or individuals with questions about U.S. Social Security and other federal benefits. They will also receive applications for social security number ... Read More»

Security Alert – June 4, 2019

The U.S. Consulate General in Curacao advises U.S. citizens of an increased number of violent incidents and thefts at Mambo Beach in Willemstad, Curacao.  U.S. citizen tourists, and tourists of other nationalities, have been victims of robberies and physical assaults while visiting Mambo Beach. Actions to Take: Do not leave valuables in your car at ... Read More»

New, increased fees for international students, exchange visitors, SEVP-certified schools

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has finalized changes to fees charged by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) to international students, exchange visitors and SEVP-certified schools. Read More»

U.S. Consul General Hawthorne Hosts Visit of United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green

U.S. Consul General Margaret Hawthorne hosted the visit of United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green on February 18 and 19. Ambassador Green was sworn in as the 18th USAID Administrator in August 2017. Prior to joining USAID, he served as president of the International Republican Institute, a non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Consulate Curacao February 7, 2019

Location: Wilhelminaplein, Punda, Willemstad, Curacao Event: A general protest by refinery workers and their unions is expected to take place on February 7 beginning at 04:00 PM on Wilhelminaplein (Punda). Local Police have positioned themselves on the road from Pietermaai to Wilhelminaplein. Expect the road going into Punda to be closed. U.S. government personnel are advised to avoid the area of Punda, especially Wilhelminaplein. Actions ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo Gives Remarks at the Organization of American States

On January 23, in solidarity with the Venezuelan people, and out of respect for Venezuelan democracy, the United States proudly recognized National Assembly President Juan Guaido as the interim president of Venezuela. On January 24, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo addressed the Organization of American States and called on all our partners and responsible ... Read More»

Passport Fee Increase

Effective April 2, 2018, the passport execution fee will increase from $25 to $35.  The $10 execution fee increase applies to U.S. passport applicants using the DS-11 form including: first-time applicants over age 16, children under age 16, and applicants who reapply after reporting their previous passport lost or stolen. Customers applying with the DS-11 ... Read More»

U.S. State Department Issues Worldwide Caution Warning

As part of the Department of State’s continuous efforts to provide U.S. citizens traveling abroad with information about safety and security events, we are updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions, political violence, and criminal activity against U.S. citizens and interests abroad. This replaces the Worldwide Caution dated September ... Read More»

Commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the Torpedoing and Honoring of the Fallen of the USS Erie

The Following is an excerpt from the Classified report on the sinking of the USS Erie by U-163; from the Commanding Officer of the USS Erie to the Secretary of the Navy, 9th of December, 1942 The USS Erie was torpedoed on the afternoon of the 12th of November, 1942, while flagship of the convoy ... Read More»

U.S. Response to Caribbean Hurricanes

Hurricane Irma, a Category 5 storm, hit the Caribbean beginning on September 6. Less than two weeks later, Hurricane Maria, a second Category 5 storm, struck the region. USAID deployed a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) on September 7. The DART—which at its height comprised 54 people—deployed to 11 locations in the Caribbean to lead the U.S. government’s humanitarian ... Read More»

Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Avoid non-essential travel to Sint Maarten while Hurricane Irma recovery efforts are underway

Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens:  Avoid non-essential travel to Sint Maarten while Hurricane Irma recovery efforts are underway. On September 9, 2017, Hurricane Irma struck Sint Maarten as a Category 5 hurricane, causing catastrophic damage to the island’s infrastructure.  While the Government of Sint Maarten is working to restore order and security, hotel capacity is ... Read More»

Notice for U.S. citizens – Aftermath of Hurricane Irma – Sitrep 10

The Department continues to monitor requests from U.S. citizens in Sint Maarten. Concerned citizens may contact the Department at The Department received information that the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line ship Majesty of the Seas will make a humanitarian visit to Sint Maarten to deliver supplies and board passengers seeking to depart the island. The ... Read More»

Notice for U.S. citizens: Aftermath of Hurricane Irma – Sitrep 9

Planned Flights for Wednesday, September 13: Bring your passport and travel documents to the airport if you have them. U.S. citizens may still proceed to the airport for processing if you no longer have your documents. Dutch St. Maarten:   Several flights are planned to fly out of St. Maarten on Wednesday morning, September 13, by ... Read More»

