On June 1, 2015, the Admission Service Curacao changed its admission policy for nationals of the United States (“American citizens”). With effect from this date, the entry requirements for American citizens are the same as the entry requirements that apply to European Dutch nationals. American citizens traveling to and aiming to live and work in Curacao will see a number of important changes as a result.
On June 1, 2015, the Admission Service Curaçao changed its admission policy for nationals of the United States (“American citizens”).1 With effect from this date, the entry requirements for American citizens are the same as the entry requirements that apply to European Dutch nationals.
The changes, in many cases, may lead to more flexible entry requirements and conditions for American citizens.
U.S. outbound international assignees and other travelers (who are American citizens) to Curacao, as well as their international assignment program managers and immigration advisers, should take note of these changes – they may help ease their administrative burdens and streamline entry to Curacao for such individuals.
The change in admission policy is partly in response to a ruling by the Joint Court of Appeal of Aruba, Curaçao, Sint Maarten, and of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius, and Saba (“BES islands”) dated December 15, 2014. Therein it was ruled that American citizens situated in a part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands outside Europe are subject to the same treatment for entry and stay as European Dutch nationals, being nationals who qualify for a statement of legal entry (the “Statement”) in that part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands outside Europe (in this case Curaçao). This equal treatment is based on the 1956 Friendship Treaty concluded between the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the United States of America, which also applies to Aruba, Curaçao, Sint Maarten, and the BES islands.
The change in Curaçao’s admission policy will result, for example, in the following changes for American citizens:
Unlike European Dutch nationals, it appears that, for the time being, the procedure for final departure by means of a stamped registration form will continue to apply to American citizens leaving Curaçao.
Aruba, Sint Maarten, and the BES islands have already adjusted their admission policies. In respect of entry and residence on these islands of the Kingdom, American citizens are also entitled to the same treatment as European Dutch nationals.
1 Please note that there is no official governmental document available. The changed admission policy is based on unpublished policy following on the ruling by the Joint Court of Appeal along with the Friendship Treaty. The Curaçao government is currently working on the official legal implementation.
This article, is excerpted with permission from “Admission Policy for American Citizens” in Tax Alert, a publication of Meijburg & Co. Caribbean, a KPMG International member firm.
For additional information or assistance, please contact your usual KPMG GMS or People Services professional* or the following professional with the KPMG International member firm in Curacao:
Tel. +5999 732 5400
* Please note the KPMG International member firm in the United States does not provide immigration services.
The information contained in this newsletter was submitted by the KPMG International member firm in Curacao.
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