FAQ - Frequently asked questions

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We do our best to find the perfect job for you as quickly as possible. We have many contacts with companies on the island so we can switch quickly. After we have found a nice and suitable vacancy, we will inform you of course! 

Fortunately, you don't have to pay us immediately! You first register for free, after which we will look for a suitable vacancy. As soon as we have found this vacancy and you are happy with it, you will receive the invoice from us. During the registration process you already indicate which services you want to use. You will also find these services on the invoice. Curious about our packages? Quickly view our packages and then register! 

You will receive the invoice from us by e-mail, which contains all the bank details you can transfer to. The payment term that we use is 7 days so you have a week to settle the invoice. 

Because we have an account number on Curaçao, it is convenient to choose a World Transfer with your bank transfer, then you can transfer the amount directly to ANG (Guilders). A world transfer takes around 3 - 5 business days.

Make sure that you choose All Cost / Our when making the transfer. Otherwise, costs will be deducted from the transferred amount. 

No Cure No Pay simply means that you only have to pay if we have found a suitable vacancy for you. You will then also receive the invoice. So if we do not find a suitable vacancy, you do not have to pay us, it is great!

Curious about our procedure? Read here how we work exactly! 

Our work for you starts when we have received your registration form, so this is crucial. 

We have various registration forms, namely for interns, employees and volunteers. You can fill in the correct registration form via these links.

At the top of our website is the "Register" button. If you click on this you will get the three different options. Click on the one that applies to you and choose the package that you would like to purchase. You will then be taken directly to the free registration form! 

With us you can choose that we pick you up from Hato airport and bring you to your accommodation. As easy as you have just landed! The transfer means that we will come to pick you up and we will personally bring you to your accommodation. 

You can also book this service in advance to Hato when you go home! 

The pick-up service is standard in our All-in-1 package and you can opt for it in the Customized package. 

Using your own SIM card on the island is hopi expensive. So if you are staying on Curaçao for a longer period (more than a month), we always recommend using a local SIM card! 

Keep in mind that you cannot buy a SIM card anywhere at the supermarket like in Europe, here you have to go to a special store and draw a number and wait until it is your turn. We also have this as an extra service with our packages so that you can immediately use a local SIM card, which is very handy. 

We work with two types of packages, namely the All in 1 package and the Customized package. That way we can provide everyone with appropriate service. 

You can view the content and price of the packages via this page! In addition, we offer the same extra services with every package that are useful for your start on Curaçao. 

Experience shows that 99% of the cases we have been able to find a suitable vacancy and can therefore match. You can therefore assume that we will also find something suitable and fun for you!

Because we can never guarantee this, we work on a No Cure No Pay basis. Because of this you only pay us after we have found a suitable vacancy for you. That way you don't have to worry about losing your money. 

Once you have completed the registration form, we will contact you for an intake interview via Skype. This allows us to map what you expect and what you are looking for. Based on this information we will search for you and we will approach companies. 

When we have found a suitable place for you, we will make this known to you and we will arrange matters such as Housing and Transportation. 

We have a very handy and clear overview procedure made for you, so that you know exactly where you are in the process and what is to come. 

Housing

We select the accommodation on an accurate basis. We know who the managers are and what the houses look like on the inside. Of course one house has more facilities than the other. So it is just what you are looking for in terms of stay!

Curious about the possibilities? Then quickly view all housing

The moment you have indicated a preference in which house you would like to stay, we will contact the landlord. If a room is available, we will put you in contact with the landlord and you will conclude a contract with them and therefore also pay the rent and deposit. 

We as CuraStage are outside of this agreement. We only mediate in choosing a suitable accommodation. 

Yes, of course, we have various accommodations on the website that you can choose from! Every house has its own characteristics and there is always a house that suits you. 

For example, one likes a smaller house more and the other likes a house with several roommates so that people are always present. You can view on our housing page the options!

Transportation

Super annoying if you drive damage or have an accident with the car, but this can happen of course. 

The most important thing is that you call ForenSys on 119. Meanwhile, leave the car as it is, even if you block the entire road. They then come with a van to take photos and draw up a damage report for the insurance. You will then receive a receipt that you can hand over to your car rental company. He or she will submit this to his insurance policy. 

If you are insured for liability with your car, it may be that your deposit is withheld. This also applies to your deductible with an All Risk insurance. 

Also always contact your car rental company if you have been damaged or have had an accident because they must inform the insurance company!

In general, the rules are the same as in the Netherlands, but the driving style here is just different. It is a matter of awarding. You let people in front and people let you in front. The rule on the right applies, but is not observed here. So always be careful when you are at an intersection. It is better to wait too long than just take priority. 

Important: when it rains on Curaçao, the roads can get very slippery because there is a lot of oil on the road surface. So adjust your speed in the turns and allow for a longer braking distance. 

