When in Curaçao, you certainly want to share your amazing experiences online – you should get a Curaçaoan SIM card to do so.
Local SIM cards are the best and most affordable way to stay connected when abroad.
How much will a Curaçaoan SIM card cost you?
Both Digicel and UTS/Chippie sell SIM cards for 25 ANG (13.95 USD) in their stores. 1 GB of data is available from 6 ANG (3.35 USD).
Depending on where you are from, this may sound expensive or cheap. However, Curaçaoan SIM cards and data packages will often be cheaper than international roaming.
Oh, those with an EU/EEA SIM card (Dutch SIM cards included) CANNOT roam for free in Curaçao, so you better get yourself a Curaçaoan SIM card unless you like to give T-Mobile, Vodafone, or KPN more money than they deserve.
In this guide, I will go over everything you need to know about buying a SIM card in Curaçao. Let's go.
Original publication: 13th of March 2020. Last updated: 7th of February 2021.
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Can I Buy a SIM Card in Curaçao?
Everyone, including tourists, can buy a Curaçaoan SIM card without restrictions. Both Digicel and UTS/Chippie sell SIM cards to (short-term) visitors.
Finally, your phone needs to be unlocked (SIM-lock free) to use a Curaçaoan SIM card.
Can I Use My Phone in Curaçao?
The Curaçaoan operators use GSM for their networks. Moreover, they use frequencies that are used in many regions around the world (Europe, Asia, Africa, and Oceania – ITU Regions 1 & 3).
However, these frequencies are not used in the Americas (North-, Central-, and South America + the Caribbean – ITU Region 2).
You can use your phone in Curaçao as long as it supports the frequencies used in Curaçao and if it is unlocked.
Mobile Operators, Networks & Frequencies in Curaçao
Curaçao has two mobile operators:
Curaçao uses the following frequencies:
- 2G: 900 MHz & 2100 MHz
- 3G: 850 MHz & 2100 MHz
- 4G/LTE: 1800 (Band 3)
Again, make sure your phone is unlocked. Otherwise, you will not be able to use any SIM card except the one from your home operator (meaning you have to roam internationally or buy another unlocked phone that does support the frequencies listed above).
If you want to learn how international roaming works, this guide explains it in-depth. If you wonder why it is often so expensive to roam, this article explains the hidden reason they do not want you to know.
Best SIM Card in Curaçao
If you want to buy a SIM card in Curaçao, I would recommend going with either Digicel or UTS/Chippie. Go with Digicel for the fastest speeds and most extensive coverage. Consider Chippie for free data roaming in Chippieland.
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SIM Card Registration in Curaçao
SIM card registration with your passport information is mandatory in Curaçao. It will be done at the point of purchase.
Curaçao Speeds, Internet Prices & Insights
Many island nations worldwide have slower internet speeds than the world average.
This somewhat applies to the Caribbean too. Some Caribbean countries have (embarrassingly) slow speeds. However, there are a handful of Caribbean nations that have insanely fast speeds. Curaçao is one of them.
In the Curaçao Speedtest Awards Fastest Mobile Network test in 2018, it was found that Curaçao has an average download speed of 35.60 Mbps, with Digicel Curaçao on top of the list.
Unfortunately, I do not know what the world average mobile speeds were back then. However, the speed is around 36 Mbps at the time of writing. It surely was lower in 2018 – it was about 30 Mbps in September 2019.
Speedtest has not done another Awards test since 2018, and not enough people do speed tests in Curaçao.
Curaçaoan SIM cards are relatively expensive compared to other countries around the world and neighboring Caribbean nations. However, getting one would still be cheaper than the standard roaming rates you would pay when roaming internationally on the island.
Even then, SIM card prices in many other countries and neighboring Caribbean nations are (much) lower than in Curaçao.
What about mobile data? Is data expensive in Curaçao?
The average price for 1 GB of data in Curaçao is 11.06 USD, which is above the Caribbean average of 7.19 USD. The world average is 5.03 USD.
That is all according to Cable.co.uk.
The same study places Curaçao in the top 30 most expensive nations to buy mobile data.
You should keep in mind that island nations often have higher mobile data rates than the world average.
Then again, Curaçao is the 6th most expensive country in the Caribbean to buy mobile data.
While things related to mobile data are expensive in Curaçao, you can expect high service quality while on the island.
EU Roaming in Curaçao
Note that Curaçao is not part of the European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA), meaning that EU roaming regulations do not apply in Curaçao. As a result, you should not expect to roam for free if you have an EU/EEA SIM card while traveling in Curaçao.
Although some European operators may offer free (data) roaming while in Curaçao, most operators do not. Make sure to explore your roaming options before you roam.
