Being a stranger in a strange land isn’t so strange when you come equipped with all the information you need to find your way around like you’ve been there before.
Located in the tropics, just 12° north of the Equator, Curaçao has a warm, sunny climate year round. The average temperature is about 27° C (in the mid 80s F). Cooling trade winds blow constantly from the east, picking up in the spring months. The rainy season, which is between October and February, is usually marked by short, occasional showers, mostly at night, and continued sunny weather during the day. Total annual rainfall averages only 570 mm (22 inches).
Generally tourists holding a valid passport may enter Curaçao without a written permit and remain with us for a period of 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). US visitors require a passport to get back into the USA.
Nationals from the Dominican Republic, China and India do not need to apply for a visa if they are in possession of a valid multiple entry visa for the United States, Canada or the Schengen countries (Europe).
As of July 1, 2015 Colombian nationals will not need a visa anymore to enter Curaçao
Tourists should be in possession of:
The following nationalities DO NOT require a Visa to enter Curaçao:
Antigua and Barbuda
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Hong Kong (holders of British National Overseas Passport)
Hong Kong (holders of Special Administrative Region Passport)
Macao (holders of Special Administrative Region Passport)
South Korea (see Korea)
St. Christopher (St. Kitts) & Nevis
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Trinidad & Tobago
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom (UK)
United States of America (USA)
Curaçao currency is the Antillean guilder (also called the florin), which is abbreviated as Nafl. Our Ang. U.S. dollars circulate freely, so it is possible to get by using only American dollars or credit cards. Please note that vendors can rarely supply Curaçao money in U.S. currency.
Exchange rates may vary slightly at stores and hotels. You can find daily exchange rate information at one of our local banks.
Euros are accepted at some hotels and restaurants, but unlike U.S. dollars, they do not circulate freely. Exchange rates for other currencies are posted at banks and listed in the daily papers. Visit www.centralbank.cw for the current exchange rates.
Major credit cards are accepted almost everywhere on the island.
ATM machines can be found all over the island at major population centers and at the airport. To recognize an ATM machine, look for the signs “Bankomatiko” or “Geldautomaat.” Most ATMs offer the option to withdraw in local currency or US dollars.
Giving a tip is something we do to show our appreciation and gratuity for rendered services. We truly hope you will tip well, for this will mean you love your stay on our island! It is suggested to tip the porters at the airport Nafl.1 per bag. Taxi drivers are usually tipped with 10% of the fare. Restaurants usually add 10% and most hotels a 12% service charge to the bill. Hotels charge an additional 7% government tax. Please note that these are not tips. Of course, tipping is left to your own discretion at all times.
Curaçao, as of 10-10-2010, is an autonomous country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Locals have Dutch nationality and carry European Union passports.
The form of government is a parliamentary democracy, based on underlying premises such as freedom of association, the right to form political parties, freedom of the press, and freedom of speech.
The Central Government’s jurisdiction covers mostly state affairs (legislation) and include police, communications, taxation, public health, education, economic control, the establishment of enterprises, labor legislation, money and banking, and foreign currency.
Jan 01 New Year’s Day
(Dates Vary) Carnival day
(Dates Vary) Good Friday
(Dates Vary) Easter
April 27 King’s Day
May 01 Labor Day
(Dates Vary) Ascension Day
July 02 Flag Day
Oct 10 Curaçao Day
Dec 25 Christmas Day
Dec 26 Second Day of Christmas