Curious about a few traffic rules? Through this page you can learn more about the traffic rules. 

Aich and flat tire! Unfortunately, that often does not happen here. If you have a flat tire you can see if you have a spare tire in the car and change the tire. 

If you don't have a spare tire or don't know how to change tires, you can always call your car rental company. He can help you out of the fire and otherwise you can call 9247, this is the Curaçao Roadside Assistance service. 

Well this is not the nicest job but it is still necessary to be able to drive your car again. 

Curious how it works? The ANWB in the Netherlands has a perfect description made of how to do this! Oh and should it still not work? Then call your car rental company, he can probably help you further. 

This answer is not obvious because yes there is cycling on the island! However, it is not advisable because there are no cycle roads on Curaçao. So you cannot go everywhere and you have to wonder if it is safe to go cycling on Curaçao. 

There are not for nothing but 1 or 2 companies that rent out mountain bikes and not "normal" bikes. Do you really want to go cycling? Then take a gym subscription and go cycling there!

Well it is not a superfluous luxury. The temperatures are around 30 degrees every day with a good burning sun, so it can get hot in the car. 

We always recommend renting a car with air conditioning, especially if you want your hair to look perfect after your car ride. With the windows open can be fun, but after that time your hairstyle is no longer in shape. 

Tickets

It is intended that you book a ticket yourself. That way you have the freedom to choose which airline you fly to and you can select everything yourself. 

You have two airlines that fly directly from the Netherlands to Curaçao, namely TUI and KLM

Both companies do not engage in Last Minute deals. Experience shows that booking as early as possible is the cheapest. In addition, you also always have the KLM World Deal weeks where there is always a discount on a ticket to Curaçao.

There are also always young people looking for cheap tickets with stopovers via Miami or Paramaribo. Perhaps you can also look at this. 

As long as you have not yet received your Verklaring van Rechtswege, you must book a return ticket. Curaçao wants to be sure that you are planning to return to your own country. 

Do you do an internship? Then you will have to book a return ticket because this is a condition. 

People often book a ticket with KLM so that they can possibly postpone the end date if they want to stay longer on the island. 

When you are younger than 18, you are unfortunately not allowed to fly unaccompanied. You should take this into account in advance as they are strict with Hato (Curaçao airport). Fortunately, you are only allowed to fly with an authorization from your parents / guardians. 

 If you are flying with TUI, you can complete this form and take it with you:https://media.tuicontent.nl/faq/CCtotaal/naardebestemming/Reisvergunningminderjarigepassagier.pdf

 If you are flying with KLM, it is useful to have a letter drawn up by one of your parents / guardians with the text that you are authorized to fly alone and add the passport of the person who authorizes you.   

Yes, to enter Curaçao you need a valid passport which is still valid for at least six months. So you cannot enter the country on your driver's license or ID card. 

No, you can come here based on a return ticket and your passport. When you purchase a service from us it means that you are going to do an internship or work and then you need a Verklaring van Rechtswege. This means that any other obligation to have a visa expires. 

This only applies to Dutch people! If you are not Dutch, please contact us so we can find out which documents you need. 

Permit

In principle, a Dutch citizen may stay in Curaçao six months per twelve months as a tourist. However, when you start working, doing an internship or even doing volunteer work you need a Verklaring van Rechtswege Don't you have this? Then you are in the workplace illegally. 

Before you come to Curaçao, it is therefore mandatory to apply for this Verklaring van Rechtswege. Don't panic, we can do this for you. This is included as standard in our All in 1 package and you can take it as an option with the Customized package. 

This depends on the purpose of your stay on Curaçao.

If you are going to do an internship, you will receive a Verklaring van Rechtswege based on the duration of your internship agreement. 

If you are going to work or do volunteer work, you will receive an Employment Permit for an indefinite period of time and you can therefore stay longer in Curaçao. 

No, but you must fill in an ED Card. 

Before departure your arrange your Verklaring van Rechtswege and then fill in the online ED Card just before you leave. On this form you enter where you are staying and what your purpose of the stay is. Customs may ask questions about this, but you do not have to worry if you have arranged your papers properly. 

You can fill in the ED Card online and print it to take with you in your hand luggage. 

In principle you do not have to deregister and when you do an internship this is certainly not handy! Whether you have to unsubscribe depends on various factors:

  • Are you going to do an internship, work or volunteer for less than 8 months? Then you don't have to unsubscribe. 
  • Are you staying longer than 8 months? Then you will have to deregister from the Netherlands. After 8 months, the Netherlands also does this automatically, so you are no longer insured for your health insurance. 

So it is always handy to find out which situation applies to you. 

