The Government of Venezuela reaffirmed the schedule for opening air and maritime transit with Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao after concluding the negotiation process with the Kingdom of the Netherlands, said the Foreign Minister of that South American country, Yván Gil.
“After finalizing the technical negotiation tables with the Kingdom of the Netherlands, we reiterate the schedule for the opening of transit between the islands for this 2023:
Curaçao, Apr. 3 [air and maritime]; Bonaire, Apr. 3 [maritime]; Aruba, May 1 [maritime],” the official detailed in a message through his Twitter account.
On Feb. 9, the administration of Nicolás Maduro welcomed Curaçao’s proposal to officially establish Apr. 3 as the deadline to reopen the shared border.
In mid-December 2022, authorities of both governments evaluated the steps to concretize the process of reopening the border by installing technical negotiation tables between the parties.
In 2019, the Maduro administration ordered the indefinite closure of the maritime and air borders with Aruba, Curaçao, and Bonaire.
This, after Curaçao, served as one of the collection points for the alleged humanitarian aid coming from the European Union (EU), which the opposition attempted to enter Venezuela.