Currency in Curaçao
Curaçao uses the Netherlands Antillean Guilder with the symbol ANG (which will be used throughout this guide). However, prices are often listed as NAƒ, NAf, ƒ, or f. For example, 25 ANG is NAƒ/NAf/ƒ/f 25. For reference, below are some exchange rates between ANG and USD (US Dollars):
- 1 ANG = 0.55 USD
- 10 ANG = 5.55 USD
- 100 ANG = 55.75 USD
- 1000 ANG = 557.35 USD
For up-to-date ANG:USD exchange rates, search ANG to USD on Google, or replace USD with the currency you use.
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Curaçao Prepaid SIM Cards
- Background information
- Mobile coverage
- SIM card types, prices, and availability
- Recharge/top-up information
- Combo plans, data plans, and special packs (such as social media packs)
If you prefer to watch a video of what the Curaçaoan operators have to offer, be sure to check the video below AND also subscribe to my channel for more local prepaid SIM card guides, SIM card reviews (prepaid and international), mobile hotspots, and international roaming guides. You should still go through the guide after watching the video (I refer to it multiple times throughout the video).
With that being said, let’s see what Curaçao has to offer to us.
Digicel Curaçao Coverage
You can expect extensive coverage with Digicel in Curaçao.
Digicel covers almost all of Curaçao, especially the populated areas.
Getting a Digicel Curaçao SIM Card & Price
You can buy a Digicel SIM card for 25 ANG in Digicel stores. The SIM card includes 250 MB, 25 on-net minutes, and 25 on-net SMS.
You may have to dial *146# to activate your Digicel SIM card if it has not been activated by a Digicel salesperson.
Topping-Up Your Digicel Curaçao SIM Card
You can get Digicel top-up vouchers with values between 5 ANG to 50 ANG in Digicel stores and many other establishments in Curaçao, such as supermarkets and electronic stores. Online recharge with (international) debit and credit cards is an option too.
To activate your Digicel top-up voucher, dial *125*VoucherCode#.
For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would dial *125*123456#.
You can check your Digicel balance by dialing *120#.
Digicel Curaçao Internet Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers
Digicel Curaçao Prime Bundles
Digicel has the new Prime Bundles, which are data bundles Any Use LTE Data and data allowances for select apps.
The following Prime Bundles are available:
|Price||Any Use LTE Data||Listen More (Music) Data||Listen More (Radio) Data||Watch More Data||Play More Data||Share More Data||Know More Data||Store More Data||Validity|
|6 ANG||1 GB||1 GB||1 GB||1 GB||1 GB||1 GB||1 GB||1 GB||1 day|
|25 ANG||3 GB||7 GB||7 GB||7 GB||7 GB||7 GB||7 GB||7 GB||7 days|
|60 ANG||5 GB||30 GB||30 GB||30 GB||30 GB||30 GB||30 GB||30 GB||30 days|
You also get unlimited Do More data, which is for the MyDigicel App
Prime Bundles can be activated on the MyDigicel app or by dialing *246#.
You can download any Prime Bundle app by visiting the links below:
- Listen More (Music) with D'Music
- Listen More (Radio) with GoLoud
- Watch More with PlayGo
- Play More with Sports Max
- Share More with Bip
- Know More with Loop
- Store More with Billo
Digicel Curaçao Other Bundles
Digicel used to have LTE Data Plans, which are data-only bundles for prepaid and postpaid customers. Most of these LTE Data Plans became postpaid-only bundles when the Prime Bundles got introduced.
Instead, prepaid users who do not want to subscribe to a Prime Bundle can get the LTE Data 30 Day Plan with 6 GB for 94 ANG or the Talk + Data Bundle with 10 GB for 139 ANG. These Bundles some with unlimited data rollover.
These bundles can be activated by dialing *123#.
You can check your Digicel data balance by dialing *142*9#. You can cancel auto-renewal by dialing *135*9*81#.
Digicel Curaçao APN Settings
- Name: Digicel
- APN: web.digicelcuracao.com
Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.
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UTS Curaçao (Chippie Curaçao)
Chippie Curaçao Coverage
Chippie has extensive coverage in Curaçao.
Almost all of Curaçao is covered by Chippie.
Getting a Chippie Curaçao SIM Card & Price
Chippie SIM cards are sold for 25 ANG with 20 ANG in credit in UTS stores.
You can also buy a Chippie Tourist SIM card starting from 20 USD. The following two Chippie Tourist SIM cards are available:
|Price||Data||On-Net Minutes||Local SMS||Validity|
|20 USD||1 GB||100 minutes||10 SMS||30 days|
|30 USD||3 GB||300 minutes||30 SMS||30 days|
Chippie Tourist SIM card prices are listed in USD, not ANG – that is not a mistake on my end.
Do note that you cannot purchase regular bundles when you have a Chippie Tourist SIM card. When you are out of balance, you have to buy a new regular SIM card or a Tourist SIM card.
Topping-Up Your Chippie Curaçao SIM Card
Chippie Scratch Cards are sold in denominations in 5 ANG, 10 ANG, and 25 ANG in UTS stores and many other retailers in Curaçao.
