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Time Zone

UTC -4

Money

The Antillean guilder (NAG) or florin of 100 cents. The US dollar is widely accepted. Import/export limited to NAG200.

Communications

International Dialing Code for Curacao is +599 9.

Telephone cards for use at public phones can be purchased at post offices, roadside snack bars and petrol stations.

The island is covered by a GSM 900/1800 network.

Digicel update December 2014:
Anyone cruising through the islands using Digicel should be aware that you cannot top up a sim from one island in another as used to be able to. So if for example you want to use the sim bought here while cruising through other islands, you should either put on a large enough sum to cover your needs, or you can set up an account and do it online, but you cannot get it topped up in another island.
You can top-up Digicel at
https://online-top-up.digicelgroup.com/

Internet cafes are available.

Diplomatic Missions

In Willemstad: Canada: Maduro & Curiels Bank NV, Plaza Jojo Correa 2-4, Tel. (9) 661115.

Colombia: Scharlooweg 112, Tel. (9) 614663.

Ecuador: Breedestr. 46, Tel. (9) 613222.

Panama: Mahaalweg 26, Tel. (9) 35292.

Peru: Pietermaai 20B, Tel. (9) 611212.

Venezuela: Handelskade 12, Tel. +599 9 4613100.

United States Consulate General, Curacao: +599 9 461 3066.

British Consulate, Curacao: +599 9 461 3900.

British Vice Consulate
Jan Sofat 38 , PO Box 3803 , Curaço, NA
Tel: (5999) 747 3322 Fax:(5999) 747 3330
Consulate General of the United States of America
JB Gorsiraweg 1, Willemstad, Curaçao, NA , Postal address: PO Box 158, Willemstad, , Curaçao, NA
Tel:(5999) 461 3066 Fax:(5999) 461 6489
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 0800-1700. Walk-In Hours Mon, Wed, Fri 0900-1300 only.

Events

Heineken Curacao Regatta in November
www.heinekenregattacuracao.com
Tel: +599 9 673 05 43

Emergencies

Police, Fire. Tel. 114.

Emergencies: 911 (police); 112 (ambulance)

Publications

IMRAY AND ADLARD COLES PILOT BOOKS are vailable at a discounted price for Noonsite.com users via World Cruising Club

A Cruising Guide to the ABC Islands (January 2015)
www.FreeCruisingGuides.com (free download)
The 2nd edition of the Free Cruising Guide produced by Frank Virgintino.
Now available in Spanish.

A Cruising Guide to the Lesser Antilles
Author: Frank Virgintino
Published by www.freecruisingguide.com (July 2012)
Available at Kindle as well as all other EPub bookstores (September 2012)
The three .pdf files are free to download at: www.freecruisingguide.com
See Noonsite further details here

A Thinking Mans Guide to Voyages South - the many facets of Caribbean Cruising
Author: Frank Virgintino
Published: 3rd Edition January 2013
ISBN 9781304133847
Available as a Kindle version at www.amazon.com as well as other EPub bookstores.
The latest edition of this route planner is larger than ever. For more details see this report

Gotto go Cruising - The ABC Islands
By D Waterson & D van der Reidjen
Publisher Compass Consultants Ltd
ISBN 978 780955 232800
www.gottogocruising.com

Grenada to the Virgin Islands
By Jacques Patuelli
Publisher Imray Laurie Norie & Wilson- 3rd Edition 2014
ISBN 9781846235818
This edition covers each island between Grenada and Barbados to the Virgin Islands and is a translation from Jacques Patuelli's original French version with pilotage notes, tourist information, formalities and facilities

Curacao Tourism Development Bureau

www.cybercur.com
Curacao internet links directory. General information about travel & tourism, business, media, sports, weather & events in Curacao.

www.interknowledge.com/curacao

Curacao Spanish Water Cruiser Information - June 2011
Hans on Isis/Sol, who runs the Wifi service in Spanish Water, has very kindly given noonsite permission to post this useful document on noonsite as a public service to fellow cruisers. The most updated version is available on his home page when using his wifi service. Contact Hans at hansroos@msn.com.

Online Guide by Curacao Marine
http://issuu.com/curacaomarine/docs/curacao_marine_publication_pdf/1

Whilst this is the boatyard's booklet tailored to sailor's using the yard, it does have a big section on local facilities and services, island tourist information and a great town map showing where everything is (June 2015).

Update History

March 2017: SailClear now operational here as reported by Ann Lange.
February 2017: Added necessity of zarpe from previous port to Clearance info.
November 2016: Clearance and Customs checked.
October 2016: Immigration re American citizens updated.
June 2016: Immigration details confirmed as still current by Barry Boswell.
October 2015: Security Section updated
July 2015: Publication added
May 2015: Publications checked
December 2014: Immigration updated with further details on application of 180 day visa, with information from Denis Brunin and Roeland van Bijnen.
October 2013: Immigration and Customs updated with information from Roeland van Bijnen of Budget Marine, Curacao.
August 2012: Immigration updated with current visa renewal problems.
May 2012: Note added to security re. thefts from boats at Curacao Marine.

Noonsite welcomes information and updates especially regarding clearance, customs and immigration procedures from cruisers visiting this country.
Please E-mail noonsite with any new information, updates or corrections. Even just a short email confirming that the current data is accurate would be most helpful.

