Health Alert for Dutch Caribbean, April 9, 2020

COVID19 Daily Health Alert

The governments of Aruba, Curaçao, Sint Eustatius and Sint Maarten have all confirmed cases of COVID-19 in their respective territories.

There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in Bonaire and Saba

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.

The U.S. Consulate in Curacao announced on April 8 that Spirit Airlines will operate a humanitarian flight on April 15, 2020.  The flight will depart from Queen Beatrix International Airport (AUA) in Aruba, board additional passengers in Cartagena, Colombia, and then proceed to Fort Lauderdale – Hollywood International Airport (FLL) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  Passengers in Bonaire and Curacao will have an option to use Divi Divi airlines to transit to Aruba to catch this flight (also arranged by the U.S. Consulate General in Curacao).  Passengers in Bonaire and Curacao should contact the U.S. Consulate immediately (ACSCuracao@state.gov) to receive instructions for those Divi Divi flights.

This Spirit Airlines flight has been made available to allow U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents to return to the United States.  Please contact Spirit Airlines directly for seat availability, reservations, and pricing information.

SPIRIT AIRLINES FIGHT NUMBER: NK#6331
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15, 2020
DEPARTS Aruba at 1:00PM
ARRIVES Ft. Lauderdale at 5:55PM 

THIS FLIGHT CAN ONLY BE BOOKED ONLINE.

If you are interested in returning to the United States, please take advantage of this flight.  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.

As of 2:50pm on April 9, 2020, the flight was over 60% booked.  U.S. citizens wishing to depart the ABC Islands for the United States should move quickly to secure seats on this flight before tickets sell out.

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.  You should also continue to seek any other alternative to return to the United States in the meantime (through Amsterdam, for example, if possible) as charter flights are neither confirmed nor definite.  We thank you for your patience as we process this information and look for options to assist your return to the United States.

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, and Sint Maarten have issued 24-hour “shelter-in-place” orders.  Anyone resident in Aruba, Curaçao, 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, and Sint Maarten have implemented curfews between 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:

Assistance:
U.S. Consulate General Curaçao
J.B. Gorsiraweg #1
+599-9-461-3066
ACSCuracao@state.gov
https://cw.usconsulate.gov/

State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
Country Information Page (type in name of respective island)
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