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Health Alert for Dutch Caribbean, March 27, 2020
March 27, 2020

Great Seal of the United States
Great Seal of the United States

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

There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in Bonaire, Sint Eustatius, 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.  Flights departing the respective islands to the United States are quickly being cancelled and flights to the United States from Aruba and Curaçao have already ended.  The ability to transit Sint Maarten for a connecting flight has also ended. 

Options to return to the United States via transfers to Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport still exist.  U.S. citizens can transfer at Schiphol Airport, but are not allowed to leave the airport.

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.  A curfew is in place for Aruba and effective Sunday, March 29 Aruba will also implement a 24-hour shelter-in-place protocol.

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 2 Global COVID-19 Outbreak Notice.

Actions to Take:


U.S. Consulate General Curaçao
J.B. Gorsiraweg #1

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