Health Alert for Dutch Caribbean, March 30, 2020

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, Bonaire, 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 from Curaçao 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.

The governments of Aruba and Curaçao have issued 24-hour “shelter-in-place” orders.  Anyone resident in Aruba or Curaçao 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 and Curaçao have implemented curfews between 8:00pm – 6:00am (Aruba) 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 worldwidehave 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:

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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