The governments of Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, Sint Eustatius and Sint Maarten have all confirmed cases of COVID-19 in their respective territories.
On March 14, the Department of State authorized the departure from any diplomatic or consular post in the world of US personnel and family members who have been medically determined to be at higher risk of a poor outcome if exposed to COVID-19.
The governments of all six islands of the Dutch Caribbean have implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice. U.S. citizens who are considering returning to the United States are urged to work with their airlines to make travel arrangements while flights are still available. All six islands of the Dutch Caribbean have barred admission to travelers who are not legal residents of the respective island. Commercial flights to the United States from Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, and Sint Maarten have ended. The ability to transit Sint Maarten for a connecting flight has also ended.
If you are a U.S. citizen attempting to return the United States from the Dutch Caribbean and have been unable to secure a commercial flight, please click here and complete the information request form. A request form must be completed for each person wishing to return to the United States. This information will be used only to measure interest and feasibility in determining alternative options, such as charter flights, to return. We thank you for your patience as we process this information and look for options to assist your return to the United States.
The U.S. government cannot guarantee the ability to arrange flights indefinitely. U.S. citizens should return immediately to the United States, unless you are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.
The governments of all six islands have implemented measures to limit the spread of COVID-19. Schools and universities are closed, sporting events, festivals, and large gatherings have been banned.
The governments of Aruba, Curaçao, Saba, and Sint Maarten have issued 24-hour “shelter-in-place” orders. Anyone resident in Aruba, Curaçao, Saba, or Sint Maarten cannot leave their homes except to perform essential functions (purchase groceries/medications, purchase fuel, or visit the hospital for a life-threatening emergency). Only one person per family is allowed to perform these essential functions.
Additionally, Aruba, Curaçao, Saba, and Sint Maarten have implemented curfews between 7:00pm – 6:00am (Saba); 8:00pm – 6:00am (Aruba and Sint Maarten); and 9:00pm – 6:00am (Curaçao) where it is not permitted to go outside, even for essential functions, except for a medical emergency.
Effective March 16, U.S. Consulate General Curaçao has suspended routine U.S. visa services. For emergency American Citizens Services, including emergency passports, please visit our website for additional information https://cw.usconsulate.gov/u-s-citizen-services/.
Many travelers worldwide have reported unexpected flight cancellations and limited flight availability. If your travel has been disrupted, please contact your airline.
The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Global COVID-19 Outbreak Notice.
Actions to Take:
- Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.
- For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19, please see the CDC’s latest recommendations.
- Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information.
- Check with your airlines, cruise lines, or travel operators regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.
- Visit our Consulate webpage on COVID-19 https://cw.usconsulate.gov/news-events/covid-19-information/ for information on conditions in the Dutch Caribbean.
- Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the United States
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