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Curacao Island COVID-19 Safety Protocols

The Curaçao Tourist Board has created an infographic that outlines the measures that need to take place prior to and during your arrival process.  Please Click here to review this document.

For the most updated information, visit Curacao.com

Listed below is a summary of information found on curacao.com as of July 1, 2020.

The number of COVID-19 infections in Curaçao has remained very limited and the spread of the virus is under control. All the more reason to make sure we reopen in a safe and controlled manner. Borders opened on June 12th for visitors from Bonaire, St. Eustatius, and Saba, and on June 15th for visitors from Aruba and St. Maarten.

Travelers departing out of any of these islands have to take these 2 mandatory steps: (1) Complete the digital immigration card online before departure at dicardcuracao.com. and (2) Within 48 hours before departure, you need to digitally fill out the Passenger Locator Card (PLC) and carry a printed document of proof with you. You may do so at dicardcuracao.com.

From July 1st, 2020, a maximum of 10,000 passengers will be welcomed to the island so that there will be minimal pressure on the local health system. As Curacao’s reopening happens in phases, visitors are welcome from the following countries: Belgium, Canada, China, Germany, France, Italy, The Netherlands, and Spain.

Before departure these visitors must take 3 mandatory steps on dicardcuracao.com: (1) Complete the digital immigration card online before departure at dicardcuracao.com. (2) Within 48 hours before departure, you need to digitally fill out the Passenger Locator Card (PLC) on dicardcuracao.com and carry a printed document of proof with you, and (3) Each visitor entering Curaçao will need to show a negative result from a certified COVID-19 PCR-test and carry a printed document of proof with them. The test is taken max. 72 hours prior to departure at an accredited laboratory.  You will be required to upload the negative test results of the COVID-19 PCR-test on dicardcuracao.com before departure.

Please note the following entry conditions for all travelers:

  • You have not traveled to another country where there is a high-risk of COVID-19 infections within 14 days prior to arrival. If this is the case, you will be placed in mandatory quarantine.
  • You must carry a printed document of proof of the mandatory steps at all times during your travel.
  • You must be adequately insured for medical care and any additional costs if you are quarantined or become ill during your stay.
  • No cruise passengers are currently admitted.
  • If you do not meet the above conditions, you may be quarantined on arrival. This is entirely at your own expense.

During your stay in Curaçao

  • If you are tested positive for COVID-19 during your stay in Curaçao, you will be quarantined immediately.
  • All the tourist facilities follow ‘A Dushi Stay, the Healthy Way’ guidelines to guarantee safety for visitors and staff, while making you feel welcome in a relaxed and safe environment.
  • If you are in Curaçao and you start to show any symptoms related to COVID-19 (dry cough, fever, tiredness, sore throat, headache, loss of taste or smell) you are to immediately contact the health authority (GGD) by calling 9345.
  • Visitors will be asked to practice frequent hand hygiene and will have access to handwashing facilities with soap, single-use paper towels or automatic dryers for drying and alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Distancing measures are in place in all public spaces on the island. That means a 2 meter (6 feet) distance between people is to be kept at all times.
  • In case the 2 meter (6 feet) distance cannot be kept, visitors are asked to wear face masks.
  • Restaurants, bars, beach clubs and other hospitality facilities are open for business adhering to normal opening hours. Guests are asked to make reservations in advance.
  • Transport to and from the airport is performed according to guidelines. You may rent a car and move freely on the island.

 

Go West Safety Protocols

During the months we have been closed, we have studied the protocols suggested for the "new normal" and have trained our staff to ensure that they deliver a safe experience for our guests and themselves.

We will be adopting the following, but please note that these are ever-changing procedures which we will update as new information becomes available about COVID-19.

Below are some of the measures we will be asking you to take:

Pre-Arrival Packing

  • Please pack extra masks in your carry-on luggage
  • Pack disinfectant wipes and sufficient hand sanitizer to supplement that which you will find in all public places. to ensure you always have these available when needed.
  • Pack defog for your mask as spitting is not appropriate.
  • Consider sanitizing your personal dive gear prior to packing.

 Check-In & In-Shop Procedures

  • Whenever possible, all dive waivers will be completed outdoors.
  • Face masks must be worn inside the shop and people are expected to maintain 2m/6f social distancing.
  • Hand sanitizer is available at the doors and on the counter.
  • If possible, please pay with a credit card.  The exchange of cash is discouraged.

During Your Dive Experience

  • Remember to wash your hands frequently, especially after a bathroom visit.
  • Maintain social distancing of 2m/6ft while gearing up, getting on or off the dive boats, and before descending into the water.
  • Restrict yourself from touching other people's gear.
  • Use defog (not spit) to clean your mask.

Boat Diving

  • The maximum number of people per boat has been reduced to 10 divers plus staff.
  • On the boats, face masks are required while onboarding and offboarding the dive boats.
  • Once the boat is underway and people are able to spread about the boat, masks can be removed while out in the fresh air.
  • Once you are seated, please refrain from moving about the boat as much as possible.
  • There will be no communal rinse buckets on the boat.
  • Foodservice is no longer offered, or if offered will be pre-wrapped such as granola bars.

Gear

  • All rental regulators, masks, and snorkels will be soaked in a bleach solution, then rinsed with fresh water.
  • Go West Diving sells a good selection of masks and snorkels in their shop should you prefer to use your own.
  • Regulator mouthpieces can also be purchased for those who prefer their own.
  • Rental BCD’s will be washed with an antiseptic wash.
  • Rental wetsuits will be washed with Wetsuit wash.
  • Personal dive gear can be washed in designated sanitizing rinse tanks.

Below are some additional measures Go West Diving will be taking:

  • All areas of the dive operation will be sanitized regularly, especially high traffic areas such as the bathroom, picnic tables, counters, the classroom, the dive retail shop.
  • At the end of each day, high traffic areas on the dive boats will be wiped with a bleach solution followed by the normal boat rinsing.