As Travel + Leisure reports, Curaçao is a Dutch Caribbean island north of Venezuela that boasts an average temperature of 84°F all year long. It has everything you’d want in a beachy vacation spot—soft white sand, clear blue-green water, enchanting coral reefs—and the vibrantly colored seaside buildings in its capital, Willemstad, give the island an air of cheerfulness.
Anybody from anywhere is allowed to apply for the new program, which permits visitors to stay for up to six months. In addition to travel and medical insurance, you’ll also need to have proof of employment (or proof that you have some other means of financial support). After you’ve submitted your application and the requisite $294 processing fee, you’ll find out if you were accepted within about two weeks. And if you do make the cut, you’ll need to bring a couple important items besides your swimsuit and passport: Upon arrival, officials will ask you to show them negative results from a COVID-19 PCR test taken not more than 72 hours before your departure, and your return ticket. You can find out more details about the program in the FAQ section.
If you’re a U.S. citizen wishing you could while away the months in Curaçao without having to fill out an application (and fork over nearly $300), you’re in luck. Anyone with a U.S. or Dutch passport is already allowed to spend up to six months on the island without being part of any program. That said, you should make sure you’re following the latest CDC guidelines for travel before you book any trips.
[h/t Travel + Leisure]