Curacao plans to reopen its borders to U.S. travelers early next month but only to residents of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
Borders reopened on July 1 to travelers from several European countries, Canada and China, but the numbers were limited to a maximum of 10,000 people total.
On July 16, travelers from most Caribbean countries were permitted to visit.
"We will continue to monitor developments throughout the rest of the
U.S.," said Paul Pennicook, CEO of the Curacao Tourist Board. "We look
forward to the opening of other gateway cities as soon as conditions
allow so that more American travelers can experience our destination."
All travelers were required to follow health and safety protocols for entry.
U.S. visitors from the three states also will be required to present and upload proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of traveling and a Digital Immigration Card to www.dicardcuracao.com. A Passenger Locator Card (PLC) must be uploaded within 48 hours of departure to Curacao, as well.
A state-issued ID must be presented upon arrival in Curacao.
United plans to resume weekly, nonstop flights from Newark on Nov. 7. JetBlue will begin flying twice-weekly flights from New York JFK on Dec. 9.
Earlier this year, Curacao implemented a set of health and safety protocols, branded "A Dushi Stay the Healthy Way" (dushi means sweet in Papiamentu, a Portuguese-based Creole language spoken in the Dutch Caribbean).
The program includes personnel training, social distancing practices and hygiene and sanitation guidelines. A monitoring system run by the island's public health office includes personalized phone calls to all incoming visitors during their time in Curacao.
To consolidate pertinent information, the tourist board developed an app called Dushi Stay that gives travelers access to entry requirements, islandwide protocols, emergency contact numbers and health tips and information on the restaurants, attractions and beaches that are open.