Royal Caribbean’s Adventure of the Seas Ports in Curacao with Evacuees from St. Maarten

On Sunday, Royal Caribbean International’s Adventure of the Seas made a humanitarian stop in St. Maarten to drop off supplies and evacuate more than 300 people following Hurricane Irma. Before reaching Puerto Rico, the final destination of the cruise, the ship docked in Curacao today, before heading to Aruba. Staff of the U.S. Consulate General ... Read More»

Notice for U.S. Citizens: Aftermath of Hurricane Irma – Sitrep 8

We encourage U.S. citizens who have successfully evacuated the hurricane affected areas to update their friends and family via social media. Friends and family of U.S. citizens in hurricane affected areas should continue to monitor the social media accounts of their loved ones. You can inform the Department of State about U.S. citizens affected by ... Read More»

Notice for U.S. Citizens: Aftermath of Hurricane Irma – Sitrep 7

Evacuation flights have resumed today, September 12. Proceed to the airport immediately. Expect long wait times. There is no running water at the airport. If possible, bring enough bottled water with you to last the day. Passengers may be allowed one small carry-on bag. Medications and other essential items should be carried on your person. Only service ... Read More»

Notice for U.S. citizens: Aftermath of Hurricane Irma – Sitrep 6

The Department of State is working with the Department of Defense to continue evacuation flights on September 11. U.S. citizens desiring to leave should proceed to the airport to arrive by noon on Monday carrying their U.S. passport or other proof of U.S. citizenship and identity. Passengers may be allowed carry on one small bag. ... Read More»

Notice for U.S. Citizens: The aftermath of Hurricane Irma – Sitrep 5

“The U.S. Consulate in Curacao wishes to remind U.S. citizens to continue to shelter in place if in overseas area impacted by Hurricane Irma & Hurricane Jose unless you have confirmed evacuation plans. If you have not already done so, please provide your location information to the U.S. Department of State by visiting  or calling ... Read More»

Notice for U.S. Citizens: The Aftermath of Hurricane Irma – Sitrep 4

The safety and security of U.S. citizens overseas is our top priority.  Over the last 24 hours, Department of State has worked in close coordination with the Department of Defense to  assist over 500 American citizens with air evacuations from St. Martin, beginning with those needing urgent medical care. These operations will expand as weather ... Read More»

Notice for U.S. Citizens: The Aftermath of Hurricane Irma – Sitrep 3

We are considering every option to assist U.S. citizens in St. Martin, in close coordination with Dutch and French partners. Hurricane Jose is predicted to pass near St. Martin on Saturday, which has severely limited the window for safe departures. The airport remains closed to commercial traffic. U.S. citizens in St. Martin should not go ... Read More»

Notice for U.S. Citizens: The Aftermath of Hurricane Irma – Sitrep 2

Please visit…/travel/en/news/HurricaneIrma.html  for the latest updates on the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. If you receive an error registering at , please send an email to To alert us to U.S. citizens affected by Hurricanes Irma and Jose, including yourself, visit  and click Task Force Alert. For further inquiries about U.S. citizens, you can email ... Read More»

St. Maarten, Saba, and St. Eustatius Hurricane Update – Sitrep 1

The Consulate is closely monitoring the situation in Sint Maarten, St. Eustatius, and Saba. Hurricane Irma struck yesterday morning as a Category 5 hurricane with maximum sustained winds near 185 mph (295 km/h) with higher gusts. Initial reports indicate widespread damage, flooding, and power outages in Sint Maarten. Princess Juliana International Airport is closed and ... Read More»

U.S. Consulate Volunteers Join Oil Spill Cleanup Efforts

The United States Consulate General, in coordination with the Curaçao Sea Turtle Conservation, RAC/REMPEITC Caribbean, and the International Maritime Organization, is proud to do its part today in keeping Curaçao clean, green, and pristine for the people of today and children of tomorrow. Toward that end, on June 2, consulate employees volunteered to assist with ... Read More»

