Caribbean travel updates: Curacao and Saba change their entry requirements

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An aerial view of Saba.
An aerial view of Saba.

Curacao has added an entry requirement for U.S. travelers, and Saba will welcome U.S. visitors starting on May 1 but with different rules for vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers.

A rapid antigen test on the third day of a stay in Curacao is now mandatory, in addition to the existing entry requirements of a Digital Immigration Card and a Passenger Locator Card (PLC) uploaded within 48 hours of travel and proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure.

Travelers typically will receive their antigen test results within 20 minutes to one hour, on average. The antigen tests in Curacao vary in price but typically start at $20.

If the antigen test result is positive, the traveler will have to quarantine per local guidelines.

Every traveler is required to have insurance to cover any Covid-19-related expenses.

All visitors are required to make an appointment and pay in advance to undergo an antigen test at a local lab in Curacao. All travelers will receive a confirmation email including a booking reference number and the local laboratory website and instructions after submitting their PLC.

The traveler chooses the preferred lab and the time slot and pays for the test online. After booking and payment confirmation of the appointment is received, a confirmation email will be sent to the traveler by the local lab.

Travelers who have had Covid-19 in the past six months and have proof of a negative antigen test upon arrival in Curacao are exempt from the test on the third day.

Information is available at www.curacao.com.

Saba, meanwhile, will welcome travelers from high-risk countries, including the U.S., on May 1. Travelers need to obtain approval before arriving in Saba through [email protected] Fully vaccinated adults must present proof of a negative PCR test taken 72 hours before arrival and are not required to quarantine. Non-vaccinated travelers must quarantine for five days and take a rapid antigen test on day five.

Travelers connecting through St. Maarten prior to visiting Saba must follow St. Maarten's entry requirements in addition to those for Saba: a completed health declaration uploaded at stmaartenentry.com and proof of a negative Covid-19 test result taken within five days prior to arrival or an FDA-approved rapid test within 48 hours of departure.

As of May 1, Winair will offer morning and afternoon flights to Saba four days a week. Ferry service between St. Maarten and Saba will be finalized in the coming weeks.

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