• Ms Jael Shakur

Quarantine in Curacao 😷

Updated: Dec 16, 2021

I don't know who needs to hear this, but that negative COVID test could be a false negative.

Sunscape Curacao Resort, Spa & Casino
Sunscape Curacao Resort, Spa & Casino

Welcome to Curacao! The island is GORGEOUS and the people are next to kin. If you're new to International travel or just looking for a quick (inexpensive) International destination (that's not Mexico 😉) without a language barrier; this is it! On this Dutch Island, the USD gives you some BANG for your buck.

Triple Check COVID protocols prior to travel and always have a back up plan.

If you're planning to travel during COVID ensure you have a back up plan in case you have to Quarantine before your return.

I was able to secure an Airbnb for my quarantine to avoid the expense of the resort. One thing about me... Imma #FailForward. Check Out my Quarantine Digs. I also purchased trip insurance. (I'll let you all know how my claim goes in a future post)

My U.S. Departure 12/11

I'd only planned to be in Curacao for 2 days. I had a negative test on 12/10, a day before my departure. "On average it takes 5–6 days from when someone is infected with the virus for symptoms to show, however it can take up to 14 days." I work in a "high exposure" industry, so with the limited contact tracing I could do, it's likely I was infected prior to arriving in Curacao.

My Attempted Return 12/13

I tested positive at the CUR Airport and couldn't board my flight

I'm not going to lie. THIS PART OF THE TRIP WAS STRESSFUL... partly because the testing facility at the airport didn't have any information to provide me and I had to contact the U.S. consulate to try to piece together next steps. But that paled in comparison to the unnecessary stress my travel companion added. GIRL BE CAREFUL WHO YOU TRAVEL WITH. 🤣 But I'm not new to this, I'm TRUE to this! So again, #FailingForward ...

Next Steps

1. Contact the U.S. Consulate

2. Book Quarantine Accommodations

3. Contact Ministry of Health (They Contacted me 3 Days Later)

4. Get Food for Lockdown (This is where she redeemed herself. She got me stocked up)

5. Self Isolate / Quarantine

If you want to hear more about my quarantine experience be sure to subscribe and follow me on Social media. Until next time...

"Keep your Heels and Standards High" and your Stiletto on their Necks!

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