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Curacao lifts travel restrictions for all American travelers
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Curacao lifts travel restrictions for all American travelers

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The historic Governor's Palace sits in the center of Willemstad on the Dutch-flavored island of Curacao.

The historic Governor's Palace sits in the center of Willemstad on the Dutch-flavored island of Curacao. (Bob Downing/Akron Beacon Journal/TNS)

Curacao has reopened the country’s borders to American travelers from every U.S. state and waived the previously required 14-day visitor quarantine, government officials said this week. Curacao had previously limited inbound travel to residents of the New York tri-state area and Florida upon the launch of its phased reopening in October.

The Curacao Tourist Board; the Ministry of Public Health, Environment and Nature, and the Ministry of Economic Development collectively classify residents from all U.S. states as “medium risk.”

“Curacao has taken a cautious reopening approach,” Paul Pennicook, the Curacao Tourist Board’s CEO, said Monday. “We feel confident in our ability to safely welcome back all American travelers and provide them with an exceptional experience in a responsible way that also considers the well-being of Curacao’s local community.”

American visitors are required to complete an online digital immigration card, fill out a passenger locator card within 48 hours of departure, upload proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result within 72 hours of traveling and present a printed copy upon arrival.

Direct flights to Curacao’s Hato International Airport are available from Miami; Newark, New Jersey; and New York this winter. The airport now features touchless technology that “allows U.S. travelers faster, more seamless access through customs and immigration,” officials said.

Pennicook said Curacao is “anticipating a strong first quarter” as the destination debuts new resorts including a Dreams by AMResorts property and the Corendon Mangrove Beach Resort. The Curacao Marriott Beach Resort and Renaissance Curacao Resort & Casino also completed major renovations in 2020. Sandals Resorts will also premiere its first Curacao property this year.

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