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Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Mar 15, 2017 04:40 PM

Posted on behalf of Ann Lange:
Just to let you know that the Sail Clear web site is up and working in Curaçao and you could save yourself a lot of time at Customs by doing it yourself before check in.

verrytom
verrytom says:
Feb 03, 2017 10:12 AM

The immigration building is now green and the anchor permit location is up the stairs on the left, it is not signed in any way. Closed at 11:30 for long lunch. If walking over from Customs via the pontoon bridge you get to immigration by going through the cruise ship entrance. We were issued a paper to get us in then walked along the water. They are pounding in new sheet piling so it seems unlikely but they waved us through. If you are driving, there is a gate on the eastern side near the giant tanks.

tayl2017
tayl2017 says:
Jan 11, 2017 10:29 PM

Negative experience with Curacao immigration yesterday. We were refused entrance to the country because we did not have an exit document from our last port, St. Croix, USVI. As US citizens, we are not required to check out of the USA, so we did not do so, and did not have a document. We had valid passports and boat document, but no matter. The official would not take our word for it. Bottom line, if you do not have an document to prove where you came from, you will not be granted entrance to Curacao. We were forced to leave.

lkgreen
lkgreen says:
Oct 02, 2016 03:20 PM

There appears to be very differing reports on clearance and length of stay issues. Some may be as a result of citizens of a certain countries are subject to different roles. We sail a US flagged vessel and my wife and I are US citizens. After almost 90 days in Bonaire, we sailed to Curacao arriving July 8 2016. Went to Customs,then immigration then the port office for a cruising permit. Based on what I have read I was under the impression I would need to fill out some additional paperwork and pay $300 fee to extend my initial 90 day stay to the full 180 days allowed. Last week I went first to Customs and asked what was required. After looking at our passports the Customs officer said nothing was required so long as we departed by the end of 180 days. I then asked,what about the boat? The Customs agent briefly spoke with her supervisor and reported that they thought nothing was required, but I should check.Next I went to immigration (under the highway bridge) showed my initial clearance documents and was told everything was good as long as I left, with the boat, by the end of the 180 days. No paperwork, no additional documents and no charge. Happily I left and started walking back to town, then it occurred to me that I probably needed to check on my anchoring permit. Went back d upstairs to the port control office asked. There I was told to make sure and come back on or before Oct 7th to buy a new anchoring permit for $10.00. The officer said it would be better for me to think about other authorized anchorages so I could pay one fee,and include any authorized anchorages on the same permit. If these responses were based on citizenship of vessel flag,maybe it would be a possibility for future commentators on clearance issues to identify their citizenship or vessel flag in order that we all have a better understanding of differing requirements that may apply to us.

Indigo
Indigo says:
Sep 23, 2016 02:36 AM

Regarding the immigration offices. The port office for the initial check in/out is the same, but the main office for further enquiries that was noted at "Mortiersweg 5, Suffisant" has moved to the Punda office near Mcdonalds.

Indigo
Indigo says:
Sep 23, 2016 02:29 AM

Further to the previous information regarding the short stay visa extension. We can confirm that our extension was granted in a few weeks. The duration given was a further 180 days from our application, so it gives more than enough time for laying over during hurricane season. The fee was 300 US p.p. No other fee was payable and no deposits required for the overwinternaar short stay visa. We were advised that one can come and go as much as one likes with in the 180 days. No applicable to us, but we also noted that USA passport holders get 6 month automatically, which is the same as a Dutch citizen. This is not published yet, but was at hand in the Punda immigration office. Europeans get 3 months and some nationalities 1 month.

Indigo
Indigo says:
Jun 02, 2016 01:53 PM

For Curacao Immigration, the information above is still applicable. We found that the immigration at the port office are only interested in stamping you in. They advise 1 month unless you one of the countries that get 3 months. This info is on the internet. The port office did not entertain any discussion or accept the valid 90 day Schengen Multi Entry visa. They refer you to the Punda office (opposite McDonalds). A visit there proved that the 90 Day Schengen visa was accepted and an application to extend for a further 90 days was possible on the "Short Stay" application as "Overwinteraar". The current fee is 300 USD p.p. So far, with the exception of the port immigration office, every official has been an absolute pleasure to deal with. We can also vouch for the Santa Barbora Beach Marina (also linked to Seru Bocca) for their incredible continued service right from our first enquiry by the Manager Robert.rvandenheuvel@santabarbaraplantation.com

burnettmed
burnettmed says:
Nov 21, 2015 05:08 PM

It is important to note that ALL CREW must be physically present to clear in AND OUT with Immigration. This means you have to load up everyone, including kids, and take them on the trek to town after you anchor/dock in Spanish Waters. We didn't know this, they were firm about it, and so we had to make the trip twice! Blek!

Lior Keydar
Lior Keydar says:
Mar 29, 2015 04:43 AM

If you sail west, dont miss the Santa Cruz Bay at the west end of the island. We saw caves in the water and ate great food by the restaurant of Captain good life, the only house and restaurant in this bay. it was really a nice stop there

PeteDD
PeteDD says:
Oct 06, 2016 07:54 PM

Curacao Immigration confirmed to us in writing today that US citizens receive a six month tourist visa. This is not yet updated on their website. Here is a copy of the letter:

Dear Mr Dubler,
According to the Dutch-American treaty, American citizens get the same treatment as Dutch citizens regarding Admission to Curaçao.
This means that American citizens can also stay a total of six months as tourists.
When submitting a petition for a permit to live on the island, Americans have to submit the same type of permit as Dutch citizens.

Regards,
Customer Service Center
Prinsenstraat 90, Punda
Willemstad, Curaçao
T: +5999 733-2000
F: +5999 462-6176
E: info@immigrationcur.org
W: www.gobiernu.cw

enceecee
enceecee says:
Oct 05, 2013 02:30 AM

when we checked into Curacao almost 2 weeks ago I asked at Immigration if the rules were still the same, i.e. 3 months per calender year, and was informed that the 3-month rule had been changed and foreigners can now stay 6 months per calender year. You can now either stay 6 months in a row, or break them up throughout the year, according to the lady at Immigration. However, I also heard from some people that not all immigration officers either have been informed or adhere to the new rules.

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