U.S. and Canadian citizens need either a valid passport, or proof of citizenship in the form of an original birth certificate accompanied by photo I.D., and an onward or return ticket. If you plan to stay for more than three months, an application for a resident permit is essential.
As you depart Curaçao by air you have to pay a mandatory airport tax. The amount of your payment depends on your destination. Depending on the airline the departure tax might already be included in the ticket price.
The Antillean Guilder (Naf. or fl.) is the local currency. The guilder had been pegged to the US dollar at a fixed exchange rate of USD 1.00 = Naf 1.78.
Electricity is 110-130 volts/50 cycles (US is 60 cycles). US electrical appliances will function normally, however, hairdryers, clothing irons, and battery charges may overheat when used continuously for a long period of time. It may be wise to use a surge regulator for sensitive electronic devices such as computers. Most hotel electrical sockets are of the two-pronged, flat US variety.
Tap water is distilled directly from the sea, tastes good, and is safe to drink. Mineral water of any kind is available at any supermarket.
Driving in Curaçao
International road signs are used in Curaçao.
Foreign and international licenses are valid.
Car speedometers and road signs are all in kilometers.
Speed limit in residential areas is 40 kmph, out of town it's 60 kmph, unless a higher or lower speed limit is specifically indicated.
Where there are no road signs, traffic from your right has the right of way.
Be extra careful on wet roads, infrequent rain causes build-up of oil, rubber and dust which makes for very slippery conditions.
Should you be involved in an accident, don't move your car. Immediately notify the Police and Curaçao Road Services.
Police & Fire Department 911
Curaçao Road Service 199
Best transportation to get around in on Curaçao is definitely a car. There are several car rental agencies on the island.
It’s possible to get around the island by bus, but public transportation is somewhat limited. Curaçao has two types of public transportation; the large yellow or blue busses called “konvoi” and, on the most traveled urban routes, collective cars or vans calls bus (you can recognize them by the BUS on the license plate). Major bus terminals are located outside the post office on the Waaigat inlet in Punda and beside the underpass in Otrobanda.
Their sign and/or the letters TX on the license plate easily identify taxis. There are taxi stands at the airport, in Punda and Otrobanda, and outside major zhotels. Taxis have no meters, but fares are standard; confirm these before departure.
Alleys of Otrobanda