Exercise normal precautions in Curacao.
Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.
If you decide to travel to Curacao:
See the Department of State’s Fact Sheet on Curaçao for information on U.S. - Curaçao relations.
Upon arrival in Curaçao, you must have: (1) a U.S. passport valid for the duration of your stay; (2) a completed Embarkation and Disembarkation Card (ED-Card); (3) a return or onward ticket; and (4) if requested, proof of sufficient funds to cover accommodations and food during your stay. You can complete the ED-Card on the airplane en route to Curaçao or in advance by using ED-Card Online. U.S. citizens are allowed to stay in Curaçao without a visa or permit for a maximum consecutive period of six months each calendar year. If you want to stay longer than 180 days, or if you want to work, you must apply for a residence permit. If you have already stayed in Curaçao six months and want to reenter the same year, you must apply for a “declaration of admission” upon arrival. For further information, contact the Royal Netherlands Embassy, 4200 Linnean Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008, telephone (202) 244-5300, or the Dutch Consulates in Chicago, Miami, New York, and San Francisco. Visit the website for the Island of Curaçao for the most current visa information.
HIV/AIDS Restrictions: The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Curaçao.
Departure Fees: When departing Curaçao, airport departure fees are charged for international destinations. Most airlines include this fee in the ticket price. The most current information can be found on the airport’s website.
Information about dual nationality and the prevention of international child abduction can be found on our website. For further information about customs regulations, please read our customs information page.
CRIME: Crimes of opportunity, such as pickpockets and purse snatching, particularly at beaches, hotel lobbies, or from cars are common. Accordingly,
Incidents of violent crime, including rape and armed robbery – although not common – do occur. Exercise caution when visiting more isolated areas of the island. Some thefts and assaults have been reported near nature areas, remote beaches, and small or informal parking areas used by divers.
Parents of young travelers should be aware that the legal drinking age of 18 is not always enforced, so extra parental supervision may be appropriate. Travelers should take standard precautions when frequenting nightclubs and bars. Travel in pairs or groups and, if you consume alcohol, do so responsibly.
Gangs and drug trafficking organizations do operate on the island. Several bystanders were injured during a gang-related homicide at the Hato International Airport in 2014. In response, local authorities stepped up security controls at the airport.
Victims of Crime:
Dial 911 for police assistance on Curaçao.
If you or someone you know becomes a victim of crime, you should contact the local police and the U.S. Consulate. Do not rely on hotels, restaurants, or tour companies to make the police report for you. Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting crimes that occur on Curaçao.
For more information, see our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas.
Domestic Violence: U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the Consulate for assistance. If you are in immediate danger, first contact the local police at 911.
For further information:
Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned.
Furthermore, some offenses committed overseas can be prosecuted in the U.S., regardless of local law. For examples, see our website on crimes against minors abroad and the Department of Justice website.
In Curaçao, laws against possession of controlled substances are enforced rigorously, including against tourists in possession of marijuana for personal use.
Arrest Notification: If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Consulate immediately. See our webpage for further information.
Local law is based on Dutch law, which allows for the detention of subjects during an investigation with the approval of a judge. Persons imprisoned on Curaçao do not have the option of posting bond for their release.
Dual Nationality: Dutch law, in principle, does not permit dual nationality. However, there are exceptions to this rule. For detailed information, contact the The Netherlands Embassy in Washington, DC, or one of the Dutch Consulates in the United States.
Faith-Based Travelers: See the Department of State’s International Religious Freedom Report.
LGBTI Travelers: There are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations or the organization of LGBTI events in Curaçao. See our LGBTI Travel Information page and section 6 of our Human Rights Report for further details.
Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance: While on Curaçao, individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation very different than in the United States. Sidewalks and crossings in many areas are not wheelchair accessible, and many buildings lack ramps.
Women Travelers: See our travel tips for Women Travelers.
Access to quality medical care is limited on Curaçao, and facilities do not offer the health and service standards typically expected in the United States.
We do not pay medical bills. Be aware that U.S. Medicare does not apply overseas.
