More information about Curacao is available from other Department of State publications and other sources listed at the end of this fact sheet.
Curacao is a semi-autonomous entity within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The Kingdom of the Netherlands is responsible for the conduct of defense and foreign affairs, including with the United States, and its embassies and consulates issue visas for travel to the island, though visas are not required for U.S. citizen tourists to travel to Curacao.
Most of Curacao’s GDP results from services, which employs over 81 percent of the work force. Tourism, petroleum refining and bunkering, offshore finance, and transportation and communications are the mainstays of the economy. Although the country’s economic growth rate grew only slightly during the past decade, Curacao enjoys a high per capita income ($15,000 USD) and a well-developed infrastructure compared to other countries in the region. Almost all consumer and capital goods are imported, with the United States, the Netherlands, and Venezuela being the major suppliers. In 2018, the U.S. exports totaled $704 million, while Curacao exported $105 million worth of products to the United States. Curacao’s GDP totaled $3.86 billion.
The is responsible for the day-to-day management of relations with the Dutch Caribbean, which includes Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Saba, Sint Eustatius, and Sint Maarten. The consulate provides a variety of services to U.S. citizens; it also can issue non-immigrant visas for certain travelers to the U.S. who wish to visit, work, or study for a temporary period.
The consulate was opened in 1793. It was one of the earliest U.S. consulates, reflecting the importance of Caribbean trade to the new United States. The Consul General resides in the historic Roosevelt House, which was the local government’s gift of property to the United States in 1950 as an expression of gratitude for U.S. protection during World War II.
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