Country Guide: Curacao

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Updated: November 16, 2016

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Used Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents Required

  • Passport
  • Original bill of lading (OBL) / air waybill (AWB)
  • Detailed inventory
  • Certificate of residence


Specific Information

  • Owners of the goods having lived abroad for at least 6 months prior to import may qualify for a duty exemption.

Motor Vehicles

Documents Required

  • Title / registration
  • Proof of insurance (must state the beginning and ending dates of the policy)
  • OBL / AWB


Specific Information

  • Owners of the goods must have lived abroad for at least 12 months to import a motor vehicle duty free.
  • The motorized vehicle (autos and motorcycles) must have been in the possession and used for at least 12 months prior to import.


Documents Required

  • Vaccination record
  • Veterinary health certificate
  • Pet passport in Dutch or English


Specific Information 

  • Documents must accompany pets during travel.
  • Pets must comply with all health regulations and have been vaccinated at least 30 days but less than 12 months prior to import.

Restricted/Dutiable Items

  • New items (dutiable)

Prohibited Items

  • Drugs and narcotics

Consignment Instructions

Recommended: Contact the destination agent to ensure all requirements have been met prior to import, especially for differences regarding air / sea shipments.



Cultural and Other Information

CIA World Factbook

Wikipedia Entry for Curacao

IAM Note: Customs regulations can change at any time with or without notice. This document is provided as a guide and for information only. While IAM has exercised reasonable care in publishing this document, IAM makes no representation, either expressed or implied, as to its accuracy or applicability.