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Packing checklist for Curaçao

Packing checklist for Curaçao

If you are going to do an internship on Curaçao or you come to the island to work, you will also have to think about what you are going to take with you in the suitcase. This can still be a challenge! Will you stay under the kilos or will you choose to pay for the excess weight? We have selected a number of items for you that you really should NOT forget. In this blog we assume that you are taking hand luggage and a hold luggage suitcase.

What do you take with you in your hand luggage when traveling to Curaçao?


Yes, you guessed it but your passport is crucial. You cannot enter Curaçao without a valid passport and you can take the next flight back to NL. It's a shame, you also need your passport to apply for your Internship Permit.

ED card

This is an online immigration card that you already fill in in NL. Here you fill in what your purpose of stay is and how long you plan to stay. When you have to go through customs at the airport on Curaçao, you can have your passport scanned electronically and they will immediately see your ED card appear. It is linked to your passport number. You can fill this in online at: https://edcardcuracao.com/

Internship contract or employment contract

If it happens that customs still have some questions about your stay, it is useful to show the internship contract immediately. This way there can be no doubt about your reason for staying on Curaçao.

Declaration by operation of law or proof of application

In order to legally do an internship or work in Curaçao, you need a so-called Declaration of Law. We can easily request this for you and it is standard in it All-in-1 package but you can also choose optionally with the Customized package. The advantage for Dutch people is that when you apply for this Declaration you can immediately come to do an internship or work. So you don't have to wait for the decision. If you are not of Dutch origin, you will have to follow a different procedure. Take contact with us.

Wallet incl. Important cards

It sounds of course it makes sense but to take your wallet with you is very important. It is handy to be able to spend money here. Make sure you have your bank card put on global coverage because Curaçao does not belong to Europe or the Netherlands the banks. Tip: do you have Rabobank? Then you can choose continents and then fill all continents because there is an error in their system that makes South America wrong. A case of: Been there, done that and then you will be disappointed if you want to pay.

Insurance papers

You will not need it upon entering Curaçao, but it is very handy to have your insurance papers at hand. Just think of the possibility that your suitcase did not come with you and you want to make a claim with your travel insurance.

Laptop, telephone and chargers

In the plane may not have much to your chargers but it is nice as you come somewhere and your battery is empty, that you can charge it immediately. Saves another search between all your clothes in your large suitcase.

Survival package

If it happens that your suitcase did not come with you on the flight, it is always handy to put a set of clothing and care products in your hand luggage. If you come to your housing ,at least you can refresh yourself and look nice!

Last but not least, your airline ticket

This speaks for itself. You can also arrange it via your phone because most airlines do have an online app where you can put your airline ticket. But you never know.

What do you take with you on a trip to Curaçao?

After you have packed your hand luggage, the big work begins. Namely packing the hold luggage! If you are going to do an internship on Curaçao or work on Curaçao, you will stay on the island for a longer period of time. That is why it is a good thing to take a critical look at what to pack.

Clothes, clothes and more clothes

Well it's obvious but clothes are important to take with you. The advantage is that you only have to take summer clothes with you and they take up less space and are also less heavy than winter clothes. Keep in mind that you also have to do an internship or work in Curaçao. Ask the company if you get company clothing or if there are certain regulations so that you can immediately take it with you in your suitcase.

Care items and toiletries

Think of shampoo, etc. You can also take small bottles with you so that you have extra kilos left for clothing. Here on Curaçao you can just buy everything so you don't have to worry about that.

Towels and beach towel

In most housing you have no towels and you will have to do this yourself as well as a beach towel. You can also just use a beach towel buy here saves weight in your suitcase and here they are extra cheerful in terms of color.

Bed linen and pillow

It is possible that your accommodation does not arrange bed linen or a pillow. You can take this with you, but if you prefer not to do what we understand, you can arrange this through us. With the free registration you can immediately indicate that you wish us to arrange a new bedding and pillow.

Do you already feel like packing your suitcase, but do you first have to arrange a nice internship on Curaçao? Or haven't you found that one nice vacancy yet? Register with us for free and we will get to work for you! Curious about how we work? Then read our procedure and then you know exactly where you stand.

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Not all accommodations on Curaçao have standard linen. That is why we offer this service. That saves a lot of space in your suitcase ;-) 

The linen consists of a pillow, bottom sheet and duvet cover. On Curaçao we do not sleep under blankets because of the heat. No towels are included. 

If you use our pick-up service, you will receive your linen directly at Hato, otherwise you can pick it up at our office.  


Calling each other on Curaçao is very expensive. That is why a local SIM card is definitely recommended. 

You put this SIM card in your phone, but you keep your normal WhatsApp number. This way you can call and app with the home front & friends via WhatsApp as you are used to.

You call each other on Curaçao at the local rate with your new local telephone number.

If you have a pick-up service, you will receive your SIM card directly at Hato, otherwise you can pick it up at our office.  

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