Insurance

If you are staying on Curaçao you need a valid and good healthcare and travel insurance. Make sure you indicate with your travel insurance that you do need global coverage because Curaçao does not fall under the Netherlands or Europe.

It can also be useful to take out liability insurance. Also view the coverage here and to what extent this covers accidents abroad.

If you have to deregister from the Netherlands, you will have to take out private insurance policies and therefore also a new health insurance policy. In that case we recommend Insure to Study. If you remain insured with your health insurance, we recommend JoHo Special Isis.

Hell yes! You never know what to use, what you can ultimately request from your insurance. 

You can of course just go to the doctor but you will first have to pay the costs yourself. It can then be useful if you can reclaim these costs from your insurance policy. 

Make sure you have insurance with a cover on Curaçao. 

No this is not necessary. If you stay in Curaçao for less than eight months it is not necessary to deregister and you are therefore obliged to be insured in the Netherlands for your medical expenses. 

Do you stay longer than eight months? Then you will have to deregister from the Netherlands and your health insurance will automatically stop. Then take out a private health insurance policy so that you are always covered!

Curaçao

The native language of the Curaçaoans is Papiamentu: a Creole mix of Afrikaans, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, French, English and the native language of the Arawaks. The official languages ​​on Curaçao are Dutch, Papiamentu and English.

In local TV programs, in the States (parliament) and on the street, however, mainly Papiamentu is spoken.

Do you want to learn some words? We have a few words for you selected!

Yes, life on Curaçao is a lot more expensive than in Europe. This has to do with the fact that all goods arrive by plane or ships here on the island. Import duties have to be paid on these goods, so that the price is already higher. 

Not only the prices are higher but the biggest problem is that the wages are lower so that people have less to spend. 

Gasoline, on the other hand, is a lot cheaper! 

Did you know that water and electricity is about 10 times as expensive in the Netherlands? So be extra careful with water and electricity 

Yes, almost all products that you have in Europe are also here. Very nice if you are attached to cheese, chocolate sprinkles, peanut butter and Thuisbezorgd.nl. 

Online shopping on an island with a longest road of 66 KM is not really present. You can simply easily go anywhere. 

You do have a number of wholesalers who do online shopping. In addition, it is popular to buy things from America and have them delivered to the island. Only this takes a very long time and you pay import duties. 

There is a time difference between Curaçao and the Netherlands. And the amount of hours naturally depends on the winter and summer time in the Netherlands. On Curaçao, time is never changed, so you don't have to take this into account. 

During the winter time it differs 5 hours, in the Netherlands it is 5 hours later than on Curacao. 

In summer time it differs 6 hours, in the Netherlands it is 6 hours later than on Curacao. 

First of all, it is important to bear in mind that wages are about half as low in Europe. For example, where you earn € 2000 per month in the Netherlands, you earn ANG 2000 on Curaçao, so € 1000. 

So when you start an Internship or you are working on the island, you can take this into account. Do not feel that you are under paid, because everyone here on the island earns less than they would in the Netherlands. 

No, on Curaçao you have the Antillean Guilders (ANG) and you can possibly also pay with US Dollars. With the Euro you don't get far here, so you don't have to bring cash in Euros to Curaçao. 

No, this is only possible at 1 or 2 stores on the island. You can go here with Antillean Guilders (ANG) or American Dollars. You can get this in advance in the Netherlands at a currency exchange office or you can simply pin here. 

Make sure you put your bank card on World Coverage so that you can simply pin here on Curaçao!

This is of course one of the reasons why many Europeans emigrate to Curaçao, the nice weather! And yes it is so hot every day, 25-30 degrees, so you can always wear shorts or a dress. 

Keep in mind that your employer or internship company can set requirements for clothing wear. 

From October to January you have the so-called rainy season in which there can be occasional showers. Usually this is blown away within 15 minutes, but occasionally it is cloudy all day. But don't worry, the temperature always stays nice and warm. 

In principle, Curaçao has 110 volts instead of the known 220 volts, which means that the plugs look different. Incidentally, Curaçao has responded to European devices and you will find the "normal" outlets almost everywhere. 

Do you want to be well prepared? Then we advise you to buy a world plug, which you can always use everywhere!

This is not mandatory but recommended. 

Internet and calling on the island is very expensive with a foreign SIM card. You literally run empty on these costs. 

You can at all packages add the extra service "local SIM card" and we will arrange this for you. It is not as simple as in Europe that you can buy a SIM card at almost every supermarket or telephone store. Here you only have a few points where this is possible and then you can join in the back of the row. 

You often hear stories that Curaçao is not safe and that there is a lot of crime. Curaçao is comparable to a large city in the Netherlands and therefore also safety. The most important thing we want to give you: don't go out alone in the evening. 

"Live and let live" is an important motto and keep it cozy with everyone! 

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