To redeem your Chippie recharge card, dial *191*VoucherCode# or send the Voucher Code to 1111.
For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would dial *191*123456# or text 123456 to 1111.
To check your Chippie balance, dial #191#.
Chippie Curaçao Internet Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers
Chippie offers two types of bundles that feature data, which are the Combo Bundles and the Surf Bundles.
Chippie Curaçao Combo Bundles
The Combo Bundles are packages with data, minutes, and SMS. The data allowance of your Combo Bundle can be used as free roaming data in Chippieland (Bonaire, Saba, St. Barts, St. Eustatius, St. Maarten (Dutch) & St. Martin (French)).
The following Combo Bundles are available:
|Price||Data||Local & Chippieland Minutes||Local SMS||Validity||Activation Code|
|5 ANG||500 MB||1000 minutes||50 SMS||1 day||combo1d|
|12 ANG||1 GB||1000 minutes||90 SMS||3 days||combo3d|
|24 ANG||2 GB||“Unlimited” (3000 minutes)||Unlimited||7 days||combo7d|
|135 ANG||10 GB||“Unlimited” (3000 minutes)||Unlimited||30 days||combo30d|
To activate a Combo Bundle, text the Activation Code to 3434.
For example, if you want the 135 ANG Combo Bundle, you would text combo30d to 3434.
Those with the 135 ANG 30-day Combo Bundle can purchase extra 1000 MB for 10 ANG by texting EXTRA DATA to 3434. This data add-on is exclusive to the 135 ANF 30-day Combo Bundle.
To check your Combo Bundle balance, text COMBO VAL to 3434.
The Combo Bundles auto-renew. To cancel auto-renewal, text combo stop to 3434.
Chippie Curaçao Surf Bundles
The Surf Bundles are data-only packages. You can use your Surf Bundle data allowance in Chippieland, which consists of Bonaire, Saba, St. Barts, St. Eustatius, St. Maarten (Dutch) & St. Martin (French)).
The following Surf Bundles are available:
|2.49 ANG||1 Day Continuous||70 MB||1 day||surfd70|
|4 ANG||1 Day Data Bundle||250 MB||1 day||surf1d|
|10 ANG||3 Day Data Bundle||800 MB||3 day||surf3d|
|16 ANG||7 Day Data Bundle||1500 MB||7 day||surf7d|
|35 ANG||30 Day Data Bundle (Small)||1000 MB||30 day||surf30ds|
|59 ANG||30 Day Data Bundle (Large)||4000 MB||30 day||surf30dl|
To activate a Surf Bundle, text the Activation Code to 3434.
For example, if you want the 7 Day Data Bundle, you would text surf7d to 3434.
To check your Surf Bundle balance, text COMBO VAL to 3434.
The Surf Bundles auto-renew. To cancel auto-renewal, text surf stop to 3434.
Chippieland Countries & Benefits
- Make and receive calls at the local rate of the Chippieland destination you are visiting
- You can be reached on your own mobile number
- No roaming costs will be charged
- Use the data in your active Surf or Combo bundle at no additional costs when traveling within Chippieland
The following countries are part of Chippieland:
- St. Barts
- St. Eustatius
- St. Maarten (Dutch Side)
- St. Martin (French Side)
Chippie Curaçao APN Settings
- Name: UTS Curacao
- APN: premium
Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.
Other Ways to Stay Connected When Traveling in Curacao
However, these methods may be more expensive than getting a SIM card from the two local operators.
International roaming is the most convenient way to stay connected when traveling in other countries because you do not have to buy a new SIM card, have to deal with SIM card registration regulations, nor have multiple phone numbers to deal with.
However, international roaming has proven to be expensive in many cases, especially compared to buying local SIM cards. That is why many travelers are not fond of international roaming.
International roaming has its pros and cons. However, it is important to know how it works. This in-depth guide explains it all.
Find out whether your mobile operator has attractive roaming rates for Curaçao here.
Using an International SIM Card or Travel SIM Card
International SIM cards are SIM cards made for the traveler in mind. Using them is often cheaper than international roaming. However, they are almost always more expensive than using a local SIM card.
There are many other advantages and disadvantages of getting international SIM cards, which you can learn about here.
Mobile hotspots, or pocket WIFI, are small devices that connect to the local operators of the country you are visiting. Mobile hotspots are ideal for families or those traveling in a large group, as they allow you to connect multiple devices to one hotspot without the need of each traveler having to buy a SIM card.
Using Free WIFI Networks
Using free WIFI connections is the cheapest way to stay connected because they are free. The major downside of trying to use WIFI hotspots is that you will have to locate them, and they are not available on every corner in Trinidad and Tobago.
Make sure to protect your internet traffic with a VPN so that hackers cannot steal your personal data.
The Preferred Way to Stay Connected When Traveling in Curaçao
Getting a SIM card from either Digicel or UTS would do you well when considering a Curacaoan SIM card.
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