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Curaçao Health Care and Vaccinations

Title Special precautions
Malaria No
Rabies Sometimes
Tetanus Yes
Typhoid Sometimes
Yellow Fever No*
Diphtheria Sometimes
Hepatitis A Yes

* A yellow fever certificate is required from travellers over six months of age coming from infected areas.

Health Care

There are three hospitals on Curaçao as well as some medical centres. The largest, St Elizabeth, is well equipped. Health insurance is recommended.

Food and Drink

Mains water on the island is distilled from sea water and is safe to drink. Bottled mineral water is widely available. Milk is pasteurised and dairy products are safe for consumption. Local meat, poultry, seafood, fruit and vegetables are generally considered safe to eat.

Other Risks

Hepatitis B occurs and immunisation is sometimes recommended. Dengue fever may occur. There are potential risks from sea urchins, jellyfish and coral whilst swimming.