Medical Insurance: Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage.
We strongly recommend supplemental insurance to cover medical evacuation. Critically ill patients requiring service not offered in Curaçao are transferred to Colombia. If medical evacuation is authorized by the patient’s insurance carrier or funded privately (approximately $15,000 – $25,000), patients can be transferred to the United States.
Medicines: Bring all necessary medications with you. Carry prescription medication in original packaging, along with your doctor’s prescription. The variety of drugs available locally is smaller than in the U.S. Pharmacies (called “boticas”) provide prescription and over-the-counter medicines. For most medicines, you will need a local prescription. Boticas are open only during regular business hours. One botica stays open at night and on weekends according to an on-call schedule. To find out which botica is available after hours, you can call (+5999) 737-7404, visit pharmacies on duty, or check with your hotel.
Curaçao’s medical system is fashioned after the Dutch medical system which emphasizes the use “house doctors” (or huisarts) as a gateway to more specialized medical care. House doctors are outpatient primary care physicians. They are not required to have completed postgraduate training such as a residency program. Specialists have received training similar to residency programs in the United States. Some surgical specialties, e.g., neurosurgery and cardiac surgery, are not represented on the island.
There is one hospital in Curaçao, Saint Elisabeth's Hospital (SEHOS), which is located in the Otrobanda quarter. All medical emergencies are brought to SEHOS. It is the only 24-hour emergency care center and offers emergency surgical and medical care. The hospital has a neonatal ICU (NICU), medical ICU (MICU), coronary care unit (CCU), treatment for heart attack and stroke patients, and a hyperbaric chamber for scuba diving injuries. Prehospital transportation and care are provided by an EMS service. For emergency medical assistance, dial 911.
There is one private health clinic on the island, the Antilles Adventist Hospital, which offers some surgical procedures, radiologic services, and an array of other medical services.
Mental health facilities include outpatient psychiatrists and psychologists for both children and adults, as well as voluntary and involuntary psychiatric inpatient facilities.
Below are phone numbers for health and service providers in Curacao.
Sint Elisabeth's Hospital (SEHOS): +5999 462-4900
Antilles Adventist Hospital: +5999 737-0611
Klinika Capriles (Mental Health Services): Tel: +5999 737-4700; +5999 737-4022 (emergency)
The following diseases are prevalent: Zika Virus, Chikungunya, Dengue Fever.
Zika virus is a mosquito-borne illness that can be spread from a pregnant woman to her unborn baby as well as through sexual contact. The CDC has concluded that the Zika virus is a cause of microcephaly and other severe fetal brain defects in some fetuses and babies born to infected mothers. Zika outbreaks have been reported on Curacao. For additional information about Zika, including travel advisories, visit the CDC website.
Vaccinations: Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Further health information:
Road Conditions and Safety: Take extra caution when driving in Curaçao. Proceed through intersections with caution as traffic sings are often hidden or nonexistent. Roads are extremely slippery when it rains. Look out for scooters, motorcycles, and ATVs, as drivers of these vehicles do not strictly follow traffic rules. Be alert for speeding cars and drunk drivers. In rural areas, watch out for goats and other animals that cross the road unexpectedly. Night driving is reasonably safe, as long as drivers are familiar with the route and road conditions. Roads are not as well-lit as in the U.S. Driving while intoxicated may result in the loss of a driver’s license, fine, and imprisonment.
If you get into an accident, do not move the vehicle or pull over. Call your rental agency and call Curaçao Road Services at +5999-747-1333 or 199. You may be required to file a police report. In case of car trouble, call Roadside Assistance 24/7 Curaçao at +(599) 9-24-7. Ask your car rental agency for additional instructions in case of an accident.
Public Transportation: Public transportation is limited. There are two bus terminals, one in Punda near the post office at the ‘Waaigat,” and another in Otrobanda near the overpass. Large buses (called ‘Konvooi’) travel limited, longer-distance routes, typically once per hour. Mini-vans and mini-buses bearing the word “BUS” on their registration plates travel shorter routes on main roads. They are inexpensive and run non-stop during the daytime with no fixed schedule. Each minibus has a specific route that is displayed on the front windshield. Taxis are expensive, but generally safe and well-regulated. There are no meters, so passengers should determine the price in advance.
