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, it is possible the strike will disrupt traffic, transportation, and airport operations.
Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. You should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.
U.S. citizens seeking to travel to or from Curacao are encouraged to monitor the status of flights directly with the airline and the status of airport operations by visiting the website of Curacao Airport. U.S. citizens traveling with American Airlines and InselAir can use the following phone numbers for customer service (if calling locally in Curacao).
American Airlines 5999-8695707
For further information about security:
- See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Curacao Country Specific Information.
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Contact the U.S. Consulate General Curacao, located at J.B. Gorsiraweg 1, at + 599(9) 461-3066 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +599(9) 510-6870
- Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).