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Customs at Curacao

Discussion in 'Lesser Antilles' started by Gdog, Feb 8, 2013.

  1. Gdog

    Gdog Contributor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Lacey, Washington
    1,065
    217
    Hi, planning on a trip to Bonaire via Curacao. Any idea how long I need to allow to clear customs, recheck luggage, ect for insel flight to Bonaire?
     
  2. P Stickman

    P Stickman Registered

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    If you St at the front of the plane it could be 10 minutes but if you are at the back of the line, it could be one hour to clear customs, collect you bag and get through the scanner.

    Sent from my Arc using Tapatalk HD
     
  3. Gdog

    Gdog Contributor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Lacey, Washington
    1,065
    217
    So not really a big deal, if I allow an hour to clear and reclaim luggage sounds like. thanks
     
  4. sullivan

    sullivan Contributor

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Lakewood Ranch, Florida
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    Over X/mas we landed in Curacao on our way to Bonaire. Not particularly busy but it took a solid 40 minutes for everything. If it were me, I would allow at least 60 minutes, 90 minutes ideal.

    Every step of the process moved slowly, on island time and it took a bit to go to the cashier window and pay the new departure tax. If your airline is now directly charging that new Curacao departure tax, that will save 10 minutes.
     
  5. DeputyDan

    DeputyDan Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: North Carolina
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    516
    A problem is that you don't know what the line may be at the Insel counter.
    May be short - may be long and with island time the employees are in no hurry to process passengers.
     
  6. Gdog

    Gdog Contributor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Lacey, Washington
    1,065
    217
  7. Heatheroe

    Heatheroe Contributor

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: North Carolina
    153
    19
    Doesn't it depend on your flight? In November we did CLT to Aruba on US Air and then Aruba - CUR - BON on Insel. All we had to do was get in the "in transit" lines. We were on the ground in CUR for only about 20 minutes.

    Oops, nevermind. I think I see the difference. You're going to CUR direct from US? So that makes sense, sorry!
     
  8. Gdog

    Gdog Contributor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Lacey, Washington
    1,065
    217
    Yeah, we arrive Curacao at 15:50, and insel flight departs at 18:45. Sounds like we will be ok.
     

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