Nos Pais TV Aired Live Interview with Consul General Hawthorne

U.S. Consul General Margaret Hawthorne was interviewed live at the studio of Nos Pais TV. During the interview she spoke about the International Women’s Day event that took place at the U.S. Consulate General earlier this week. “The best outcome of the women’s movement was that is gave women the right to choose,” CG Hawthorne said. ... Read More»

Pal’i Muhé; Women Today Event at U.S. Consulate

On Tuesday, March 28, U.S. Consul General Margaret Hawthorne organized a panel discussion at Roosevelt House to highlight the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. After all, the world celebrated International Women’s Day on March 8, which was the day that also marked a call to action for accelerating gender parity. The panel ... Read More»

Solar Panel Array at U.S. Consulate General Curacao

U.S Consul General Margaret Hawthorne is very pleased with the addition of a solar panel system at the U.S. Consulate General on Curacao. The addition will enable the consulate to become the first net-zero diplomatic post among U.S. missions worldwide. According to the consul general, it is particularly notable that this new facility is located ... Read More»

Wanted by the FBI: Missing Woman Amy Lynn Bradley

March 24, 2017, is the 19th anniversary of Amy Lynn Bradley’s disappearance from Royal Caribbean’s Rhapsody of the Seas.  The FBI remains committed to solving this missing person case and has announced a reward of up to $25,000 for information leading to her recovery and information that leads to the identification, arrest, and conviction of ... Read More»

USFOL Volunteers Organize Fun Day for Curacao Youth Brigade

On March 17, 2017, 45 members from the U.S. Forward Operating Location (USFOL) organized a Fun Day for 56 youth and five adults from Brigada di Seguridat I Formashon (BSF). Youth from the Brigade participated in workshops at the USFOL that provided hands-on opportunities to learn about firefighting, law enforcement, medical assistance, workplace safety, and ... Read More»

Zika Virus Update

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its Zika travel guidance on March 10, 2017, recommending that pregnant women not travel to any area where there is a risk of Zika virus infection.  For a world map of the Zika affected areas, please visit CDC’s interactive map . For more information about travel guidance for pregnant women , visit ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens Regarding Insel Air

The U.S. Consulate General Curaçao informs U.S. citizens that it has temporarily prohibited U.S. Consulate personnel from flying on Insel Air. The Consulate adopted this policy following an internal review of safety-related considerations. This policy applies only to the official travel of U.S. Consulate personnel and will be reevaluated as Insel Air’s safety condition improves. ... Read More»

USFOL Volunteers Bring Games and Music to Fundashon Amigunan di Cristo

On January 13, 2017, twelve members from the U.S. Forward Operating Location (USFOL) supported a community event with FUIK (Fundashon Amigunan di Cristo). The USFOL members organized games, music and shared refreshments with 120 children. Since 2000, the USFOL has built strong partnerships with local community-based organizations to express their appreciation for the hospitality they ... Read More»

Remarks by U.S. Consul General Margaret Hawthorne Roosevelt House, January 23, 2017

Thank you all for coming this evening and a special thank you to our cohosts the Curacao Development Institute, Director Luis Santine and his staff.  I would like to welcome Minister Kenneth Gijsbertha, Minister of Finance, Minister Eugene Rhuggenaath, Minister of Economic Affairs, Minister Suzy Camelia-Romer, Minister of Traffic and Transportation, and Mrs. Giselle McWilliam, ... Read More»

Consulate Hosts Networking Event to Promote Sustainable Energy on Curacao

The U.S. Consulate General Curacao and the Curacao Development Institute hosted a welcome reception for Professor Daniel M. Kammen and Professor Harrison Fraker from the University of California, Berkeley who are visiting Curacao together with Quanten, LLC and the World Bank to explore sustainable resource plans for the island. Read More»

Zika Virus

Zika virus has been reported in the Dutch Caribbean.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued travel notices for Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Saba, and Sint Maarten regarding the Zika Virus. There is evidence that Zika is linked to birth defects in the fetuses of infected pregnant women and Guillain-Barré syndrome in infected ... Read More»

