1. For whom is dolphin assisted therapy at CDTC beneficial?

For persons three years and older with special needs like Autism, Asperger, Cerebral Palsy and Down Syndrome, (among others), or psychological conditions like Depression, PTSD and Mental Burnout. See page ‘our patients’ for a complete overview.

2. Are patients limited by age?

Three years is the minimum age. In certain cases, it may be possible to make an exception. Please contact us for more information.

3. Does CDTC also treat adults?

Yes, certainly. Although many of our patients are children, we welcome more and more adults, for whom the program is equally beneficial.

4. Is there a program for siblings?

Yes. It is a crucial part of CDTC's concept to involve parents and siblings in the therapeutic context. At the siblingsprogram, brothers and sisters of special needs children swim, kayak, snorkel and participate in an educational program about the sea. They enjoy a special dolphin day just for themselves and, most importantly, have the opportunity to meet other siblings who find themselves in a similar situation.

5. Does the family go into the water?

Yes. During the Dolphin Experience, the accompanying relatives will get an idea of what the patient experiences in the water with the dolphin. We feel that this is tremendously important, because it enhances the shared character of the program. The whole family learns, grows and enjoys together.

6. What are the dolphins’ living conditions like?

We treat our dolphins with love and responsibility. They live in spacious natural lagoons with a constant flow of fresh seawater. The dolphins perform in therapy, and only for a strictly limited number of hours. They are fed a high-quality diet, and CDTC has a specialized veterinarian on the premises.

7. What accommodations are available for the program?

We highly recommend Dolphin Suites, a hotel that offers comfortable accommodations to people with and without special needs. Dolphin Suites was especially founded by CDTC because most patients who participated in dolphin assisted therapy could not find suitable accommodation elsewhere on the island. Read more at www.dolphin-suitescuracao.com

8. Can I get some money back from my healthcare insurance or from the tax authorities?

Unfortunately, healthcare insurance generally does not cover dolphin assisted therapy. However, a small number of parents have told us that their insurance companies did compensate part of the therapy costs, so do check with your insurer. We do our utmost to advise you on the regulations behind healthcare insurance. Please visit our page health insurance for more information.

Tax authorities: parents have reported that they saved taxes by handing in CDTC's invoices.

9. My other children go to school during the year. Can I ask my school for permission for a special leave?

Yes, you can. Please contact us if you need support, through info@cdtc.info

10. Where is Curaçao located?

Curaçao is an island in the southwestern Caribbean, just 56 km (35 miles) off the coast of South America. It is a 9-hour flight to Amsterdam, a 2.5-hour flight to Miami and 45-minute flight to Caracas.

11. How do I get to Curaçao?

Connections to Curaçao can be made from anywhere in the world. Curaçao has daily non-stop air services from the U.S. and the Netherlands, and also offers regular flights to and from Germany, Canada, Surinam, Colombia, Brazil, Panama, Venezuela, Trinidad & Tobago, St. Domingo, Bonaire, Haiti/Cuba, Aruba, and St. Maarten.

For more information, consult your travel agent or the airlines listed below.


12. Do I need a VISA?

Visitors from most countries may enter Curaçao with a valid passport and stay for a period of 14 to 30 days. However, the nationalities listed below do require a Visa for entry into Curaçao. (Please contact your local representation of The Netherlands to apply for your Visa.)

Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bolivia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cambodia, China, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Ivory Coast, Yugoslavia, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kirgizia, Croatia, Latvia, Libya, Lithuania, Macedonia, Mali, Moldavia, Nigeria, North Korea, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Peru, Russian Federation, Serbia, Tadzhikistan, Turkmenistan, Vietnam.

13. Which currencies are accepted on Curaçao?

The Antillean Guilder is the official currency. The U.S. Dollar is accepted at most stores, restaurants and tourist locations. You can withdraw Antillean Guilders and U.S. Dollars at ATMs all around the island. The vast majority of stores and restaurants accept international debit and credit cards.

14. How are the medical standards on Curaçao?

Curaçao offers a reliable level of medical care on par with European and American standards. In addition, many of the doctors and specialists are multilingual.

15. Is it possible to buy specific medication/diapers/diets on the island?

We cannot guarantee that certain types of medication and other important products are available, so we strongly recommend that you bring all necessary equipment and medical supplies. Reminder: medications should always be in your hand luggage.

16. Do I need to rent a car?

No, not necessarily. If you stay at the Dolphin Suites you can walk to the center. If your accommodation is further away, or if you want to explore the island, renting a car is highly recommended. We will gladly refer you to reliable and affordable car rentals, (including ones with special needs vehicles) upon request.

17. Is it possible to rent a car in which we can take a wheelchair?

Yes, several car rental companies offer suitable cars and vans. Please contact us some time in advance so we can refer you to them.

18. Is there any risk of contracting the ZIKA virus in Curaçao?

The Caribbean Public Health Agency, (CARPHA), has announced in Oct. ‘18 that the World Health Organization, (WHO), has removed its Zika virus country classification scheme, which categorized most of the Caribbean territories as having active Zika virus transmission. This means that Zika is no longer held as a threat for Curaçao and other Caribbean Islands.

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