Visiting Curaçao

Curaçao not only offers tropical weather and sandy beaches, but also has a UNESCO-listed historic downtown, a rich cultural heritage and a vibrant nightlife.

Located between the Americas in combination with its Dutch ties in the Kingdom, the island hosts tourist from many different regions around the world. Its international airport and large cruise ship terminal makes the island easily accessible from many different countries and friendly locals always make for a pleasant stay.

With many pristine dive sites, a national park, a rich culture and beautiful beaches the island is a unique destination that offers something for everyone.

Learn more about your visit or read our online brochure. For essential questions about your trip click here.

Entry requirements

Generally, tourists holding a valid passport may enter Curaçao without a written permit and remain with us for up to 90 days. However, several nationalities (e.g. Cuba, Haiti, Peru) must present a tourist visa as part of our entry requirements. A visa should be applied for at least one month in advance at any representation of the Netherlands (in the concerning country).

Tourists should have:

  • a valid passport
  • a return or outward ticket on arrival
  • sufficient funds for accommodations and food
  • the necessary documents for returning to the country of origin, or further travel elsewhere

Learn more about entry requirements.

Customs and regulations

If you are traveling with expensive jewelry, you may want to bring proof of possession, such as a receipt of purchase, bill of sale, insurance policy, or jeweler’s appraisal. You may take foreign-made items bearing serial numbers (e.g. cameras, watches, tape recorders, gift and folders for a convention) to Custom Offices for registration before leaving the US.

Besides articles for personal use, people 18 years and older are allowed one-fifth of liquor, 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars, and 250 grams of tobacco. If you exceed the stated quantity you will have to declare. Additionally, if you wish to carry over $10,000 with you, you will have to declare it.

Visitors should generally not have a problem bringing items for personal use and gifts onto Curaçao. Prescription drugs, particularly if they contain narcotics, should be clearly marked. Unlike in the Netherlands, possession of even the smallest amount of marijuana or other illegal drugs is a serious offense.

If you are traveling with expensive jewelry, you may want to bring a present proof of prior possession such as a receipt of purchase, bill of sale, insurance policy, or jeweler’s appraisal. You may take foreign-made items bearing serial numbers (e.g. cameras, watches, tape recorders, gift and folders for a convention) to Custom Offices for registration before leaving the U.S.A.

Besides articles for personal use, people over 18 years are allowed one fifth of liquor, 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars, and 250 grams of tobacco. If you exceed the stated quantity you will have to declare. Additionally, if you wish to carry over $10,000 with you, you will have to declare it.

Travelling with pets

For information regarding animal shipment / travel toCuraçao, please contact Dr. Dwarkasing at the office of Veterinary Affairs in Curaçao:

Email: info.uovz@gobiernu.cw
Tel: +599 9461 4000