The fascinating island of Curaçao combines a stunning natural beauty, a rich history and an interesting culture, mix of Dutch and Caribbean influences. Part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Curaçao is located North of the coasts of Venezuela. Countless bays and inlets are found along its coastline, as well as beautiful sandy beaches. Numerous forts and ancient plantations lie throughout Curaçao, taking the visitor back to colonial times. Willemstad, the capital, has absolutely lovely pastel colored Dutch-style houses in its old quarter, as well as excellent museums. With its singular European-South American atmosphere, Curaçao offers the visitor a truly unique Caribbean experience.
INFORMATIONS ABOUT HEALTH
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We make every effort to ensure that the information posted on our website is up to date and accurate according to the latest public health recommendations; however, it is impossible for us to make changes on a daily basis.
For the most current travel health recommendations, please call our clinic as make an appointment with one of our travel health professionals.
CURAÇAO – RECOMMENDED VACCINES
|The Yellow Fever Vaccine||A proof of vaccination against yellow fever may be required upon entry in to this country.
Some travellers may not be eligible to receive this vaccine. Please enquire with your health care professional regarding your specific details.
It is important to note that the vaccine should be administered at least 10 days prior to your departure.
For further information, please consult with the World Health Organization (WHO) website:
|Hepatitis A||Recommended for all travelers.|
|Transmission, Symptoms and Prevention – Rabies||For travelers at high risk of animal bites or being involved in activities with bats. Clients who plan to visit remote areas may consider receiving this vaccine. Important to note the pre-exposure rabies vaccine is administered in 2 doses with one week interval between doses. Post-exposure vaccination is always recommended, even for those previously vaccinated.|
|Flu – Influenza||Seasonal influenza occurs worldwide. The flu season usually runs from November to April in the northern hemisphere, between April and October in the southern hemisphere and year round in the tropics. Influenza (flu) is caused by a virus spread from person to person through coughing and sneezing or by touching infected surfaces. Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine yearly. Vaccine is recommended 14 days prior to departure.|
|Routine vaccines (dCaT, Polio, Meningococcal, Shingles, Pneumococcal, Hepatitis B, HPV, MMR & Varicella)||Recommended for all travelers|
|Causes, Symptoms & Treatment – Typhoid fever||Recommended for most travelers, especially those who are staying with friends or relatives; visiting smaller cities, villages, or rural areas where exposure might occur through food or water; or prone to “adventurous eating”|
|Hepatitis B||Consider for most travelers; recommended for those who might be exposed to blood or other body fluids, have sexual contact with the local population, or be exposed through medical treatment (e.g., for an accident).|
|Turista – Traveler’s Diarrhea (ETEC)||Talk to your health care professional about the risks and precautionary measures to take, as well as the Dukoral® vaccine. Important to note that the Dukoral vaccine is an oral vaccine given in 2 doses, recommended at least 2 weeks prior to departure.|
|Dengue Fever, Chikungunya and/or Zika||There are many illnesses that are transmitted via mosquito bites and unfortunately we do not have vaccines to protect us against most of them. It is important to inquire with your healthcare professional regarding the specific risks and the different illnesses presently in circulation.|
In Curacao, the quality level of medical care is acceptable. The main and best equipped hospital center on the island is the Saint Elizabeth Hospital, located in Willemstad. It offers a wide range of medical services. Several private clinics provide very good quality health care in Curacao. But serious sicknesses and injuries require an air evacuation to another country.
In case of emergency in Curacao, call 112 or 911.
Several well supplied pharmacies are found in Curacao. But it is always safer to bring your own medicines with you, especially if you need very specific treatments.
Dial 917 for emergency assistance.