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 ...
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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 ...
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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 IrmaEmergencyUSC@state.gov 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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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  tfa.state.gov  or calling ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Notice for U.S. Citizens: The Aftermath of Hurricane Irma – Sitrep 2

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