WILLEMSTAD, Curacao, Wednesday August 26, 2015 – Sources in the Ministry of Justice are indicating that Curacao is contemplating following Aruba’s lead and adopting measures to keep unwanted Venezuelans out.
The news comes in the wake of a spate of crimes allegedly perpetrated by Venezuelan visitors in the Dutch Caribbean territory.
The Curacao Chronicle reports that five Venezuelans were recently arrested on suspicion of committing a number of armed robberies on the island.
A Venezuelan also attempted to steal jewellery from a store at the Renaissance Hotel, while there are confirmed cases of Venezuelan women working in illegal prostitution on the island, according to the Chronicle.
The newspaper reports that these are “just a few examples” of cases that are making the Curacao authorities consider measures against Venezuelans similar to those taken in neighbouring Aruba.
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In Aruba, authorities have imposed measures which they call “indirect visa” to keep the unwanted Venezuelans out.
The Aruban government has identified four categories of Venezuelan tourists.
Number one is the “prudent tourist” that visits the island for five to seven days and has enough cash to cover their expenses.
Second, there are those who are in transit and only spend one night on the island to continue with their travel.
Then there are those who are called “ATM tourists.” These are the Venezuelans who use their credit cards to get dollars and take these back to their country.
Finally there are those who stay illegally on the island. This group is reportedly increasing and is the reason for the measures taken by the Aruban authorities.
Under the terms of the “indirect visa,” a Venezuelan tourist must have $500 in cash to cover two days of stay on the island. If the stay is three days, they must have $700 dollars in cash on arrival.
Visitors who do not meet the cash requirements are put on a flight back to Venezuela.