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Before You Go
Make sure you are up to date on routine vaccines such as measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot. In addition, Hepatitis A and Typhoid vaccines are recommended for most travelers.
Some travelers should take extra precautions with the following vaccines:
Hepatitis B Recommended for travelers who might have sex with a new partner or get a tattoo or piercing.
Rabies Recommended for travelers who will be working with bats or spending a lot of time in caves.
Your health insurance may not be accepted by medical facilities and practitioners in Curaçao, though your insurance company should reimburse your expenses if you file a claim after the fact. To facilitate this process, you may want to get pre-approval from the insurance company before undergoing any treatment. Many health insurance plan exclude 'hazardous' recreational activities such as scuba diving.
Availability & Cost of Healthcare
St Elisabeth Hospital is a large and well-equipped medical facility in Willemstad. Emergency care is available.
Tap water in Curaçao is safe to drink.
The Zika virus has been reported in Curaçao. The best protection against Zika and other mosquito-borne diseases is to avoid insect bites. Because of the arid climate and strong wind, mosquitoes are not as prevalent as in some other tropical places, but it's still recommended to wear insect repellent (preferably with DEET), especially in the evening.
Pregnant women are advised against traveling to Curaçao. If Zika is contracted by a pregnant woman, she can pass the virus to her fetus, potentially causing serious birth defects. If you or your partner intend to get pregnant, consult the Center for Disease Control & Prevention (www.cdc.org) for recommended precautions before traveling.