|Typhoid & Polio
There are three hospitals on Curaçao. St. Elisabeth Hospital in Willemstad is the largest hospital and has state-of-the-art facilities. Taking out travel health insurance with return travel insurance is recommended. An individual first-aid kit should be taken with you and protected according to the temperatures on the way.
 A vaccination certificate against yellow fever is required for all travelers who are over six months old and arrive within 6 days of staying in a WHO-designated infected area. Excluded are travelers who have not left the transit area in the infected areas and transit passengers who do not leave the airport on Curaçao.  Typhoid occurs, poliomyelitis does not. Typhoid vaccination is recommended for backpacking and long-term stays.  The drinking water is obtained from a seawater desalination plant and is safe to drink. Bottled mineral water is widely available. milk, dairy products, meat products, poultry, seafood,
Schistosomiasis pathogens can be found in some ponds and rivers nationwide. Swimming and wading in inland waters should therefore be avoided. Well maintained swimming pools with chlorinated water are safe. Dengue fever, transmitted by mosquitoes, is found across the country. An effective insect repellent is recommended. Hepatitis A and hepatitis B occur. A hepatitis A vaccination is generally recommended. Vaccination against hepatitis B should be given during longer stays and close contact with the local population, as well as for children and young people in general. The Zika virus is transmitted to humans by mosquitoes. Symptoms include fever, joint pain and conjunctivitis. The infection often goes unnoticed or only has mild symptoms. The isolated deaths documented so far were mainly related to other pre-existing conditions. The Federal Foreign Office advises pregnant women against non-essential travel to areas with current Zika outbreaks because the virus is suspected of causing microcephaly in the unborn child. There is neither a vaccination nor a medicinal prophylaxis. Consistent compliance with personal mosquito protection measures is recommended. The Federal Foreign Office advises pregnant women against non-essential travel to areas with current Zika outbreaks because the virus is suspected of causing microcephaly in the unborn child. There is neither a vaccination nor a medicinal prophylaxis. Consistent compliance with personal mosquito protection measures is recommended. The Federal Foreign Office advises pregnant women against non-essential travel to areas with current Zika outbreaks because the virus is suspected of causing microcephaly in the unborn child. There is neither a vaccination nor a medicinal prophylaxis. Consistent compliance with personal mosquito protection measures is recommended.
1 Antillean guilder = 100 cents. Currency code: NAf, ANG (ISO code). Banknotes come in denominations of ANG 100, 50, 25 and 10; Coins in denominations of 5, 2 1/2 and 1 guilder and 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1 cent. In the future, the current currency is to be replaced by the Caribbean guilder, but the date of the conversion has not yet been determined. Note: The Antilles guilder / Caribbean guilder is tied to the US dollar. In many places (eg in shops and restaurants) the US dollar is accepted as a means of payment.
Mastercard and Visa are accepted wherever payment by credit card is possible. American Express is not accepted everywhere. Details from the manufacturer of the relevant credit card.
Bank cards The Girocard (formerly EC card) with the Cirrus, Plus or Maestro symbol is accepted worldwide. It can be used at ATMs with the Cirrus, Plus or Maestro symbol. ATMs are plentiful throughout Curaçao. Further information from banks and credit institutes. Attention: Travelers who want to pay with their bank customer card abroad and withdraw money should find out from their bank about the possibility of using their card before starting their journey.
Traveller’s checks are no longer available in Germany and Switzerland and are hardly available in Austria. Travelers checks can be cashed at some banks in Willemstad on Curaçao. They are preferably accepted in US dollars.
Bank opening hours
Mon-Fri 08.00-15.30. The bank at the airport is open Monday to Saturday from 08:00 to 20:00 and Sunday from 09:00 to 16:00.
Foreign exchange regulations
The import and export of national and foreign currency is unlimited, but cash, precious metals, jewelery and other funds must be declared if they are worth 20,000 NAf or more. Silver coins from the Netherlands and Suriname may not be imported.
Foreign currencies can be exchanged in banks and exchange offices. There are some ATMs. US dollars are accepted as payment everywhere, but you should carry small denomination banknotes, US$50 and US$100 banknotes are not always easy to change. The customer usually gets change in Antillean guilders. In shops, US$ are reluctantly exchanged for the local currency.
|Exchange rates (no guarantee)
|1 EUR = 1.00 US$
1 CHF = 1.19 US$
1 USD = 0.96 US$
|1 EUR = 1.00 ƒ
1 CHF = 1.19 ƒ
1 USD = 0.96 ƒ
|1 EUR = 1.00 €
1 CHF = 1.19 €
1 USD = 0.96 €