The Caribbean nation of Aruba recently updated its entry requirements for all travelers going into 2022.
One major travel update to note is that a negative antigen test result is currently accepted for visitors to Aruba. In addition, fully vaccinated travelers with boosters can forego any testing requirements for travel.
And as of February 3, all previous “risk level” restrictions for certain countries is no longer in effect.
What Are The Travel Requirements For Aruba?
According to Aruba’s official tourism website, the following guidance will be effective from February 3, 2022, for visitors to Aruba coming from the U.S, Canada and the United Kingdom.
- Provide a negative molecular (nasal swab) test result prior to departure
- A negative rapid antigen test result from a certified lab taken before departure for Aruba
- Upload a digital certification of full Covid vaccination (with a booster) prior to travel to Aruba.
- According to the latest updates on Aruba.com, there is currently no testing on arrival option for travelers to Aruba.
- All testing or vaccination requirements apply to all travelers ages 12 and older.
- Travelers must purchase Aruba Visitors Insurance to cover any potential medical expenses for their trip.
- Fill out the online ED Card form with all applicable documents and information for travel prior to departure for Aruba.
The entry requirements listed above apply to all travelers wishing to visit Aruba for longer than 24 hours (those not in transit).
Aruba’s Scraps Country Risk List – Information For Travelers
In previous months, Aruba had entry requirements based on a traveler’s departure country, whether they be from countries deemed as “high-risk” or “very high-risk”.
But as of February 3, that has been scraped. Aruba is now open to travelers from all nations, and a negative test or vaccination proof will apply for entry.
Aruba’s Travel Requirements Loosened In January
Some of Aruba’s entry restrictions were loosened on January 18, following a slew of restrictions imposed on international travelers in late December in the midst of the Omicron wave.
According to Aruba.com, antigen tests were added to the list of accepted tests for travel from mid-January, as molecular tests were previously the only accepted tests for travel to the southern Caribbean nation.
What If I’m Fully Recovered?
According to the updated guidance, travelers ages 12 and over can show proof of recent recovery from Covid instead of taking a test for travel to Aruba.
The updated entry restrictions state that any asymptomatic passengers who’ve tested positive for the virus using a nasal swab test that was administered 10 days to 12 weeks before travel to Aruba don’t also have to show a negative Covid test for travel.
Aruba’s ED Health Entry Pass – Information For Travelers
As of February 2022, all travelers must register for Aruba’s ED Card prior to departure, regardless of vaccination status. The ED Card stands for Aruba’s online Embarkation and Disembarkation program by the Aruban Immigration Authority.
As a foreign visitor to Aruba, you must receive online authorization for travel through the ED Card application process prior to departure or you may not be cleared for travel.
For vaccinated travelers planning to visit Aruba, know that booster shots are accepted for travel. Here’s the latest guidance from February 3, 2022:
- Travelers must have received their Covid booster shot at least 7 days prior to departure in order to be considered fully vaccinated and avoid any additional testing requirements for entry to Aruba.
- Please note that a booster shot is not required for travelers between the ages of 12 and 17.
- All documents need to be uploaded no earlier than 3 days before arrival to Aruba.
- For U.S. travelers, a paper version or a photo of your CDC vaccination card will no longer be accepted as proof of vaccination for travel to Aruba. All vaccination records must be uploaded as a digitally-verifiable QC code.
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