Ocean Encounters

Coronavirus in Curacao - Travel and Vacation Updates

Are you planning your diving vacation to Curacao? Are you wondering what the current Coronavirus travel requirements are for Curacao including COVID testing requirements, testing locations and the essential links for Curacao immigration, especially how to upload your negative COVID test results?

Then, START HERE with these required steps!

Note(!) that starting on October 27, 2021, Curacao accepts the EU DCC (digital vaccination certificate/QR-code) as a proof for when travelling to Curacao instead of the PCR-test when from a low-risk Eu country!

Prior to departure, all visitors must follow these 3 mandatory steps on dicardcuracao.com (make sure to check this government portal for the latest changes incl on the EU DCC/PCR test requirement):

  1. Complete the Digital Immigration Card online before departure.

  2. Complete the Passenger Locator Card (PLC) online 48 hours prior to your departure and carry a printed document of proof with you.

  3. Depending on your country of origin a PCR test or Antigen test is required prior to departure. All Covid tests need to be taken at an accredited laboratory and carry a printed proof of the negative Covid test result. For more information about the country classification, click here.

  4. 3rd day on-island Antigen test. All passengers are required to undergo an Antigen test at a local laboratory on the 3rd day in Curaçao. Please click here for more information.

Please note:

  • Only deep pharyngeal nose and throat swab PCR tests are accepted. PCR tests such as Gargle samples, Saliva swabs and Rapid PCR Test will not be accepted.
  • You may contact your general practitioner for a referral to the nearest institution.
  • Children under the age of 12 who don’t show Covid-19 symptoms are not required to undergo a PCR/Antigen test.

  • Starting on October 27, 2021, Curacao accepts the EU DCC (digital vaccination certificate/QR-code), which is a proof of vaccination or the digital test results from Europe, as a proof for when travelling to Curacao. Checks will be made thorugh the ‘DCC Cross border Scanner app NL’.

Going back home:

A PCR or Antigen test can be done onsite at LionsDive Resort and Sunscape Resort.

For those traveling to Curaçao, also check this website for the latest Coronavirus travel information prior to arrival – including country updates, on-island safety protocols, and COVID testing facilities. PLEASE continue to check back for changes to this globally dynamic situation because your health and safety is our paramount concern.

When you add it all up, Ocean Encounters together with our accommodation partners, are ready to provide you with the perfect vacation here in Curacao because together we have not left anything to chance.

WE ARE READY and WE HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON!

Are you ready to dive safely and securely back into Curacao?

We are READY TO GO DIVING in Curacao!

Here at Ocean Encounters, we want to re-assure you that we are taking Coronavirus seriously and that we want to do everything we can to keep you and our island community safe.

We are urging guests to practice good personal hygiene, frequently wash hands, sneeze or cough into your elbow, and avoid shaking hands. If you feel you have any symptoms before traveling to Curaçao, please consult your doctor immediately.

The Ocean Encounters professional Dive Team has put in place a complete program of Coronavirus Safety Protocols to ensure you, your family and your friends have the ultimate “SAFE” dive vacation experience in Curacao!

Upon entering the shop, touch free hand sanitizer is available, while our new logo on the floor guides guests to the reception to ensure social distancing. We’ve incorporated plexiglass barriers and tablets to fill in digital waivers to eliminate human contact. 

Our rental gear is disinfected before and after use and we have specially disinfected rinse tanks for divers with their own gear. On the boat, each diver sets up at least 6ft apart and individual fresh-water buckets are available for masks, cameras, or anything else you need to get wet. Once underwater, everyone is safe, and the diving has been epic lately!

Ocean Encounters has always taken a great deal of pride in providing a quality service and “ultimate dive experience” to our guests, while ensuring their safety, and the safety of our employees, always. With this in mind, we have amended our standard health and safety procedures to include a more stringent protocol, as follows:

  • Employees & guests are reminded to wash hands frequently. Signs have been placed in the bathrooms, kitchens, and water stations as friendly reminders.
  • Hand sanitizer placed at all shop counters – upon availability.
  • Rinse tanks cleaned and disinfected twice daily.
  • Mask buckets removed from all boats.
  • All counters cleaned & disinfected 3 times daily.
  • Guest sitting areas are cleaned & disinfected twice daily.
  • All rental equipment is sprayed with disinfectant when given out.
  • All rental equipment is placed in large buckets filled with bleach and disinfected upon return.

It is important that our guests have peace of mind because we want you to feel comfortable and confident while enjoying our services. However, be assured that we do understand that cancellations may occur due to change of travel plans, travel restrictions, or personal choice. Therefore, we are offering free rescheduling and gladly welcome you later.

 Once again, we want to reassure you of our dedication to ensure a safe, healthy, and quality dive or snorkel experience. Thank you for your continued support and loyalty. We are looking forward to welcoming you to Ocean Encounters soon.

Warm regards,

Jeremiah Peek
General Manager