Watersports Advisory: You should carefully assess the potential risks inherent in recreational water activities and measure your participation in them against your physical capabilities and skills. Never venture out alone, particularly at isolated beaches or far out to sea. Avoid entering the water above your waist if you have been drinking and always be mindful of watercraft traffic in the area. When in doubt, stay out!
Cliff Jumping and Diving Advisory: Carefully consider the potential risks inherent in cliff jumping and cliff diving. Individuals have suffered serious injuries from engaging in these activities in Curacao.
Aviation Safety Oversight: The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has assessed the Government of Curaçao’s Civil Aviation Authority as not being in compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards for oversight of Curaçao’s air carrier operations. Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page.
The U.S. Consulate has temporarily prohibited U.S. Consulate personnel from flying on Insel Air. The Consulate adopted this policy following an internal review of safety-related considerations.
DISCLAIMER: THE INFORMATION IS PROVIDED FOR GENERAL INFORMATION ONLY AND MAY NOT BE TOTALLY ACCURATE IN A SPECIFIC CASE. QUESTIONS INVOLVING INTERPRETATION OF SPECIFIC FOREIGN LAWS SHOULD BE ADDRESSED TO THE APPROPRIATE FOREIGN AUTHORITIES OR FOREIGN COUNSEL.
For information concerning travel to Curaçao, including information about the location of the U.S. Consulate General, the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, entry/exit requirements, safety and security, crime, medical facilities and health information, traffic safety, road conditions and aviation safety, please see country-specific information for Curaçao.
The U.S. Department of State reports statistics and compliance information for individual countries in the Annual Report on International Parental Child Abduction (IPCA). The report is located here.
Curaçao is not a signatory to the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (Hague Abduction Convention), nor are there any bilateral agreements in force between Curaçao and the United States concerning international parental child abduction.
Legal systems and laws pertaining to custody, divorce, and parental abduction vary widely from country to country. Parents are encouraged to consult with an attorney in Curaçao who can provide accurate legal guidance that is specific to their circumstances.
The Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs, Directorate for Overseas Citizens Services, Office of Children’s Issues provides assistance in cases of international parental child abduction. For U.S. citizen parents whose children have been wrongfully removed to or retained in countries that are not U.S. partners under the Hague Abduction Convention, the Office of Children’s Issues can provide information and resources about country-specific options for pursuing the return of or access to an abducted child. The Office of Children’s Issues may also coordinate with appropriate foreign and U.S. government authorities about the welfare of abducted U.S. citizen children. Parents are strongly encouraged to contact the Department of State for assistance.
United States Department of State
Bureau of Consular Affairs
Office of Children's Issues
SA-17, 9th Floor
Washington, DC 20522-1709
Child abduction is a criminal offense under the laws of Curaçao. A petition for prosecution can be filed with the Public Prosecutor (Openbaar Ministerie) in Curaçao. The Government of Curaçao does not maintain a website specifically regarding custody, family law and visitation
Parents may wish to consult with an attorney in the United States and in the country to which the child has been removed or retained to learn more about how filing criminal charges may impact a custody case in the foreign court. Please see Possible Solutions - Pressing Criminal Charges for more information.
Legal systems and laws pertaining to custody, divorce, and parental abduction vary widely from country to country. Parents are encouraged to consult with an attorney in Curaçao who can provide legal guidance that is specific to their circumstances.
The Office of Children’s Issues may be able to assist parents seeking access to children who have been wrongfully removed from or retained outside the United States. Parents who are seeking access to children who were not wrongfully removed from or retained outside the United States should contact the U.S. Consulate General in Curaçao for information and possible assistance.
Neither the Office of Children’s Issues nor consular officials at the U.S. Consulate General in Curaçao are authorized to provide legal advice.
