The Government of Aruba announced the country has officially reopened its borders for international tourism on July 1, 2020.
Tourists from the United States and Canada are welcome!
Starting on June 15th: Bonaire and Curaçao will be able to travel to Aruba.
Then on July 1st: Aruba will open to the Caribbean (with the exception of Dominican Republic and Haiti), Europe, and Canada.
The United States will be welcome to Aruba starting on July 10th.
Important Update July 4: Aruba has made some changes to their entry requirements, especially when coming from USA. We have updated them below.
Official opening dates for other markets, including South America and Central America have yet to be determined.
Aruba Entry Requirements
Here is a summary of the mandatory requirements in place for tourists coming to Aruba:
- Completing and obtaining approval through the Embarkation/Disembarkation Form online before arrival
- Taking a PCR test within 72 hours of departure -OR- pre-paying for a PCR test upon arrival and quarantining for up to 24 hours waiting for results.
- Purchase Aruba Covid Coverage insurance for duration of trip (premiums average about $15 per day)
- Agree to health screening and temperature checks upon arrival
- To wear a mask during the flight and at the airport
If travelers cannot obtain a negative-PCR test within 72 hours of departure, they can be tested upon arrival in Aruba.
The fee for the test is $90 USD.
The traveller will have to go into quarantine while they wait for results, which usually take around 8 hours, but can take up to 24 hours.
Important July 4th Update:
As of July 10, travelers originating from certain US states are now considered high-risk and do NOT have the option of pre-paying for a test and having it done on arrival.
The high risk states are as follows:
- Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin, Wyoming
Visitors from those above states may still travel to Aruba, but they must take a PCR test and upload their test results as part of the online Embarkation/Disembarkation process.
Travelers can get tested within the 72-hour period prior to their direct departure flight time to Aruba, and they must upload the results to the online Embarkation/Disembarkation process at least 12-hours prior to flight departure.
Travelers will not be able to upload results after that point, meaning that they cannot travel to Aruba. Travelers from the states listed above will not have the option to be tested upon arrival at the airport in Aruba.
(all other states will be treated the same as normal entry requirements listed further above.)
What flights have resumed to Aruba?
Many flights have already resumed from other Caribbean islands.
Air Canada will resume their Toronto-Aruba flight on July 18th
– from Boston on JetBlue starting July 10
– from NYC on JetBlue and United starting July 10
– from Charlotte on American starting July 11
– from Atlanta on Delta starting July 12
– from Miami on American starting July 11
– from Fort Lauderdale on Spirit starting July 11
According to the Aruba press release, “The decision to reopen borders, which were closed due to COVID-19 restrictions in early-March, was made in conjunction with the Department of Health and took into consideration the ongoing guidance from the World Health Organization (WHO) and Centers for Disease Control”(CDC) in the United States.
“The safety and well-being of our residents and visitors is our highest priority. As we prepare to reopen our borders, Aruba has put in place advanced public health procedures to reduce the risk of COVID-19 on the island,” said Prime Minister Evelyn Wever-Croes.
“We have taken careful and deliberate steps to assess the current situation and make certain it is as safe as possible and appropriate to begin the reopening process” the Prime Minister added.
When visitors arrive in Aruba, they can be reassured that they will have a safe experience at every touchpoint of their journey.
The airport will offer advanced screenings, hotel accommodations will have elevated protocols that include plexiglass barriers when there’s interaction with staff, digital check-in, social distancing in common spaces and more.
The ‘Aruba Health & Happiness Code‘ certification will provide assurance that each business has taken every measure to offer a safe environment for employees and guests.
The certification seal of approval will be displayed prominently on all tourism related businesses, and the certified businesses will also be found on the Department of Public Health website.
Each year, more than a million visitors come to Aruba from all around the world. Like many destinations whose economies are driven by tourism, reopening borders is a critical milestone and ushers in a “new normal” for the time being.
Travelers will be required to follow new processs to enter the country. Mandatory travel requirements are available on Aruba.com.
“While there will be some necessary adjustments, our visitors' Aruba experience will still have the essence of One happy island,” said Ronella Tjin Asjoe-Croes, CEO of Aruba Tourism Authority (A.T.A.).
“We are confident in the measures we have taken as Aruba is once again Open for Happiness,” he added.
Disclaimer: Aruba’s reopening news is ever-changing and being updated constantly. We do our best to keep this article up to date with all the latest information, but the decision to travel is ultimately your responsibility. Contact your consulate and/or local authorities to confirm your nationality’s entry and/or any changes to travel requirements before traveling.