General Strike Planned for Curacao Thursday, September 15, 2016

During a press conference on Wednesday, Sep 14, 2016, the leaders of the majority of labor unions in Curacao declared that there will be a general strike on Thursday morning, Sep 15th, in support of the contract workers of the oil refinery. The U.S. Consulate informs U.S. citizens that, given the number of participating unions, ... Read More»

Secretary of State Kerry Releases 2016 Trafficking in Persons Report

On June 30, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry released the 2016 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report, the U.S. government’s principal diplomatic tool to engage foreign governments on human trafficking. It is also the world’s most comprehensive resource of governmental anti-human trafficking efforts and reflects the U.S. government’s commitment to global leadership on this key ... Read More»

Curacao Film Institute Working to Develop Film and TV industry in Curacao

Yesterday, the United States Consul General Margaret D. Hawthorne hosted a gathering for members and supporters of the Curacao Film Institute, which presented its plans for the development of the Curacao film and television industry in the presence of the Dutch Minister of Kingdom Relations, His Excellency Ronald Plasterk and Economic Development Minister, His Excellency ... Read More»

USFOL Volunteers Continue Their Support of Siloam

Ten members from U.S. Forward Operating Location (USFOL) Curacao supported a community outreach event at the Siloam Christian Children’s Convalescent Home on June 1, 2016. The USFOL members helped the Siloam Director and Staff with landscaping, yard work, and beautification projects on the property. Additionally, the members spent some time playing football and interacting with ... Read More»

Presidential Proclamation — National Caribbean-American Heritage Month, 2016

The dynamism and diversity of Caribbean Americans have contributed to our Nation's story in extraordinary ways. Millions of people in the United States are connected to our Caribbean neighbors through ties of commerce and family -- a relationship reinforced by the values and history we hold in common. During National Caribbean-American Heritage Month, we celebrate ... Read More»

U.S. and the Four Entities of the Kingdom of the Netherlands sign MOU to Strengthen Law Enforcement Cooperation

On June 2, 2016 the Attorney General of the United States of America, the Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, the Minister of Justice of Aruba, the Minister of Justice of Curaçao and the Minister of Justice of Sint Maarten signed a Memorandum of Understanding regarding the enhancement of existing cooperation and strengthening ... Read More»

U.S. Forward Operating Location Welcomes New Commander

Today, Lieutenant Colonel John F. Belo relinquished command of the United States Forward Operating Locations (USFOL) in Curaçao and Aruba to Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan F. McGowen. The Change of Command is a time-honored military tradition which symbolizes the continuation of leadership and unit identity despite the change in individual authority. Passing the ceremonial flag from ... Read More»

U.S. Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative Launches, Young Entrepreneurs Encouraged to Apply

Last year in Jamaica, President Obama launched the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) to expand opportunities for emerging entrepreneurs and civil society activists in the Americas. YLAI will incubate and accelerate the work of young business and civil society leaders from Latin America, the Caribbean, and the United States. Read More»

USFOL Hosts “Operation Pet Care” at Dierenasiel Curaçao

On March 11, 2016, the U.S. Forward Operating Location (USFOL) hosted "Operation Pet Care" for 56 abandoned animals during a visit to Dierenasiel Curaçao. USFOL volunteers spent the morning cleaning multiple kennels, grooming dogs and cats, and socializing with the animals. Dierenasiel Curaçao provides dogs and cats with a safe home until an adoption is ... Read More»

USFOL Hosts “Kid’s Day”

On February 19, 2016, the U.S. Forward Operating Location (USFOL) hosted a “Kid’s Day” for 51 children and staff from Fundashon Amigunan di Cristo. The children had lunch with members of the USFOL and had the opportunity to tour the USFOL facilities. Additionally, volunteers from the USFOL educated the children about the importance of fire ... Read More»

USFOL Volunteers Donate Christmas Gifts to Community Charity Organizations

During the holiday season, over 60 volunteers from the U.S. Forward Operating Location (USFOL) collected more than US $12,000 worth of toy donations for their annual Operation Curaçao Christmas program. The USFOL delivered toys, clothing and school supplies to various community charity organizations, such as Siloam Village Orphanage & Hospice, Encila Half Way House, and ... Read More»
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