Published On: Wed, Jun 18th, 2014

October 1st, tentative date to eliminate visa requirements for Colombia/Peru

Tourism and financial sector are hopeful

visa_and_passportWILLEMSTAD – There is a moderate to high hope that by October 1 of this year, the visa requirements for Colombians and Peruvians, who want to travel to Curacao, will be eliminated. The Financial and the tourism sector are pending on the final decision, which, according to them, is taking too long.

During a meeting between both sectors, local authorities and the Dutch Foreign Relations, Dutch authorities told the representatives of Curacao that they better think twice before requesting visa requirements for certain countries. To set visa requirements is easy, but to eliminate these, it takes time because of the process involved.

Jeanette Hooi-Bonet, member of the Curacao Hospitality and Tourism Association (CHATA) and also General Manager of the Hotel Kura Hulanda, was present at the meeting and voiced the need for the tourism sector to see the visa requirements eliminated. She also indicated that the need is not only for the tourism, but also for the financial sector.

The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Relations has understood this need during the meeting because there is a process to sign a tax information exchange agreement with Colombia. In the future there will be a direct fiscal treaty with Colombia.

“Now that the Hotel Kura Hulanda is being operated by the Colombian hotel chain GHL Hoteles, we have an urgency to see the visa requirements being eliminated to facilitate the flow of tourists and employees for the hotel,” Mrs. Hooi-Bonet said during a radio interview.

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