Curacao offers free/reduced legal aid services. The person seeking such services may contact the Tax Department (Nieuwe Belastingsorganisatie) at the Regentesselaan z/n, telephone number +(599-9)734-2555 or +(599-9)734-2333. There he/she will get a document that shows proof of financial need. The individual should present that document to the Department of Social Affairs (Sociale Zaken), Schouwburgweg 26.
The U.S. Consulate General in Curaçao posts a list of attorneys here.
This list is provided as a courtesy service only and does not constitute an endorsement of any individual attorney. The Department of State assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by, the following persons or firms. Professional credentials and areas of expertise are provided directly by the lawyers.
The Voogdijraad Curacao is the governmental agency that offers mediation services for child custody disputes. The Voogdijraad Curacao is consulted by the Court in case of child custody disputes in order to research the situation of the minor involved and all related custody issues. All costs for official duties performed by the Voogdijraad Curacao are paid by the government of Curacao. Contact details of the Voogdijraad Curacao:
P.O. Box 796
While travelling in a foreign country, you are subject to the laws of that country. It is important for parents to understand that, although a left-behind parent in the United States may have custody or visitation rights pursuant to a U.S. custody order, that order may not be valid and enforceable in the country in which the child is located. For this reason, we strongly encourage you to speak to a local attorney if planning to remove a child from a foreign country without the consent of the other parent. Attempts to remove your child to the United States may:
The U.S. government cannot interfere with another country’s court or law enforcement system.
To understand the legal effect of a U.S. order in a foreign country, a parent should consult with a local attorney in the country in which the child is located.
For information about hiring an attorney abroad, see our section on Retaining a Foreign Attorney.
Although we cannot recommend an attorney to you, most U.S. Embassies have lists of attorneys available online. Please visit the local U.S. Embassy or Consulate website for a full listing.
For more information on consular assistance for U.S. citizens arrested abroad, please see our website.
Country officers are available to speak with you Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. For assistance with an abduction in progress or any emergency situation that occurs after normal business hours, on weekends, or federal holidays, please call toll free at 1-888-407-4747. See all contact information.
DISCLAIMER: The information in this flyer is provided for general information only, is not intended to be legal advice, and may change without notice. Questions involving interpretation of law should be addressed to an attorney licensed in the relevant jurisdiction.
Select a visa category below to find the visa issuance fee, number of entries, and validity period for visas issued to applicants from this country*/area of authority.
Visa Classification: The type of nonimmigrant visa you are applying for.
Fee: The reciprocity fee, also known as the visa issuance fee, you must pay. This fee is in addition to the nonimmigrant visa application fee (MRV fee).
Number of Entries: The number of times you may seek entry into the United States with that visa. "M" means multiple times. If there is a number, such as "One", you may apply for entry one time with that visa.
Validity Period: This generally means the visa is valid, or can be used, from the date it is issued until the date it expires, for travel with that visa. If your Validity Period is 60 months, your visa will be valid for 60 months from the date it is issued.
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This document must be requested at:
Immigration Department Curacao
Mortiersweg 5 Amerikanenkamp
Only individuals who have or had resident status in Curacao may obtain a Declaration of Good Conduct. Processing takes about 6 weeks. You will need to:
The request will be processed and submitted to the Openbaar Ministerie (Public Prosecutors office). Standard procedure to request a search be conducted for the time the person is legally registered on the island. A background check will be done on the island of residency and Holland.If there is no criminal background or issues the Declaration of Good Conduct will be issued by the Ministry of Justice. If there is a criminal background or an issue the report will be denied and a letter with the reason (crime) will be provided to the applicant by the Ministry of Justice. Note that any criminal activities committed more than 10 years ago will be cleared from the person's criminal record, so the person will get a Declaration of Good Conduct if the crime committed was more than 10 years ago.
Curacao (Consulate General)
J.B. Gorsiraweg #1
3160 Curacao Pl
Dulles, VA 20189
Phone Number: 011-5999-461-3066
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